The best of British loving was the direction today’s couple opted to go down for their wedding day. With the groom being Danish, they wanted to throw a traditional British wedding for their international guests.
Lindsay and Kenneth married on the 8th September 2013 at Brympton House, Someret; with the venue taking care of the flowers and pretty peach décor. The boys wore grey, the girls were in peach and Lindsay wore pretty lace.
So much elegance on a beautiful Autumnal day.
Thanks so very much to the wonderful Joseph Hall for sharing his photographs today.
The Proposal… Central Park, NYC. On a sunny August day I woke up at my usual 7am for work to be told I had one hour to pack my suitcase and be out the door. I was told that the Euros were ready and I would need beach wear. Arrived at the airport where I was given a pocket guide to NYC! 10 hours later we were checking into our Times Square hotel and 3 days after a fantastic weekend of site-seeing, Kenneth took me to Central Park, set up the camera for a picture of the two of us and then knelt down and brought a beautiful ring out of his pocket. I cried, I laughed, we hugged and I of course said yes! And the whole moment was captured on camera as my very clever-fiancé-indeed clicked away on the camera remote control the entire time. Could not have been a more romantic and perfect proposal!
The Vision for the Day… The Best of British Loving! Being that my husband is Danish and his family and friends were coming over for the wedding, we really wanted to give them a traditional British wedding, full of pretty colours and lots of loving!
The Planning Process… We started looking at venues a few months after we were engaged, but living abroad in Sweden at the time made this quite tricky. We did three trips back to the UK over a 3 month period, found our perfect venue in January and got married in September. That gave us just 8 months to plan and organise everything, but this actually made us more decisive as we just didn’t have time to spend weeks deliberating over everything. And for me, as the over-thinker, this was probably a good thing.
The Venue… Brympton House, Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset. Absolutely stunning English country house. We never thought we could afford somewhere like this, but by having the wedding on a Sunday we could! I just fell in love with Castle House, where the ceremony takes place – a cosy, gorgeous old room, with the feel of an old chapel. And the terrace over-looking then lawn and lake were just perfect for pimms o’clock British-style!
The Dress + Accessories… DRESS: Donatello – Forget-Me-Not Designs. VEIL: Sabine II. SHOES: Coast Nikki Sandals. JEWELLERY: Vintage bracelet borrowed from my sister, local Somerset made silver necklace given to me as a present that morning from my husband-to-be and simple, silver drop earrings and bespoke white flower accessories found on EBay.
Finding the Dress… Like with everything I had to be fairly decisive with my dress. I did a quick day out in London early on just to get an idea of styles and then gave myself a week back in the UK to find the THE ONE! I went to 5 places over 3 days with my bridesmaids and nailed it down to 2 lace numbers (both from Surrey Brides in Weybridge). I took my sisters and mum back 2 days later and they were unanimous that Donatello by Forget Me Not Designs was just perfect! I loved the fact that it was made by a British Designer – in line with my Best of British theme – that it was made with extremely light and delicate lace so it would feel comfortable all day, and that they were happy to make a few changes, as I decided to remove the lace on the shoulders, as I knew I wanted to add accessories and a veil, so didn’t want the top to be too fussy.
Groom’s Attire… Hired grey suits from an independent hire shop in Surrey. Gave the best man and ushers pinky/peach cravats to match the bridesmaids, whilst the groom’s was ivory to match the bride.
The Readings + Music… Music was really important to us, so we stretched our budget to get the band we really loved! After hours listening to demos online we found Munch through Alive Network. Would absolutely recommend using this website, as they have a huge variety of bands at different budgets, and make the whole process very easy and secure. We also hired a solo guitarist Andy Cherry though them, who was just fantastic playing light guitar music during our drinks reception. Munch were awesome! We received so many compliments about them and I’ve already put two friends in contact with them for future weddings.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Moon River’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a real tear jerker for me and even brings a tear to my hubby’s eye when we hear it on the radio now.
First dance was a combination of ‘I’m Yours’ by Bruno Mars, which was played at every hotel and bar we visited on a holiday we took to Bali 3 years before, so always brings back happy memories of cocktails on the beach, and the traditional Danish Wedding Waltz, which ends with the groom being lifted up by all the men and having the tops of his socks cut off! Don’t ask!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… 5 absolutely stunning bridesmaids and 3 cute pageboys. The older girls wore dresses from Mango and my 12 year old niece found a lovely dress from New Look, which went perfectly with the other ones. The boys wore light suits and converse trainers, so they could happily run around all day. The light suits remained stain free for about 1 hour!
The Flowers… All in-house by Emily at Brympton House. She took notes on my theme and colours, came back with a flower plan and we went from there. I love carnations, and think they are such a good alternative to the more expensive roses, so I was happy to have lots of these. As my colour theme was peach, white and grey we went for all peach and white flowers – Carnations, White Dahlias and Lisianthus – and grey-coloured foliage – Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller and Brunia Silver – rather than anything green.
The Cake… Made by my close friend Becky Learmont who makes her own cakes on the side from home. I think this was her first wedding cake and she did amazingly keeping to my quite specific peach and white brief, and as well as looking fantastic it tasted sooooo yummy!
Your Photographer… Joseph Hall. Photography was extremely important to both of us, as this is really the only way to capture forever all those special moments and details of your day. Hubby is a keen photography enthusiast so the style was very important to him and he turned down quite a few options that I sent his way.
I just adored Joseph’s style, as I felt it had a slight quirkiness to it and a journalistic approach which allows him to capture all those funny and special moments that you, as the Bride and Groom, don’t get to see, so I was so happy that Kenneth felt the same, and we were even more happy with Joseph’s positive and friendly attitude, and how comfortable he is to be around. He was super kind to meet us at the venue a month or so before, so we could chat through possible location options for the photos and then on the day was an absolute gem in taking the most amazing photographs without being bossy or getting in the way. Would thoroughly recommend him!
The Details + Decor… Most of the décor was done in-house by the wonderful Ellie at Brympton House. She has a great blog where you can look at different colour palettes and themes, and past weddings at Brypmton for inspiration. I told her what I liked on her blog and from that she suggested the colour theme of ‘Peaches & Cream with a hint of sparkle’, which we loved. We opted for lots of pillar candles, lots of sparkly silver candle holders, a mirror table plan, white table cloths and napkins with grey bows, peach and white petals on the floor and as confetti and white pom-poms hanging over the dance floor. I added lots of love to the day with hanging hearts, heart necklaces as gifts for my bridesmaids, heart sweetie bags for all the guest rooms and heart themed stationery.
The Honeymoon… 5 weeks flash-packing around SE Asia. Truly amazing and a real adventure. Not only did we have days relaxing on a beach in Thailand, but also days exploring the temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, taking a quad bike ride in muddy rice fields and enjoying days in vibrant cities in Malaysia eating spicy curries. It was quite a challenge organising this on top of a wedding day, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip after a once-in-a-life time day!
Memorable Moments… Waking up on the morning of the big day to be faced with my sisters’ and bridesmaids’ smiley faces and a glass of buck fizz. Walking down the aisle and feeling a sense of utter amazement to be surrounded by all the people I love in the world and then seeing my husband’s face as he turned to meet me with a little tear in his eye. Watching the Danes just loving everything about a good old British wedding and spinning around on the dance floor to all our favourite tunes.
Advice for Other Couples… Save money on things that don’t matter so much to you, so you have extra for the things that do. We saved loads by doing all the stationery ourselves. We bought kits from Hobbycraft for the Order of Service, menus and place-name, and had e-save-the-dates and e-invitations and a wedding website for all the information. We really liked the idea of a photo booth, but instead had a dressing-up box with silly glasses, hats and wigs that we asked our friends to bring and simply let people take their own funny photographs on the dance floor. We also liked the idea of having a sweetie table, but as well as feeling that this was quite over-done, it also adds more to the budget, so we instead made small bags of heart sweeties which we put in all the bedrooms in the house. And by getting the bridesmaid dresses on the high street we definitely saved a few hundred pounds. We then had extra to put towards the band of our dreams, our favourite photographer and to put money behind the bar.
Know your theme and try not to have too much going-on. I know I was overwhelmed at the beginning by all the colour choices and theme ideas. I bought all the wedding magazines and had a scrap book where I kept pictures of everything I liked, but after a couple of months it was just full of so much, I didn’t know which direction to go in and which ideas to keep and drop. Once the colours and theme were chosen (and be quite specific), we just kept these in mind with every choice we made and this made everything much simpler and ultimately more pretty and un-fussy on the day. And it really is true that you just don’t notice all the small details on the day, so try not to worry about them too much. If you love the venue, your dress and your friends can have a great party then that’s all that really matters!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Venue | Brympton House
Veil| Surrey Brides
Dress |Wedding dress bee
Music | Alive Network
Photography | Joseph Hall