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Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding

We all love a good love story, especially when it involves a messy meeting of spilled drinks, an offer to pay for dental treatment and an invitation for coffee to make up for it! Luckily, for Becki and Nat, their wedding day ran much smoother than their introduction and their Tuscan inspired wedding in Somerset was the absolute perfect moment for this couple to exchange their vows surrounded by their loved ones.

On the proposal

Nat had originally planned to whisk Becki away and propose to her on a beautiful beach somewhere in Australia but realizing just how close to her family she is and how much she missed them since moving to Brisbane, he instead decided to propose somewhere simple but with sentimental value. And so, on a balmy Summer’s evening at her parent’s house on the last night of their first trip back to the UK, Nat popped the questions while they were sitting around a fire pit.

As soon as Becki accepted, her family raced down the into the garden with a bottle of champagne, they’d all be in on the surprise and Nat had asked both Becki’s Dad and Mum for her permission.

Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding
Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding
Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding

On the venue

Having lived away from most of their friends and family for the last two and a half years, it was very important to the couple that they could spend as much time with their loved ones as possible and so they opted for a weekend wedding from Friday to Sunday.

Becki stumbled across Brympton House after a lot of searching on Google and the beautiful historic and romantic medieval manor house in Somerset had it all. “It had everything we wanted – exclusive hire for the weekend, onsite accommodation, a civil ceremony room that had the look and feel of a church, the grandeur of a manor house mixed with more laid-back spaces such as the stable barn and fairy-lit courtyard meant we could have the best of both worlds.”

Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding

All the styling details

Becki and Nat had talked a lot about getting married somewhere like Tuscany due to their love of wine and after falling in love with Tuscany on a trip in 2015 and so they brought Tuscany to Somerset. There was a relaxed, rustic feel to the styling with fresh foliage and olive trees everywhere and a neutral colour palette of whites, greens and light greats with accents of gold. “Our stylist and florist captured the brief beautifully. Our hanging foliage hoops were a particular favourite!”

Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding
Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding
Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding

The Dress

After deciding to buy her gown in Australia, Becki spoke to a lot of friends to get recommendations and Karen Willis Holmes got a consistent mention. As Becki was finding it hard to nail down the exact style she wanted, she loved the ‘mix and match’ options of the Bespoke collection which allowed her to have a fitted skirt with a detachable train to get the ‘wow’ factor.

Her mum flew all the way over from the UK for 5 days just to help Becki make the big decision and they found the perfect combination at our Sydney boutique when Becki found the ‘Blake/Mimi’ gown.
“I loved the split in the Mimi skirt which kept it fashionable and fun (and also served as a natural ventilation system on one of the hottest days of the year!) The best bit about it though, was how different and unique it was, everyone said they’d never seen anything like it!”

Becki & Nat’s Manor House Wedding

Gown hunting tips

“If there’s a dress you can’t get out of your head, there’s a good chance it’s the one, but make sure you try on loads of dresses to make sure. Also, get Pinteresting! Pinterest is your best friend for all things wedding-related and super helpful when you’re trying to communicate your vision to suppliers remotely (especially, if like me, you organized it from 10,500 miles away!)”

Suppliers:

Photographer – David Jenkins Photography  /  Videographer – Reel Love Films  /  Wedding Day Coordinator – Natalie Berry from Brympton House  /  Florist – Stems of Somerset  /  Stylist – Ellie Sloane from Brympton House Styling ‘Style by Design’  /  Hair & Make Up – Emma & the team from Gemma Sutton International  /  String Quarter – Colston String Quartet  /  Band – Mowgli  /  First Dance – ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay  /  Celebrant – Somerset Registry Office  /  Stationery – Confetti Designs  /  Cake – Sophie Gibson (one of Becki’s sister’s best friends and total cake hero!)  /  Wedding Bands – G.Collins & Sons  /  Bridesmaid Dressing Gowns – Posy Robes  /  Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Dessy purchased from Go Bridal  /  Wedding Shoes – Sophia Webster  /  Bride’s Earrings – Stephanie Browne

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