Stacey & Kelly marry at Brympton House.
This months real life wedding feature kindly supplied by Brympton House
Say your vows in a stunning medieval manor house, sip Champagne on an elegant terrace and dine in Elizabethan grandeur. This great house with its exquisite Tudor front stands majestically amongst 33 acres of parkland. Couples are invited to enjoy exclusive use on their wedding day, experiencing all that a Brympton wedding has to offer – a breathtaking setting and exquisite dining experience.
At Brympton House, couples can choose to tie the knot in either the beautiful Castle House, or outside on the South Terrace, enjoying views over the lake. Following a civil ceremony, drinks receptions take place in the imposing Elizabethan Great Hall beside a roaring fire, or on the terrace and lawn in the summer. Depending on your chosen wedding style and number of guests, three inside spaces are available for the wedding breakfast, from the majestic light-filled Ballroom, to the more intimate State Dining Room with its red silk-lined walls.
The Stables have been converted in to a perfectly designed evening function area with chill-out room, dance floor area and bar – just the place to party the night away. As the sun goes down, serve a feast to your guests, perhaps a hog-roast or giant paella on the courtyard as they watch fireworks overhead. It’s the dream finale to your most special day
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G Wedding Directory would like to thank Kelly & Stacey for allowing us to publish their story.
Andrew & John.
Summer 2011 we decided to start looking at venues just to get an idea of what we wanted. There was nothing in our home town that wowed us so we knew we had to look a little further afield. With family members spread all across the country we knew we had to pick somewhere with good rail and road links which gave us Yeovil, Taunton, Exeter, Dorchester and the smaller towns around to look at. I have family in the Somerset area so we decided to look here first. We booked appointments to view three venues on the same day - operation wedding plans were back on.
We looked at Brympton House - WOW!!! We were blown away as soon as we were driving down the long enchanting drive. Then we saw the front of the house - sold, I want this one I said to Stacey. When we went inside we were still as in love as we were on the outside. We went to see the third venue but we weren't interested. All we could think about was Brympton. We had other appointments booked for other venues but none had the same wow factor as Brympton so we decided to book a second viewing. Brympton was at the higher end of our budget so it meant possibly making cuts somewhere so the second viewing was important as we had to be sure it was the one and it was as soon as we were on the drive again I knew this is where I wanted to get married and Stacey felt the same. November 2011 we booked our wedding date, March 9th 2013.
Stacey and I first met in 2006 when we both worked at the same restaurant. We became very good friends and it wasn't until 2008 when we were both going through breakups with our ex partners that we realised our feelings were more than just friends and we began to grow closer and closer.
On February the 8th 2008 we went for a walk along the beach in our home town of Lyme Regis where we sat until 4:30am drinking wine and talking. This is where we shared our first kiss. It was a bitterly cold night and we were frozen by the time we went home. But for some reason this didn't matter. We were enjoying each other's company too much to care how cold we were.
Our relationship didn't have the easiest of starts. Family and friends weren't accepting and we struggled in our small town community to be accepted. But we were stronger than people thought and we didn't let anyone put us down.
In September 2008 we rented our first flat together and moved to the family business. Later in November shared our first holiday together along with Stacey's dad and step-mum. We spent 2 weeks in Disney world in Florida and visiting sea-world - for me this was a dream come true as I am a big kid at heart. It was there in Florida that we both realised we were both in love and we wanted to spend our future together.
Fast forward 2 years to 2010, it had been a particularly difficult year with the passing of my beloved Nan. She was the rock in our family, the glue that held it all together so losing her took a lot out of me. Things we set to get better though. The 24th June 2010, was a beautiful warm sunny day and Stacey suggested a picnic on the beach. We got ourselves ready and Stacey prepared a lovely picnic along with Pimms and fruit and we went for a walk down the beach and set up in a perfect little secluded area (where we had our first kiss). Stacey set up the food and poured us a drink. We sat talking and making future plans, Stacey seemed a little tense but I thought nothing of it. A little while into our picnic Stacey said she had a present for me and told me to close my eyes. When I opened my eyes Stacey was on one knee in front of me with a beautiful engagement ring and she said "will you marry me!" I burst in to tears and said yes! Stacey had already asked my mum and dads permission to marry me and they gave their blessing. Mission wedding planning began!!
It was all systems go! We had given ourselves 16 months to organise and plan our wedding (we had a civil partnership but for us it was a wedding, we were getting married). We thought we were a little crazy allowing all that time but we needed it. It soon flew by.
I asked my mum and dad to come wedding dress shopping. Although it's not your "traditional" wedding, we wanted it to be as traditional as possible. January and February 2012 I went on the hunt for a wedding dress with my mum and dad. In my head I knew exactly what I wanted, an organza dress, sweetheart neckline, tie back, ruffles and sparkles - I wanted to look like a princess. I must have tried on almost a hundred dresses before I found the one. We went to a beautiful bridal shop in Ilminster called prima moda brides. The owner Jean was so helpful, friendly and full of advice. I knew this was where I would find my dress. She asked me if I had any idea of what I wanted and said its best to try other styles and materials too as I could find I preferred something else. We tried on around 30 dresses that day but she was so patient and made the experience so much fun. I found a dress which had the wow factor and thought this was it, my dream dress, organza, sparkly, everything I thought I wanted but something told me to try on this plain satin dress, sweetheart neckline, with a beaded belt around the waist and a matching bolero. When I put this Mori Lee satin bridal gown on I felt like a princess - this was the ONE! It made my mum and dad cry when I went out in it so I knew it was the one. We altered it slightly changed the zip back to a tie back to make it exactly what I wanted. With a simple tiara it was exactly how I wanted to look and feel on my wedding day.
Stacey is not a girly girl so for her a dress was out of the question. She had an idea of the kind of suit she wanted but to find it was almost near on impossible. No local bridal shop had a bridal suit. A trouser suit for a bride surely this is something we could find - apparently not. She hunted high and low but couldn't find what she wanted. She had to think of a plan B. We knew our colour scheme was Ivory, Cadbury purple and silver so it had to be something to match these. She decided to look in a shop in Exeter called Dukes to see what trouser suits they had after months of searching she found her "The One". A beautiful light grey/silver Suit. The sense of relief when she told me she had found it was amazing. Next was the shoes and shirt. Shoes were relatively simple a beautiful satin Victorian style boot in white (not Stacey's usual style but looked fab with her suit). Her shirt however not so easy. It wasn't until 5 weeks before the wedding she found her shirt. And it was whilst we were on a short holiday in Florida that she found it. As I said before we wanted to keep it as traditional as possible so Stacey didn't see my dress and I didn't see her suit until the day of the wedding. Everything was kept as a surprise.
Brympton was fantastic in helping us to arrange the flowers, the design plan and the menu. We already had our colour scheme but we added in some hot pink into the flowers just to add a bit more colour. Our flowers were done by a florist in Yeovil, Bee floral. They were fantastic. I was so happy with our flowers the colours were so bright and bold and Bee was so helpful. We had fish bowl centre pieces on our tables with Calla Lilies and crystals. We had hot pink rose button holes (except for Stacey she had a pink Calla lily) and my bouquet was so beautiful all I ever wanted.
We had my old school friend Jarvia Ellis do the hair for me, my mum and our five bridesmaids. She did such an amazing job and all of our hair looked beautiful.
Our photographer was a very talented Lyme Regis based photographer Matthew Austin, he is an incredible photographer. We saw some photos he had done for a friends sister’s wedding and they were so natural and beautiful that we gave him a call. For me the photographs along with the venue were one of the most important things.
We had around 90 close friends and family for our wedding day. We both had our dads walk us down the aisle (separately), and give us away. My mum and Stacey's step mum were witnesses. We had a best man, ushers and bridesmaids (the youngest being our great niece at 3 weeks old). It was the most magical, non-traditional but traditional, beautiful day of our lives and if we could we would do it again in a heartbeat. The whole day ran so smoothly and was just perfect from start to finish.
In the evening we had a disco in the orangery at Brympton house. The orangery itself is a beautiful room with its own bar, chill out area and room for music and dancing. Our disco was provided by Lee Dewberry of Pulse Roadshow a Yeovil based DJ. He played a good mixture of music and definitely played to the crowd. He was so much fun and the nicest guy you could meet. Our wedding cake was made by my mum, Nicky. She is such a talented lady that I had to show her off a little bit in the wedding. We had a three tier Heart shaped fruit cake and a separate chocolate cake which we put out in the evening.
After the wedding we had a mini moon in London. We spent a few days seeing shows and eating and drinking far too much. We had our proper honeymoon In January 2014 we spent a month in Australia. We stayed in Sydney and Perth and cruised around Brisbane, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Newcastle. By far the most spectacular place in the world. Definitely the honeymoon of a lifetime.
My beautiful wedding dress and shoes hung in the window of the honeymoon suite at Brympton house.
Since then we have been working hard and saving money. We are currently in the process of buying a new house and are planning to start a family in the near future.