Songs of Love

Emma and Adrian put their hearts into every element of their wedding at Brympton House in Somerset, especially the soundtrack for their ceremony and party

Photography: Weddings by Nicola and Glen

Brympton House in Somerset struck a chord with Emma and Adrian the very first time they saw it. “It’s a beautiful mix between country chic and opulent elegance,” says Emma. “We only booked eight months in advance. Most weekends were already taken – we chose the Thursday before the August bank holiday so we could have our dream summer wedding.”

Throughout the day, music was key. For the ceremony, saxophonist Graeme Budd and guitarist/singer Rebecca Snell worked together to recreate Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Eva Cassidy’s Songbird, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, One Direction’s Little Things and All You Need Is Love by The Beatles. “It was amazing,” says Emma. “I also loved the confetti walkway – strolling through our guests as they cheered. I smiled so much my cheeks hurt.”

The food of love
Being enthusiastic foodies, the wedding breakfast was also important to Emma and Adrian. “We wanted to visually wow our guests, so Clever Chefs came up with a trio of starters (mini Camembert pots; ham terrine with bacon jam; arancini balls with a duck bonbon), followed by roast loin of pork, then a chocolate marquise with raspberry sorbet. I absolutely loved this dessert – and we added some pink candy floss for an extra bit of fun.”

Dancing shoes on
In the early evening, as the sun went down and the fire pits were lit, guests were entertained by acoustic singer and guitarist James McLean, before a DJ got the dancing started. “It took a long time to decide on a first dance – we must have listened to hundreds of songs,” says Emma. “A Thousand Years by Christina Perri eventually stole our hearts. A live singer recreated an acoustic version, which was simply beautiful. We tried to choreograph a dance routine – and failed! – but had a lot of fun trying. Listening to our first dance song reminds me not only of the day, but the lead up to it – dancing around our house full of excitement and love. It will always bring back a thousand memories. “When it came to keeping to our budget, well, we weren’t very good at that, but I would say, don’t get caught up in the small, expensive details. The most important things are the emotions of the day and all the love around you and none of that is created by a prop or a fancy centrepiece.”

LITTLE WHITE BOOK

Photography weddingsbynicolaandglen.com
Venue & flowers brymptonhouse.co
Catering cleverchefs.co.uk
Cake reillycakes.co.uk
Entertainment dinnerjazzsax.co.uk; theweddingplayers.com; rebeccashelleymusic.co.uk; jamesmcleanmusic.com
Bride’s dress lusanmandongus.com from flossyandwillow.uk
Bride’s shoes dunelondon.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses Biba from houseoffraser.co.uk
Groom’s outfit marksandspencer.com
Hair & make-up makeupbyleannabiggs.co.uk

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