We, at Brympton, love an afternoon tea. There is something so traditional and elegant about an Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea wedding breakfasts have become hugely popular as a way to serve food at weddings. It makes sense really – usually served at the same time as a wedding breakfast would be, and presented in a beautiful fashion – afternoon tea and weddings are a perfect match!
For a wedding breakfast afternoon tea, it is just made extra special! Firstly, throw in some bubbles served in vintage champagne flutes, classic vintage china plates and crockery, along with beautiful and dainty cakes and pastries and you’re there!
Sally and Dan’s eye-catching wedding is definitely one Afternoon Tea wedding to admire. Their beautiful wedding was featured on Rock My Wedding.
Thank you to Helen Cawte, one of our wonderful recommended photographers, for supplying these images.
Here is a little more about their simply perfect day.
AFTERNOON TEA WEDDING BREAKFAST
Sally and Dan decided on an Afternoon Tea wedding breakfast as they wanted something that just felt quintessentially English. As Sally explains:
"Brympton House is a very traditional English house, set in gorgeous English countryside, and so we wanted to continue with the ‘English’ theme for the food. So an Afternoon Tea wedding breakfast, and Fish and Chips for the evening food seemed just perfect!
I also find that when I go to weddings with a formal 3 course meal, I end up getting really full up…and so thought something a bit lighter would be nice for a change. "
Sally and Dan decided on Brympton House as they fell in love with the spaces available and the flow of the day, meaning that guests would never have to re-use a space!
"We knew that we wanted a venue that was traditional, classic and didn’t need a lot of decoration, and Brympton House ticked all the boxes – it really is a very special place. We hired the whole house and grounds for the day, and had different parts of the wedding day in different locations around the house and estate. We got married in the gorgeous 16th Century castle house, which is an external building for civil ceremonies, but had the feeling of a small church. We then had reception drinks on the outside terrace in the sunshine, and the afternoon tea wedding breakfast was upstairs in the huge ballroom. The evening party was then over in the Party Barn….our guests loved moving round and discovering new parts of the grounds!"
STYLING AND FLOWERS
One of Sally and Dan's requirements when looking for a wedding venue was to find somewhere that was beautiful as it was, and somewhere that did not require much by way of decor. As soon as they found Brympton House, they knew it was the one for them!
Brympton Styling; Style by Design did an amazing job of styling their wedding. They opted for a Burgundy, Green and White colour scheme, which looked classic and elegant. Their flowers included Dahlias, Country Garden Roses, Astrantia, Astilbe and Senecio.
In the Castle house where they held their ceremony, they had bunches of gypsophila tied on to the ends of the pews, with simple white flowers and greenery in the windowsills. The beautiful tables for the wedding breakfast were decorated with vintage crystal vases and vintage English tea tins filled with gypsophila and mixed simple white flowers, all sat around the cake stands and sandwich & quiche platters:
"The styling team at Brympton House are called Style By Design and as they only work at this venue they know it inside out. Ellie (who heads up the team) is wonderful and was able to talk us through each of the rooms and what would be possible to do in terms of the styling, and we were really able to visualise it. We didn’t have a colour scheme at all for the day, and each decision we made was based on what would look best for that particular room. The house itself is beautiful and classic, and so that was essentially our ‘theme’. "
Sally and Dan's final advice for couples when planning their wedding:
"Enjoy the planning. The wedding day will be brilliant, but it is essentially just one day. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the planning and did one thing at a time, which meant we could concentrate on that one thing, tick it off, and then move onto the next. I would also recommend not allowing too many people to have opinions on what you are doing/planning. It is your day, and so should be exactly what you want it to be…not someone else’s vision."
Thank you to Sally & Dan for sharing their beautiful day with us.