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A Humanist Blessing on the Lake

We are delighted to share Jade and Thomas' gorgeous wedding with you today.

Jade and Thomas’ wedding was absolutely divine and the memories were captured perfectly by Modern Vintage Weddings, we love David Wickham’s unique approach and style.

This beautiful has been featured on Rock My Wedding

Jade has a super cool job working at Pinterest and so was naturally brimming with amazing ideas for her and Tom’s special day! They live together in California and fell in love with Brympton after discovering it on RMW, as they felt it was exceptionally beautiful and provided the ‘Englishness’ that Jade so wanted for the wedding after being away from home.

The added benefit was that they could have 60 guests stay on the estate, which was especially nice for those that flew in from the US, the Netherlands and Turkey. The American guests loved the history of the house and referred to it as a castle!

Their two day celebration started on the Friday. They opted for a distinctively British afternoon tea in the Great Hall on the day before their wedding followed by a spot of cricket outside on the pitch, enjoyed alongside a delicious and light picnic served with Pimms and a barrel of Beer for guests to help themselves too. Brympton has a history with cricket; through Sir Spencer Ponsonby-Fane, Brympton became a meeting place of cricket lovers. Brympton had its own cricket pitch, where large house parties played against local and visiting teams. A house party devoted to cricket took place each year.

Following this, the party enjoyed an intimate and relaxed rehearsal supper in the beautiful State Dining Room. The silk lined State Dining Room is definitely not one to be missed. A wonderfully atmospheric space adorned in shades of deep red, it seats up to 60 guests for dinner. With an absence of overhead electric light, the candle chandelier provides a romantic glow! They kept the cricket theme going into the evening with cricket menus and name cards.

On the wedding day, Jade and Thomas had a picturesque outdoor ceremony facing the lake with our house nestled in the background. The bride elegantly wore Inbal Dror and Valentino Rock Stud Wedding Shoes and the Groom a handsome black tux by Alexander McQueen.

The couple added their own special touch to things, from their delicate letterpress invitations with an illustrated timeline of where Jade and Thomas met (Bangkok), got engaged (Napa Valley) and would get married (Somerset), to their own wine labels on bottles of Prosecco that they gave as wedding favours. They also used a pair of traditional wooden skis as their guest book, which they hope to hang in their house one day.

Their Blessing on the lake was made extra special by having a close friend officiate and writing their own ceremony and vows. Their readings were “I Do, I Will, I Have” by Ogden Nash (edited slightly to modernise) and a Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton.

They were served mouth-watering canapés, including mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, as a special nod to Jade’s home county, followed by a truly scrumptious wedding breakfast of New York strip steak strips and chips with Béarnaise sauce. Evening guests enjoyed the ever-popular hog roast outside the stables where the evening reception was held.

All of the floristry and styling was lovingly designed and created by the incredible team over at Brympton Styling; Style By Design. The styling and flowers for the day were romantic and elegant, with ivory, white, green and gold being the accent colours. Jade and Thomas chose to have their wedding breakfast in the elegant Salon, with vintage brass candelabras dressing the tables. The styling of the space felt very decadent, with guests drinking from gold rimmed glassware and eating from gold rimmed crockery.

Their evening band were Hipster, who were phenomenal! Sage With Zest provided an incredible Hog Roast for the evening reception at 10pm, served in the fairy-light lit courtyard.

For their wedding film they had the incredible Ben Walton, who embraces the outdoors and captures light and mood. You can watch their wonderful film here

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