Kirsty and Jody’s wedding took place on a beautiful summers day in August last year. Choosing a Church wedding ceremony at St Peters, one of our three parish churches followed by a drinks reception on the lawns and a wedding breakfast under our pergola, Kirsty and Jody had the most amazing day! Having been sent some stunning images from their photographer, Debs Alexander Photography we felt it would be a good idea not only to share the magic of the wedding day but for Kirsty and Jody to tell you a little about their wedding journey themselves by answering a couple of questions on why they picked Maunsel House as the venue for their wedding day.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MAUNSEL HOUSE AS YOUR VENUE?
Jody is from Devon and I’m from Scotland, and we live in London. When we were researching wedding venues we decided to look in the South West, as London was proving to be very expensive and we could often only hire a place for a day, rather than the whole weekend.
Maunsel House was recommended by a photographer we know in Cornwall, and it appealed because Jody’s sister lives nearby in Taunton. When we visited, we knew straight away that it was the right choice for us. I fell in love with the beautiful grounds and the pergola, while Jody liked the quirkiness of the house, including the display of vintage guns in the pub!
Importantly for us, it offered the option to have most of the reception outside in the grounds if the weather permitted, but the interior was lovely enough to ensure we would still have an enjoyable wedding if it rained. In the end this came in very useful, as on the day we were able to eat under the pergola and held the first part of our ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance ) out on the lawn, but moved inside when it got colder in the evening.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR STYLE/THEME?
Jody’s favourite colour is purple and mine is burgundy, so we decided on a “summer berry” colour palette. The bridesmaids’ dresses were all in berry shades and tied together by the purple and deep pinky/red tones in the bouquets. The favours were homemade boozy berry jams (berry flavoured Skittles for the kids!) and the cake was decorated with summer fruits. The ice cream trike provided by Maunsel House included a boozy berry sorbet option.
My dress had a bohemian, vintage feel, which suited the country house setting. We continued that relaxed approach with a cream campervan instead of a formal wedding car, and a BBQ instead of a three-course sit down dinner. Our invitations had a peacock feather design, as a nod to the peacocks in residence at Maunsel House.
MAKE UP & HAIR STYLIST: Both from Buff buffdayspa.co.uk
WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Catherine Deane catherinedeane.com
FLOWERS: Eden edenweddings.co.uk
CAKE DESIGNER: My sister-in-law!
STATIONERY: Papier papier.com
CAMPERVAN: Somerset Wedding Campervans somersetweddingcampervans.co.uk