A Perfect English Country Wedding

I’m thrilled to be featuring this beautiful wedding, shot by the fantastic Moments Captured Photography, a valued member of our Premier Photography Portolio. Claudine & Tash concentrate on capturing the story of your wedding day, covering your wedding unobtrusively, taking reportage and photo journalistic style photographs, paying close attention to every detail and capturing each moment as it happens.

Here they share with us the stunning images they captured of Duone & Rob’s wedding at the beautiful Brympton D’Evercy, an exclusive use country house wedding and reception venue set amidst the rolling Somerset hills, also one of our recommended Premier Wedding Venues.

With an elegant black and white colour scheme and an amazing Ritva Westenius gown, this wedding really stands out from the crowd.

Duone tells us…

“Rob proposed on a trip to South Africa where we normally holiday over the Christmas period. Our flight was delayed for 5 days with the snow in England. He had planned to propose on Christmas day but with the flight delays we only landed in Cape Town on Christmas day and it was all a bit too much.  I waited all day for the proposal (we’d been together 5 years) and nothing...He had only bought me a CD for a present so I told him “I was really glad that he was obviously saving up for something special!!!” The next evening we had a fish barbeque at home and Rob looked uber smart - I was dressed in a hoody.  He asked me to wash my hands after the fish, and after numerous requests, I obliged. Soon after he dropped onto one knee in front of my whole family and asked. Yes, on that evening I was surprised!

My dress was by Ritva Westenius, from a boutique in Bournemouth. My accessories were a pair of pearl earrings that Rob bought me for one of my birthdays, a pearl ring that he gave to me as my wedding gift on the day and a simple fishline necklace with a small pearl pendant.

My bridesmaids were a simple choice. I had my best friend of 23 years from South Africa and my neighbour  & best friend of 13 years from school. Their dresses were perhaps a little controversial - I bought them from Firetrap as I didn’t like the material and the look of some of the classic bridesmaid dresses. Also they were black - which took my poor mum months to come round to!  The bridesmaids were very happy with them and have even worn their dresses since.

All my make up was by Bobbi Brown. I decided to go for lessons and do my make up myself. I like the natural look (you know, the one that takes 2 hours to look that natural). If you feel comfortable with your own make up skills, then great - your husband-to-be will be grateful since he will feel that you look like you normally do. Having said that if you don’t know your tweezers from your eyelash curlers, it’s perhaps best to leave it to the make-up artist!

We had a lot of difficulty getting Rob a suit since the company that made his bespoke suit went bankrupt.  In the end he had a tailored Charcoal black fitted suit (no tails) from Saville Row which he wore with a white shirt and a cream tie and waistcoat from Favour Brook Menswear.  The ushers wore the same tie and shirt but no waistcoat.

For the ceremony we had a string quartet that I had heard busking in Bath - the StringBeans Quartet.  They played loads of contemporary songs and were happy to learn a few of the church songs to accompany singing. The wedding and the reception were at the same venue [The Brympton D’Evercy] and we had a religious blessing. My dad walked me down the aisle and although I wasn’t nervous about marrying Rob, the moment got too big for me and I shed a little tear when I got to the top of the aisle. I actually squeezed Dad’s arm just to pause a minute whilst I collect myself. My best memory was finally feeling blessed together in front of God.


Our theme for the reception was wine as Rob is a big wine buff. The colour scheme was black & white and there were numerous flower decorations throughout the venue - calla lilies, roses etc. We also had personalised wine bottle labels made with a picture of us on the day of our engagement from TheWineLabel.co.uk. Our favours were black and white boxes filled with ‘wine gums’ following the wine theme. My mother in law made the cake and had it professionally decorated. We had 3 tiers, fruit cake, chocolate, and victoria sponge. It was a big success!

For our first dance we choreographed a routine to Andy Williams “Can’t take my eyes off you”. Practicing dancing together was quite fun and although there were a few blips on the night, everyone seemed quite impressed.

My most memorable moment would be the countless Jagerbombs at the evening do, loads of dancing and the joy of seeing all our friends having a blast until the early hours!

My top tip for brides to be would be to outsource as many of the tasks as possible.  If someone is willing to help - let them!  If your mum wants to be involved, try to listen to opinions and advice completely, think about it, and then make a decision. My tip for grooms would be to compliment the bride as often as you can leading up to the wedding!

In terms of your budget, decide what the most important things are to you and splash out on those.  Also if you’re not paying for the wedding, take into consideration what the important aspects of the day are to the financiers. And if you can - hire a wedding planner - worth their weight in gold!”

The Dream Team

Photographer – Moments Captured Photography

Venue: Brympton D’Evercy

Dress: Ritva Westenius

Menswear: Saville Row / Favourbrook Menswear

Bridesmaid Dresses: Firetrap

Makeup – Bobbi Brown

Music – The Stringbeans Quartet

Flowers: Annie Bullock at Flowers by Arrangement

Orders of Service: Perfect Wedding Stationary

Personalised Wine Labels – TheWineLabel.co.uk

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