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Karen and Chris

Karen and Chris got married at Brympton House on Saturday 11th March 2017…this is their Country House Wedding Story

A little bit about us

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Chris and myself have known each other since school but lost contact for a few years when we went to university. We bumped into each other in the pub in 2011 and have been together ever since (6 years).
We live in rural Somerset so enjoy making the most of the beautiful countryside. We also enjoy cosy nights in from of the open fire. We are part of a local skittles team which Chris’ parents run.
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The Chemistry

Definitely a question of opposites attracting. I am super organised and like to prepare for everything with to do lists for to do lists whilst Chris is very laid back but then panics when things go wrong. Somehow it just works!!
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The Proposal

Chris proposed at home. I wasn’t feeling very well so he said he was going to take me out for dinner. I went to have a shower and get ready and when I came back down he had laid the table with a heart made of red candles, a three course meal and was down on one knee with my beautiful ring. Little did I know he had also been and spoken to my parents.
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The Venue

Soon after we got engaged we decided we didn’t want a long engagement and went on the hunt for our perfect wedding venue.
We looked at several local venues and came across Brympton House online. We booked to view Brympton and instantly fell in love with Castle House. We also loved the different spaces for different parts of the day as there is nothing worse than being shuffled in and out of the same room all day.
After this, it was difficult to find anything that came close to the beautiful Brympton House and we signed on the dotted line!
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The Dress

Finding the dress was a lot more simple than I expected. I had no preconceived ideas of what I wanted and found my dress in a small bridal boutique. Anna in the store was excellent and suggested all sorts of different styles and we soon got the “ooh” moment. For a very self conscious bride, this turned out to be a lovely stress free experience.
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The Wedding Party

We have 3 bridesmaids, my best friend Joanna, friend Sarah and sister Amanda. The nice thing here is that I have someone representing a different part of my life. Chris has 3 ushers, Sean and Stuart who are my brothers and Joe who is Chris’ cousin. The best man is Tim, who Chris has known most his life and is also Sarah’s husband.
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The Decor

The colour scheme for the day was ivory and dusky pink with splashes of grey and silver.We introduced some fun elements into our day as well –  namely fire pits in the evening and a popcorn bar.  Whilst for our evening food we introduced a ‘wow’ element – paella served in giant pans under the canopy of fairy lights in the Stables courtyard –  care of Wellies and Garlic . We trusted the lovely Emily from Brympton House Styling Team with our flowers and she recommended very neutral spring flowers with lovely scents as well as some splashes of dusky pink roses. We wanted a day framed with candlelight and Brympton House did not disappoint.
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The Honeymoon

We are off to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean on the Monday after the wedding for 2 weeks. Stunning white beaches and crystal clear seas in 5 star luxury – We cannot wait!!!!!
Photographer: Russell How – HOW Photography
Grooms wear: Moss bros
Beauty: Hair and makeup by Lisa Want and Nails by V&A Beauty
Wedding flowers: Emily Jewesbury
Evening Food: Wellies and Garlic
Wedding Specialist: Natalie Berry

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