Imagine the perfect summers evening and a delicious three course meal whilst watching the sun set over Lake Annecy in France – It couldn’t get much more romantic than this, could it?!
Our lovely bride, Leigh picked this extremely romantic setting to ask Jessica a very important question…
“I gave Jess a sheet of paper that had a crossword on it and I said to her it was something I made at work when I was bored and whether she fancied solving it. The crossword was personalized, with the questions and answers relating to our lives and places we had been. There were certain letters that were highlighted; I told Jess that these made an anagram that she had to solve. After she unscrambled it, it read ‘Marry Me’.”
Jessica dreamed of a fairy tale wedding so the first step in the planning process was looking at venues that could ensure her dreams would come true.
“We live 2 miles from St Audries and never knew that it was where it was located due to it being hidden away. This was perfect for us as it allowed our family, who live all over the country and world, to come and see where we actually live and experience the South West.”
They hoped to have a venue that had a ‘Downton Abbey feel’ and they loved the idea of having everything in one location so that the day didn’t feel disjointed, making St Audries Park the perfect location for their big day.
“When we walked around it for the first time, I knew that our wedding would be spectacular at this venue.”
The lovely couple wanted to have a country theme to tie in with the house and location. They used lots of natural wood, handmade and vintage items to decorate the Main House. They also included lots of personalised items for guests to sign so they had keepsakes from the day itself.
“We saved a lot of money by doing the table decorations ourselves, making our own table favours and wedding invitations, we also used fake flowers as our bouquets.”
By choosing St Audries Park as their venue they were also able to focus on the finer details of their day as all of the essentials were included within their wedding package.
“It was fantastic value for money for the wedding package that was provided.”
They booked the amazing Minerva String Quartet to entertain their guests before, during and after the ceremony to add something extra special to their day.
They also used an award winning cake artist based in Burnham-on-Sea called Dusicake to create a bespoke design for their three tier wedding cake complete with handmade edible flowers and berries circling the cake!
Jessica & Leigh felt that it was important to use local suppliers for their wedding here at St Audries – They chose one of St Audries recommended suppliers – Minerva String Quaretet along with Ben Arigoni Photography who is a locally based photographer.
‘We hired a local photographer who had worked at St Audries before and therefore knew the venue very well. We wanted someone who we could talk to, who would listen to what we want and would not be an overwhelming presence on the day trying to get lots of posed photos. Instead we opted for a few posed photos but the rest were natural ones throughout the day without guests realizing.’
They also purchased their wedding dresses from a local wedding shop in Taunton – Strawberries and Champagne.
‘We both opted for dresses that were not what we expected or would usually opt for. I had an open back Mori Lee A line dress in a champagne colour. I did not expect to go for something as flowy as it was. Jessica opted for a Maggie Sottero dress in Ivory and was lace. ‘
Both brides opted for minimal accessories with Jess wearing matching pearl earrings and necklace along with her engagement ring and Leigh wearing no jewellery apart from her engagement ring.
Jessica and Leigh had two bridesmaids each, Leigh had her sister and best friend of 22 years and Jess had her two sisters. All of the bridesmaids dresses were from Etsy, the dresses were matching but with a style that meant each bridesmaid could were the dress in a different way.
‘They all chose different designs, which added to the beauty of the dresses and the bridesmaids.’
The Groomsmen were both bride’s fathers and Leigh’s little brother Ruben. Their suits were grey tailcoats sourced from Moss Bros.
‘Jessica and I did our ‘reveal’ on the grand staircase and saw each other for the first time there. We then proceeded to the orangery where Ruben walked first carrying the rings, followed by the bridesmaids’ one at a time. Jess, myself and both our dads all walked down at the same time. We had the string quartet playing bitter sweet symphony as we walked down. Jessica’s grandad and my dad both did a reading. We then walked out to Cannon.’
Jessica and Leigh continued their celebrations with their drinks and canapé reception, followed by a beautiful three course meal and they has also arranged to have a sparkler moment on the lawns before parting the night away in St Audries very own disco room!
Jessica and Leigh spent their 2 week honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.
‘We swam with dolphins, had a romantic meal on the beach, wine tasting, boat trip and drank copious amounts of cocktails and tequila!’