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The Brief
From our very first phone call, it was clear that this fabulous couple knew what they wanted - or more importantly, what they didn’t want for their wedding. Having witnessed so many couples worrying about logistics and planning their weddings right up to the last minute, they knew they wanted to do the exact opposite, and instead enjoy a relaxed, but impeccably organised celebration, minus the stress. This was even more important since the couple themselves were based in Hong Kong, while their families and other guests were flying in from every corner of the globe. It was vitally important, therefore, that every moment of this three-day celebration could be spent with their nearest and dearest, and not getting caught up with any of the boring or stressful stuff. Enter The Bespoke Wedding Company!
The Setting
Babington House, that well-known Somerset country house hotel frequented by the media crowd, was the spectacular venue. This stunning Georgian house and grounds comes complete with a unique and utterly distinctive style of service and facilities, meaning Melanie and James’s guests were treated to spoils and indulgences but without any pomp or formality. The designer décor of the hotel was the perfect backdrop for a wedding that was chic and stylish, but damn good fun.
Pre-Wedding Hospitality
Guests arrived the day before the wedding, and took advantage of the fantastic location with country walks, spa treatments, tennis and all the other activities the hotel could offer. Close family and friends gathered in the Log Room for a classic British rehearsal dinner of sorts (although there was no formal rehearsal).

The day of the wedding arrived at a leisurely pace. After a full English breakfast, the groom’s party set off on a clay pigeon shoot, while the ladies indulged in some pampering…

The Wedding Day
The day of the wedding arrived at a leisurely pace. After a Full English breakfast, the groom’s party set off on a clay pigeon shoot, while the ladies indulged in some pampering. Later that day, guests from far and wide gathered for the intimate candlelit ceremony in the ancient St Margaret’s Chapel situated in the grounds of Babington House. As was fitting for the wintry time of year, a four-strong choir performed Christmas carols and Christmas hymns thoughout the ceremony. Darkness had fallen by the time the bride and groom and their guests left the chapel, and they were welcomed by a beautiful display of illuminated trees as they made their way across the lawns to a warm greeting of mulled wine.
The Orangery at Babington was the setting for the wedding breakfast. Styled in an elegant seasonal white palette with touches of grey, oyster and silver. We used eucalyptus, brunia berries and other seasonal foliages, accompanied by luxurious grey linens and bespoke printed materials that incorporated the Babington chapel image. Perspex Christmas baubles containing hand-crafted fortune cookies were given to each wedding guest.
A touch of China (a much-loved home to Melanie and James), was also evident in the after-dinner entertainment. As guests anticipated the traditional first dance, they were instead entertained by a vibrant and powerful Chinese dance troupe who performed a classic lion dance to mark the celebration. The House band and DJ then got the party in full swing – no one does a party better than Babington! The hilarious images produced by the portable photo booth that night are testament to the fact that jolly good fun was had by all!
The Morning After
A well-deserved lie-in was in store for most guests, although others took a breath of the fresh Somerset air, before gathering for an informal lunch of pie and mash along with some very hearty British desserts, ciders and of course, more wedding cake. The afternoon continued with board games in the lounge – it was Christmas time after all!