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The Brief
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Welcome to the wedding of Nels and Antony. With a background in interior design, Nels knew the look and feel she was keen to achieve for her wedding day, but needed help to make it happen. We were excited from the get-go with this brief. For me, it was a chance to return to Somerley, the historic home of Lord and Lady Somerton, a beautiful location I fell in love with over a decade ago. Unfortunately Somerley is not currently available for hire, but they agreed to make an exception for Nels, however, a local Hampshire girl who had visited this home regularly as a child for birthday parties, and always dreamt of hosting her wedding there. With only four months to plan, we set to work designing a unique wedding day that showcased the very best of rural England.
The Ceremony
The ceremony took place in the charming church of St Mary’s, Fordingbridge, and the abundance of cherry blossom adorning the church was reportedly talk of the town for quite some time. Excited guests filled the pews with morning suits and hats galore. The groom and his ushers enjoyed a swift half in the local pub before dashing to the church in time to await the arrival of the bride in a vintage white car. The newlyweds left the church to a path strewn with confetti - the perfect start for a quintessentially English country wedding.

The newlyweds left the church to a path strewn with confetti - the perfect start for a quintessentially English country wedding…

Reception & Dinner
On arrival to Somerley, guests were treated to champagne and canapés inside the beautiful Gallery, full of treasures, valuable art and ephemera from the family collection. So far, so stately… Guests were then ushered inside a specially designed marquee structure with multiple areas, which was to be home for the next part of the day. This bespoke marquee included Nels’ dream to incorporate Somerley’s signature fountain, stone steps and urns as a centrepiece, bringing the history and character of the gardens inside, and offering a clever, multi-level space. The couple absolutely didn’t want a “white marquee”, so we set to work creating a space that was out of the ordinary. The muted tones and vintage inspired setting for dinner created a warm and welcoming environment, which gave a relaxed country location a big dose of elegance and sophistication.
The bride and groom’s first dance took place under an enormous chandelier, set within a stylish monochrome nightclub that was perfect for the electro-swing duo The Correspondents, whose amazing performance had everyone on their feet. We even created a little “man snug” complete with velvet drapes, Chesterfields, whisky and cigars for those menfolk seeking some time out. Fireworks, live music, bespoke wedding cocktails and late night bag-piping rounded off a spectacularly fun and stylish wedding celebration. Overnight guests stopped for a nightcap in Somerley’s Library before retiring to bed, exhilarated and happy.