A Wedding day to never be forgotten. A mid-week Monday wedding celebration filled to the brim with love and happiness. A magical day where memories were made to last a life time.
Vintage glamour, champagne and Spring infusions. Elegant, and so unique with every detail planned to perfection. So much effort and thought went into making this day just want Miranda and Luke wanted it to be. A total reflection of this lovely couple, and just as should be.
From the Aston Martin wedding car, to the endless bottles of champagne being popped on the lawn next to the moat, the smoke bomb photography by the talented David Boynton, to the delicious food served by AtoZest and the spring flowers created by Issy and Bella.
Let us dive into the beautiful story of Miranda and Luke.
The Wedding Day: Monday 16th April 2018
Wedding Theme: Vintage Glamour
Ceremony Location: Burghill Church
Reception Drinks Location: On the lawn by the moat with our magical harpist and our guests sipping on Moet – I have never seen so many bottles being popped before!
Wedding Breakfast Location: In the gorgeous Brinsop Banqueting Hall
The Flowers: Jo from Issy and Bella
Table Design: Floral rings and candelabras as centre pieces by the talented Issy and Bella, with smoked wooden name places and key rings for the wedding favours. Guests were then invited to go to photo booth to have a picture taken for them to slot into the key ring! The top table had lots of foliage and flowers in small glass jars with little candles in between and the bridal bouquets which were staggered amongst the foliage.
The Caterers: AtoZest, with their Events Manager Jan leading the day.
Canape’s served with drinks reception:
– Mini Herefordshire Sausages glazed with mustard, soy and honey
– Tempura prawns served with sweet chilli dip and cucumber dipping sauce
– Crispy buttermilk chicken served with creole mayonnaise
– rare Herefordshire beef topped with celeriac Remoulade served on a truffled croute
– Warm Goats cheese parcels
Wedding breakfast Menu:
The Starter: Herefordshire Ham Hock Terrine served with homemade French bean chutney and sourdough bread.
The Main: Oven roasted Lemon and Thyme Chicken Breast served with Nicoise Vegetables, al forno potatoes and cherry tomato sauce
Mini Trio of deserts: Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Eton mess and Vanilla Cheesecake topped with edible flowers
Followed by: Freshly ground Italian coffee served during the cutting of the cake and the Best Man’s speech.
The Cake: Created by Mrs Mo’s Delicio’s. The lovely and very talented Donna Morris. Three Tier cake, bottom layer light grey marble affect and was salted caramel and biscotti flavour, light pink and lemon sponge and top tier was plain white and carrot cake. Donna created 7 beautiful hand crafted iced flowers some of which were in my wedding bouquet; Pink Peonies, a David Austin Rose, English Roses, Anemone and White Dahlia. The second little cake was a cheese stack cake by Godminster.
Hair and Makeup: Hair styled by Tabitha Maccurah-Pain and make up by Serenity Beauty and Nicki Harrison. Our 3 Bridesmaids had a relaxed up do with side plaits white flowers. My hair was down with vintage curls, completed with a floral glitzy vintage comb where my Veil was placed. The veil belonged to my my bridesmaid Charlotte, so my something borrowed!
The Dress: The dress was from a boutique shop in Tunbridge Wells, Isabella Grace. A Justine Alexandra and was called ‘Tricia’ which which is my mum’s name, which made it even more special and was the one for me.
The Bridesmaid Dresses: Purchased from Maids Wardrobe , D’Zage range – light grey lace off the shoulder and chiffon drop, buttoned at the back to match my dress.
The Suits: TM Lewin 3 piece blue suits, with a white shirt, and finished with a vintage pink woven silk tie. The look was completed with Ox Blood shoes and an engraved silver pocket watch for the Ushers.
Transport: A beautiful Aston Martin to take me to the church with my Dad, David and back again with my new hubbie, Luke
The Entertainment: Our Harpist, Jemima Philips played during our Canapé Reception to welcome guests back from the church. Our Sax player by Piano DJ played to open our evening reception, and our DJ for the party was a Hereford favourite, Roddy Hankins.
When and where did you get engaged? We got engaged in Playa La Zamora, La Palma on the 23rd May 2017. Luke organised the holiday and I did not know where I was going until I turned up at the airport. We were away for 10 days and 3 days before we were due to come home, we went for an evening walk outside of the resort, before dinner to see the sunset go down. Little did I know luke had planned this walk and had researched a private little beach cove which was a short walk away. On arriving at this most beautiful cove, surrounded by thousands on banana plantations, we walked down what felt like hundreds of steps onto this black volcanic soft sand beach. Before I knew it we were sitting down talking and then when I got up to take a picture of the sunset going down, he stood up next to me and went down on one knee and well the rest is a blur! He even managed to sneak in two champagne flutes and a bottle of bubbles into his back pack without me knowing as he wrapped them in the towels!
How and why did you choose Brinsop Court? Brinsop Court very much found me! This journey begun when I attended the Conde Nast Brides the Show in October 2016 with my Maid of Honour, Amy. We came across the Brinsop Court stand, where we were drawn in by the Applesecco after trying a glass and chatting away to the staff! Amy had found her venue, however I was keeping my options open, and even though I was not engaged, I had been with Luke for 5 years at this stage and knew that wedding bells were not far off.
On watching the lovely video of Brinsop court, I was in love and it felt like I had found my potential fairly tale venue. I was then very lucky when the lady we was talking to when to this magical chest of draws and turned to give me this golden envelope. On opening the envelope, I could not believe my eyes that myself and Luke had been invited down for a complimentary one night stay, including a three course meal, drinks and breakfast. I was thinking to myself ‘ this is to good to be true’.
On arrival to Brinsop Court on Saturday 4th Feb 2017 we were blown away by the grounds, from the moment we drove down the long drive passing the gorgeous Ivy Cottage, we just knew we had found something very special and we immediately felt at home after a very warm welcome by the Brinsop team. We had an amazing weekend, where the staff were so helpful and answered all our questions. we felt the venue was suited to both of us, especially after Luke discovered there was a shooting shed with the possibility to do a shoot the morning after the wedding. We are country bumpkins and this was exactly what we were looking for.
We were sad to leave, but deep down, we knew it would not be our last visit as we had never seen a venue like this one before….. I was excited to to announce to the Brinsop staff that Luke had proposed 3 months later and that we would like to have our wedding at Brinsop Court.
To now be a part of the ever growing Brinsop family is truly special and we look forward to returning to celebrate our future wedding anniversaries so we can continue to re live our special day.
How long did it take to plan your wedding? 9 months
Was there inspiration or theme for your wedding? You can’t beat a bit of vintage Glamour and when we found Brinsop I knew this was the perfect fit with the theme.
What was your first dance song? Luke and I’s first dance was to ‘The one’ by Kodaline, followed by ‘ I loved her first’ by heartland when I danced with my dad.
What was your favourite part of the day? All of it, I could not pick! Utterly magically, amazing in every way. I did love the sparkler arch formed by our wedding guests in the evening going over the bridge to the moat. What a send off for married life being surrounded by all those that you love … I felt like I was walking off into a fairy-tale!!
Harriet I can’t thank you enough for being the best Wedding planner ever, you supported me every step of the way, before and during and after the wedding, you went above and beyond your job and for that we are so grateful.
Did everything go to plan? Yes and if it didn’t we didn’t know about it as Harriet and the team were on hand to sort out any minor problems, helping our day to flow smoothly and make sure our guests had the best time.
What advice would you give anyone planning their big day? Have an open mind, keep your options open, have a budget, do your research and most of all follow your heart and you will find your dream venue. Make sure the staff are excellent as they are paramount to making your day a true success. Remember to enjoy every minute as it really is all an utter whirl wind!!
Where did you spend your Honeymoon? We spent two weeks in the Maldives, on a stunning island where we had glorious sun the whole time. The crystal waters, white beaches and thousands of tropical fish. Pure bliss!
Thank to Miranda and Luke for sharing their special day.
One to never be forgotten here at Brinsop Court.