Says the bride, “Babington House is a private member country club and part of the Soho House group. This meant having the entire house and beautiful grounds all to ourselves on the wedding day! On top of that, Somerset is a lovely part of the countryside not far from London so it was ideal for anyone traveling to and from the wedding. There is also a spa and every single room inside Babington House is simply gorgeous.”
Photographer, Ann-Kathrin Koch, describes the weather that day: “It was a very typical English day in May, raining almost all day with heavy wind gusts. The grounds of Babington House are so beautiful and I know how much Jo wanted to enjoy the outside. While it was too cold and rainy to go outside for cocktail hour Babington House more than made up for that. The stunning light-filled rooms were the best alternative to sipping champagne on the lawn that anyone could ask for…
Playful details were a fun juxtaposition to the formal venue: striped favor bags, bottles and jars full of flowers… Jo works for Virgin Atlantic so escort cards were boarding passes and there were even two flight attendants (in uniform) to direct guests to their seats!
What are you lovely folks doing this weekend? We’re taking Caroline to her first Giants game, and then Sunday will be an exciting day of meal prep for the week. We’ve been living on takeout and last minute spaghetti for the past four months, and it’s starting to get old, but I realized that if I’m going to start cooking dinners again it’s going to require some advance planning. Thankfully my husband is on board to help chop onions and things, so I’ll get to spend some quality time with him, too.
PS – I got a sneak peek at some of the pics from my sister’s elopement, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you soon!
I have some really fun weekend links for you in just a bit, but first I wanted to highlight some of the awesome wedding vendors who helped us launch our exclusive vendor guide, Snippet & Ink Select…
Trent and Dara are the husband and wife duo behind Trent Bailey Photography, and their photos are timeless, effortless, and a little bit magical. Beyond capturing moments and details, their images tell a story – images that will be framed with pride, that belong in an album to be love-worn by children and grandchildren in years to come.
Looking at the perfectly orchestrated weddings that Rosemary Events puts on in Northern California, you can tell that owner Rosemary Hattenbach has a meticulous and beautiful aesthetic, but you might not guess that she’s also totally easy going and fun-loving. To paraphrase one of Rosemary’s clients, instead of imposing her vision, she puts wings on yours. (Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz.)
Kate Murphy‘s photography brings to mind words like clean, elegant, thoughtful. Her images are classic, but never formulaic; stylish, not trendy. It’s obvious that she is truly present at every wedding she photographs – she delights in capturing her clients at their best, and documenting the moments of such an important day.
Sarah Winward from Honey of a Thousand Flowers is inspired by her clients as much as she is inspired by season and location. The result is lush floral arrangements that are romantic and personal to the couple, and that showcase the textures and movement of flowers in nature. Put another way, her flowers steal the show. (Photos by Leo Patrone and Grace Elizabeth Collins.)
No matter how big or small the celebration, Ritzy Bee pays attention to every last detail, creating memorable custom events in the Washington D.C. area. Whatever you dream of for your big day, they will take your vision and bring it to life, starting with a detailed design and ending with a flawlessly orchestrated wedding that you and your guests will never forget. (Photos by Abby Jiu.)
Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer. Learn more about Snippet & Ink Select.
For many couples, California’s wine country is a wedding destination. But for Mary Robb and John, they call the Napa Valley home, so it was only natural to tie the knot there, on the groom’s family ranch…
Says the bride, “We wanted the evening to feel intimate and faithful to what we cherish most about living in the wine country. For us that meant a reverence to nature, or ‘God’s first cathedral.’ We were married under an oak tree in the horse corral on John’s family’s ranch in Napa Valley, where, three years before, John took me hiking the hillsides on our first date.”
SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS RUSTIC WINE COUNTRY WEDDING.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? John’s a winemaker, so the wine country is our home. And – as is often the case – our calendars are shaped by the seasons of the vine. Our goal was to be hitched before harvest! … when spouses become what is affectionately referred to as “harvest widows.” With five months to plan, we pulled upon our family, our friends, our neighbors, and our favorite local go-tos.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We were toasted by our sisters, then our brothers, and then my parents. My mother snuck kazoos into the barn and surprised us by leading the entire party in a rendition of You are my Sunshine! The sound of 135 kazoos under the roof of our candle-lit barn was a magical thing, just bursting with joy and love.
Tell us about the menu. Dinner was family style, prepared by Gerard’s Paella, which we first discovered at the Occidental Farmer’s Market. Dinner was accompanied by a Sauvignon Blanc from the ranch and a Syrah produced by one of our dearest friends, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co (who also deserves credit for introducing us!). We served a local sparkling, Schramsberg, and a keg of our very favorite local pale ale from Chau Tien Brewery. We placed bottles of wine along the center of each table so that our guests could help themselves. Dessert was prepared by another dear friend, Katherine Bishop Remy, who created the most exquisite rose-geranium scented heirloom vanilla cake with lemon curd and seasonal berries. Also, as an ode to my childhood-friends from summer camp who were in attendance, we served root beer floats at the end of the evening.
Any DIY details? We were married on a ranch, so no better reason to bring out the cowbells! We spray painted them gold, tied escort cards to them with baker’s twine, and they doubled as each guest’s seat assignment. Our guests loved having something to ring, especially during the toasts!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? You plan, you plan, and you plan… then, on the big day, you let go! Allow yourself to feel like a guest at your own wedding. It will unfold naturally and take on a marvelous life of its own. Your wedding night is a rare opportunity to have everyone you love in one place. Pay attention to the beauty in everything, breathe it all in, and don’t sweat the small stuff.
What advice do you have for other brides? Choose your coordinator and photographer well – it’s worth the investment! You’ll be spending your whole wedding day (and more) with these people, so you want to enjoy them. Your wedding day can be hectic, and they are there to be “anxiety reducers:” calm, grounded, forces for good. If they’re top notch, maybe they’ll even help settle your rambunctious nephews, so you don’t have to!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Go to your rolodex! You may just have a friend who’s a professional pastry chef. Also, ask a wedding coordinator to consider offering his/her services just 60-90 days out from the event. You’ll need to book most or all of the major vendors but the coordinator can help you with the final punch-list and, most importantly, their presence will allow you to enjoy some really important quality time with your guests when they arrive.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? When the sun fell low, a heavy and orange full moon rose over the hillside and we roasted s’mores. Then I tossed the bouquet, John and I ran under the row of sparklers, hugged our parents, and hopped into the 1947 Packard convertible awaiting our send-off. As we pulled away, the barn behind us was glowing, the low-hanging full moon was glowing, but we were glowing most of all.