Images by DHW Photography.
Nestled in the heart of the rolling countryside, you’ll stumble upon Midelney Manor. A unique Elizabethan Manor House and slice of old Somerset history, it has been in the same family, the Cely Trevilians for 500 years.
It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens, weathered stone walls and the most enchanting woodlands. I was lucky enough to visit this idyllic venue at their recent Wedding Open Day. A glorious Saturday afternoon in Somerset, the sun shone down on array of creative and inspirational suppliers who were showcasing their work to potential couples. From florists to hair stylists, bridal designers to cake makers, the talent was abundant at Midelney Manor.
The Potting Shed was originally home to seven full time gardeners and to this day it maintains the original flower prize cards from the 1920s and 1930s on the beams inside. Once full of lawnmowers, croquet sets and plenty of gardening equipment, the lovely old red brickwork is now home to a bar, old family portraits, Persian rugs, sofas and festoon lights. It really is a bohemian, original and quirky space and Lunaria Somerset styled it beautifully with lots of green foliage and white flowers. I had the chance to chat to Melanie Todd, with her five-tiered wedding cake design on display, suspended on a swing – a wonderful way to make your cake a focal point of any celebration. I also spent a while swooning over the hand-painted wedding stationery by Daisy Foster.
Located in the spacious gardens was the marquee by Adams Marquees, where Apple & Bramble Events had expertly styled the tables complete with hand-illustrated menus, place names and a giant seating plan. They also provided some heavenly props including the flower filled love sign that looked fabulous standing proud in the gardens. Fleur Provocateur had created divine huge floral arrangements that were brimming with bright, bold colours. The raised displays really made a statement as soon as you walked into the marquee, creating interest and of course, extra space on the table! A mouth-watering masterpiece, The Silver Cake created a three-tiered cake featured splashes of pink and red, surrounded by beautiful blooms.
Partycraft provided some enormous spherical balloons which looked fabulous as you made your way into the gardens, while Gertie The Photobus provided endless fun! Gertie is an old school VW Van which has been lovingly decked out with handmade props, crocheted by her owner Jo, moustaches, clown noses and luscious lips alongside pieces that she has sourced herself like feather headdresses – all great fun and really original!
Stunning Sassi Holford and Molly Mish May wedding dresses were expertly modelled, with the models’ hair beautifully styled by Bridal Hair By Helen and Bristol Style Collective, and Sophie Shergold as the super talented make-up artist. Abigail Grace’s breathtaking Swarovski head pieces sparkled in the sunshine on the models along with Julia Thompson’s stunning jewellery.
The most magical part of the Open Day perhaps, was the hidden gem known as Washams Woods. Tucked away at the end of the garden, it is a peaceful space that is full of magic. It’s the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony or blessing, and the team chose to style it with Persian rugs, wooden folding chairs and white paper lanterns. The walk up to the woods was styled with yellow and white bunting from Bunting By Jen.
Emily Fairweather and DHW Photography were on hand to take some fantastic photos of the Open Day in all its glory. A fabulous day out that was packed full of inspiration, Midelney Manor Wedding Open Day was a wonderful opportunity to showcase not only this unique wedding venue, but also the talent of these wonderful wedding professionals that the team work with.
Venue Midleney Manor
Planning & Styling Apple & Bramble Events
Stationery Daisy Foster
Marquee Adams Marquees
Entertainment Gertie The Photobus
Wine Vine Wine
Confetti Shropshire Petals