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Melani and Matthew’s Pretty Country Wedding

Melani and Matthew’s Pretty Country Wedding

‘Classic, elegant and romantic with a country feel,’ is how Melani King wanted her wedding to be in terms of look and style, and I am sure you will agree that she more than exceeded her original criteria. She also wanted something with a slightly French twist as they got engaged in France.  Melani got married to Matthew on the 2nd September, 2013 at the stunning Barnsley House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

The couple, who are both British, moved to Melbourne in Australia seven years ago, so organised everything from abroad. ‘As we were doing everything from overseas, we wanted everything to be held in one place,’ explains Melani. ‘We wanted a small, boutique hotel with beautiful grounds, classic, elegant decor and a personal warm feel. The wedding co-ordinator, Natalie Rolls, was also particularly impressive and filled us with confidence in her ability to help us organise our wedding from afar, which was so important to us given we live so far away.’

Their day was beautifully captured by Ria Mishaal Photography.  Enjoy!

Melani and Matthew kept their flowers fresh and natural in whites and greens. Melani knew that when she met her florist, Flowers by Passion in Bath, that they were perfect for her.

Melani and Matthew kept their flowers fresh and natural in whites and greens. Melani knew that when she met her florist, Flowers by Passion in Bath, that they were perfect for her.

Melani looked absolutely gorgeous in her Justin Alexander dress. It was everything Melani wanted and more. In her words, 'it was timeless, romantic and elegant.'

Melani looked absolutely gorgeous in her Justin Alexander dress. It was everything Melani wanted and more. In her words, ‘it was timeless, romantic and elegant.’

The couple got married in the stunning gardens of Barnsley House.

The couple got married in the stunning gardens of Barnsley House.

Melani and Matthew had jam jars tied with twine holding loose miniature bouquets on the ends of each rows of chairs at the ceremony.

Melani and Matthew had jam jars tied with twine holding loose miniature bouquets on the ends of each rows of the chairs at the ceremony.

Melani and Matthew had pillar candles and tea lights in glass vases at the front of the aisle on the steps of the summer house to help create an air of romance.

Pillar candles and tea lights in glass vases were placed at the front of the aisle on the steps of the summer house to help create an air of romance.

Melani and Matt's flower girl was Matt's niece, four year old Isabelle. She wore a dress from John Lewis and a circlet of white roses around her head.

Melani and Matt’s flower girl was Matt’s niece, four year old Isabelle. She wore a dress from John Lewis and a circlet of white roses around her head.

Matthew hired his suit from Neal & Palmer. He bought his waistcoat and tie from Favourbrook, and his shirt from Turnbull & Asser.

Matthew hired his suit from Neal & Palmer. He bought his waistcoat and tie from Favourbrook, and his shirt from Turnbull & Asser.

The couple hired the house out exclusively for them and their 50 wedding guests.

The couple hired the house out exclusively for them and their 50 wedding guests.

At the reception, they used pots of herbs with chalkboard signs as table names. 'The herb feel brought the country classic feel of the gardens indoors and as Barnsley House was originally the homestead of famous gardener Rosemary Verey, we felt this honoured the whole essence of the venue,' says Melani. 'Whilst we love living in Australia, we are really nostalgic about the English country garden style as it reminds us of home and so we wanted to capture this sense of style whenever we could.

At the reception, they used pots of herbs with chalkboard signs as table names. ‘The herb feel brought the country classic feel of the gardens indoors and as Barnsley House was originally the homestead of famous gardener Rosemary Verey, we felt this honoured the whole essence of the venue,’ says Melani. ‘Whilst we love living in Australia, we are really nostalgic about the English country garden style as it reminds us of home and so we wanted to capture this sense of style whenever we could.’

I love the sprigs of rosemary tied to napkins, with hand-calligraphied name tags attached.

I love the sprigs of rosemary tied to napkins, with hand-calligraphied name tags attached.

Using pots of herbs like Melani and Matthew did is such a simple, but great idea for country weddings.

Using pots of herbs like Melani and Matthew did is such a simple, but great idea for country weddings.

Melani and Matthew chose macarons from Ladurée for their wedding favours. Ladurée has a special meaning to the couple as they got engaged in Paris and had macaron from there on that day. 'We also liked the pale green colour of the box as it fitted in perfectly with our colour scheme.

Melani and Matthew chose macarons from Ladurée for their wedding favours. Ladurée has a special meaning to the couple as they got engaged in Paris and had macarons from there on that day. ‘We also liked the pale green colour of the box as it fitted in perfectly with our colour scheme,’ says Melani.

Their wedding cake was made by Baby Cakes in Bath. Melani and Matthew wanted something classic, simple and elegant. One-tier was lemon drizzle and the other tier was classic vanilla sponge. As they only had 50 guests at the wedding, they did not need anything too big.

Their wedding cake was made by Baby Cakes in Bath. Melani and Matthew wanted something classic, simple and elegant. One-tier was lemon drizzle and the other tier was classic vanilla sponge. As they only had 50 guests at the wedding, they did not need anything too big.

How stunning does Barnsely House look at night?

How stunning does Barnsely House look at night?

Every detail of Melani and Matthew's wedding was planned to perfection.

Every detail of Melani and Matthew’s wedding was planned to perfection.

For Melani, wedding style means' capturing an essence of both you and your partner as a couple to reflect the things you love.' We wanted something timeless and to look back at our photographs and still feel that the style of the day is a reflection of who we are at any stage of our life.

For Melani, wedding style means’ capturing an essence of both you and your partner as a couple to reflect the things you love.’ ‘We wanted something timeless and to look back at our photographs and still feel that the style of the day is a reflection of who we are at any stage of our life.’

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