Lynne and Graham Sexton enjoyed a winter wedding at the magnificent Orchardleigh House
Lynne and Graham live in Essex, but relocated their wedding to the West Country after falling love with Orchardleigh House in Frome, Somerset. “We really like it in Frome and the venue reminded us of Downton Abbey,” explains Lynne. “Having the wedding at Orchardleigh allowed all our guests to stay overnight and the grounds are absolutely amazing. The wedding planner Garry was also so professional and helpful, and we were very lucky to have him
co-ordinating our day.”
Their December wedding had an international flavour, with the bride’s sister travelling from Australia, the bride’s brother from Hong Kong and the best man from the USA, plus friends flying in from Dubai and France. “We got engaged in September 2015 so organised the whole event in 12 weeks!” says Graham. “We’re so lucky that everyone could make the date at such short notice and also that all of our friends and relatives made the effort to travel from Essex to Bath, as well as those coming from further afield.”
Lynne and Graham also chose a local photographer, Martin Dabek, who is based in Bristol. “When we selected our photographer we spent a long time looking through many people’s work. Martin stood out for us as he likes ‘arty’ shots and enjoys playing with lighting, and is such a high level photographer,” enthuses Lynne. “This was evident in the photographs that he produced. There’s one I love of me looking into a mirror and there are great ones with sparklers in the evening.”
The couple also treasure the video they have from the day, shot by David Grange at Wedding Video Solutions. “The final product is so professional, and David included all the speeches, which are great to look back and laugh at!”
Lynne kept away any winter chills in her long-sleeved dress. “I was really happy that I chose a dress with sleeves. This allowed me to have a completely different look to many other brides that I had seen.” Lynne also loved her hair and make-up, done by Somerset hair and make-up artist Dren. “Dren was so professional and really listened to what I wanted. She strove for perfection with both my hair and make-up and
I was thrilled with the results.”
For some suppliers, Lynne and Graham kept it in the family. As well as being one of Lynne’s bridesmaids, her sister Sara is also a professional florist and so did all the flowers for the wedding. “She even managed to put in some diamante clips into the bouquets, which look great in the photographs.” The cake, by Linda Chu Designs, featured tiny gingerbread men skiing down a slope, and was a hint to the couple’s New Year’s honeymoon spent skiing in Obergurgl, Austria.
This winter wedding had some lovely touches, including giving guests sparklers to lightoutside in the grounds and roaring log fires inside the house to keep cosy. “For a day in December we were blessed with a sunny day after rain in the morning and our photographs really reflect this,” says Lynne. Guests danced the night away to a Motown band, and didn’t have to travel far at the end of the night, staying in both Orchardleigh’s main house and the lodges and cottages across the estate.
Despite the short notice, Lynne and Graham had the day of their dreams. “We look back at the wedding now and cannot believe that we managed to organise everything in 12 weeks!” says Graham. “Orchardleigh House will always be such a special place for us and we are grateful that everything was so perfect.”