We just love surprises, so when Lyn and David told us about their plans for a surprise Mere Brook House Wedding, we squealed with delight! Lyn was planning a big birthday and decided, less fuss than a traditional wedding, this would be the perfect way to have their wedding. – Springing it as a surprise on their family and guests invited to the birthday bash. we first met Lyn and David at the Mere Brook House Burns Night Event. Chatting to them afterwards they took our details to book a meeting with us regarding their secret wedding just into the New Year
New Year arrived friends and family were gathered in the beautiful Cottage at Mere Brook House. The ceremony room has been closed off to prying eyes and also because drinks are not allowed in there before a ceremony Packed with people drinking, enjoying delicious canapes and chatting before the birthday meal, little did they know what was ahead! They had been asked to arrive promptly for a black tie event.
It was a challenge for staff to keep the secret during the planning stages – just Lyn’s daughters were in the know. Not even her best friend and Dad knew. Lyn had mentioned she wanted to be married before her 50th which was this night. The actual birth time was around 9.30 pm and they were to be married at 6.30pm – this being the latest time a registrar will attend for the ceremony. Just in time!
So after a time of mingling and celebrating Lyn and David made a few thank you’s and toasts on the stairs in the cottage. David showed a flight menu from a recent trip to Vegas and written on it “She Said Yes” Ooh had they secretly married in Vegas?? ..but no they wanted their friends and family around so…. lets go across to the main room and were getting married now.
Well, the look and of surprise and joy on their faces was a picture! What a great way to announce a wedding!
So guests made their way over the other room for the short ceremony – standing room only as so many, plus to make it as relaxed and untraditional as possible. Meanwhile, Lyn and David went to freshen up in their room and for Lyn to change into her sparkly shimmery wedding dress and David to change his bow tie to a red tie.
The decorations were still up at Mere Brook so time for a quick pic by the Christmas tree just beforehand. They walked in together to their awaiting guests, a kiss for Lyn’s dad on the way was a lovely touch. The joy on everyone’s faces was so special to see and capture.
Short formalities over and it was time to greet their guests, cue lots of giggles and hugs over the surprise Mere Brook House wedding Then on to party time. No wedding cake …but of course a beautiful birthday cake, ooh those macaroons looked so tasty! Food was served in Mere Brook style in the kitchen …seconds always allowed for the tasty home-cooked food.
The flower wall by Pop up Petals made a lovely backdrop for a few informal groups. Relaxed was the order of the event. Just how we like thins to be. Another surprise was Gorge Michael – a great tribute act by Randall Butler …check him out on Youtube. Absolutely fantastic and sounded just like the real one. He had the floor dancing and interacting made for great entertainment. Such good fun.
. Thank you once again to the team at Mere Brook House for being wonderful hosts – see you soon! Thank you Lyn and David, we were privileged to be in on the surprise and so enjoyed the evening with you. It was a fantastic start to our 20202 wedding season. Hope you enjoy your blog post! Much love Dave and Sandy xx
We love stories with a happy ending. When our good neighbors asked us to be Mere Brook House Photographers for their university friends Jill and Chris we were delighted to accept. The day was all about family and connecting with various groups of friends form their work and school days. The day started damp and rainy but thankfully the sun made an appearance after the indoor ceremony and photos could take place outside.
Mere Brook House is ideal for intimate weddings, It’s a venue we are familiar with having attended several weddings and events here. A beautiful country house, an award-winning bed and breakfast establishment. We love the relaxed style here and fantastic food served the mere Brook House way. Second helpings from their kitchen, always encouraged!
Some more unusual guests at mere Brook House!
Jill and Chris knew each other from years back at University. Life took different courses for them both but in recent years saw them reconnect. Not a dry eye for the ceremony as Jill made her entrance with her two granddaughters in a special unique way. One of her granddaughters was playing on the trumpet., Jill and both granddaughters then processed down the aisle, where the other granddaughter sang the tune her sister was playing, “Somewhere over the rainbow” It really was a special moment for all to witness, not only for friends and family but for us as Mere Brook House wedding photographers. Jill was looking radiant in her silvery-white sparkly dress, so suited for this occasion. Vows were soon made and then time for celebrating and chatting before having a few pics before the meal.
specail moment for bride Jill with her two grand daughters
Jill and Chris your happiness was infectious didn’t stop smiling all day. So happy we could share this day with you and wish you much happiness in the years to come. Thank you as always to the wonderful staff at Mee Brook House for their hospitality.
If you are looking for a Mere Brook House wedding Photographer we’d love to chat about your plans and how we can help.
We love Mere Brook House weddings. Suitable for elegant and intimate weddings any time of year. This spring mere Brook House wedding was no exception. Rupert and Jen enjoyed such a day here – a warm bright April day with the daffodils blooming in the glorious garden.
Spring Wedding Ceremony Mere Brook House
Jen and Rupert chose Mere Brook House as it was exactly what they wanted for their wedding day. Relaxed intimate and friendly with excellent fare. A love y family time each with their two sons supporting them. Jen was escorted down the aisle to the happy groom by her two sons They made their own – humorous vows to each other – a really special moment
Plenty of time to mingle with their guests and have some group photos and personal photos taken on the lawns before the wedding breakfast It was really touching to see their evident joy and happiness together, tons of chemistry!
Mere Brook House Wedding Extras
As well as planning your perfect wedding at Mere Brook House they can assist with other things The talented chefs can create your wedding cake. Mere Brook House honey or shortbread can be used for favours> Rupert and Jen chose the little jars of honey with their names and date on as favours for their guests. Cute touch using locally sourced ingredients for Mere brook Bees
Love it when things are non-traditional and delighted to see Jen give a little heart warming speech before the wedding breakfast.