A ginormous, warm, and special welcome to our very first My Wedding Story post! Boy, are we starting with a delicious one.

The stunning Melissa and Tim are here to share their perfect wedding story that took place at Basing House. From the indoor/outdoor ceremony, gorgeous DIY touches, the ICE CREAM, and everything in between, we are certain you will be as much in love with their day as we are Oh, and can we please just mention how stunning the wedding breakfast  set up looked. Those hanging lights have us hooked.

Please enjoy this very special story snapped by the glorious Angela Ward Brown.

My Wedding Story

Our Wedding Story started at secondary school where we were in the same form group for five years but were never close. However, romance blossomed during Sixth Form college when we were 17 and at a New Years Eve party. Six years later we got engaged in Budapest and married a year later at Basing House.

My Wedding Photographer

We decided to choose Angela as our photographer as we were looking for someone who could document our wedding as naturally as possible. When we met her Angela made us both feel at ease, which we both felt was really important as neither of us normally feel particularly comfortable with having our photo taken. She did an amazing job on the day and we love looking back at our pictures. We also hired a photo booth for the evening from Lilybean Booths, a company based in the town where we both grew up after seeing one at a friends wedding and having a great time.

My Wedding Venue

We were looking for a flexible venue that was not tied to particular suppliers and that would allow us to have a relaxed day. We had looked at a few other local venues but nothing quite felt right for the two of us, we both like historical buildings and when Tim found Basing House on the Hampshire county council website (after a lot of searching!) we knew we had to go and visit. We both loved that Basing House allowed us to completely personalise the day in a beautiful setting.

My Wedding Vibe

We didn’t choose a specific theme for the day, we felt that the venue did not need too much styling as it was already so atmospheric. Our aim for the day was to have a casual, relaxed celebration where everyone felt welcome.

My Wedding Style

Melissa chose a Chanticleer dress from Brides of Winchester, which she loved but was completely different to the dress she had planned on buying! The ladies in the shop were fantastic at giving advice and made buying a dress a lovely experience. The three bridesmaids wore pistachio green floor length dresses. Tim wanted the country wedding look but it was too hot for tweed so he wore a checked linen suit with a woollen tie. Kelly from Salon AK in Fleet came to Melissa’s mum and dads house to do her hair and put in her veil during the morning and Melissa decided to do her makeup herself as she wanted to look fairly natural.

My Wedding Catering

We wanted the whole day to have a relaxed atmosphere so we decided to have an antipasti starter then a hog roast with accompanying salads which was great given the hot weather. After the speeches we all went outside onto the lawn where an ice cream van served dessert and we had laid out garden games, swing ball got very competitive!

My Wedding Cake

The cake was a team effort, Melissa’s Nana iced the cakes, Melissa made the lace icing and put in the dowels, finally the best men constructed it on the morning of the wedding much to the horror of Melissa when she first heard!

My Wedding Flowers

We had seen a local flower grower and supplier, Claire Brown of Plant Passion, at a local farmers market and since then we knew that we wanted to get our flowers her as they are local, seasonal and absolutely beautiful. We then found our florist Paula through Claire as she supplies her with flowers. As we had decided to be flexible about the colour scheme we spoke with Paula about our likes and dislikes and then asked her to do what she thought would look best. Paula also made up some lovely herb and flower bunches tied with string that we hung from the cart shed where we held the ceremony. Claire supplied us with some DIY flower buckets with a selection of gorgeous flowers which Tim’s Mum and Nan then used to make up the centrepiece arrangements in Kilner jars.

My Wedding highlight

Our favourite part of the day was the final dance of the evening ‘Wonderwall’ surrounded (literally) by our friends and family. The band ‘Jam side down’ were fantastic and it felt overwhelming to have everyone we cared about celebrating with us.


My wedding advice is relax and have fun, the most important part is getting married in front of everyone you care about.