I was delighted when the fabulous Martin Dabek sent me the pictures of Hollie and Jimmy’s wedding at the historic Kings Weston House. This wedding contains one of my all-time favourite wedding pictures… you’ll know why when you see it, but it contains two deer and some props!

Built many centuries ago, Kings Weston House boasts a plethora of 18th-century features, including magnificent ceilings, marble fireplaces, and a stunning suspended central staircase. It is elegant, full of character, and has such charm; the perfect backdrop for Hollie and Jimmy’s wedding.

Bride and groom at top of stairs at Kings Weston House

I love a wedding with a big bridal party, and Hollie’s seven bridesmaids all looked stunning in mismatched muted pink dresses that complemented the grey, pink and white colours of the styling details.

Talking of looking stunning — I adore Hollie’s wedding dress from Allure Bridals. It has such a pretty sheer lace back with button detail.

This really is a beautiful, elegant wedding (with a hint of shabby chic). Enjoy looking through these fabulous pictures by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography.

An Informal Feel

“Our wedding took place at Kings Weston House in Bristol. We wanted to create a shabby chic, informal feel, and chose a colour scheme of grey and dusky pink with sparkly accents.

Wedding sign

Bride having make-up done

Wedding dress hanging on front of wardrobe Bridal bouquet on chair

Bridal bag

Bridal preparations at Kings Weston House

“I wore an ivory satin wedding dress by Allure Bridals, which had diamanté embellishment on the waist and shoulders. Jimmy wore a dark charcoal three-piece suit, white shirt and dusky pink tie.

Bridesmaids standing next to mirror with bride's reflection

Yes Deer, No Deer - Deer heads with props on wall at Kings Weston House

Couple's love timeline written on mirror

Groomsmen adjusting groom's buttonhole at Kings Weston House

Groom outside Kings Weston House

Wedding order of service

View from top of stairs of wedding ceremony room at Kings Weston House

Wedding ceremony seating at Kings Weston House

Tealights in jars

Unique, Handmade Touches

“Decorations we’d collected throughout the year complemented the venue and gave the day a unique and handmade touch. We collected old mirrors from charity shops to use as signs, and spray painted lots of jam jars copper for the table decorations, which we filled with shop bought flowers.

Bridesmaids walking down stairs at Kings Weston House

Groom waiting for bride

Father walking bride down stairs at Kings Weston House

Groom shaking future father in law's hand

Wedding ceremony at Kings Weston House

Heart on back of wedding chair

Couple exchanging rings during wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kiss

Couple signing marriage register at Kings Weston House

Groom hugging guest at Kings Weston House wedding

Bride and groom walking down steps outside Kings Weston House

Bridal party outside Kings Weston House

Bridesmaids with bouquets in front of their faces

Bridesmaids throwing bouquets in the air

Bride and groom walking holding hands in grounds of Kings Weston House

“Our table names were based on places we had visited together, and each had a Polaroid style photo of us in that location. Liz Wong from Elizabeth Weddings hung grey, pink and white paper lanterns in the ceremony room, and strung fairy lights and lanterns in the dining space, making them feel more intimate. She also lined the stairs with glass lanterns as well as dressing the chairs with grey sashes.

Pink wedding table plan

Flowers on top of wedding table plan

Wedding reception tables at Kings Weston House

Top table wedding flowers at Kings Weston House

Goggles at wedding place setting

Lego bride and groom

Copper bottomed jam jar of flowers Terrarium on wedding table

Copper lantern on wedding table

Wedding place setting Jam jar with photo of couple

Blue bow tied to back of wedding chair

Copper vase on wedding table

“We had a sit down three course dinner including roast beef for main course. In the evening there were fish and chips, and a DIY candy buffet which went down a treat!

“The shuffles provided live music in the evening, and we made a DIY photo booth using a charity shop picture frame and clothes rail sprayed gold.”

H and J letters

Wedding sweet table sign

Wedding guitarist Ron Thomas

Wedding breakfast at Kings Weston House

Father of the bride speech

Groom speech

Joint best man speech

Groom embarrassed by best man speech

Bride and groom outside Kings Weston House

Lots of Dancing and Singing

“On the day there were amazing clear blue skies — our photos look like we were abroad! Other stand out memories include our first dance, where we surprised ourselves with spontaneous spinning in circles for a finale! There was lots of dancing and singing along to the music, plus an energetic conga around the whole ground floor of the venue!”

Groom with arms around bride's waist

Bride and groom facing each other in garden at Kings Weston House

Bride and groom

Bride and groom at top of stairs at Kings Weston House

Bride and groom walking down stairs at Kings Weston House

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Wedding guests seen through window

Groom with groomsmen wearing masks of his face

Love Shack

“After our wedding we enjoyed a relaxing week in the Lake District. It was lovely not to have to rush to jump on a flight, and we spent a lovely week going on walks exploring the lakes and relaxing by the wood burning stove.

“We stayed at the aptly named ‘Love Shack‘, an architecturally designed timber retreat set in the trees with views over Lake Windermere, and ended the week at the luxurious Brimstone Hotel where we enjoyed the spa.”

Kings Weston House

Wedding first dance at Kings Weston House

Bride and groom spinning round on dance floor at Kings Weston House

Silhouette of bride and groom at night

Bride and groom by gazebo at Kings Weston House

Stick to Your Decisions

“We planned our wedding in under a year. It’s achievable, you just have to be flexible with dates and stick to your decisions. Also stick to your budget if you can — we borrowed decorations from friends and shopped around charity shops for bargains.”

Bride and groom in doorway at Kings Weston House

Wedding band The Shuffles

Wedding guests dancing at Kings Weston House

Bride and groom dancing at Kings Weston House

Wedding guests singing

Bridal shoes on floor

Kings Weston House at night

Photography: Martin Dabek Photography

Venue and Catering: Kings Weston House, Shirehampton, Bristol

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals 2865 from Bride at Home

Bride’s Shoes: Sparkly Flats from Next

Bride’s Accessories: Hair Clip from Jon Richard at Debenhams and Handmade Silk Garter from The Wedding Garter Company

Groomsmen’s Suits: Next

Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS, Little Mistress and Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Flowers: The Rose Shed

Cake: Karen Powell

Stationery: Handdrawn by Bride, Hollie Pajak Design

Wedding Breakfast Entertainment: Guitarist Ron Thomas

Evening Entertainment: The Shuffles Band

Styling Details and Finishing Touches: Mostly Handmade, with Extra Touches by Elizabeth Weddings

Confetti: Shropshire Petals

Hair and Make-Up: Emma Dawson Hair and Make Up Artist