A couple of weekend ago we headed down to Somerset, to one of our favourite villages in the world – where we got married in November 2012, the beautiful Mells. We booked to stay at The Talbot Inn, which is right next to the church in the middle of the gorgeous village – there were four of us plus one little one and we had the most amazing weekend! 

The weather was perfect – we took advantage and walked across to Babington House for a swim and lunch – even though it was early March we even managed a bit of sunbathing on the comfiest loungers in the world – sitting there sipping ginger and honey tea whilst watching the clouds pass by overhead will be one of my most lasting memories of the weekend. It was utter bliss! 


After a delicious lunch we walked back across the fields to The Talbot, where I soaked in a bath full of bubbles before heading down to supper. The food at the pub is fantastic and at weekends there is the added bonus of The Grill restaurant, which they run in one of the outbuildings. The boys shared an amazing meat platter while I enjoyed some of the nicest pulled pork I’ve ever tasted. 


I can’t recommend this place enough. We were planning to try and pop back again for another weekend in a few months time, but it seems weekends are almost all fully booked for the rest of the year, so you have to book early!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden or via The Talbot Inn}

These are the parting shots from our wedding – once we were back at Babington the time really did fly. We had been warned that this would be the case, but the evening seemed to pass in a flash. We were greeted at the doors by a line up of waiters with trays of champagne saucers and as we were the first to arrive it really felt like our own private house, like a scene from Downton Abbey, magical! 

We had speeches before dinner and were then treated to an amazing banquet, the food at Babington really is out of this world – cosy, hearty fare and there really was plenty to go round. After dinner we had cocktails and pudding canapes in the bar and I had a special surprise for P, Sophie Barker, the singer from one of his all time favourite bands, Zero 7, sang Destiny for our first song followed by a couple of fantastic sets before the beautiful and super talented Annie Bea took to the stage to play us into the early hours. 

We had a ball, so many happy memories and Babington really was the perfect place to party!

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As the afternoon progressed the stormy weather continued and the wind really started to howl! We were relieved that most of our guests had arrived at Babington earlier in the day, as the roads were starting to flood making driving conditions terrible. Nevertheless I managed to get to the church on time, but my entrance wasn’t a particularly elegant one…the door was at the end of the Church and the trees behind formed a tunnel for the wind. As I was waiting outside trying to sort my dress, hair and fur wrap I was blown through the doors into the church, not exaclty the entrance I had planned! The service was perfect; a suitably eccentric country vicar, a local choir and string quartet, so many candles and the wind howling outside. As we said our vows witnessed by those closest to us, it felt like a scene from a Brontë novel, a magical time that neither of us will ever forget.

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Following on from last week and the boys preparations, it’s time for a bit of glitter and glamour from the girls! We had a gorgeous morning with treatments at the beautiful, cosy Cowshed spa, an amazing breakfast and much relaxing and chatting in the Playroom. I decided to do my own make up, but we did have the lovely Maddy from Melanie Giles there to groom us! It was such a special time – a pause between one part of your life and the next. As the afternoon progressed the wind really picked up outside and there was a lot of rain, which some brides may have found upsetting, but we had chosen a winter wedding for a reason and the view from the room across the blustery parkland outside was moody and magical. I wore the draped Scarlet dress from Temperley London with a fur wrap, also by Alice Temperley and Jimmy Choo Luna peep-toes. 

Have a lovely weekend – I’m planning a quiet one at home as I’m still recovering from jetlag after all the recent travels, but hope to be back to normal by next week!

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This is the part of the day that I am so pleased to have pictures of as I was tucked away with my girls in the beautiful Babington Playroom {their master suite, not the Christian Grey version!}. Guests started to arrive and check into their rooms, while the boys got together for Patrick’s last lunch as an unmarried man; club sandwiches and Babington’s legendary Scotch Eggs! The special guest at the lunch was Patrick’s new godson, Indigo Blaise, who at only three weeks old really was the youngest member of the group! Next week I’ll give you a peek inside the beautiful Playroom to see what we were up to while the boys were relaxing with Peronis…

Have a lovely weekend.

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