A Springtime Cotswolds Wedding

We love sharing real wedding blog posts with you and we cannot thank Emily enough for giving us such an insight into her Cotswold wedding. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the read!

THE VISION
When we got engaged, all of the questions started about theme, colour, details etc and it was only when I sat back and ventured into the never-ending world of Pinterest that I realised just how much goes into ‘a theme.’ To be honest, I found Pinterest quite overwhelming as it seemed to add lots more things to my to-do list that I hadn’t even considered. So we sidelined Pinterest (and a theme) and decided to keep everything to what we liked. Contemporary, simple, classic. We had lots of ivory and some light sage green to tie everything into the surroundings.  We also mixed some very subtle splashes of burnt orange (my favourite colour) which came through in the flowers and stationary to give our day a few pops of spring colour. My bridesmaids wore ivory dresses and burnt orange shoes and the groomsmen wore navy suits and navy ties with burnt orange flecks which pulled everything together perfectly.

THE VENUE
It was an easy decision for us to get married in the Cotswolds as it’s one of our favourite places and easy to get to – especially for the lovely lot who were kind enough to fly in for our big day from afar. Living in Dubai, we weren’t as flexible to spend time visiting lots of venues so we chose our top 5 and spent time visiting them during a Christmas trip home. Its amazing how visiting venues in person provides a completely different perspective and feel to what you may envision. The Slaughters Manor House more than exceeded our expectations. It is so beautiful with an idyllic setting. We loved its layout and contemporary feel and all of the staff were so relaxed and friendly. It was really important to us that we had enough guest rooms for our close family, friends, bridesmaids and groomsmen and the Manor was the perfect fit. Many of our other guests were able to stay across the road at the Slaughters Inn – it was so nice to have all of our wedding party close by throughout the weekend.

THE FLOWERS
The Broadway Florist provided all of our wedding flowers and they were absolutely stunning. We wanted to have tall table arrangements with lots of gorgeous bright flowers to make a bit of an impact on the tables. Shelley did a wonderful job.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Nicola and Glen are fantastic! Very talented at what they do and such a lovely couple with it. The Slaughters Manor House recommended them to us and having looked at their website and portfolios you can see why. Their photographs are stunning! It was important to us to have natural shots and Nicola and Glen captured exactly that alongside lots of beautiful photographs of everyone enjoying themselves. We were not really sure how to feel about our engagement shoot but it was a lovely day and so nice to get to know Nicola and Glen. It was very lighthearted, we had a giggle and it was a good opportunity to get used to being photographed (as we’re not the most seasoned selfie-snappers!).

THE DRESS
My dress was an Italian lace design from Cosmobella Milano.

WEDDING FILM
The best thing about having our wedding films is being able to watch back the wonderful moments of our wedding day, any time of the day or night. We can’t thank Alison and Justin enough!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS
There are so many! Getting ready with my Mum and the girls. Spying on the boys from the make-up room when they were having their pre-ceremony photographs taken. Seeing Nick’s handsome face at the end of the aisle. Giggling in the middle of our vows. Catching a first glimpse of our beautiful wedding cake. Laughing till we cried at our brothers speeches.  Nick’s speech. One of my bridesmaids catching my bouquet. The salted caramel macarons. Admiring our wedding rings. Looking around at our friends and family having a wonderful time (and their interesting dance moves!). My Husband.

TIPS FOR COUPLES
Put your trust in the professionals! It’s a stressful business planning a wedding and you don’t want to be unnecessarily worrying about things in the weeks leading up to your big day. We didn’t get too worked up about the detail and after speaking to each supplier to give them an idea of what we liked or wanted, we pretty much left them to do their thing. Also, get the big things like photographer, videographer, band etc booked up well in advance and then relax with the rest!
A huge thank you to Emily for taking the time to write this post, we hope you found it useful! You can take a look at their film here.. Enjoy!

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