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A timelessly beautiful English Wedding blog from Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire - with Kate and Tim

Kate and Tim were married in Oxfordshire with a reception at the very fabulous Kirtlington Park – an 18th century country house in beautiful historic parklands. Their day is classy, beautiful and has that timeless charm I love to feature on the English Wedding Blog. I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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Congratulations Kate and Tim, and thank you for sharing such a lovely and helpful wedding report. I’ve loved reading it and I adore the photos of your wedding day. Thank you also to wedding photographer Patrick from Butler-Madden Weddings for submitting such a beautiful wedding to the blog! Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
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Wedding venue:

St Marys Magdalene Church, Woodstock followed by reception at Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were amazed by our wedding photos, they truly captured the day. There were some abstract ones as well that were so cleverly photographed, using reflections off paintings and the light which everybody just loved. Patrick from Butler-Madden Weddings was excellent, so professional, looked the part and made all our guests feel at ease when their photos were taken.

Your wedding style and theme:

My husband is Australian and I am English so we wanted to bring elements of these into the wedding. All our table names were Australian sayings like “You Ripper” and “Fair Dinkum”. The cake had green and yellow ribbons on it and were decorated with frangipane flowers. The venue was very English so we tried to make the details Australian.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We were engaged for 11 months. I must admit I am an Event Planner so planning the wedding was just like doing my job but more fun!

Best bit of budget advice?

Have a budget, you don’t want to get carried away and not have enough left to cover everything you want.

Invitations and stationery:

These were made by “Hello Lucky” Iain was great and helped design our invitations. We had the Sydney and London skyline on the top of the invite to keep in with our theme.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, who doesn’t! It was designed by Sophia Tolli and was so flattering, loved it!

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I wore a veil and then my shoes were from Faith – I am nearly 6ft so wanted pumps but needed them to still look smart and bridal. The Faith ones were perfect

The groom wore:

Tim hired morning suits from Moss Bros for him and his ushers, they all looked very smart. Decided against the top hats – was a bit OTT for him!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

We got their dresses from Dessy, long and strapless. They all looked beautiful and the dress worked perfectly for my pregnant sister too!

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

We want to Brothers salon in Oxford to get our hair done. And then our make-up was done by a local lady called Sarah who also did the make up at my sister’s wedding.

Wedding flowers:

They were incredible. Neil Birks (NB Flowers) did an amazing job! I wanted very classic flowers to fit in with the venue. Everyone was talking about the flowers, they were just perfect.

The ceremony:

This took place at St Marys Magdalene Church in Woodstock. We tried to choose hymns that guests would know so that everyone could join in!

Wedding readings?

1Corinithans 13, 4 -13

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue didn’t need a lot of decorations as it was a private home so there were pictures, fireplaces and ornaments around the rooms. The only thing that was required was flowers for the tables and some of the mantelpieces.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

It was a traditional 3 tier wedding cake, 1 layer was vanilla sponge and the rest fruit cake. My auntie made the cake for us and I left to her to choose how to make it look Australian – which it did. The frangipane flowers and green and yellow ribbons were just perfect.

Entertainment:

We had a pianist playing during the reception and then Flipside Jack (5piece band) playing during the evening. They were recommended to us and they were great, really got the party going and most people were dancing all night.

On the day tips and advice:

Keep calm and just really enjoy every minute, time goes so quickly. If things go wrong don’t worry about it, just go with the flow. Our vintage car arrived to pick me up but as it was such a hot day and due to the traffic the car had overheated. I remained calm and said why don’t me and my dad go in the bridesmaids’ taxi and then the bridemaids got a lift with the photographer. Wasn’t a problem at all and in the end I think was a good thing – hadn’t thought about open top car and hair going all over the place! We were lucky that it managed to start and Tim and I could ride in it to the venue.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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