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A relaxed and stylish country pub inspired wedding at Dodford Manor, with Gabrielle Hall Photography

Nicola and Paul had an intimate wedding at Dodford Manor in the springtime. Their wedding style was inspired by the rustic charm of a country pub, with a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on friends and family. The ceremony was set in the family church, Our Lady of Charity & St Augustine’s roman catholic church.

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Nicola wears a gorgeous designer wedding dress by the fabulous Charlie Brear and looks amazing – she told me it was only the third dress she tried; she fell in love with it immediately and it was “WELL over budget”… but the excitement I can sense in her words is justified; she looks incredible.

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Images are by the very lovely – and new to the English Wedding Blog – Gabrielle Hall. With a photojournalistic style, Gabrielle says, “My job is to capture the energy and personality created as it unfolds and deliver back to you to keep forever.” Isn’t that lovely?

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I just love this couple’s style: they keep it simple and make it beautiful. There’s no unnecessary frills or fuss, just really strong design and a graceful, timeless wedding look. You’ll love this. Enjoy!

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Our wedding story: Nicola + Paul

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.gabriellehallphotography.co.uk/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, we were delighted – she captured the mood and emotion of the day perfectly.

Wedding venue:

Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire

Wedding date:

Saturday 8th March 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The happiest, most unforgettable day of our lives shared with our favourite people.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

There were tears! They’re amazing and really capture every moment of the day in a beautiful and unique way.

Your wedding style and theme:

Country pub.

How did the two of you meet?

At work, whilst working on a new business pitch.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

11 months.

Best bit of budget advice?

Don’t scrimp on the big things but try to be sensible on the extras – it is very easy to get carried away!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

My friend designed the wedding stationery for us, so we kept it very personal.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, immediately, it was only the third one that I tried on. And WELL over budget!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Charlie Brear, London

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Can’t really remember but looked online and bought the items I liked.

The groom wore:

A made to measure, three piece suit.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Lovely green dresses from Dessy. All in the same colour but slightly different styles.

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

Hair was done by a friend and I did my make up myself.

Wedding flowers:

Jack Haddon – they were amazing and really understood our theme and what we wanted.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Walking down the aisle.

Wedding readings?

We had a traditional Catholic wedding so our readings reflected that.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We added country pub accessories, including bunting that my Mum made. The venue was a converted barn and beautiful.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Stacked cheese cake decorated with flowers and grapes by our florist, Jack Haddon.

Entertainment:

We had a pub quiz followed by a DJ.

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t wait too long before you put your dress on, it always takes longer than you think. Also don’t have your whole family at the house whilst you are getting ready, it makes it pretty stressful!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Getting to spend all of your time with your best friend.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

http://www.gabriellehallphotography.co.uk/

http://www.jackhaddon.co.uk

http://www.dodfordmanor-venue.co.uk

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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