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An English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House, with Robert Leons Photography

Morning everyone! I hope you’re having the best weekend 🙂 and to make it even lovelier I have a gorgeous – and I mean incredible – wedding to share with you this shiny Sunday morning. You’re welcome.

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (31)

I’ve mentioned (many times hehe) that May is my favourite month. That’s for me – it’s summer, it’s birthday month, it’s when flowers come out… but it’s also an amazing time for the English Wedding Blog because of the glorious sunny weddings, fantastic flowers and beautiful submissions I can share with you. Today’s a wonderful example of a May wedding and I know you’ll love it to bits!

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (30)

The images are by Gloucestershire wedding photographer Robert Leons. Robert shares my love of the best month of the year – and he has three gorgeous weddings up his sleeve to show you… this is only the first. We’re lucky things… must be my birthday all over again! Find out more about Robert Leons Photography here:

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Our wedding story: Robert & Katie

Wedding photographer:

www.robertleons.com

I was very pleased with my wedding photographer. He was very down to earth and friendly so my husband and I felt very relaxed/comfortable with him and our photos are amazing, we couldn’t be happier!

Wedding venue:

Westonbirt House

Date:

Saturday 31st May 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The most overwhelming, emotional, moving and happiest day of our lives.

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

It was fantastic, we couldn’t believe how much we loved every single one and how we could feel the emotions we had at the time they were being taken, just by looking at them!

Your wedding style or theme:

Rustic English country garden theme.

Where did you find your suppliers?

Online research and word of mouth/recommendations.

Best bit of budget advice?

Break it down, do plenty of research so you know what’s a good price and what isn’t, and then set yourself a budget for each item.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I made my invitations, menus and thank you cards myself with items from hobby craft and online.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I didn’t fall in love with my wedding dress until after I had ordered it as I was always worrying ‘what if I find a better one’ it was such a relief when I finally made the decision!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal shop: Rosella gowns in Cirencester

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

I had diamanté encrusted shoes by Carvella Kurt Geiger, a pearl and diamanté hair piece/tiara from halo, pearl and diamond earrings from Fraser hart, pearl and diamond necklace from an individual jewellers in Clifton (fosters) and a pearl bracelet from Pravins.

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

My husband wore a tailor made 3 piece single breasted navy suit from Pakeman Catto & Carter in Cirencester, a matt silk tie the same colour as the bridesmaids dresses from Dessy (the make of our bridesmaid dresses), socks the same colour as the bridesmaids from Dessy and back leather with navy suede loafers from Russell and Bromley.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Our bridesmaids wore soft sage green chiffon dresses with sequinned straps by Dessy.

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

Being a Beauty Therapist myself I did my own make up, the same also for my sister in law. My boss did my mum and other bridesmaids make-up’s as part of our wedding gift.

Wedding flowers:

The bridesmaids held bunches of gypsophila bound in rustic twine with pearl pins. I carried a bouquet of cream roses, double freesias, gypsophila and delicate fern leafs (my maiden name was ‘fern’) my bouquet was also bound in rustic twine with pearl pins. The table flowers were cream roses, freesias, gerberas and fern leafs in big terracotta garden pots.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue was beautiful in its own right with lots of character and didn’t need any decoration but I did want to create a rustic country garden theme, so I hand made lots of cream, green and hessian bunting on rustic twine that I hung on the ceremony table, guest book table, stairs out to the grounds, drinks reception table and cake table. I also had lots of hearts dotted around the place, slate and wooden etc.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

My husband made our wedding post box and I also put together toiletries etc for the rest rooms in rustic wooden boxes.

I made our table names which were garden herbs on rustic brown coloured cardboard and were slotted in rustic copper hearts in the flower pot centre pieces, they had matching menus too.

The favours were small slate hearts that I threaded rustic twine through and wrote guests names on in chalk so they were also name places. The guest book was a rustic brown ring book that I stuck cream material hearts onto.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We had wedding cup cakes instead of a traditional tier of cakes. They were placed on a special tiered cup cake stand on a round table and then the table was covered also. Half of them were cream with green hearts on to match the bridesmaid dresses and the other half were green with cream hearts on, they were in cream butterfly cases.

Entertainment:

We were lucky that we had beautiful weather on our wedding day which were hoping for so guests could enjoy the beautiful grounds during the day and no need for entertainment just canapés and champagne! In the evening we had a dj.

On the day tips and advice:

I would advise brides to work out timings for when bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride will be having their hair and make up done to eliminate panic and also, to overestimate rather than think that should be enough time! If the bride and groom are staying at same venue the night before as I did then breakfast needs to be scheduled also so you don’t accidentally see each other! I would also recommend a ‘travelling to the venue time table/schedule’ so you’re not late!

Get the men to do speeches before the wedding breakfast so they can relax and enjoy the meal rather than being nervous the whole meal! I suggested this to my husband but he thought he would prefer a few more drinks for Dutch courage but regretted this as he was worrying  and didn’t relax during the wedding breakfast. Most importantly, try not to worry about the vows, I wasn’t really listening to the meaning of the vows my husband was making to me as I was trying to remember what he was saying as I had to say it next, this is not necessary as the registrar says them in very short sections so there is no chance of forgetting, you’re also facing your groom rather than your guests so relax and forget that they are there and concentrate on your groom!  Enjoy every moment!

What’s the best thing about being married?

The best thing about being married is the overwhelming sense of security and closeness that you feel in your relationship and getting to say my husband! 🙂

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photographer: Robert Leons – www.robertleons.com
Florist: Robinsons florist in wotton under edge
Dj: www.wedding-dj-Gloucestershire.co.uk
Bridal shop: Rosella Gowns in Cirencester – www.rosellaweddinggowns.co.uk
Groomsmen suit hire: Mr Charles menswear in Cirencester – www.tuxedo-junction.co.uk
Cheese: house of cheese in Tetbury – www.houseofcheese.co.uk
Ring jewlers: Pravins – www.pravins.co.uk
Hog roast: Dolmans catering in little sodbury – www.dolmanscatering.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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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