Sarah and Paul’s vintage village hall wedding in the Cotswolds, with Carol Elizabeth Photography

Sarah wore a vintage dress with a gold ribbon and looked absolutely beautiful walking down the aisle towards Paul. They only had eyes for each other! The ceremony in the wonderful church building was relaxed and also emotional – the smiles on the bride and groom’s faces as they tied the knot said it all!

Words & images: Carol Elizabeth Photography, Oxfordshire

I am very honoured to photograph a lot of weddings through the year, and I enjoy being a part of each and every one. But now and then a wedding is particularly memorable – for the people, the emotion, the location or even the dress, the decorations and the speeches. Sarah and Paul’s wedding was one of those days. A beautiful late-Spring wedding with fresh cut flowers, a stunning vintage dress and a couple who were completely in love.

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The ceremony was held in Lechlade, a small market town on the Thames and at the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. Sarah’s bridesmaids wore beautiful mint green dresses which perfectly matched their pink and green fresh flower bouquets. The sun was shining as they waited for Sarah’s arrival at Lechlade Church. The church itself is a beautiful stone building with wooden pews and intricate woodwork on the interior – a perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony.

After signing the register and walking down the aisle, the guests enjoyed throwing rose-petal confetti and congratulating the happy couple. There was time for a few informal and relaxed group photos before the bride and groom took a walk through the church grounds for a few photos alone. Its always lovely for the couple to have a few moments away from their guests to spend some time together. Their portraits were very informal, capturing the fun and relaxed mood of their wedding day.

We then headed off to Southrop Village Hall for the wedding reception. This is certainly one of the most beautifully decorated halls I have ever seen. There were strings of lights in the trees as well as inside the hall. The colourful bunting and abundance of fresh flowers gave the hall a feeling of a typical English garden party – very informal with plenty of homemade decorations and personal touches. Paul and Sarah decorated the cake themselves, adding to the very personal and individual atmosphere of the entire day.

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 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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