Today’s Cotswolds wedding is all kinds of beautiful – and a flashback to those long summer days and gorgeous golden sunny evenings… with a dash of fun and fabulous styling and sooo many ideas you’re going to fall in love with your screen. Grab a cuppa, enjoy the loveliness and have the most amazing Sunday! This will fill your heart with happy for starters…
Our wedding was a mixture of a village fete and a 1930s edwardian carnival. It sort of evolved once I had picked the dress and the invites had been designed. The majority of suppliers were recommendations from Facebook, Pinterest and trawling through the internet.
We did everything ourselves with the help of friends. The village hall came with lovely old wooden chairs and tressel tables. We put these in the marquee and then added our detail. Our wedding invites were made into place mats and guests were given colouring pencils to show their artistic talents.
We spray painted toy animals gold to hold down the favours, which were little jam jars filled with lemoncellio. I hand stamped luggage labels with a carnival themed stamp set ‘drink me’ or for the children ‘eat me’ filled with sweets. Each table had a selfie stick and everyone had a funny place mat. There were props subtly placed in a flower pot for funny pics. Then we filled the ceiling with lanterns and some of those came on at night which gave the marquee a gorgeous ambience.
A friend also made some pass us a note cards which people left us notes on and then placed them in an old fashioned school desk. We used our daughter’s ikea blackboard to welcome guests. We made clip boards with colouring sheets and pencils for the children with bubbles and other toys.
Images are by lovely Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography, Cheltenham
“When Kate told me about the little church, blessing, village hall and marquee, I knew this was going to be a fun wedding to shoot. Then she went on to tell me about the musicians, the kazoo off, and quiz. I love this wedding as it was a photographer’s playground of stuff to shoot! We also had a lovely summers day, with light cloud cover and stunning golden hour! The lovely thing about having a field and doing it yourself is your wedding is designed uniquely for you. I think Kate and Jon rerally put their own stamp on their wedding.” ~ Sheryl, Oobaloos Photography
The English Wedding Blog interview: Kate and Jon
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We were looking for a photographer that totally understood us as a couple and the vibe of our day. We really liked the photos we saw on her website, she captures unique pictures that are not staged, which is what we wanted.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Sheryl totally got the vibe of our wedding from the moment we spoke. She instantly made us feel at ease and we didn’t notice her all day in the best way possible. We didn’t want any formal pictures and Sheryl got really involved in our wedding, capturing all of the hidden gems we missed. We adored our pictures.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We knew we had chosen the right photographer, she totally understood our day. We were thrilled and both had a little tear. It helped piece the day together for us both.
A village hall in the cotswolds but with a marquee in the grounds where the wedding breakfast was served. Hay bales and a firepit gave it the festival vibe we wanted. Then our home made bar and band were in the village hall. We did not want a wedding venue as we wanted to put our own stamp on our day.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Wedstock! A festival which united music, family and friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Lots of your friends will have talents, get them involved! A friend designed all of our stationery and another added all of the graphics to them. Friends played in the band. We did a booze cruise to France and then did an honesty box to recoup some of the money spent. We found lots of props on Ebay and Gumtree too. We did the table flowers ourselves by going to a whole sailer the day before and friends arranged them for us. Our gorgeous friend alicia was our master of ceremonies and was fantastic. If friends can play musical instruments get them involoved.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The food, it was so tasty and not what you always get served at a wedding. People kept going back for more. My dress!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A friend designed it and another who is a graphic designer added all of the other bits. She also drew all of the animals that became our table names. We loved it!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
To be honest not at first as it wasn’t what I initially thought I wanted but by the time of the fitting yes I did and I felt so relaxed in on the day. I didn’t want a traditional dress I wanted something a but different.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I fell in love with my shoes which were from Dune. I wore my nans engagement ring for the day. My earrings were a gift from my godmother and I wore wax flowers in my hair with some pins from accessorize.
And what did the groom wear?
Jon wore a navy three piece suit and brown brogues.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Now these ladies although beautiful were the hardest to find dresses for. We eventually found navy dresses, didn’t want navy, in warehouse and they all had their own statement shoes. Their necklaces were actually from primark and cost £6 each.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My make up was done by the lovely Samantha Davis who kept the look minimal. My hair was created by Jennifer gilling at jenssressingtable.Co. uk. She did all of the bridal party and she was just lovely.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My bouquet was simply white roses and eucalyptus. They were arranged by jo at montpellier flowers. I wanted something oversized and she totally got it.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our beautiful friend cheryl made our cake for us. It was a lemon and elderflower cake. She bought it all the way down from London and then put it together on the morning with lovely fresh fruit and gyp. She also made my husband a graduation cake as he had just finished his degree.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My husband played the drums with some of his friends and they were awesome. Each guest had a kazoo and we gave them a song to learn as a table and we had a competition! It was one of the best parts of the day. A friend sang us out of the church to the lumineers hey ho and each side of the church had to do hey or ho led by some friends.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do what you want to do and not what everyone else thinks you should. Outline what you wont compromise on. Don’t look at too many magazines or pintrest, although useful they can confuse you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
I don’t have to use the work partner or other half anymore!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Betty mcaull bridal
Jensdressingtable.Co. uk (jennifer gilling) hair
Samantha Davis makeup. Co.uk