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Sarah and John’s eclectic and elegant English wedding at Elmore Court, with Dale Stephens Photography

Today’s wedding is just pure inspiration: I fell head over heels for the flowers and styling of the day, and I adore Sarah and John’s wedding look. Elmore Court is wonderful, and the Gillyflower is the loveliest space for a relaxed and stylish wedding reception.

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (1)

“The flowers were rich with added feathers and ribbons – for all bouquets. Over all very elegant styling in the stately home, sympathetic to its surroundings…with the added twist of balloons to break up the decor. The Gillyflower was more eclectic with animal vases, brass candlesticks, wooded vases and copper hurricane lights. Our florist/stylist mastered our vision and it could not have been more perfect: Rachel Flowers – The March Hare Floral Design http://www.marchhare.co.uk

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (17)

We hired lights and other parts of decor, the stately home really spoke for itself and needed very little styling. The Gillyflower we tried to keep things within the same design fold and not introduce too many differing elements. Etsy was a HUGE help, this was our second wedding within a month so we were really busy with details which totally paid off.

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www.dalestephensphotography.com
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“We attended the Wedding Oomska at Elmore Court and were given a recommendation by a photographer there.

We were exceptionally happy with our choice in Dale Stephens Photography. We met Dale prior to our wedding and had an engagement shoot done, our initial impressions were that Dale was professional and friendly and we were very confident with his service. Helped of course that the resulting photos were brilliant. On the day of our wedding Dale was unobtrusive and really blended in behind the scenes capturing amazing moments.

We were both very impressed with the depth of the surroundings Dale had captured along with the amazing candid shots of our friends and families – he caught so many snippets/moments we missed. It was wonderful to see our wedding through his lens…”

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (25)

“Elmore court is just stunning! This was the first time I had been there and luckily have a couple more weddings booked in for there I the future. It has recently ben refurbished so that the whole house is open for use to weddings (guest rooms, etc). And the effort that has gone in to making this the perfect wedding venue is immense. The main room used for the wedding breakfast and evening (named The Gillyflower) is superb with large windows allowing views of the outdoor surroundings!” ~ Dale Stephens Photography

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (2)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (3)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (4)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (5)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (7)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (8)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (9)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (10)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (11)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (12)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (13)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (14)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (15)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (16)
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A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (19)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (20)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (21)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (22)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (23)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (24)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (26)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (27)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (28)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (29)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (30)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (31)
A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (32)

 

Wedding venue:

Elmore Court, Elmore, Gloucester

Wedding month:

March

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A fusion of eclectic and elegance brought together for a wonderful day

Your wedding style or theme:

Eclectic – rustic with a twist

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Recommendations, Elmore Court’s Wedding Oomska and online searches

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Choosing the right venue.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Flowers and band

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Designed in New Zealand and printed in the UK.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I search endlessly on pinterest for ideas and then moved on to various boutiques in London until I finally found “the one”.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Lusan Mandongus – TeoKath Wimbledon

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Earrings from Jules Bridal Jewellery, Shoes – Shoes of Prey Customised, Cape – Reiss

And what did the groom wear?

Custom made suit from Reiss, Shirt – Thomas Pink and Shoes from Barkers

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Bridesmaids were dresses from Two Birds & shoes from Boden

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

Hair – Fordham Hair Design http://fordhamhairdesign.co.uk and Make up – Emily Tarrant http://www.emilytarrantmakeup.com both hired professionals both absolutely wonderful and worked together brilliantly even with a few timing hitches thrown in!

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Rachel Flowers did a lot of our crafting – amazing lady!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We choose a three tier fruit cake made and decorated by our amazing friend Amy Cottrell. We went with fruit as it was an easier option for storage and timings with the two wedding, the flowers (ranunculus – were hand made by Amy and absolutely perfect)

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Ardeton String Quartet – http://www.ardetonquartet.co.uk/jazzrep.html, were hired for the ceremony and canapé reception. They really brought the ceremony together with some great musical twists Walter Mitty and Guns n Roses were definite highlights. Very professional group and created such a beautiful atmosphere.
Festival Sons – http://www.tailored-entertainment.com/Festival-Cover/Festival-Sons-Band-Surrey were hired for the serious party after the meal, they were AMAZING! They really got all of our guests up and dancing. Huge recommendation!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Enjoy your day – it’s very easy to be concerned with others but it goes so fast, you need to take it all in as a couple.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Waking up together as husband and wife…

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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