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The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)

Lily and Philip’s amazing Matara Centre wedding, with Dale Stephens Photography

We’ve featured a lovely selection of Matara Centre weddings on the English Wedding Blog over the years – it’s a fabulous and characterful venue which somehow makes for the most unique and vibrant wedding celebrations every single time. Today’s gorgeous bride and groom are Lily and Philip, who married in the summer. They were wed at St. John the Baptist church in Tetbury, and celebrated into the evening at the Matara Centre (which Lily’s grandfather owns!) It’s fabulous – you’ll love this! (Don’t miss the stunning floral decorations on the cake!)

The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.dalestephensphotography.com

Dale was recomended to us. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from our photographer. Before the wedding he organised a free engagement shoot, so he could get to know us. We were a little nervous about this as it is not something that either of us would usually do, but Dale made us both feel so at ease. The photos were also perfect which made us feel a lot more calm abut the day itself.

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On the day Dale was everything you would want. He simply blended in with the day itself. He had asked in advance which organised shots we wanted, which he organised with ease and no stress. We chose to have relatively few organised shots, as we wanted him to spend more time capturing the day itself. We were very happy with this decision as the photos captured perfectly the joy and happiness of our day.

When we saw our photos we fell in love with them instantly.

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Wedding venue:

Matara centre

Wedding month:

August

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

The prefect day, filled with fun and laughter.

Your wedding style or theme:

We didn’t really have one. We just picked things we liked.

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

Recommendations

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Shop around.

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

Dress and food.

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

We didn’t have lots. Some was made and other things were brought from eBay.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Designer: Eliza Jane Howell
Boutique: Bridezillas

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

I chose not to have a veil and chose simple jewellery as there was a lot of detail on my dress.

And what did the groom wear?

Reece suit

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dresses from Asos

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

I am very lucky to have a friend who is also a professional make-up artist.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?

We chose to have wild flowers. From Roots florist in Bristol.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No the venue is beautiful as it is.

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

My bridesmaids made the signs.

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

We chose a naked cake decorated with fresh flowers.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a live band and dj.

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

Don’t get too stressed about the little things. See it as a celebration and enjoy it.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Planning the rest of your life together.

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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