If somebody could just randomly invite me to a wedding at The Matara Centre I would be so very happy! This place though… the water, the flowers, the atmosphere always looks sensational. Gorgeous bride Catherine looks amazing in her Victoria Jane gown (bought from Krystle Brides), which she wears with a satin edged veil and pearl accessories and Jonni is a very handsome groom in his 3 piece Ted Baker suit. Images are by fabulous Cotswolds wedding photographer Martin Dabek.
Our venue was unique and amazing so didn’t need much styling. We kept it simple and tried to personalise it with our theme of music and lots of candles. Another amazing friend, Alex, from Burnt Orange Events made and provided some giant light up LOVE letters which were an great focal piece in the courtyard.
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Martin had done some photos at a friend’s wedding and came highly recommended. When we went to see him he made us feel at complete ease and seemed genuinely excited to be able to photograph our wedding.
We couldn’t have been happier with Martin. On the day he made us feel relaxed and happy to be photographed, most of the time we didn’t know photos were being taken!The photographs we have capture our day perfectly and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
You spend months or sometimes even years planning a wedding and after its over there is a bit of dip, when we received our photos we were again filled with happiness and memories of an amazing day.
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I had a bouquet of avalanche roses and my bridesmaids had pure white hydrangeas. They were from Daisy Chain in Corsham who also supplied all the wedding flowers which we arranged. We had so many people contribute to our wedding: Marie did our invitations; my Mum crocheted 130 flowers (one for each guest) and arranged the flowers on the table; we all cut out paper decorations (hearts) for the table; a friend Nick Langston provided music in the day; Sean Snook, Michaela Fedeczko and my husband’s band the Danans provided music in the evening. Our friend Alex made and supplied giant light up letters and lots of people, especially my mum, collected vintage tea cups and saucers, which we drank champagne out of for the toasts. It was a huge family and friends effort! Me and my husband also love sweets so we had a giant sweet table.
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Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed, fun, unique, special, personal.
Your wedding style or theme:
Relaxed & musical.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We tried to keep it as local as possible so did some internet research and just approached suppliers locally. We also went with a lot of recomendations from friends and family.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t invite too many people!!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Weddings cost money, the majority of our money went on the venue, food and drink. We wanted all the people who are part of our lives to have as much fun as possible and to help us celebrate so having the perfect venue with great food and drink was an absolute must. We’re glad that’s what the money was spent on.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed our invites and stationery and our amazing friend Marie, helped us make them a reality.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, I knew it was the one when I tried it on.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Amazing navy jumpsuits from Reiss
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional definitely. Hayley Tilly did our hair and Jo from Mufu Makeup did our makeup.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our wedding cake was a surprise from a friend, we had no idea what it looked like or what flavour it was until the day.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The music was provided by friends all day but as part of his speech my husband wrote and performed a song for me.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
This was advice given to us before our wedding so we actually got see and spend time with each other on the day without being pulled apart by others – make sure to hold hands and then you can’t be seperated.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing about being married is having the security of knowing you have each other forever and living your lives as you choose together.