A stunning Tortworth Court wedding for C & R, with Greg Shingler Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

Today’s gorgeous couple celebrated with a stunning wedding at a sought after venue. We’re calling the happy pair C & R for privacy reasons. They’re absolutely lovely and they’ve written some fabulous reviews for favourite wedding suppliers, along with a wonderful write up of their incredible wedding day. As always, we will be sharing more on @englishweddingblog over on insta, so make sure you’re following us, as well as the amazing Wiltshire wedding photographer @gregshinglerphotography who captured their day!

Wedding photographer’s website

Greg Shingler https://www.gregshingler.co.uk/

Wedding photographer review

Greg is an exceptional photographer! Choosing him to capture the memories of our special day was truly the best decision. Right from the beginning, we were captivated by his unique photography style, which beautifully portrays intimacy and personal moments. Greg’s impeccable organisational skills made the entire process seamless, and our instant connection with him added an extra layer of comfort. On the day of the event, Greg exhibited the utmost professionalism, leaving our guests thoroughly impressed. The photos we received were not just images; they were emotional snapshots of precious moments that we will cherish for a lifetime. Greg’s ability to capture the essence of our day exceeded our expectations, making the entire experience unforgettable!

Your best moment or memory

While it might sound a bit cliche, the absolute highlight of the day had to be when C made her way down the aisle, and I caught sight of R for the first time! It was an indescribable feeling – that perfect culmination when your envisioned dream becomes a tangible reality.

The venue and decorations were nothing short of breathtaking, each detail adding to the enchantment. As you stroll down the aisle, the magic unfolds: familiar faces of cherished friends and family fill the room, leading up to that heart-fluttering moment when you lock eyes with the person you’re about to marry. Truly, it was a moment of pure magic.

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

Culture held immense significance for us. With C coming from a Chinese background and R from an African background, it was crucial for us to infuse elements of our heritage into the wedding. One notable aspect was C’s outfit change, featuring her Chinese traditional wear—an heirloom passed down through generations. The family was elated to capture moments of C adorned in this meaningful attire. Additionally, we incorporated readings in various languages, including English, Cantonese, and Lutooro, creating a beautiful fusion that truly united our cultures. Lastly, breaking away from tradition during the bouquet toss, typically reserved for unmarried women, we opted for inclusivity by inviting participants of all genders to join in on the excitement.
We wanted to do something sentimental on the day. C gifted some cufflinks for R which says “Today, Tomorrow, Always”. She also gifted a pair of cufflinks to her dad that says ” Today a Bride, Tomorrow a Wife, Always your little Girl”
R used to be a DJ. So during the evening reception he raised the roof with some bangers!

Venue name + review

De Vere Tortworth Court – At the Orangery. The venue was truly breathtaking it was like something from a fairytale. However, the pre planning side with the wedding team was very challenging as there was lack organisation. However, they outperformed themselves on the day.

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

C – 1st dress- A beautiful A line white dress made by Justin Alexander. It had a beautiful embellished bodice and then different layers at the bottom created a beautiful “princess” style dress. 2nd Dress- A traditional 2 piece Chinese dress called a cheongsam. A wedding cheongsam is red as this represents luck and happiness, this is then handsewn with gold thread. 3rd dress- A simple a line dress with a big bow at the back designed by Mori Lee. This was shortened at the front making it easier to dance in The best piece was C’s shoes. Silver heels by Roger Vivier. They were truly to die for! R wore a 3 piece suit made by Ted baker As our wedding was in spring, We wanted spring colours. His blazer and trouser were both a beautiful pale blue colour and we decided to go for contrasted waist coat in a dirty rose colour.

Dress or suit shop name + review

London Bride UK – Absolutely amazing service. Although this boutique is in London, the prices of the wedding dresses were truly affordable. They also do sales. I got my night dress for just £200!
Suit Direct

Florist name + review

The Sodbury Florist – This florist came highly recommended by the hotel. I specifically requested flowers that were in season and affordable, and they were incredibly flexible with my preferences. I indicated the colors I desired, and they skillfully selected the types of flowers that were in season at that time

Cake maker name + review

The Sugar Sweet Cakery – Andrea was a perfect 10/10! I visited her house beforehand for some cake tasting. Together, we discussed the style of cake I desired and the flavors. Andrea created a stunning 3-tiered cake for me with flowers that matched my bouquet. We opted for different flavors for each tier: red velvet, salted caramel, and raspberry & white chocolate.

Wedding readings?

We had a bible reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in 3 different languages, English, Cantonese and Lutooro. We also had a poem- The Giraffe and the Monkey by Daniel Thompson

First dance song? Playlist recommendations?

We did a mash up of songs and did a dance routine to wow our guests!

Hair + makeup name + review

Grace Kingsley- She was recommended by my sister who also had her for her wedding! Grace is super friendly and amazingly talented


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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