Emily and Tom – An Intimate COVID Wedding
Emily and Tom should have tied the knot on 25th May 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple was one of many who were forced to change their wedding plans. On 16th August 2020, Emily and Tom were finally able to get married at Wellbeing Farm, within COVID restrictions.
Michelle and Luke – A Fun, Festival Wedding
After over three years together, Michelle said yes to Luke’s proposal on top of a glacier overlooking a breathtaking alpine landscape in Austria. They tied the knot in a fun, quirky festival-themed wedding at Alcott Weddings.
Michelle and Luke are not ones to go with tradition! The idea of a formal ceremony followed by a typical wedding party filled the couple with dread. Being the centre of attention, even on their wedding day, was not what they wanted. Instead, the couple loves spending time surrounded by their loved ones. They decided to combine Michelle’s love of feeding people with Luke’s passion for music and festivals. So, their big day became an outdoor festival wedding, filled with music, laughs and fantastic food!
Michelle was searching for outdoor weddings in the Midlands and discovered Alcott Wedding. The couple were hooked immediately and had booked a viewing within a few hours! As they approached Alcott and drove up the long winding road, Michelle knew this was where she would have her wedding. She had been envisioning an outdoor venue, with amazing bands and lots of food vendors. Alcott was absolutely perfect. The couple were concerned their dream wedding was an extreme request, especially as they wanted their beloved labrador, Murphy, to be part of the day. But, all of their dreams could easily become reality at Alcott!
The couple decided to hold their special day in the gorgeous tipi, which could provide the intimacy and space they wanted. They also want the ceremony to be a way to share a beautiful time with their loved one, so they booked a beautiful Moroccan yurt as well. This provided an integral part of their day and was absolutely perfect. The venue also recommended suppliers, who bent over backward to ensure their dream wedding became real!
Michelle and Luke loved Alcott so much that they decided to have a little mini-break there in the lead up to the wedding. So the couple were able to watch as their wedding site came to life before their eyes!
Although the day itself brought rain and wind, the couple didn’t mind. They had numerous people behind the scenes on site, ensuring their day was amazing. The tipi looked absolutely stunning and able to fit all the guests very comfortably! A particular highlight for the couple was the ceremony, thanks to their wonderful celebrant. Everyone adored the venue, music and especially the food. Guests are still in awe about the food quality they received that was cooked and served at an outdoor event. Michelle and Luke had simply the perfect day. As they reflected at the end of the evening, they knew there was nowhere else they would ever have wanted to have their wedding and no other way they would have wanted to spend it.
Komal and Rajan – A Magical Indian Wedding
After being introduced to one another by a mutual friend, Komal and Rajan wanted to make sure that their friends and family were a big part of their wedding. Having gotten engaged during a magical gondola ride in Venice, the couple were married at The City Pavilion in a traditional Indian ceremony.
The couple’s wonderful wedding adventure actually began before their engagement, with their ‘Roka’. The Roka is an Indian ceremony in which the couple and their families come together and celebrate their future. This was shortly followed by a trip to Venice, something which Komal had long dreamed of. During an idyllic gondola ride, Rajan presented Komal with a romantic scrapbook of every date that the couple had been on during their 6 months together. The last page, however, was blank. Rajan then to proposed by inviting Komal to fill in the blank page together as a married couple. As soon as they got off of the gondola, a saxophonist was playing in the street! The couple danced to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, which became their first dance at their engagement party. A truly dreamy proposal!
The City Pavilion was a practical choice for Komal and Rajan, owing in part to the fact that it was such a large wedding… Over 700 guests attending the reception! However, it was more than simply convenient for the couple. The luxurious event spaces and opulent decorations made the venue a spectacular location for their special day. The delicious food was also a draw for both of them, as they had enjoyed eating together at the venue’s restaurant many times before.
Some couples will go to great lengths to make sure that they get the right attire for their wedding. Well, Komal and Rajan are no different. Indeed, Komal flew all the way to Delhi in India to find her dream outfits! The couple’s celebrations involved many different events which required many outfit changes. For the engagement party, the couple were both dressed in peacock blue and gold attire matching the vibrancy of the event. Then, for their civil ceremony, the bride wore a stunning gold and white outfit while the groom wore a classic blue suit. For their traditional ceremony, the bride chose an elegant Maneesh Malhotra outfit in pink and gold. This colour scheme matched the decorations on the day. The groom’s outfit was just as elaborate. Rajan wore an incredible Sherwani, purchased from Ziggi’s Menswear in Birmingham.
Traditional Indian weddings have many celebrations. As is customary, Rajan’s side of the family organised an engagement party at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, attended by 400 guests. For the wedding events, the couple embraced the strong ties which typical hindu ceremonies embody. So, close friends and family had significant roles to play throughout. There were a number of celebrations, such as the Mehndi party, before the big day. At this event, beautiful, elaborate henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and arms. There was also a civil ceremony for legal reasons before their spectacular celebration!
At the reception, there was also a variety of delicious Indian food. The starters were a selection of two meat dishes and two veggie dishes. This was followed by a main which included a chicken curry, lamb curry, rice, naan, daal and many other incredible sides! Dessert was a variety of yummy Indian treats. The couple gave everyone a little statue of Ganesh as a favour. When it came to the reception, the party atmosphere was certainly in full swing! Dances were performed by Komal’s side of the family involving her sister, cousins and friends followed by her brother and his friends. Even Komal’s and Rajan’s parents did a performance for the newlyweds. At the wedding, a particularly special touch for Komal was that her dad flew in the priest that married her mother and him all the way from Kenya!
The day was largely a blur for Komal with so many magical moments occurring one after another! But, her most unforgettable moment was when she stood on the mandip facing Rajan. Seeing him and looking around and taking in how much love filled the room!
- The City Pavillion
- Aarti P
- Gagan Photography
- Denee Motion
Becky and Rich – A Scottish-Themed Summer Wedding
Having met at a wedding, Becky and Rich may have had deja vu when they tied the knot themselves! After getting engaged on a Mauritius holiday, they were married in the orangery at Gaynes Park at a Scottish celebration.
When Becky and Rich started wedding planning, finding the perfect venue was at the top of their list. Luckily, they didn’t have to search for long! Gaynes Park ended up being the only place the couple visited. The bride and groom were looking for a light-filled venue, situated in gorgeous grounds. Gaynes Park met this criteria perfectly so, there was no need to look anywhere else. It was love at first sight! The stunning venue made the couple feel comfortable and relaxed, thanks to the incredible staff, which was very important to them. A bonus was the distant glimpse of the London skyline, as this is where Becky and Rich’s love story began.
The bride’s Scottish roots were strongly reflected by the couple’s theme! Touches of Scotland appeared throughout the day, from the colour scheme to the flowers. Becky and Rich wanted the flowers to create a statement. So, they decorated the venue with soft purple roses, eucalyptus and, of course, thistles! The couple also had wooden details, such as the table names, which matched the venue’s wooden set up and accessorised with purple water glasses for a pop of colour. The natural accents continued with their favours. Their guests received succulents decorated with wooden hearts with their names on it.
Bride Becky owns a bridal boutique, Clifford Burr Bridal, so was in the ideal position to find her perfect dress! She had always wanted a short, vintage style 50’s gown but also decided to have a full length gown for the ceremony. Therefore, she could have the best of both worlds! Both were in a gorgeous shade of blush pink and adorned with lace detailing. This actually surprised Becky as it was more detailed than she originally thought she wanted and she never thought she would have a long train!
The bride complimented her gowns with two different headpieces. First, a light gold hair band from Linzi Jay for during the day, followed by a floral creation by Violet and Velvet for the evening. Finishing off the look were a beautiful necklace and earrings which were a wedding day present from the bride’s parents and a Tiffany cuff from the groom!
Rich had his heart set on a new suit, so he has a lovely three piece blue suit from Harrison’s of Edinburgh. Becky’s maid of honour Laura wore an off the shoulder chiffon gown in a thistle blue colour to reflect the Scottish theme!
To start the reception, guests could refresh themselves with elderflower prosecco spritz or something from the Bellini bar. This was followed by a sit down meal of a ham hock starter, followed by lamb three ways. For the vegetarians, there was goat cheese ravioli followed by nut roast. Everyone enjoyed the trio of desserts to finish as well as the pizzas later in the evening. The speeches were a highlight as Becky’s dad made everyone laugh by plugging her boutique as she was quite the model!
Another favourite moment was when everyone joined in with three traditional Scottish dance numbers, creating quite the moment for everyone! The bride and groom’s first dance was incredibly special. They decided to dance to Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog from the Muppet movie. This unique choice was entirely sentimental as Becky calls Rich her muppet based on their love of the films as children. And Rich does an excellent Kermit impression! They were soon joined by their loved ones to celebrate all together.
Tori and Jake – A Lilac Late-Summer Wedding
Tori and Jake met on a night out with friends and were together for 4 years before the big question was popped. After 18 exciting months of planning, they tied the knot on the 1st of September 2018 at All Saints Church in Durrington. After a wonderful ceremony, the couple celebrated with their nearest and dearest at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. The couple’s choice of a lilac themed wedding was beautifully planned and accented. It was the perfect colour scheme for their late-summer wedding.
The couple chose to hold their ceremony at the stunning, Grade II listed, All Saints Church in Durrington. Set metres away from the River Avon, the church provided the happy couple with a gorgeous location for the ceremony. Following their marriage, Tori and Jake celebrated their newly-wed status at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. The couple had chosen this venue thanks to the beautiful setting and the excellent reviews they had seen from previous happy couples.
The bride wore a stunning, lace dress designed by Rebecca Ingram. Tori fell in love with the dress at Brides by Victoria; she had the straps removed as a personal preference, turning the gown she loved into her dream wedding dress. The five bridesmaids dressed in floor-length lilac chiffon dresses which complemented the theme perfectly. Jake and his groomsmen wore navy check suits which the couple purchased from Next.
Seeing his beautiful bride arrive at the ceremony was Jake’s favourite moment of the day. The ceremony included personal touches such as Stand By Me playing during it and ‘I Love You’ engraved into the wedding rings. Tori’s favourite part of the day was the reception. The bride really loved hearing all the speeches and the incredible spread! The 3-course, sit-down meal consisted of lemon and thyme roasted chicken terrine to start, butter roasted beef as the main and warm bakewell tart for dessert. Delicious treats continued as the guests received Ferrero Rocher chocolates in individual lilac lace boxes. The perfect, subtle way to accent the colour scheme. The couple were especially conscious of the guests’ comfort, providing flip flops for those with sore feet. Finally, the couple and their guests celebrated by dancing to the DJ all night!
Kerrie and Tom – A Simple, Elegant Barn Wedding
Kerrie and Tom met at work and dated for 2 and a half years before getting engaged. 18 months later, the couple tied the knot at Brookfield Barn in a simple yet elegant celebration.
Kerrie and Tom chose Brookfield Barn as both their ceremony and reception venue. As soon as the couple arrived for their first viewing, they knew it was where they wanted their special day. The views across the lake and golf course were absolutely beautiful and so was the barn! The bride and groom didn’t feel the need to decorate the barn as it was simply perfect as it was! Instead of a colour scheme, Kerrie and Tom decided to use white flowers and green flowers to keep their day simple and sophisticated. The couple’s vision become a reality with the added touch of personalised chalkboard signs throughout their day. Brookfield Barn’s staff also made Kerrie and Tom feel like theirs was the only wedding due to their dedication. All this created a truly special experience for the bride and groom.
The bride wore a stunning gown by Enzoani from Helena Fortley which perfectly complemented their simple and elegant feel. The sleek mermaid dress was chic and timeless with its classic strapless sweetheart neckline and covered buttons. Kerrie’s four bridesmaids wore one shouldered taupe dresses in chiffon and satin. The groom and his two groomsmen wore navy and grey suits with Tom adding a splash of colour thanks to the red soles of his shoes!
Kerrie and Tom’s guests were greeted by a string quartet at the canapé, reception, which was their favourite part of the day. The delicious food continued throughout the evening. First, a 3 course meal featuring chicken liver parfait as a starter, lamb shank for the main and a brownie for dessert. There were also mini burgers and fish and chips later on in the evening. Instead of favours, the couple had a photo booth so their guests could have memories to take away with them after they danced the night away with the help of a DJ.
Stephanie and Alex – A Romantic, Whimsical Wedding
Doctors Stephanie and Alex worked at the same hospital but properly met for the first time at a Halloween party where their costumes, Supergirl and a hedgehog, made them a rather unlikely couple! But, five years later, the happy couple tied the knot at Greyfriars Church, Reading before a reception at Ardington House.
Connie and Chris – An Elegant Farmers’ Wedding
Connie and Chris swapped their farmer overalls and wellies for the elegant wedding day they’d been dreaming of! They tied the knot at Rockbeare Manor, a sophisticated venue set against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Devon countryside.
Connie knew she wanted the wedding to be the exact opposite of the couple’s daily lives as farmers; clean, white, elegant and stylish! The wedding venue also had to be within a certain distance of their farm as cows don’t take a day off, even for such a special day! The groom would have to milk all the cows and feed the calves the morning of the wedding. Luckily, the bride managed to find Rockbeare Manor, only 25 minutes away. It was the first and only venue Connie and Chris looked at, as it was absolutely perfect for them! The couple adored the grand white manor house, gorgeously nestled within idyllic acres of its own parkland.
The bride wore a gorgeous organza skirt ballgown with crystal embroidery by Morilee. Connie struggled to find her perfect dress, being more used to her old work clothes on the farm! Eventually, after trying on many dresses, she fell in love with a dress that was the complete opposite of what she thought she wanted! But it was the one that truly made her feel like a bride. The couple decided to go for pale and elegant rather than a distinct colour theme; simple yet sophisticated. So, the 5 bridesmaids wore stunning floor-length dusky pink, backless gowns while Chris and his groomsmen all wore navy blue three-piece suits.
The big day didn’t start off smoothly! Chris’ morning on the farm involved the parlour breaking down and a cow falling ill with heavy traffic and a cross-country detour adding to the drama after he was finally able to leave! Luckily, the groom made it with time to spare to fit in a quick game of snooker before the ceremony!
The couple’s luck quickly turned as glorious sunny weather allowed them to hold their wedding ceremony outside. As Connie walked down the aisle, she had quite an emotional moment; “I looked around at all our friends and family that had given up their time to spend the day with us, that’s when the tears came. I realised how lucky I was.”
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their loved ones gathered on the lawn for a glass of bubbles and some music from their live band. The mother of the bride made all the gorgeous bouquets with roses and thistle. The stunning table centrepieces were grand, yet affordable thanks to artificial flowers! The wedding breakfast was beautifully presented and tasted incredible. The raspberry crème brûlée for dessert was a definite highlight. The speeches were both emotional and hilarious as stories on how the bride and groom met got everyone laughing! The evening party began with the couple’s first dance to ‘Something Just Like This’ by Coldplay. As Connie says, “If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Natasha and Josh – A Summer Festival Wedding
Eight years after a unique meet-cute at Nando’s, Natasha and Josh tied the knot at The Barns at Lodge Farm in a festival themed wedding.
Natasha and Josh chose The Barns at Lodge Farm because it was a blank canvas. The beautiful, newly converted barn combined with the stunning countryside as a backdrop were the perfect fit for their festival themed wedding. They decorated using a colour board including dusty pink, green, ivory, light greys and royal blues. The couple hired their venue for two days so they could create a glamping village for their guests and themselves. They wanted to all sleep under the stars! The bride and groom chose this festival theme because it represents them as a couple. They are happiest when relaxing with some music and good street food!
The bride wore a gorgeous, flowing lace wedding dress by Melissa Sweet from David’s Bridal. This perfectly complemented the chic festival theme. The two bridesmaids wore dusty pink, tea-length chiffon dresses. The groom and his 4 groomsmen opted for light grey suits with blue shirts and navy ties.
Natasha and Josh wanted to continue their festival theme and celebrate their love of street food with their wedding food! So they had three different street food vans Curry on Naanstop which offered authentic Indian cuisine, Gourdans which supplied steak and frites and The Sundae Cycle which had ice cream because, as the bride said, ‘Who doesn’t like ice cream?’ The couple thought the food was absolutely amazing food and it was adored by all the guests!
One of the highlights of the day for Natasha was all the guests coming together to compete to be the winning team as they played field games in the early evening. As everyone was enjoying the fun, and the lovely food, the newlyweds had time to interact with their loved ones. Natasha says that this was one of her most memorable moments, ‘looking around at all the laughter and love and thinking, “Yes we did it, we actually pulled this off!”’ Another highlight for the couple was successfully completely the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing to (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life!