Jessica and Jason – A Stylish Flower-Filled Barn Wedding
Sweethearts Jessica and Jason first met when they were 17 on a night out. Nine years later, they tied the knot in a stunning flower-filled wedding at Gaynes Park, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Essex! As bride Jessica is an interior designer, this is one seriously stylish wedding…
Megan and Oliver – An Autumn Wedding in Wales
Megan and Oliver had a beautiful Autumn wedding with an intimate church ceremony and a fabulous reception in Talhenbont Hall, North Wales.
The couple met at work where they are both lawyers and they were together for four years before getting engaged. They planned their wedding for the next year, before tying the knot in November.
Megan and Oliver knew that they wanted to get married in a church in Wales, so when searching in Northern Wales they fell in love with St. Tysilio’s and its beautiful setting.
For the reception venue, Talhenbont Hall offered the traditional yet homely look that the couple were after. “When Alicia invited us in to the Hall we both knew immediately that Talhenbont was perfect for us,” says Megan. “We loved the look of the place and the facilities on offer.”
Megan’s dress was a stunning bohemian lace gown by Yolan Cris, which she added long sleeves to to make it one of a kind. The bridesmaids wore long, pewter dresses with pleated skirts from David’s Bridal, and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits with silver ties from Tom Ford.
The three-course meal reflected the Welsh setting, with a main of Welsh lamb Henry with potato and leek dauphinoise, and a dessert of Bara brith bread and butter pudding. Even the wedding cake was tiers of Welsh cheese! For favours, the couple gave their guests a carved Welsh lovespoon each.
The couple didn’t have a set theme but they asked for the flowers and decorations to have a strong autumnal feel, so orange and reds were very present.
For the evening entertainment, Megan and Oliver had two bands. The first was a three-piece instrumental jazz band, who played during the pre-wedding breakfast drinks. The second was an incredible five-piece jazz band with vocalist, who played after the wedding breakfast.
Megan and Oliver had a wonderful day celebrating and they couldn’t pick their favourite part – they loved every moment!
Viren and Claire – A Multicoloured Fusion of Cultures
Viren and Claire got married in July last year with a celebration combining their cultures. Viren is of Indian origin, therefore it was important for them to incorporate his culture into their English summer wedding.
Claire wore a stunning white bridal gown for the ceremony and in the evening changed into a vibrant magenta Saree. The wedding theme was multicoloured and gold, therefore the bridesmaids all wore Sarees in different colours.
The groom and groomsmen all wore navy suits hired from Moss Bros.
The couple held their ceremony at the Oxford Thames Hotel. The ceremony was outside, alongside the River Thames. Following this, the wedding party travelled to Fison Barn at the Earth Trust in Little Wittenham for the reception.
Fison Barn is a blank canvas venue so Viren and Claire could make it their own. They chose bright colourful decorations for the venue sticking with their theme.
In the evening the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an Indian buffet, along with a gorgeous cake for pudding.
They hired an Indian DJ who played a mix of songs from both Indian and English background. There was such variety that everyone was up and dancing!
Jake and Charlotte – A Pirate Wedding
Jake and Charlotte got married in September last year with a handfasting ceremony. They met after joining The Pirates of St Piran, a theatrical charity, and it was love at first sight, getting engaged six months later. The couple initially eloped and after five years passed decided to have a large celebration with friends and family.
The couple are fortunate to have Charlestown on their doorstep, which is frequently used as a film set. Jake volunteered restoring the ships there so the Kajsamoor ship was the only place they wanted to have their wedding. The charity that they are part of performed there many times and it holds a special place in their hearts. They were especially attracted to the cannons that could fire to celebrate the ceremony!
As you have probably guessed from the couple’s choice of venue, the theme was pirates! Charlotte wore a hand-made dress based on a costume from the Pirates of the Caribbean film, with many friends and family members also getting on board and dressing appropriately for the theme.
Their favourite moment of the celebration was finally having their ceremony amongst friends and family. They thoroughly enjoyed the unique elements of the handfasting ceremony, including jumping a broom and tying a knot to bind the couple’s future together. The guests each tied a ribbon on the broom, so they have a wonderful lasting memento in the kitchen!
The reception featured an incredible buffet with a selection for everyone. The evening’s entertainment began with a performance from The Pirates of St Piran, followed by a DJ who played for the remainder of the evening.
Emma and Nikul – A Colourful Blend of Cultures
Full of bright colours and smiling faces, Emma and Nikul’s beautiful wedding at The Matara Centre was seriously inspiring. Inspired by nature and beautiful sari fabrics, the pair tied the knot surrounded by friends, family, and some truly stunning venue decor!
After meeting on a snowy night in an Oxford nightclub, the pair were together for five years before becoming engaged. They then spend just over a year planning their wedding before saying ‘I do’ at the beautiful Matara Centre in Gloucestershire.
As soon as they saw the venue, Emma and Nikul instantly knew it was perfect for them. With equally gorgeous interiors and exteriors, they fell in love with the grounds and knew it would perfectly complement their unique theme; trees and saris! It was important to them that they incorporated both Western and Eastern aesthetics into their decor, so they used recycled sari fabrics to adorn the venue. When it came to colours, they didn’t want to limit themselves to a specific palette, which can be seen in their beautiful pastel blue cake, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and wonderful wildflower arrangements.
After the ceremony, the guests were invited to share a lovely moment where they planted a tree for Emma’s late mum, each tying a piece of colourful ribbon to the branches. This special moment perfectly sums up their personalised approach to their big day.
Emma’s favourite moment was “seeing each other for the first time as I walked through the moon gate into the cloistered courtyard. It was the beginning of a magical day.”
Jack and Jess – A Spring Wedding Celebration
For their sunny May wedding, couple Jack and Jess chose a meaningful church ceremony followed by a fun marquee reception at Manor Hill House.
After two years together and a year of wedding planning, Jess and Jack tied the knot at the incredible Sacred Heart Church in Droitwich Spa. Not only did they love the mosaic interior and stained glass windows, but the church was also where the bride was confirmed, making it even more meaningful.
Bride Jess looked gorgeous in her lace A-line gown from Romantica, which she bought from Cathedral Belles in Worcester. The bridesmaids wore pastel pink floor-length gowns, while Jack and the groomsmen looked dapper in charcoal tails rented from Moss Bros with cravats to match the bridesmaids.
After the ceremony, the couple and their 96 guests headed back to Manor Hill House for the reception. “We chose Manor Hill House as it could accommodate the number of people we wanted at our wedding and is set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with fantastic views,” says Jack. “The venue was modern, light and traditional with a house party feel that catered for all our guests.”
Jack and Jess chose a classic yet modern pastel pink, cream and light grey theme for their wedding. Bluebells Florist created the stunning floral arrangements to match, including the bride’s bouquet made up of roses, peonies, lisianthus and foliage, and the bridesmaid bouquets of roses and gypsophila.
After their traditional wedding breakfast and trio of desserts, the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to a DJ, who kept everyone entertained by playing requests. Just two days later, Jack and Jess jetted off on a dream Mexico honeymoon – bliss!
Jack’s favourite moment was seeing Jess for the first time when she arrived at church – only 10 minutes late!
Sarah and Gary – A Stately Home Wedding
Sarah and Gary tied the knot at Eynsham Hall in September 2018. The couple met at work and were together for four years before getting engaged and planning the wedding in the following 18 months.
Sarah walked down the aisle in a stunning Mori Lee wedding dress, whilst her bridesmaids wore pink halter neck bridesmaids dresses. The pink dresses were complemented by the bouquets and venue decorations, which also incorporated a pastel pink. The groom and his groomsmen wore navy suits with tails that they hired for the occasion.
Sarah and Gary fell in love with Eynsham Hall when researching online and were eager to visit the venue. Sarah was passionate about having a stately home style venue, and Eynsham Hall provided this as well as the relaxed vibe she was looking for. The venue was tailored to the couples theme colour of light pink – even though Gary originally said he didn’t mind what colour as long as it wasn’t pink!
During the drinks reception canapes were served before the sit-down meal. The guests enjoyed a crayfish starter, followed by lamb and lemon tart. In the evening, guests enjoyed a buffet as well as the wedding cake and a cheese tower – it sounds like there was no shortage of food at this wedding!
As if this delicious food throughout the day wasn’t enough… the favours were owl sugar cookies! Gary is an avid Sheffield Wednesday FC fan so they incorporated their badge into the wedding. Sarah ensured that these were pink to stay in keeping with the wedding theme.
Music played a significant role in Sarah and Gary’s celebration with live music during the ceremony, reception drinks and in the evening. During the ceremony a string trio played a mix of classical and modern music, they also played during the drinks reception. In the evening a local band played who got everyone on their feet!
Kat and Andy – An Outdoor Wedding in October
Kat and Andy spent two years planning their stunning outdoor wedding at The Tythe Barn, which was made all the more amazing by the fact that they were over 10,000 miles away at the time! This happy couple live in Sydney but wanted to plan a quintessential English wedding with their families in Oxfordshire, so they planned everything from afar. The only thing Kat bought in Australia was her elegant Maggie Sottero wedding dress, which she bought in Sydney when her mum flew over for a visit.
The bride and groom fell in love with pictures of The Tythe Barn online, and when they came to England for a venue visit, it exceeded their expectations! “It was beautiful while still being modest, and was the perfect size for our small numbers,” says Kat. “The staff were incredible, and we felt like we were in safe hands.”
Kat and Andy chose a silver and blue colour scheme for their October wedding day – they even had blue and silver ribbons during their handfasting ceremony, which took place outside in front of the barn doors. The Flower Shed Oxford created the relaxed bouquets and flower arrangements using ivory roses, lilies and gypsophila, as well as plenty of foliage and silver-blue eucalyptus.
For the wedding breakfast, guests enjoyed The Tythe Barn’s Table Top Picnic, which included casual sharing dishes for everyone to try. In the evening, instead of evening food, Kat and Andy chose to serve their guests delicious ice cream cones, which were a huge hit.
In the evening, indie rock and pop band We Three kept everyone dancing with their live sets, and there was a photo booth that Kat and Andy had filled with Australian-inspired props to remind them of home. There were blow-up crocodiles, cork hats, and even a kangaroo onesie!
The bride’s best moment
“As I walked down the garden aisle, I saw so many familiar faces that I hadn’t seen since our last visit to the UK – and then my eyes fell on Andy, who had the proudest smile on his face!”
Elspeth and Mel – A Magical Harry Potter Wedding
After meeting at Warwick University and dating for thirteen years, Elspeth and Mel tied the knot in a truly magical winter wedding at Warwick Castle. Their big day had an incredible Harry Potter theme, which originally started as a joke but quickly became the most unique aspect of their November wedding.