We got engaged in 2016 in beautiful sunny Sorrento overlooking the Med, an engagement out of the movies (car chase & all!). The groom wanted to continue this theme, small & intimate & abroad. I on the other hand wanted a big wedding & with a family of 50+ on my side, and just 4 on his side. Georges granddad unfortunately became ill early 2018, he was always going to be the best man, and we both desperately wanted him with us, so wedding talk began. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, we lost him in August that year. It was a difficult start to wedding planning, but it had gotten the ball rolling. On the day we honored Ernie, George chose not to have a best man, & he wore photo on his cuff links.
Late 2018 an old colleague tagged her wedding photos in Uley, although I’d only recently settled in the Cotswolds, the name rang a bell, it turned out to be over the hill from our new house. I found them place online & instantly fell in love, The stunning Owlpen Manor was the place for me (I just had to convince the groom), they had just 2 dates left in 2019 remaining, so we quickly booked a visit. Whilst we were there they mentioned they were planning to offer August bank holiday split into 2×2 day weddings rather than the normal 3, it felt meant to be, a year & a week since our loss. The venue in its own private country estate, surrounded by hills & woodland, with lots of holiday cottages on site, an area for wild camping, a beautiful Cotswold stone manor house & gardens , a Marquee, a barn for evening dancing & the most stunning Church. We asked them to hold our date , so we could discuss & view some other venues.
I already knew Sheryl was the one for me….. I’d been following her for over a year since a mutual friend shared her pictures, every wedding she posted I took time to look through, she is so talented. By some miracle our date was available in just 10 months time (I now know how lucky I was , since I have seen she is fully booked for weddings next year & most of the one after that!!). A real panic moment happened when Sheryl had an inquiry for our date. We were yet to pay the venue deposit, so I ended up paying to secure Sheryl before I had even secured the venue, but i couldn’t risk losing out on her.
The one bit of advice I kept getting given was, the photographer is the most important bit of the day, once you have spent all that money all you have left at the end is your pictures. Its true, the wedding blues are real, but looking back through her stunning shots takes us right back to the weekend instantly. I continued with my wedding stalking of Oobaloos, and spotted she launched ‘Essence’, with bridal coming next year. I asked her to squeeze me in before the wedding & was delighted to have a pre wedding boudoir shoot. I made a book of the gorgeous photos to add to the grooms gift box. On the day Sheryl was everything I could have asked for and more, delivery lady to the groom, helping to fix my hair & make up throughout the day, making sure id had water, dress ‘do er upper’, she helped keep me calm and gave me a couple of reassuring looks & thumbs up as I arrived to church, like “you got this girl!” That & the sight of my groom were enough to calm my nerves…..
I had an Ian Stuart dress off eBay, a bargain at £200, then I saw THE DRESS, I fell head over heels for it (Cinderella vibes just spoke to me!) a Sotterro & Midgley Ballgown. Myself and my MOH met in Birmingham a few days later at the only shop who had a sample, i tried it on & knew it was mine, after all you only do it once. Just like the groom, the venue, the photographer, when you know, you know!
I wanted afternoon tea during the day, & he wanted a hog roast in the evening. A local company Le t artistry https://www.instagram.com/letartistry/ who offered home afternoon tea drop offs really appealed to me & after a trial with them, we were sold, the beautiful vintage mismatched crockery was so cute.They really were everything we could have hoped for, and more. They spent hours on the Saturday setting up the marquee on what turned out to be the hottest bank holiday on record, and were so attentive on our big day. They even set out places for all the little ones who were coming. We had almost 40 kids! Our evening meal was delicious , put on by Owlpens recommended suppliers.
Our Prosecco from Vinotopia, again recommended, was so delicious & we loved the personalized labels printed with our pictures, a great personal touch.
The cake maker Carly from the qurious house of cakes https://www.instagram.com/carlyann8989/ is an old college friend & she did the most stunning job with our naked wedding cake, dressed with fruit & flowers matching my bouquet. It was simply perfect.
https://www.instagram.com/maddy_weddingpaint/ was recommended by the Venue, we met at an open day there. She did a wonderful job dealing with my wedding party, not all of whom were as keen to sit in the chair as me. I felt like a princess on the day, with her & Sheryl helping me get ready it didn’t matter that my mum was elsewhere or that my Bridesmaids all had their hands full with the 4 little flower girls.
The vibe for the day was, party, fun & festival, it was a weekend long celebration. We saw Generation events https://www.instagram.com/generationeventsglos/ & their disco bouncy castle at a family fun day in the summer. It fitted with our theme, we added in the magic selfie mirror at the last minutes & this proved a huge success, especially with the teenagers. The DJ was chosen for us by them & suited our slightly alternative music style to a T. Our Kids entertainer the amazing juggle puppet https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/jugglepuppet/, is an old family friend. We booked him to do a Kids Magic show, a Punch & Judy show, plus walkabout magic & balloon modelling. It was a huge success, all our tiny guests had as much fun as their parents.
Our String quartet https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/thebristolstringquartet/ was again venue recommended, they did not disappoint! One of our best memories of the run up to the wedding, was watching hours of our favorite songs played by a quartet. Some stand out songs form the the day were Gangsters paradise, Jurassic park, Willie Wonka, Children by Robert Miles,
Flowers & Decor
As you can see our wedding was very personal, with lots and friends & family involved in the day. We are very fortunate that George comes from a family of florists, and all our stunning wedding flowers were done by his mum, the button holes & table center pieces by his Grandma. Georges mums talents dont end there, https://www.instagram.com/dizzibirds/ , she also made the flower girls baskets, flower crowns, myself & the eldest flowers girls hair vines, the bridesmaids hair flowers, her own & her mothers corsages & fasinators, plus the Church Pew ends. We are incredibly lucky & grateful for all her handwork.
The rest of the Decor I made myself, it was a real labour of love, we fell in love with a venue dresser who turned out to be from Essex. We couldn’t really justify the travel & set up costs, so i decided to make it all myself. Quite an undertaking but the real personal feel & having it just how id imagined meant all the effort paid off, we were delighted. Copper Kisses Cotswolds https://www.instagram.com/copperkissescotswolds/ was born, our new wedding venue & events hire company. We are having a rest after quite the year, but have plans for big things in 2020.
Sheryls photos of our wedding weekend are beautiful, I couldn’t have asked for more, she has captured all the mini moments & the looks of love. She put both of us at ease & most of the time we didn’t even notice her taking the shots, lots were a lovely surprise. The posed wedding photos are also absolutely stunning.
10/10, if you are in any doubt, snap her up now, book your date!!