On Christmas week we made our way up to the Cotswolds to join Caroline and Matt for their wedding at The Kingscote Barn in Tetbury., Gloucestershire.
Christmas weddings are always really special. Everyone’s in the party mood, pleased to get out of the house and away from bad telly to see their friends and family.
Thankfully, the weather was a little kinder than their prep shoot a few weeks before. We stayed over in Tetbury the night before and the drive to the barn in the morning was really something special. The car was completely frozen shut but the frost on the hills and the sparkle of ice on such a beautiful sunny morning was what you’d hope for a wedding in the Cotswolds.
Being in a bit of a valley however, meant the venue was susceptible to freezing fog which rolled in later on in the day (we didn’t take a smoke machine). It went down to a bitter -3 degrees centigrade but Caroline and Matt were keen to get outside for photos and were real troopers. The mulled wine on offer was really just the ticket.
Doing things a little differently, Caroline and Matt wanted a more intimate ceremony with just close family and friends without sacrificing a bigger party later on in the day.… Read Full Post
Jenny and Owain got married the weekend before Christmas and we headed up to Oxford to capture the day. The wedding took place in The Oxford Union with a reception within the grounds of St John’s College, University of Oxford.
It was a crisp, clear and Christmassy day full of festive cheer, carols and celebration.
The ceremony itself was conducted by a mutual friend of ours (and former Big Bouquet Groom himself, Mike). Without any hint of bias he did the most perfect job of making the service personal and thoughful. Meanwhile, the ceremony and drinks reception were given a soundtrack by a full Welsh choir.
Special mention should also go to Jenny’s friend, Kristina Johansen Seznec for doing such an excellent job creating a bespoke lace cover-up for Jenny. Such enviable dressmaking skills! She’s put together her own blog post on the story behind the Cover Up.
The light left us quickly that day, being one day away from the shortest of the year, so once everyone had enjoyed a drinks reception of carols and mulled wine in the Union we ventured around the grounds of the College with Jenny and Owain. Meanwhile, the guests seated themselves in the Dining Hall for their wedding breakfast.… Read Full Post
We couldn’t have asked for a more cosy, festive and energetic wedding to end our year than Jolie and Simon’s. They got married just a couple of days before Christmas in Winchester with a ceremony at Winchester Guildhall and a Ceilidh wedding reception at Shawford Parish Hall.
The weather was ridiculous – stormy, rainy, windy and dark. But none of that mattered. Jolie and Simon had worked so hard to make their wedding day so inviting and colourful. Where better place to be than under the fairy lights, eating pies and dancing with friends and family?
One particular favourite part of the day for us was when the entire wedding party was transported from the ceremony to the village hall in a Routemaster. Christmas tunes blasted from the back of the bus as it made its merry way through the streets of Winchester. Everyone was huddled together in a steamy-windowed bus. It was a perfect winter wedding.
This was our first Ceilidh and it was brilliant. There were absolutely no awkward shuffling dances. Everyone took part and gave it their all. The routines seemed really complicated when the Caller was talking through the steps but somehow, after a minute or so, everything clicked.… Read Full Post
We ended 2011 with lots of Christmas sparkle. Melissa and Chris’s wedding was held just a few days before Christmas, with a ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall (their last wedding before Christmas too) and a reception at The Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore, Dorset.
Mel and Chris really embraced the seasonal spirit with lots of magical decorations and cute attention to detail (we loved the mistletoe kiss during the ceremony and the beautiful ribbon on the cars).
Things started with me snapping up the bridal preps at Melissa and Chris’s beautiful cottage in Wimborne. The Christmas berries and mistletoes wreaths gave the florals a seasonal feel too, thanks to the handiwork of Arcade Flowers in Ringwood.
Just to keep things interesting bridal preps were interrupted at one point by the presence of a live Vole in the kitchen (a present from Cupcake the kitten). But just as Melissa seemed to ooze calm about her wedding day she disposed of it like a pro (simply picking it up and popping it into a jam jar glass).
A calm approach also worked wonders when one of the hired Morris Minors carrying the bridesmaids broke down en route to the Registry Office. Luckily the number for United Taxis is engrained into my brain (“double-five, double six, double seven!”) so Chris didn’t have to wait too long.… Read Full Post
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The wedding reception was brought to life by expert event stylist, Sweet Dream Events who created some truly beautiful table settings, marquee decorations and scrumptious dessert bars.
Despite the clear skies it was a White Christmas at The Three Tuns Inn thanks to the snow machine. This greeted the guests as they made their way into the marquee and barn for the wedding breakfast.
After food the guests all cosied up in the barn for a big party dancing along to brilliant tunes from DJ Leeroy, although they occasionally popped outside to toast some marshmallows on the fire.
It was a lovely end to our year. Thank you for letting us be a part of it, Melissa and Chris!
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