I have been looking forward to this wedding for awhile. Both Rachael's and my daughter both went to the same school, and when she got in touch to tell me about their beautiful romantic wedding planned in the Cotswolds it was a no brainer for me. The morning of the wedding as I was driving through the Cotswolds I felt so nostalgic as I remembered driving around this area when I was (a lot!) younger with my now husband prior to our little O's arriving. It is so incredibly beautiful there. I pulled up and found the bridesmaids all bustling about setting up the tables and decor in such a gorgeous, light-filled room with a high ceiling and beams. It was gorge. Rachael ran up and gave me a hug, looking super relaxed and in control of all the details. I started to inspect all the placemats and flowers being laid out on the table and was blown away when I found out Rach had made them all. Such a creative cookie, she planned and created everything for her wedding day, and everything was really thought through. Even the order of service was cleverly made to double up as a fan in case it was a scorcher of a day! Creativity obviously runs in the family as I found her sister upstairs finishing off the bouquets and floral headpieces which she had made herself.
An outside wedding was planned but the winds were picking up and the grey clouds rolling in, so we crossed fingers and toes and pleaded with the registrars and were over the moon when it was OK to be outside. Chairs with jars containing gypsophilia and bows were quickly set up as the guests arrived, and when it was time to go, the sun came out and the skies blue.
I think everyone was failing to hold back the tears as Paul saw his beautiful flower girls walk down the aisle, and finally followed by Rachael. Oh my days it was so emotional. Their gorgeous little girl Emily did the most amazing reading in front of everyone, which she memorised perfectly and recited with a big smile on her little face, which I think was the final undoing of Rachael as she beamed so proudly at her.
After the ceremony, games, ice cream, bubbles and laughter followed. We went to explore the rest of the garden which was jaw droppingly beautiful, and just as we finished up a few patters of rain fell. Everyone was seated for their meal and then the heavens opened. Really couldn't have been more perfect timing. The speeches were unforgettable, and Rachael and Paul's family and friends made me feel so much a part of the wedding.
I left that evening on such a high seeing Rachael and Paul's first dance with their two girlies, and then all fun began and the props came out for some proper shape making on the dance floor. These guys are amazing. They are so chilled out, so loved, and so in love. It was magic being there. Can't thank you enough for allowing me to share your beautiful day. xx
Venue: The Barn at Hyde House
Flowers: Made by sister Fay Springett
(Cheese!) Cake: The Cotswolds Cheese Company in Stow-on-the-Wold
Bride's dress: Benjamin Roberts from Elle Sanderson, Beaconsfield
Shoes: Jenny Packham
Bridesmaid's dresses: BHS
Groom's attire: Alexander at House of Fraser
Hair & Makeup: Anna White
DJ: Dan @ Euphoria
Ice cream & Games: Cafe Bon Bon
All the amazing details, favors, orders of service, coathangers handmade.