Think of the Cotswolds and you envisage rustic stone buildings, rolling countryside and classic styling right? Pretty much how I’d describe today’s delightful real wedding then!
Francesca and Tomos were married on the 30th July 2016 in a church service followed by a marquee reception at Lowfield Farm, a beautiful house owned within their family. To really showcase the setting they kept their décor and styling choices refined, sophisticated and elegant. The focus was on creating a great party first and foremost, with details and decorations taking a back-seat. That’s not to say it wasn’t all utterly gorgeous by any means. The florals were divine, in an array of pinks, whites and greens. They looked especially wonderful against the dark navy bridesmaid dresses and the coordinating gents attire.
The cake was definitely a show stopper, not only did it sound delicious but it looked incredible with it’s ruffle icing and touches of gold leaf. Talking of show stoppers, Francesca’s gown had real wow factor. She chose to wear Mayfair by Suzanne Neville and I am totally coveting the fishtail shape. She teamed her gown with bejewelled Badgley Mischka Poetry Dress shoes and a romantic veil. Hearts for eyes.
Many thanks to Alex Wysocki for sharing these sublime shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | 12/05/2014. Tom and I spent a short time living in Perth, Western Australia. On our last day before we moved home Tom organised a mystery day around Perth for me to get ready for our last date in my favourite city. I was presented with 6 cards, which I had to open in order at different locations around the city for presents and activities including a new dress, shoes, blow dry and manicure. Ending with a trip to a favourite restaurant, we first went to Kings Park (which I immediately thought was a stupid idea with my new hair style, lovely dress and manicured nails I didn’t want to venture out into the storms Perth was being hit by at the time.) In front of the amazing Perth city skyline Tom presented the final cards, asking the all-important question.
THE VISION | Good food, good wine, good friends and a very good party! We wanted the day to be relaxed, personable and unique to us!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process like the wedding was pretty relaxed; I didn’t want to be bridezilla and was very conscious of this. Everything can be fixed or sorted so there was no point getting upset about things along the way. However there were a lot of to do lists, excel spreadsheets and Tom was always given jobs to do!
THE VENUE | Lowfield Farm – Tetbury, Cotwolds.
We started looking at venues on Valentine’s Day as it seemed appropriate. I am very lucky to have grown up in the Cotswolds with the most fantastic venues available but we were very generously offered the use of Lowfield Farm for the wedding. The house has been in the family for years and as a child I spent a lot of my summers growing up there. It is a beautiful Cotswold house with gorgeous grounds, rolling hills and lovely flat patch to pitch a marquee.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was by the fabulous, famous English designer Suzanne Neville from the stunning Novello collection. The Mayfair gown was a classic design with soft fishtail lines giving slim and sleek silhouette. My dress was paired with a fine lace bolero, cathedral veil and I also wore Badgley Mischka Poetry Dress shoes – a closed, pointed toe pump with beautiful back detail.
FINDING THE DRESS | I went to my first dress fitting with my lovely bridesmaids but I really wanted to buy the dress with my mum and grandmother. I found the wonderful White Rooms in Minchinhampton close enough for my gran to come. The ladies there were just great and dealt with an indecisive bride very well. My gran sat with a huge smile on her face with a glass of champagne in one hand and her credit card in the other.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Groom wore a Ted Baker navy blue suit. He was also meant to be wearing a pink matching tie to his Groomsmen but due to rather unreliable maths on his part he had a cream tie. The Groom and his groomsmen also had bespoke belts made by my mother’s partner with stitching to match the colour scheme.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music – Bridal Chorus, Wagner and Wedding March, Mendelssohn.
Hyms – Lord of the Dance, Cwm Rhondda, Jerusalem.
Signing of the Register Music – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be, Jason Marz – Lucky.
The band in the evening was Wishful Thinking, they got everyone dancing, even my father in law!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 5 beautiful bridesmaids travelling from far and wide, along with our gorgeous niece as the flower girl. A school friend Becky was my maid of honour who took on the duty of organising me leading up to the big day with great effect. I was so lucky to have my best friends with me and the most amazing morning getting ready for the big day. The beautiful bridesmaids were in Coast Dena Lace Maxi Dress.
THE FLOWERS | My flowers came from Rich Pickings. The flowers were a big part for me, I wanted the décor to be sophisticated, so wanted the flowers to be have wow factor! Using simple colours and lots of greenery Rich Pickings created masterpieces in the church, the marquee and the garden.
THE CAKE | Cut Above Cake. The cake wasn’t just a cake it was a piece of art! The Rosette Ruffles and Gold Wedding Cake was covered in ivory sugar paste icing and decorated all over the base tier with blush pink rosette ruffles. The upper 3 tiers were decorated with a ragged patch of edible real gold leaf starting on the top tier, covering some of the second tier down and ending on the 3rd tier down. There were also some small blush pink rosette roses and tiny navy blossoms decorating the gold. The top tier was Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream filling, the tier below in Fruity Apple & Cinnamon Cake with Orange Buttercream, the next tier down and the cutting cake in Black Velvet Chocolate & Guinness Cake with Vanilla Buttercream filling and the base tier in Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream. The whole cake was mounted on a matching baseboard.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographs were by Alex Wysocki. Alex captured our whole day amazingly, the pictures were better than I could have imagined. Her pictures captured moments we missed and caught the memories we will remember forever.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The venue set a lot of style and décor for our wedding; we had a classic marquee with clear sides to frame the wonderful Cotswold countryside. We kept inside the marquee simple with the flower centre pieces being the focal point on the tables, subtle lighting along with some DIY decorations including photobooth (with fancy dress collected from previous costumes and friends), homemade bar, table plan and light up letters. Our tables were named after vineyards in Margaret River, Western Australia and name places were propped up by wine corks. We created a logo, which was used throughout the décor to keep some consistency. We also had a chill out tent with straw bales and lots of cushions.
The theme of our food was also home grown with our friends and family making, baking and rearing most of the produce for the wedding. We had an anti pasti style starter with baked vacherin, my mother had 38 vacherin’s in her freezer for 6 months as it is a seasonal cheese. The main was lamb, which was cooked over an open fire pit like in Argentina and used later of for the traditional, after a night out, kebabs!
THE HONEYMOON | After a manic couple of weeks we enjoyed a very luxurious week on the Amalfi Coast Italy at the gorgeous Capo La Gala. This was a week of over indulgence and complete relaxation (apart from the 8 hour bus journey back from Amalfi). We have all of our family and friends to thank for the trip after everyone’s very generous wedding presents!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It is hard to pick only a few moments, we had the best weekend with friends and family and think the main thing we will take away from the wedding was how fantastic all of them are, how much love there was on the day and the support they give us!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure you take time throughout the day to take everything in. Leave plenty of time in the morning to enjoy the time with you close family and friends. And make a weekend of it, always nice to see everyone the next day for a debrief!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Alex Wysocki
Dress | White Rooms
Flowers | Rich Pickings
Cake | Cut Above the Cake
Invitations/Logo Design | Daniel Duhig Design
Marquee | Flint & Lambourn Marquees Ltd
Food | Made By Bob
Catering | Keen as Mustard and Outside In Company
Toilets | Royal Flush
Car | Vintage Classics
Entertainment | Wishful Thinking
How very special.
Many thanks to Francesca and Tomos for sharing their splendid celebrations with us xo Lou