Cassie and Scott had the most beautiful summer wedding in the Cotswolds at Cripps Barn. They had an elegant and classic day with a gorgeous emerald colour scheme. There were lush ivory rose bouquets, sparkly Jimmy Choos and pretty bridesmaids in green dresses.
They kept their décor chic and simple while in the evening they had a live band and a bonfire for marshmallow toasting. Lovely.
Thanks so much to the amazing Kerry Diamond for sharing her photographs with us.
The Proposal… Scott Proposed to me in our flat on Christmas day 2011, he wrapped my ring in about five boxes, I was getting so frustrated until I got to the last box, he got down on one knee and I burst out crying!
The Vision for the Day… A Classy, Country Cotswold wedding.
The Planning Process… The planning process was a little more tricky than we anticipated, Scott was on an Australian exchange for four months not long after he proposed, so there was a lot of trust involved as I had to pick the wedding venue without him. Then 9 months before we were due to get married I received an assignment order for a four month tour to Afghanistan that would get me back to the UK three weeks before the wedding! We managed to get most of it sorted in between each other’s deployments though . . . I think we pulled it out the bag!
Budget… The wedding in total came to about 20K, we were very fortunate that my dad paid for the reception and between Scott and me I had my Operational Allowance and Scott’s Commitment bonus. We never really sat down and set a budget for each thing, it was more of a case of just looking around for cheaper alternatives if we could but ultimately it was our big day and we only get to do it once so it had to be perfect!
The Venue… Scott and myself really struggled to make a decision on where to get married; did we do it in his hometown, my hometown, in Canada with his family, in Ireland with mine? Eventually we decided to go for common ground we live in one of the most beautiful counties in the country so we did it locally and got married at Cripps Barn in Bibury in the middle of the Cotswolds. As I said previously Scott didn’t get to view the venue with me initially as he was in Australia on a military exchange programme. So my dad came over from Dubai to view it with me and given the fact it was the only venue I’d looked at I was overwhelmed by how perfectly beautiful it was. Lisa Marie the manager was amazing, she organised everything down to a T! The ceremony was outside under and wooden arc, the food was absolutely gorgeous and somehow the waiters managed to keep my glass topped up constantly! They were perfect!
The Dress + Accessories… The dress was a stunning Justin Alexander dress and belt. Anne Marie my dressmaker made a long veil with Swarovski diamantes and my shoes were gold peep toe glittery Jimmy Choos!
Finding the Dress… The dress wasn’t initially a fun experience for me. I’d gone to so many different shops trying to find “The Dress,” you know that moment you see in movies where the woman breaks down crying after trying on the first dress and everyone goes ahhhh! . . . I didn’t get that in the first 30 odd dresses and 6 shops I went to! So feeling a little deflated I arranged with my sister in law to go just the two of us to a shop she recommended in Thame, Anna MacDonald. When I first got there I met Anna and she was just completely lush, the shop was completely stunning, I felt like a princess straight away, she shut the shop for me and I was the only client in there (which was nice, one shop I went to had multiple brides in, all after the same dress)! I tried on a few dresses, but I knew the one I wanted as soon as I saw it and it fitted like a glove. A Justin Alexander sweetheart neckline, A-Line, long train and covered in the most beautiful ivory lace finished off with a satin belt covered in diamante’s and pearls! Anna then referred me to a dress maker Anne-Marie, who achieved the impossible of fitting my dress after I’d lost two stone and 6 inches off my waist, she really was marvellous and they turned what was looking like a bad experience right on its backside!
Groom’s Attire… My gorgeous groom hired slate grey tails, with a ivory satin paisley waistcoat and a satin hunter green cravat . . . very handsome!
The Readings + Music… The readings were amazing! My dad had everyone laughing with the pleasures and pains he had with me growing up, and by the end of the speech most women in the audience were in tears with how emotional it was. Scott told every one of how we met on our Falkland deployment and how we got to where we are today. Wilco, Scott’s best man kept everyone entertained with Scott’s dark past including a compromising situation involving a shoe lace that was tied too tight and trying to cut it off down an alley, both completely inebriated! My marching in was Aerosmith don’t wanna miss a thing, my march out was Boyce Avenue’s cover of Chris Browns Forever and our first dance was Ed Sheeran Give me love. We hired a band called AK47, I knew all the guys from going to numerous beer calls at RAF Lyneham and RAF Brize Norton and although we never wanted a military wedding, I had very close connection with the Hercules Squadrons and the guys are just amazing and very talented . . . I couldn’t not have had them at my wedding!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… I was fortunate enough to have 6 beautiful bridesmaids and a flower girl! All dressed in hunter green one shoulder dessy dresses. They really all were a vision!
The Flowers… The flowers came OK on the day, however I did have to change my choices three times, including one phone call the day before the wedding saying they couldn’t find the flowers I was after, which I felt to be a little out of hand. We had stunning table centre pieces, which included white lilies, willow and a Gypsophilla spray. My bouquet and the bridesmaids included Roses and a Gypsophilla spray.
The Cake… I was very fortunate to have a very talented Sister in Law who makes the most beautiful cakes! She’s created a four-tier cake, with a vanilla, strawberry and Lemon base. At the base of the cake she made edible sand and seashells to play on my new name of surname Beach!
Your Photographer… Kerry Diamond!!! Possibly one of my favourite things about the wedding! So, we had previously seen Kerry’s work from a couple of our work friends weddings and they couldn’t recommend her enough, not that they needed to, I saw her website and fell in love straight away! Her profiles varied with vintage, quirky, modern, classy and just outright beautiful! Kerry’s wedding package also included a pre wedding shoot which was perfect as on the day everything felt so natural, not that we even knew Kerry was there! She captured the most beautiful photos without us even knowing which meant we could relax and enjoy the day, but anyone who came into contact with her couldn’t have been more complimentary about what relaxed but fun lady she was. I could not have recommended her more as she captured the photos of the most important day of our lives, I flippin loved her!!!
The Details + Decor… We didn’t want to go over the top with the details of décor; the venue was so beautiful that not much if anything needed doing! We had a bonfire lit at night time, where people could toast marshmallows or light sparklers. The venue-supplied lanterns hanging from the trees and in the ground outside, candles dotted around the venue, the fire was lit in the main hall.
The Honeymoon… This was Scott’s job! I didn’t know where I was going until the night of the wedding. Each of our tables had a photo frame on with a picture in it of somewhere we had been, which was the name of our table. After the speeches he came up to me and told me there was one extra photo frame on one of the tables of somewhere we hadn’t been together. I found a photo of Thailand! We did three days in Bangkok, 7 Days in the Phi Phi Islands and 4 days in Phuket. It was everything I could’ve asked for, it was exciting, relaxing we did Thai cooking classes, shopping, spa days, snorkelling, elephant trekking, drinking, sunbathing. Everywhere we went we got a free upgrade it was just perfect!
Memorable Moments… The father/daughter dance! My dad being the smooth mover he is had us doing a big number to “new york new york!”
Advice for Other Couples… Take five minutes to sneak off and watch everyone. It was so lovely to stand back and watch everyone have an amazing time and just take everything in, everyone says it but we really couldn’t believe how quick the day went
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photography | Kerry Diamond Photography
Venue | Cripps Barn
Hair & Beauty | Kriss Kross
Band | AK47
Groom Suit | Moss
Honeymoon | Virgin Holidays
Second Shooter | Tori Deslauriers
Thanks so much to Cassie and Scott for sharing their beautiful wedding story with us here at WWW :-) XOXO Lou