After viewing these sensational images and accompanying story I defy you not to dream of frolicking in the country today.
WWW readers Katie and Ian were married on the 8th August 2015, which turned out to be a glorious summers day at Lords Of The Manor in the Cotswolds. Their vision was simple, to host a weekend where their loved ones all felt like they had the run of the manor in a beautiful countryside setting. In terms of styling pastels with a hint of metallic was the focus and it really made their day so very pretty.
The florals in pinks and blush tones worked beautifully and I love the ribbon adorned bouquets too. The bridesmaids wore mismatched frocks and megawatt smiles, while Ian chose to wear a handsome Reiss number to say I do.
Kate’s billowing lace off the shoulder gown by Augusta Jones looked so very beautiful. She styled her hair in swishy waves teamed with a delicate hair vine, so stunning.
Many thanks to the amazing David Jenkins Photography for sharing these exquisite photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | It was on my birthday, we were on holiday skiing in the lovely place called Megeve. It was a beautiful sunny crisp day and after a few hours skiing Ian suggested we stopped for a break at the side of the mountain and it was there he proposed, with a view of the snowy mountains and bright blue sky in the backdrop. A complete surprise!
THE VISION | Romantic, pastels with metallic touches, set in the beautiful picturesque countryside in the Cotswolds. It was important to us that we had all our close friends and family with us to share our special day in the most beautiful setting, all staying at the venue together to feel like we had our own manor for the weekend.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process started with the venue as it was important to us that we found something that we both had visions of and that was in the perfect location. We ended up viewing quite a few venues and taking quite a while to find the perfect venue but we knew it had to be right! Once we had visited Lords of The Manor, we knew it was the one!
We used Pinterest for lots of ideas, plus wedding fairs, magazines and blogs.
THE VENUE | Lords of The Manor, Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds. Ceremony was at St Peters Church, Upper Slaughter just across the road from the manor.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Bridal gown – Augusta Jones. Shoes – Love Art Wear Art.
FINDING THE DRESS | In total I only spent a few weekends and evenings looking before I found the one. My main search was based in Tunbridge Wells local to me and I also visited a couple of boutiques in London. But eventually I fell in love with the Augusta Jones dress from The Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells, I didn’t initially have that first ‘wow’ moment but once I tried it on a few times I knew it was right. I loved the off the shoulder lace, sequin and lace bodice and the layers of soft floaty tulle skirt plus I thought it also suited the dreamy Cotswold venue we had chosen perfectly.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | 3 piece suit was from Reiss and shoes Paul Smith.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Reading – ‘On your wedding day’, Hymns – ‘Praise my soul the king of heaven’ and ‘We pledge to one another’.
Evening music – Wedding Smashers, they did an amazing job and we were on the dance floor all night!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My lovely friend Tori, Sister in law Helen and her two girls – our nieces – Maia and Emily as flower girls. To fit in with the pastel theme Tori’s dress was a pale grey from John Lewis, Helens dress was a pale blush pink colour from Coast that co-ordinated in with the flowers and groom and groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares. Flower girls ivory dresses from Marks & Spencer.
THE FLOWERS | Passion Flowers
It was definitely an important part of the day. Keeping the pastel theme throughout, my bouquet was full of all the flowers I love; white peonies, majolica spray roses, wax and o’hara roses. The bridesmaids with a smaller version.
As I LOVE flowers and from collecting many various vintage vases and jam jars along the way, to keep the cost down we did all the extra vases of flowers to decorate the venue and the bar area ourselves, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing with bridesmaids and family on the day before!
THE CAKE | Hannah Hickman Cakes
We met up for a tasting session and went through our ideas and colour schemes with pictures of inspiration from Pinterest. We had a 2 tier wedding cake, with rows of pretty decorated cup cakes underneath all matched in to the pastel blush colour palette. We had a mix of lemon, orange and vanilla strawberry fillings rather than the traditional fruit cake.
It looked and tasted amazing and we had comments from all of our guests, it was exactly what we wanted.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | David Jenkins Photography
We loved the natural images David captured and the style of his shooting. He was such a nice guy and was so relaxed, looking back at the images we didn’t even realise he was even there for some that he took. We got lovely feedback from our friends and family about how great he was on the day. We are so pleased with all the images he has taken and captured all of the great elements of the day and more!!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All our decorations were made or bought by us and the venue was decorated by us and family. I loved collecting and making the decorations and props, we visited many different fairs, charity shops and eBay to get all individual pieces.
Our venue was amazing and really helpful giving us space to store props beforehand and even let us started decorating the day before.
THE HONEYMOON | Antigua – Sandals resort. It was the most expensive holiday we have ever had but we had the best time and it’s such an amazing place!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are just so many….. the day was so perfect I couldn’t have wished for a better day!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Its such an amazing overwhelming day, make sure you cherish and enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly.
Plan and do your research to make sure you are getting the best for your budget. Be as organised as possible and communicate all your visions to your suppliers. Doing things yourself can save you money but also make your wedding more personalised and special, I loved doing some of the flowers, making bunting, favours and wedding invitations, but make sure you leave plenty of time because it always takes longer than you think!
Do something different for the evening food if you can, right from the start we decided we didn’t want a buffet as so many weddings we had been to before there had just been loads of left over food untouched – such a waste of money. We had a vintage Citroen crèpe van that served fresh sweet and savoury crepes all night long and it went down a storm. Plus it looked really pretty parked outside the venue too.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | David Jenkins Photography
Venue | Lords Of The Manor
Flowers | Flowers By Passion
Cake | Hannah Hickman Cakes
Crepe Van | Little Van Rouge
Wedding Dress | The Pantiles Bride
DJs | Wedding Smashers
Hair & Make Up | Anna White Make Up & Hair
Oh so beautiful.
Thanks so much to Katie and Ian for sharing their super special wedding story with us today xo Lou