Kate & Neil at Lyde Court

When Kate messaged me about booking her wedding photography in the next FOUR WEEKS, I thought she was mad. It was AUGUST!! Luckily they went for a Sunday and managed to pick up some pretty awesome suppliers! Including me 😉

Read all about their day at Lyde Court!

 

Kate and Neil

12-08-18

Lyde Court, Herefordshire

What made you decide to get married where you did?

I had been following Lyde court for so long, its absolutely stunning- the barn, high beams, fairy lights everywhere, the fact you could get married in so many beautiful spots on the grounds……and then they had a last minute offer, and that was it!

How long was your wedding planning process?

A whole 5 weeks!!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

From the groom and best man ” I can’t remember” it turned into one hell of a party 🙂

How did you meet?

We met at university a whole 12 years ago

What was the proposal like?

Unbelievable, he had been planning it for so long, we were on a tour of Africa, at the very end of the trip we headed to Zambia and went in Victoria falls. At the very top of the falls in the water, holding onto a rope for dear life Neil went back to the boat for what felt like an eternity, after shouting “where have you been, etc bleep etc” on his way back. He got down on one knee as much as he could, i was so so surprised!! It was just unreal.

How did you choose your photographer?

As soon as I saw one picture of Sheryl’s I knew, and the rest confirmed it, her relaxed style of capturing all the little moments were exactly what i wanted, i wanted to remember the whole day and be able to relive it through the pictures. I still cant quite believe you could do our wedding date.

Dress designer?

I tried a few boutique wedding dresses and they just weren’t what i was looking for, and the short time scale made it difficult. As fate had it i went on a last minute late night dash to monsoon to hopefully find a back up if I couldn’t find “the one”, and I ended up finding the perfect dress right there. It was absolutely meant to be, the last time i was in the same Monsoon I was with my mum trying on her wedding dress, she passed away just a year later 8 years ago and she was there with me that night. I came home with my dream dress.

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

We went to the high street for everything else too, suits were Next, Bridesmaids dressed were warehouse and the flower girls dressed and max’s outfit were all monsoon too.

Theme or colour scheme?

Rustic

Flowers?

Flowers were by the incredible Kate at Damson and Vine, again she was a total legend for pulling everything i wanted together at such short notice with not even a question about it being possible.

What did you eat?

We ate so many canapes, and sausages! And then the biggest roast beef dinner, and a hog roast…so much food!

And the wedding cake?

The wedding cake was a last minute panic, we ended up getting 2 cakes from Marks and Spencers at the very last second, a rainbow cake and chocolate cake with sprinkles galore. They very nearly didn’t make it to the wedding as they refused to hand them over to anyone but the name on the order, after a tense hostage situation and a lot of bartering and begging by my friends they got the cake and just about made it to the wedding on time.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

There were so many, but mainly the people who made it all possible and met the fact the wedding was in 5 weeks with a hell yes we will be there and what can we do to help, it made it a group effort to pull off the day of our dreams and get us married which made it all the more special.

And walking down the aisle with max seeing Neil at the front , the emotion and happiness was like nothing else.

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Carla & Louise’s Cotswold Wedding

Carla Kelsh & Louise Kelsh

03/08/18

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

 

Good morning World! I’m sat looking at a rather windy and dreary day over my laptop but have a twinkly Christmas tree in the corner, a 6 year old in his PJ’s watching Christmas cartoons and a huge hound at my feet. With the husband making me a cuppa, life is pretty content. But, I can’t help but wonder where on earth this year went?! How is it nearly Christmas? 2018 has been my busiest year shooting weddings EVER and I am horribly behind on blogging. But that means your social media feed now has some sunshine and flowers and happy faces on it! Yayyy!!

 

When Carla and Louise told me all about their day, I was super excited to shoot it. What Carla didn’t know was that I was in on the surprises in store and prepared to snap all the shots before the big reveal, knowing this would made an amusing pictorial story in their gallery!

I have to say that I laughed til I cried at The Undercover Waiters. Standing in the middle of such fun and happiness makes me feel son very lucky to have an amazing job. Thank you ladies, for sharing your day with us. I can’t wait to see you all next year at Lou’s sisters wedding. Kate, I hope you have some more tricks up your sleeve. You set the bar pretty high here!!

Enjoy! xx

 

“When we decided to start searching for venues, we looked at a couple in the Cotswolds but the Swan was special! It was just beautiful and the setting was perfect. As soon as we drove round the corner and saw it we knew it was the one for us. We hadn’t even been inside at that point!

We got married almost exactly a year to the day that we got engaged.
“Best Day EVER!!”

We met playing football together many many years ago. We met again later in life and the rest is history!

The proposal was an unbelievable surprise! Despite my regular nagging, Louise had always said she would never get married again and I had almost given up hope that we would get married. Then Louise took me away for a weekend to Bourton-On-The-Water, one of our favourite places. Whilst sitting on the grass by the river enjoying the sunshine she handed me a champagne glass engraved with “will you marry me”.  It was perfect and caught me totally off guard!

We decided we wanted a documentary style photographer. After searching the web and scrolling through numerous portfolios we found Oobaloos and we were sold. The style was exactly what we were looking for and the quality of Sheryl’s work really stood out.

We decided we didn’t want big, fancy dresses, we wanted a nice relaxed day so we both  bought different high street dresses from Chi Chi London and DKNY.

Our flowers were lilac and cream but we didn’t really have a colour theme as such. The theme for the day was a chilled out and relaxed summer wedding. We wanted everyone to be comfortable especially in the scorching summer we were having.

Aqua Florist created our beautiful bouquets. They looked amazing and were exactly what we wanted. She also made thank you bouquets for our mums to match ours which was a nice touch.

We had Pimms and afternoon tea as canapés after the reception which was lovely and a bit different from the standard wedding canapés.

The wedding breakfast was Ham hock terrine, Roast Beef with all the trimmings and an amazing chocolate Brownie.

Our wedding cake was made by a close friend of ours with alternating tiers of chocolate and Victoria sponge.
We showed her a design we liked and she recreated it. It looked amazing and was twice as big as we imagined it would be!

The duck race supplied by Aqua florist was also a big hit with the guests. The kids loved throwing their rubber ducks into the stream and chasing after them along the bank. My nephew got a bit too carried away though and fell in!

 

Louise’s sister booked The Undercover Waiters to perform at our wedding. Whilst Lou was in on the surprise I had absolutely no idea what was happening! They were brilliant, they got everyone up singing and dancing. We even had a conga line around the room, while the tourists gazed in through the window in total disbelief! Very hard to follow that with my speech though!”

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!

Venue: The Swan At Bibery COTWOLDS INNS

Photographer: Oobaloos Photography

Florist: Aqua Florists

Cake: Friend

Entertainment: The Undercover Waiters

 

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Tash & Alex’s Twinkly Winter Wedding at Kingscote Barn

 

Every wedding couple is special to me…but when it’s one of your own getting married, the pressure is immense! I was delighted when colleague and friend, Natasha of  ‘MakeUp by Natasha Louise’ booked me to photograph her wedding. I asked her to tell us a little bit more about how she found the booking and planning process from the other side of the stage. Please enjoy Natasha and Alex’s big day!!

Thank you, both, for trusting me with your memories. Over to you…

 

Alex and Natasha McAll

Date of wedding- 16th November 2018

Location of ceremony and reception- Kingscote Barn, Tetbury.

 

What made you decide to get married where you did?

It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswold although we were pretty certain we wanted to get married in a barn. We quickly ruled out having a ceremony elsewhere, as we wanted our guest to fully relax in one setting, and limit the chances of being caught in the British weather!  We visited a few other style of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. We instantly both fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!

 

How long was your wedding planning process?

18 months; although we were pretty relaxed (unorganised?!)  and left a lot to the last 6-8 months!

 

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Winter, relaxed and boozy

How did you meet?

We meet whilst working together in Herefordshire. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, we both went for the same job and things were a little tense for a while! Soon after we discovered that our relationship was a little more than just work colleagues

 

What was the proposal like?

Absolutely perfect!!! Alex whisked me off to Venice for my 30th, and during the second day, on the cutest of bridges, Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Obviously there was no hesitation in my answer. Al asked my son, Alfie to help choose the ring which made it even more special.

How did you choose your photographer?

I’d worked with Sheryl professionally a few times and so I knew her work was what we were after- atmospheric, fun and relaxed! Although we needed our photographer to provide more than just good photos. Neither Al and I are huge fans of having our photos taken, so we needed whoever we chose to be put us at ease. I knew Sheryl would do this- she made me laugh from the moment she arrived and instantly put our guests at ease too.

 

Dress designer?

After looking around a few local boutiques and being spoilt for choice, I took my mums wild card and visited a small boutique (The Bridal Gallery) in Malvern which is where my mum grew up. During my first visit I found ‘the one’ a blush lace Opulance hunger! As predicted by almost everyone, it wasn’t what I thought I’d choose but it felt like me and after a record number of fittings, it was perfect!

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

Alex  is 6”4 so finding a well fitted suit has always been tough so from day dot he knew he wanted one made. He decided on tweed as it fitted with the theme and the time of year perfectly but it proved difficult to find- who knew?! Moss Bros came up trumps in the end! We hired the users suits from a independent business (Dapper Dans) in Wolverhampton- again finding tweed was difficult

 

Theme or colour scheme?

We didn’t really follow a theme, but I guess it ended up being fairly rustic. The colour theme changed a few times- being in the industry myself and seeing weddings every week made me doubt my decisions ALOT! We ended up with Mulberry, grey and copper and I think it worked out well in the end!

 

Flowers?

No question is was always going to be Jo (Issy and Bella). I’ve been admiring Jo’s flowers for years and I  knew her style would be the perfect fit for us. From the first meet I knew I was in safe sands. I gave a short brief of colours and left everything else down to Jo. I LOVE flowers, and we always have them in our home so I wanted lots of them throughout our wedding. I’m sure the budget was far more than Alex had ever dreamed, but he agreed it was more than worth it.

What did you eat? A traditional winter warmer menu from McBailes.

To start we had pork belly ham hock with a homemade slaw, followed by Gloucester Old Spot sausages and creamed mash and last but not least- toffee apple pie with custard!!

In the evening we had wood fired pizzas and our family made the most amazing smore station which went down a treat by the fire pits!

 

And the wedding cake?

My gorgeous bridemaid Emily, is such a fantastic baker (she should definitely do it professionally!) so we asked her if she wouldn’t mind making our cake for us. I have a dairy intolerance so I was super chuffed when I found out Em had made it dairy free- not that any of our guests could tell- it was that good!!!

 

 

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

So many special moments, but a few that stand out- my beautiful maid of honour surprisingly me with a speech. It was just amazing and left me speechless. Tor is not known for her secret keeping skills (me with anyway!) but she kept quiet about this one!!  My lovely cousin Laura also did a speech which was filled with lovely words from my friends and family which may have  left me a little teary!

My son walked me down the aisle, which was such a special moment for me, and I was SO proud with how seriously he took his role (he’s only 9- so it could’ve gone either way!!).

The Cotswold Wedding Company- Decor

Issy and Bella– flowers

Nicola Harrison– makeup

Stacey- Updoo- Hair

Dapper Dans– usher suits

Moss Bros- Grooms suit

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