Go Wild with Cowshed Creations and make Stone Barn magical

If we called her the best photographer in the universe we would still not be doing her justice. From initial booking to receipt of the final album, she excelled with communication, artistic style and creativity. She just has ‘the eye’ for a good picture. Sheryl captured moments in our wedding no one else would have even noticed and the final collection is something we will treasure forever. Don’t hesitate to book her- you won’t regret it.

When we spoke to Sheryl about the style of our wedding, and that we wanted to personalise as much as possible, she immediately recommended a local Wood Craft and Pyrography company called Cowshed Creations.

Sheryl had recently commissioned them to do a memorial art piece for her fathers birthday. Cowshed Creations designed and pyrographed (wood burning) a marvellous piece of art from the reference photo that Sheryl had supplied. They also added in some personal words from a poem that Sheryl’s Dad, Nick had penned. Both Nick and Sheryl spoke very highly of the way Cowshed had not only burned the details into the gorgeous wood, but also used the wood grain and natural lines to work with the fur lines in Rough Collie Sam.

 

After scrolling through their instagram and Etsy page I knew I wanted to talk to them about helping style our wedding day.

Our theme was to be a rustic woodland with browns and greys. We hired them to craft and pyrography a multi-tiered cupcake stand, a bespoke cake stand with our names and wedding date, a Donut wall, and a personalised teeny tiny log for each wedding guest among many many other delightful objects.

View their work on Etsy and Instagram

 

We also wanted the barn to be full of greenery and wild flowers. Beth and her team absolutely exceeded our (GO)WILD-est dreams with the flowers for our wedding.  From favours to button holes to bouquets to a breath taking floral chandelier ,  the quality of her work was second to none.  As a bride who had quite specific ideas about the aesthetics and ambience to the wedding, Beth certainly lived up to her reputation and dressed the venue to perfection.  We’ve had countless compliments on the stunning flowers, with some guests even saying the bridal bouquet was outstandingly unique and the men’s button holes were the best they’d ever seen.  To anyone reading this considering asking Beth to be your wedding florist, don’t even hesitate…book her immediately before she gets snapped up by someone else- you won’t be disappointed!

Flowers: Go Wild Flowers

 

 

 

Date of wedding – 23/02/2019

Location of ceremony and reception- Stone Barn, Gloucestershire

What made you decide to get married where you did? We fell in love with the stunning barn the first time we saw it.

How long was your wedding planning process? 8 months

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words? A magical bubble

How did you meet? Online (sign of the times!)

What was the proposal like? Simple and romantic, a birthday proposal on a dog walk in one of our favourite spots.

How did you choose your photographer? Looked online for local photographers.   Oobaloos stood out from all the rest by a mile and we knew we wanted her.

Who did hair and makeup? Katy Pheiffer Artistry (make up) & Andrea Luella Styling (hair)

Dress designer? Mark Lesley

And the suit?  Hired from Cameron Ross through Mens Hire

And bridesmaids? A mixture – they all had different dress colour tones, styles and makes

What did you eat? Triple brick sirloin steak

And the wedding cake? A tiered Victoria sponge and cupcakes made by two very dear friends, and locally bought ring donuts for our donut board

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

Just having nearly all of our favourite people in one place having fun and catching up.  Evening dancing, sparklers, the groom’s epic speech!

Daytime Entertainment: Foreign Affairs

Evening Band: Sons In The Wild

Shed/cabin in the woods photo booth: Dazzlin Events

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Cripps Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding with Jess and Joe

“Sheryl is fantastic, she’s so friendly and easy going. Also she is amazing at getting a huge wedding party doing as they are told during the group shots! We are so glad we were lucky enough to book her for our wedding she captured our day the best way we could ever of imagined. Her style of photography is beautiful.”

Jess & John-Joe

1st June 2018

 All Saints Church, Cheltenham.

Stone Barn, Upper Windrush, Cheltenham. 

 “We fell in love with Stone Barn because it was rustic but also really classy.

We also loved how big and open plan it was and the gorgeous views surrounding it.”

 

 It took around about a year to plan the whole day but Jess being a typical girl she had mentally planned her wedding day since a young girl!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?:

Beautiful, intimate and pretty

Jess and Joe met at Junior school aged 8 years old but didn’t start dating until 14 years later even though Jess admittedly always fancied Joe since she was 8!

THE AMAZING PROPOSAL

Joe took Jess to Paris in January as a Christmas present, Jess was completely oblivious as Paris would’ve been too much of a cliche for Joe to propose. Little did she know he was going to! He took Jess for a lovely meal at the top or the Eiffel Tower and then after sat on a bench with a hot chocolate watching the tower sparkle like it did every hour and Joe got down on one knee to pop the question.

How did you choose your photographer?

Sheryl had shot a wedding of one of Jess’ friends which she shared on Facebook and straight away Jess fell in love with Sheryls style and booked her straight away!

 Make up- Holly Power

MUA Hair- Hair by Lauren Cole.

 Mori Lee

 Suits- Regency Groom,  Cheltenham.

Bridesmaids- Dessy dresses @ Willow and Lace, Cheltenham.

Flower girl dresses- Leila Rae, Worcester.

 Theme – shabby chic, Colour scheme- We had a few colours but mainly Lavender and gold.

Flowers and venue styling : Teapots and Tiaras

For the theme we decided to go for a shabby chic style with lots of hessian, candles in lanterns and pretty wild flowers. We both love gin and at the moment gin seems quite fashionable and there are some fab bottles which we thought would look great with the flowers and even some fairy lights. Luckily I have a brother who works in a bar, which made collecting the bottles a little bit easier for the amount we needed!

 

 

 

We ate Beetroot and Goats cheese salad, triple cooked steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans and Lemon Tart.

Our wedding cake was made by Storyteller  Cakes. A Four tier semi naked cake with 24 carat gold leaf scattered up it. We had 4 different flavours which were chocolate orange, strawberries and cream, blackcurrant and almond and coconut and passion fruit.

 

 

VIDEOGRAPHY: We knew straight away we were going to want a film of our day as ever since Jess was a little girl she would always love watching her parents film of their wedding.

It was easy for us to decide on a videographer as one of Joe’s brothers had Sandra Harper do his and we just loved everything about it. I recommend anyone getting married to think of having one done, I’m so glad we did!

 

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

Our wedding vows, our couple photos with the stunning views and beautiful setting sun. The confetti throw walking through the walk way.

We were so excited to have the gorgeous blog, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings feature our day!! Read it here

We also had a pre wedding shoot as we are both very awkward when there is a camera in our faces. It was a good chance to meet her and get a feel of what it was going to be like being photographed by her. We are so glad we did this as neither of us were conscious of the camera on our wedding day as well as having some more beautiful photos staring our little sausage dog!

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Beth & Ryan’s FairyTale Day at Manor By The Lake

“We booked Sheryl nearly 2 years before our wedding and from the first moment we met her to meeting her again on our wedding day it was like catching up with an old friend.  Sheryl made us all feel at ease the whole day and night.  Sheryl was really laid back and let us have what ever photos we wanted, we weren’t standing around for hours having photos taken.  Sheryl captured so many moments throughout the day that we didn’t witness, so we can cherish all of these amazing memories and relive our special day. We have had so many amazing comments about our wedding photos, they truly are beautiful. One of the comments we had were they are the best wedding photos they had ever seen.”

27th December 2018

Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham

What made you decide to get married where you did?

As soon as Ryan proposed, I was straight on my phone looking at potential wedding venues, I came across Manor by the Lake and loved that it was exclusive and had so many rooms that we could use.  The grounds of the venue are so beautiful and I just pictured my wedding day being there. This venue topped all of the other venues we had visited and we booked it straight away.

How long was your wedding planning process?

Just over 2 years, there seemed to be quite a lot of planning at the beginning , then it died down until the last 4 months where it was 100mph.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Festive, Magical, Romantic

How did you meet?

We met in school – childhood sweethearts

What was the proposal like?

We had been together for nearly 10 years, we were looking at booking a holiday for a break and I really wanted to go to Cornwall.  Ryan had other ideas and kept on and on about going back to Disney In Florida.  I gave in (didn’t need to twist my arm too much, as I am a massive disney fan) the second day into our holiday Ryan said he had arranged a nice meal at the Grand Floridian.  Me being me didn’t think anything of It as Ryan always liked going for nice meals.  We ordered food and he wouldn’t eat anything…I ended up eating his food… and felt a bit put out that he arranged this and he wasn’t enjoying himself.  So I said let’s go on the monorail around to the Polynesian and watch the fireworks.  We went down to the beach I started filming the fireworks (much to the annoyance of ryan) …finally after 10 minutes of being glued to my phone I decided I was fed up and started to walk back.  Ryan rushed around infront of me and said there’s actually something I really wanted to ask you..and it was at that point when the last few fireworks were going off and when you wish upon a star came on over the speakers that he asked me to marry him.

How did you choose your photographer?

I found Sheryl online, we live in South wales and therefore wanted a photographer who was familiar with the area and venue.  Sheryl was the first photographer I found and I knew she was definitely the photographer that we wanted.  Sheryl’s photos stood out to me more than anyone else’s.  They were so natural and the bride and groom in every photo looked like they were actually having  fun. Neither me or Ryan are very photogenic and therefore this really appealed to us as the last thing we wanted was to be told to stand in certain positions and spend the whole wedding feeling like it was a chore.  Sheryl also shares the same love for Disney as me so I was sold !!

Tell us all about your day please!!!

 

Who did hair and makeup?

Sandra Elizabeth did mine, my bridesmaids and my mother and mother in laws hair

Zoe Trigwell did mine, my bridesmaids and mother and mother in laws makeup

Both ladies were amazing all morning, couldn’t recommend them enough.

Dress designer?

Madison James

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

The suits were all hired from Dyfedd Menswear and the bridesmaid dresses were from Asos

Theme or colour scheme?

We went for a fairytale/Disney theme with rose gold,blush pinks and bergundy.

Flowers?

Lilyfee floral designs supplied us with all of our beautiful flowers.

Claire was so creative and therefore we were happy for her to work her magic and make our venue look amazing.

What did you eat?

We had 2 choices for each course so we went for the opposites.  Starters- apple and parsnip soup with a mulled wine foam, teruel ham with pea mousse, main- fillet steak with potato rosti or Chicken supreme and dessert trifle or sticky toffee pudding

And the wedding cake?

I absolutely loved our wedding cake, it was made by Pontycarlo cakes.  It definitely added to our fairytale theme. We had lemon flavour, white chocolate and raspberry and terrys chocolate orange.  We had a gorgeous flower wall from tegan designs as the backdrop for our cake which definitely set it off.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

I would probably say one of the highlights of the day was our first dance.  We didn’t choose our song until about 3pm on the day of the wedding. John our DJ from southwest discos was so patient with us.  Half way through our first dance all of our family and friends joined us on the dance floor and we started dancing and singing with them all.  Sheryl captured this moment which made for some beautiful photos.

Credit where it is due!

Manor By The Lake

Oobaloos Photography

Cupcake videos (based in exeter)

Sandra Elizabeth hair and makeup 

Zoe Trigwell makeup

LilyFee Floral Designs

Claire Llewellyn Wedding Creations Gloucester

Tegan designs – flower wall

Pontycarlo cakes

Dyfedd Menswear-suits

South West Discos 

All of our suppliers were amazing, they couldn’t do enough for us and our wedding day went by without so much as a hitch.

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Rhian & Paul’s Festive Wedding at Thornbury Castle

“We knew from our first contact with Sheryl that she was the photographer for us. Her style of catching emotions and expressions rather than just bog standard traditional wedding photos was exactly what we wanted and the fact she is just lovely made our decision straight away!

We loved her creativity with our Christmas wedding, and the way she captured our twinkly light and candle flicker filled day means we have photos that are stunning and will bring back memories forever.

I cannot recommend her highly enough- don’t hesitate to book Oobaloos before your date gets booked up!”

Rhian & Paul

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Thornbury Castle

What made you decide to get married where you did?

Paul took me there 7 months after getting together as a surprise for the first birthday we celebrated together. Whilst there, we said if we ever get married, it will be here, so it was! We did look at one other place to make sure but that just confirmed it was ‘our’ venue! It is 3 hours away from where we live but was special to us and is even more so now!

How long was your wedding planning process?

We got engaged in May 2017, booked the venue in September 2017 and I would say started booking the big details from there but then had a lull for a few months. So probably about 10 months in total of actual planning.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Full of: love, happiness and candles! 

How did you meet?

On Tinder!! We did discuss making up a more romantic story like he helped me when my car was broken down on the side of a busy road but hey, nothing wrong with Tinder, ha ha! Although Paul was the one and only person I ever met from it as a friend set up my profile one drunken evening! Paul, well…… he found the right one in the end!! 

What was the proposal like?

Just beautiful and a huge shock to me! We were on holiday with our friends in Portugal. We were all going out for dinner and my hairdresser friend offered to do my hair for me, I didn’t think anything of it at all. We went to a lovely restaurant and had a really nice evening and then went to a cocktail bar overlooking the beach. Sat having my drink with the girls and all the children, I didn’t even notice two of the lads disappearing. Paul came and asked me to dance, which I refused (I don’t dance sober!!) but they all told me to stop being boring and dance. Paul led me to the other side of this bar and told me to look down, to the beach where the two guys had gone down and written, Will you marry me? in the sand! I literally couldn’t have been more surprised to turn to look at Paul and find him down on one knee! Then we all went back to the villa and celebrated with bubbles and music into the early hours. It was so special to be surround by people we love to share that moment that we will never forget!

How did you choose your photographer?

Lots of looking on the internet led me to Oobaloos! Living so far away, we couldn’t use recommendations from people we knew, so it was all about the photos! I only enquired with one other person, as soon as I saw Sheryl’s style I loved it. I showed her portfolio to Paul, who also thought it was great. Finally, I showed my bridesmaids Oobaloos and the other choice and they all picked her too! So we went ahead and booked there and then!

Who did hair and makeup?

The lovely Natalie Ricciardi for make up and Stacey Jade for hair. I booked them through the mega useful South West Bridal hair and make up, they have lots of self employed stylists and mua’s on their website, so you can look at all their portfolios on one website and then book through them. Made the whole process much easier for me. Both ladies were absolutely lovely and I was so pleased with their work on the day, especially as they worked through 8 people each single handedly! 

Dress designer?

Madeleine Gardner for Morilee

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

Suits were all hired or bought from The Vintage Suit Hire Company, who were a godsend after we had struggled to find full tweed suits for months and months! 

Bridesmaids dresses were Coast and I absolutely loved them as soon as I saw them! 

Theme or colour scheme?

Navy, plum and candle light. It was the Saturday before Christmas and we wanted to recognise that but not go over the top Christmas theme. So it was more ‘Winter’ in my head.

Flowers?

The brilliantly talented Rebel and the Rose for the bouquets and buttonholes and then, local to me and also ridiculously amazing, Wild Frost for the table centrepieces. They both got exactly what I had in my head into flowers that I was actually really sad to let go of! 

What did you eat?

We had choices of Salmon Gravlax or Ham Hock Ballotine for starter, Chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms or Roast pork belly for mains and Clementine cake with dark chocolate sorbet or Chestnut parfait for dessert. It was delicious and impressively, tasted just the same en masse as it had on our tasting day, something I have been told often doesn’t happen! 

And the wedding cake?

Lemon and poppy seed with elderflower buttercream on one tier and traditional fruit for the top layer! All made by one of our lovely family members and decorated with edible lace and more flowers from Rebel and the Rose!.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

So many, it was absolutely magical and we loved every single second. My best friend arriving after one of the worst weeks of her life, to be by my side as my bridesmaid, travelling all the way there and back in one day was pretty amazing and emotional! Looking out of the window and seeing our carol singers and snow and realising it was really happening, Paul’s beautiful personalised vows, the look on the children’s faces when they saw Father Christmas in his ‘grotto’ and dancing the night away with our closest family and friends all served to give us a day we will treasure forever, making me emotional just thinking about it! Also do have to give a special mention to Sheryl, Callum our brilliant videographer, Natalie, Stacey and Charlotte, the wedding coordinator at Thornbury Castle. I think we somehow managed to pick the nicest people in the wedding industry! They all went out of their way to help and make our day go as well as it did, thanks everyone!

Bouquets and buttonholes: Rebel & the Rose

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Sarah & Ash’s Peaky Blinders Wedding at Dewsall Court

Sarah & Ash

16th January 2019

Dewsall Court, Herefordshire

What made you decide to get married where you did?

We knew as soon as we pulled up at Dewsall Court that we’d found our venue. The house, Wainhouse barn and surrounding grounds look spectacular in all weathers, so we knew that it would still be magical on a gloomy and cold January day. The staff were also very helpful and made us feel very special.

How long was your wedding planning process? We spent just over a year planning our big day. Ash proposed just a few weeks before I gave birth to our daughter, Emelia, and we spent the first year of her life (attempting!) to learn how to raise a little person! Once she turned one, we then felt we had a little bit more time to put to organising our special day. We got married one week before Emelia turned 2 years old. We felt a year was a nice amount of time to plan everything, but not get too stressed out!

Our day really was perfection in our eyes! For me having the exceptionally talented ladies, Sheryl from Oobaloos Wedding Photography and Sarah from Sarah Russell Hair & Makeup to look after me the way they did, allowed me to enjoy my wedding morning, and all the fun preparations we’d organised over the last 12 months. It was just wonderful seeing everything come together…the dress, the suits, the flat caps, the flowers, the floral decorations, the wedding decorations we’d accumulated over the year, the food, the venue…but for a few moments that all faded into the background when I walked down the aisle with my first love, my Dad, and married the true love of life, my husband, Ash. It was spectacular!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Peaky (f**king) Blinders!

How did you meet?

We meet 12 years ago when I waitressed at a local pub during my university holidays. Ash was the Chef there…and lets just say its a good job he liked me as my waitressing skills weren’t the best!

What was the proposal like? Ash got down on one knee on 2nd January 2017 on Holkham Beach, Norfolk. I was a very roly-poly nine months pregnant. It was magical…that beach is very special to us.

How did you choose your photographer? We spent a long time looking at many many wedding photographers. We couldn’t really put into words what we were exactly looking for…I guess it was a moody, somewhat raw, vintage style. We wanted that ‘feeling’… and honestly it hit us both like lighting when we can across Sheryl and Oobaloos Wedding Photography. Everything that Sheryl represents and captures in her truly outstanding work, was simply, just it. The excitement that we felt when Sheryl agreed to shoot our special day was unreal!

Who designed your dress?

Essence of Australia 

What did the bridal party wear?

Suits were hired from Dapper Dan Formal Suit hire (highly recommend!) and the bridesmaids dresses were Lipsy, purchased through Next.

Did you have a theme or colour scheme?

We both love the 1920s, and are obsessed with Peaky Blinders, so it was a no brainer for us to theme our wedding on this era. We watched Thomas Selby’s wedding episode a lot, haha!

 

 

Who was your florist?

From Love Lily, Abergavenny (highly recommend!).

The wedding breakfast! Mmmmm what did you have?

For our wedding breakfast we had roast sirloin of beef, roasted seasonal vegetables, baby spinach & boulangerie potatoes, and for the vegetarians winter squash, sweet potato, spinach and red onion pithivier with boulangerie potatoes. For pudding we all had apple tart tatin, caramel sauce and clotted cream. Our evening food included bacon butties, cheese and sourdough toasties, and roasted marshmallows from the fire pit.

And the wedding cake?

A three tier cake from McGowan Wedding cakes, Herefordshire (highly recommend!). The bottom layer was carrot cake, the middle layer salted caramel and the top chocolate and nutella!

 

Sheryl, there are seriously not enough genuine heart-felt sentiments that we can bestow upon you that encapsulate the gratitude, respect and awe we feel when we look at our wedding photos. You captured our dream. We aren’t the coolest couple in the world, we’re pretty goofy to be honest, but the commitment and love that we share for one another, you caught effortlessly and beautifully. We will treasure our photos forever and ever…thank you so much…   xxxxxxxxx

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