We completed a lot of research on the internet before picking Sheryl. We chose our top six wedding photographers in the Gloucestershire area and then spent time scrolling through all of the galleries on their websites. Sheryl stood out by miles against the rest! Her website was very eye catching, creative graphics and memorable. Her photos looked unique, natural and had the wow factor for us.
We were amazed when we got our sneak peeks through. Our wedding day had sunshine, rain showers, stormy black clouds and a rainbow and Sheryl successfully captured every season that day! She captured moments from the day which we didn’t even see so when we looked through our wedding gallery, we relived our special day again and more!! Every single guest thought the photos were wow and captured so many magical moments from the day (we loved our guests being so impressed).
I had arrived back home and was reading through our wedding guest book with my family and Paul in the lounge when my phone was going mad with likes and comments……my guests had a lot of love for Sheryl’s photos!! Every photo I saw of hers, i just smiled and felt this overwhelming feeling of happiness. #cloud9
The photographs will last a lifetime so we knew it was one of the most important decisions for the day.
Emma & Paul
26th October 2018
Dumbleton Hall, Nr Evesham.
What made you decide to get married where you did?
You enter the grounds through a long driveway where you pass stunning scenary and wildlife. The hall is a beautiful building full of character and each window has a lovely view of the flower beds and oak trees. The lake is what clinched it for us, it even has black swans.
How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?
Romantic. Rustic. Laughter.
What was the proposal like?
Paul knew he wanted to have a private and intimate proposal. I had been out for dinner with friends and came home to red rose petals up the stairs, past valentines cards on each step and a note saying follow the petals upstairs. So I walked up stairs to find a room of candles, rose petals everywhere, chocolates, bottle of champagne with glasses and a note saying ‘Press play’ on the TV remote. Paul had created his own video about our relationship with the acoustic version of ‘Slide away’ playing in the background and it finished with a question…..when the video stopped he came into the lounge and got down on one knee. I was already crying at this point. Such an amazing moment!
How long was your wedding planning process?
We enjoyed being engaged for 6 months then began planning which took about a year. The venue was the first thing we booked.
How did you choose your photographer?
Sheryl stood out by miles for us. Her photos were classy, unique and had the wow factor which is what we were after. The photographs will last a lifetime so we knew it was one of the most important decisions for the day. We were so excited when the initial photos started to come through and kept sending them all to our friends and family who also loved them.
On the day…
My school friend is a professional hairdresser so luckily she did my hair in a soft up do and natural curls with a diamante clasp on one side. It was perfect and exactly what I wanted.
Although I had a make up trial before the wedding, i thought i would do my own make up on the day. I went to the Laura Mercier counter at John Lewis a few weeks before and bought make up especially to aid flash photography. I felt confident doing my own make up and knew exactly what I look I wanted. I also now have all of this lovely make up to use.
My dress was by Rebecca Ingram. I then had an Italian lace, off the shoulder bolero top which I took off in the evening. I bought both in Cardiff from Sarah Jayne bridal shop.
The groom wore his RAF uniform. Number 1’s for the ceremony and then Number 5’s for the meal and evening reception.
The bridesmaids wore a tight fitting off the shoulder, dusky pink floor length dress by Jessica.
Our theme and colours were very natural, white and green with a splash of dusty pink. We used a lot of wood in our decorations too. It was important for us to have rustic natural looking colours for the time of year.
Our flowers were memory lane roses, cream spray roses, pink seeded eucalyptus, grey eucalyptus, pink wax flower, cream freesia, gyposophilia and lots of foliage for the garlands.
We had two wedding cakes. Our first cake was a four tier buttercream icing with 3 different flavoured sponges. Chocolate orange, carrot and salted caramel. It was delicious.
I then had a family friend make us a traditional 3 tier cake with decorative icing with lace and iced flowers. This cake was vanilla sponge and fruit cake, another delicious cake.
See Emma and Paul’s day featured on beautiful The English Wedding Blog!!