Oxleaze Barn ~ Rach & Nate

“After trudging through the internet we finally came across Sheryl’s beautiful website with a stunning gallery and that sold it to us straight away! When we met for the engagement shoot, my husband and I were both very nervous and slightly awkward but Sheryl made us feel as ease very quickly. This was a good starting point leading up to the big day.

On our wedding day, Sheryl was brilliant, made us all feel at ease and had a few laughs at the same time. We are so pleased with our photos and will cherish them forever. Also you get a stunning USB stick to keep too! Thank you so much Sheryl, highly recommended!”

Rach & Nate and all of their family and friends braved Storm Hannah with such humour and fun. Nothing could spoil their day and they were a delight to be around.
It was my first visit to Oxleaze and I am already in love with this venue! Run by such lovely people and it is well look after and the grounds LOVINGLY tended to. A real gem.

Please enjoy their blog. What a photogenic couple!

Venue: Oxleaze Barn

Photography: Oobaloos Wedding Photography

Dress: Savin London

Florist: All About Flowers

Disco:  Oxygen Discos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Wedding at Lyde Court~ Sarah & Charlie

“After booking our venue, Sheryl was our next target. She was recommended by one of my bridesmaids, and from that I knew I was going to like her. She did not disappoint at our first meeting, and we looked no further!

Sheryl was my first contact throughout planning for any vendors, and through her we booked our hair and make up artist, videographer and alterations. Due to her extensive knowledge of the wedding industry, I had absolute confidence that we had an awesome dream team lined up for the day.

On the day she provided so much laughter, raising the already happy spirits even further. We’re normally an awkward pair to photograph, but she made us feel like we were acing the whole thing, giving us real confidence. And all our ‘poses’ felt completely natural. I don’t know how she did it..! Sheryl was even on hand to get glasses of water – she truly cares for her couples.

We were shown preview photos on the day, and we were immediately in love and couldn’t wait to see what else she had in store. Her photographs somehow contain all the emotion of the moment, like mini capsules that we can relive over and over again (pretty sure she uses magic…). She gave us everything we could have asked for, a complete package of an amazing photographer and more! Thank you Sheryl.”

 

Venue: Lyde Court

Hair and Makeup: Sandra Elizabeth Hair & Makeup

Gown Alterations: Walker & Walker

Videography: The Wedding Station 

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Elmore Court: Sophie & Billy

“We were so impressed with Sheryl’s photography skills and her enthusiasm on our wedding day. We now have some amazing pictures that we can look back on from our special day and will cherish them forever. Thank you a million times over, Sheryl!”

Credits:

Venue: Elmore Court

Venue Styling: Lauren Grey Wedding Stylist

Floral design and styling: Sorori Design Florist

Vegan Cake: Earth Cake

Bouquets: Holly’s Flowers

Brides Dress & Shoes: Jenny Packham

Make Up: Leanne Jane MUA

Hair: Jessica Mills Make Up

Videography: Mrs Mashup

 

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Cotswolds Wedding Venues – My Top 5!

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding venue or Cotswolds wedding photographer, I can totally help you out. Searching for the perfect wedding venue can be tricky but I am going to take the stress away by giving you the rundown of my top five wedding venues in the Cotswolds!


A little bit about me…

I’m an ex-Londoner who fell in love with The Cotswolds followed by my Soul Mate and married him because I believe in love. I am a Mummy to a gorgeous 6-year-old boy and 3 furbabies.

 

Why wedding photography?

Weddings excite me! I arrive with my brides in the morning ready to have a blinding day! Being a bubbly person with a quick laugh and a natural ability to make people feel at ease, I am able to create effortless magical images. I love to watch how my couples interact with each other meaning that I can shoot their wedding accordingly. So that being said, no two weddings that I photograph will ever look the same. The longer I have been in this industry, the more I have come to realise that ‘like goes to like’. I am a tattooed wife of a rock guitarist and daughter of a rock drummer and extremely proud to be known as a passionate soul that takes life with both hands and shakes it hard with grit and determination!

 

How I became a wedding photographer in the Cotswolds…

I always had a passion for art from a young age and with that creative flow came to a career in Performing Arts. As I grew older my creativity naturally swayed over to imagery and now I find myself happier behind the lens than I ever was in front.  I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. It took me until I was 30 to find a career I was totally passionate about and how to harness my personality into my work to create dynamic, emotional and fun portraiture.


Why I am a good person to give you wedding venue advice…

As a wedding photographer, I have the unique position of visiting a wedding venue as a guest, a supplier and a work colleague. Wedding photographers are invited to be a large part of the wedding day by the Bride and Groom and whilst we are there to work, we are also looked after as a guest by the venue. Wedding photographers get to see all the behind-the-scenes organisation. We work closely with the wedding venue, their event co-coordinators and caterers, everyone has their role to play and communication is key.

The majority of wedding suppliers are involved in sections of either preparations or the actual day, such as cake makers, florists, makeup and hair artists etc. As photographers, we are with our couples for 8-10 hours of their special day, mingling with their guests and we see everything as a guest would. We also see all the ‘Back of House’ organisation and work closely with the venue, their co-coordinators and caterers. Everyone has their role to play and communication is key. The photographer wouldn’t want to hold up food service by the official group photos running late and we also work together if anything needs tweaking due to inclement weather.


Now for the Cotswold Wedding Venues!

There are loads of wedding venues in the Cotswolds including castles, hotels, stately homes, country manors and wedding barns, you can even get married at a vineyard! I am positive that you and your fiancé will fall in love with one of these Cotswold Wedding Venues, so without further ado, grab a cuppa or a glass of vino and browse my favourite Cotswold Wedding Venues below.

My top Cotswold Wedding Venues in no particular order:

Stone Barn

Matara

Oxleaze

Slaughters

Kingscote

Clicking the links in each section which will take you to weddings I have photographed at that wedding venue.

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding planning!


Stone Barn Wedding Venue

Upper Windrush, Cheltenham wedding Venue

I have a real soft spot for Stone Barn, a historic wedding venue in the Cotswolds. This venue is part of the Cripps and Co. wedding venue group. Stone Barn has a sister wedding venue called Cripps Barn, also in the Cotswolds and rather beautiful! Stone Barn has a wooden shelter in the Stone Barn grounds, which provides an idyllic spot for outdoor ceremonies in the summer, with sweeping views over the glorious Cotswold countryside.

I am a BIG fan of anywhere with twinkly lights! From their gallery, the confetti runs under the twinkly tin roof of the barn! The lower part of the barn opens into a bright and airy conservatory style space which is a nice contrast. In the summer months, all of the doors are open so it feels like you are outside, nestled in the rolling Cotswold Hills.

I photographed a Cotswold wedding here where the Bride and Groom said:
“As soon as we came to this particular barn (and we had been to a lot) we knew instantly it was the venue for us. It was everything we ever could wish for. A rustic barn with a mixture of stone walls and corrugated iron, surrounded by green fields as far as the eye could see, which gave an amazing feeling of privacy and intimacy. Stone Barn depicts the picturesque Cotswolds and we fell in love.”
– Jess and John-Joe

Links to my photography at Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

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The Matara Centre Wedding Venue

Tetbury Wedding Venue

This is a completely unique venue set in twenty-eight acres of beautiful grounds. The Matara Centre offers a relaxed and serene environment for your special day. Asian inspired, this exclusive-use venue is licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, which makes it weatherproof. Matara is intimate enough for twenty-five guests and grand enough to comfortably host up to two hundred guests. There is also accommodation for up to twenty-eight of your wedding guests.

One of my couple’s said this about the Matara wedding venue:
“Absolutely beautiful and every single member of staff is brilliant. Especially our wedding coordinator Olivia, nothing was too much for them.”
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Whenever I have had any contact with Matara, whether it’s about a shoot, a wedding, or their ‘Best of Matara’ awards, every single person has been helpful, polite and gone out of their way to make sure everything runs smoothly for the Bride and Groom and myself. The food has been outstanding and all the guest say how well looked after they’ve been. The upkeep of their grounds is flawless and its an absolute MUST for any couple wanting a unique wedding experience. The Matara has a  cloistered courtyard, the Hilarium Dome and a tree planted and dedicated to every couple married there. What a lovely touch!

Links to my photography at The Matara Centre Cotswolds Wedding Venue

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Oxleaze Barn Wedding Venue
Lechlade Wedding Venue

I shot my first wedding at Oxleaze this April and I think I fell in love, I cannot wait to go back there. Oxleaze farm comprises of The Barn and The Milling Barn. The beautifully restored barns are set on an organic family-run farm in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. Oxleaze Farm is nestled between quintessential English villages just one and a half hours from London. The wedding barns feature original stonework, exposed wooden beams and beautiful gardens. There is a three-bed cottage on-site for you or your guests to enjoy during your wedding day. The grounds at Oxleaze Farm provide great photo opportunities are covered in wildflowers and friendly livestock. They have a very cool 3D tour on their website so you can take a look around before you book your wedding viewing!

Links to my photography at Oxleaze Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Here is a sneak preview, stay tuned for the full album and blog:
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Kingscote Barn

Tetbury Wedding Venue

Kingscote Barn is a17th Century stone barn set in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds. The barn is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and lots of rural charm. It has an impressive main barn for your wedding celebrations, with a vaulted ceiling and a viewing gallery. The Kingscote Barn wedding team are incredibly helpful and run flawless wedding days with exceptional food and service. Kingscote Barn is a beautiful space where you can truly make it your own. The cornfields provide the perfect backdrop for those sunset couples portraits which I take during the ‘golden hour.’

I shot a Bride and groom’s wedding at this Cotswold Wedding Venue and this is what they thought:

“It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswolds area. 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!  Having visited a few other styles of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. Both of us fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!”
-Alex & Tash

Links to my photography at Kingscote Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

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Kingscote Barn Wedding Venue Link 2


The Slaughters Country Inn

Gloucestershire Wedding Venue

This Cotswolds wedding venue offers a relaxed ambience in a quintessentially British country inn. If you are searching for a traditional wedding venue in the Cotswolds, The Slaughters Country Inn could be the perfect fit. It is located in the heart of one of the prettiest villages in England and nestled on the banks of the River Eye. Its idyllic location means that there are loads of lovely photo spots including a little wooden bridge over the stream. If you are looking for something even grander you could try their sister wedding venue Slaughters Manor over the stream.

Links to my photography at The Slaughters Inn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

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That concludes my reviews of this year’s favourite venues so far, I hope to return to all of these Cotswold Wedding Venues very soon. Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding photographer.

Happy wedding planning!

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Greenery: Pantone colour of the year

Blog originally published in The Cheltonian Magazine, March edition.

Replacing last year’s delicate shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz – Greenery has been officially selected as Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. According to Pantone, this zesty yellow-green colour symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and is also symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  It is also illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. The fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are into modern life, the greater their innate craving is to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives such as urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and global design choices. Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

With all honestly, when I found out that this year was ‘Greenery’, my heart sank. As a photographer, I fight green constantly. In full sun, it can appear as neon in images. In winter, it is minty and sometimes you hit it at a midpoint and it looks yellow. Knowing where colour casts will be thrown onto skin and onto white and pale dresses is just one part of my job – and that only comes from experience. When it comes to weddings, there are infinite ways to include more greenery and, though it might seem a bold colour, it can actually be treated as a neutral. Whether you use it as an underlying neutral in your wedding décor, or prefer to use it as a vibrant accent, you can make it work.

Take your wedding reception to new heights by hanging décor from the ceilings and rafters. Suspended wedding installations add some serious wow factor to your reception, but instead of flowers, try fresh greenery — pretty garlands, delicate vines, and leafy branches. I have seen some beautiful, autumnal, floral chandeliers. I can only imagine what a good floral designer could do with summer greeneries.  Their ability to transform a wedding reception space is truly breath-taking. This new take on the hanging classic is just as fresh, albeit a little greener. Decorating with leaves, vines and other greenery is not only unique and unexpected but it’s way more wedding budget friendly – since greens tend to be much more affordable than fresh flowers.

 

Hanging greenery overhead is also a great way to make your reception space feel larger — the leafy decorations will draw guests’ eyes upward, making the ceilings seem taller and the room to feel more spacious. Also, a hanging greenery installation is a great way to create a focal point since the piece is likely to be the first thing that guests see once they set foot inside the reception. Not to mention the stunning way that these installations really seem to bring the outdoors in.

 Looking to liven up your hotel ballroom with a vineyard feel? Suspend a slew of vines or branches above your dinner tables and it will infuse the room with nature.

Bonus: You’ll also save space on your tables by hanging the decorations overhead — something to seriously consider if you’re serving a family-style wedding menu or if you’re just running out of reception-table real estate.

Image credits

Cake: Sugar Bowl Bakes

Truffle Favours: OmMaZing Chocolates

Calligraphy: By Moon and Tide

Laser Cut Feathers and Names: Daisy Says I Do

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Secret styled Barn shoot featured in The English Wedding Blog

Our secret styled shoot featured in The English Wedding Blog

Please excuse my tardiness in sharing this blog link. I had a little holiday and it is now fully flung wedding season. But I have got to it now and I assure you it is worth the wait!!

Hollie and I sat down in the winter and brain stormed a magical barn wedding shoot at Priors Tithe Barn, Glos. From that moment I knew we would work well together. I had lots of contacts that I was itching to work with and Hollie had the vision. We were soon joined by our model Kristi from Poppy’s Events, whom, a met a few years back when we both modelled in a Wedding Show. Once Charlotte Elizabeth Floristry joined our team we were flying! We all then met with Charlotte from Lauren Charlotte Bridal to find the perfect dress. Sarie Joynes provided the jewellery that complemented our look perfectly.

I called upon my buddy Amy Hickey for make up, as I flipping love working with her, she’s a hoot!! The full look was topped off by Alice from Ella Hair.

Cakes by KIT supplied an absolute beaut!

You can see the entire shoot being filmed by Gill at Rare Events media

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So please, follow the link to the entire shoot HERE and leave some comments if you like it!!

I have attached some of the images of the team at work behind the scenes!!

A very big THANK YOU to my buddy Natasha Ewins who stepped in to help me out with second shooting of the details, you will even find a picture of yours truly down at the bottom!

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography met Lisa Von Hallwyl Millinery

It was with great pleasure that I finally had a chance to catch up with the delightful Lisa Von Hallywl, Milliner to the celebs, stars and racegoers alike! I met Lisa about a year ago at an event and had a marvellous time trying on her gorgeous creations! Seriously…these hats are not just hats. They are an extension of your personality. They can be fun, elegant, understated, overstated, but whatever it is, it is perfect for you!

So after being sussed out by pup, Hattie (yes, Hattie!) Lisa showed me up to her showroom. This colourful and totally decadent room is full of life! Lisa says to me, that her confidence doesn’t ooze from herself, it oozes from her creations. She’s not wrong there. You can see a creation from every mood Lisa may have ever been in!

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As we sat with a cup of tea in Alice In Wonderland’s Mad Hatter cups, I asked Lisa how on earth she came to be a milliner. As my mum said to me…she didn’t know milliners still existed. Now for the most part, in our day to day life, why would we? We no longer live in a time that a statement head piece is a part of our day to day wardrobe. We may only wear one a handful of times in our life, but, those times will be special occasions. A wedding of a loved one, or a big day at the races, or meeting The Queen?! Who knows, but whatever it is, it has to be an extension of YOU.

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Lisa studied in Fashion and Costume and has a BA and Ma in these subjects. She learned sales and retail at Next but it wasn’t until she worked as an assistant for a designer that she found she excelled in Millinery design.

Currently in full flow of wedding season, Lisa is fitting lots of Mothers of the Bride/Groom for their children’s big day! Lisa shows me her bestseller for this occasion, The Limoncello. Every hat is still then custom fitted, tweaked, feathers added or anything needed to make it match your ensemble.

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When Lisa first meets a client to create an entirely bespoke piece, she says the first thing she must do is sit and get to know them, and in her showroom that is with a glass of Champagne daaaarling.

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Since you must wear the hat and not the other way around, you need an expert to design one that fits your personality, your colouring, your eyes, the shape of your face and body. Lisa will then play with fabrics, layers, height, jewels to design something that is entirely yours. Now as she mentioned jewels, I saw these little pretties in the corner of my eye.  The design for these is still top secret but lets just say, I cannot wait to see her Autumn collection. The jewels have been created for her by London designer BIJOUX BEC and they are deliciously sparkly!

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Along with your hat, hatinatorm or fascinator, Lisa creates a beautiful buttonhole to compliment your outfit that can then be worn time and time again.

So even though Lisa is based in Bishops Cleeve, beautifully situated for our Cheltenham Racecourse, her clients travel from all over the world for their LVH head wear. Celebs spotted in LVH originals are Carol Vorderman, Jackie Llewelyn Bowen, Dr Dawn Harper, Pixie McKenna, Miss Cheltenham and many of The Cotswolds socialites. Lisa’s work has also been featured in Vogue, Tatler, and Bride Magazine.

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You can also find her creations stocked at the ultra glamorous store Beatrice Von Tresckow who has a branch in stylish Montpellier.

She also regularly works with worldwide designer and fashion guru Caroline Charles.

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Can you see? This lady is really going places. And I can’t wait to see where. You can feel the passion emanate from Lisa and she is such a bubbly and sweet person, you can only wish the best for her and hope that she never stops reaching for the stars, and looking flipping good at the same time! With Hattie of course.

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Now stay tuned on the blog as Lisa and I have a project in the pipework and we will be featuring her hand stitched veil designs! You will NOT want to miss that!!

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography Featured In The English Wedding Blog

Now you may remember I wrote a blog a few months back called

‘Your photographer is for life, not just your wedding’

featuring Lucinda, Alex and little Flo.

I have recorded the milestones for this lovely little family for a while now, and I think it is safe to say that the feeling is mutual for wanting to continue this for many years to come. When I wrote that blog I was very excited to be shooting their upcoming wedding at Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham.  Did we think that one of the biggest blogs in the country would pick it for publication? Nope! Well….here it is! In awe again of all the work that went on behind the scenes of this wedding to make it Picture Perfect.

Read the feature here on The English Wedding Blog!

Special mention has to go to my lovely friend Amy Hickey who really does make every bride look and feel like a princess in their bridal make up. Teamed with Cat at Yoshi Hair, they made the bridal preparation experience complete….along with some prosecco!!

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Once again it is with great pleasure to be featured alongside Cheltenham’s finest party/covers band TOSH-584 TOSH-585 TOSH-592

 I really hope you enjoy this feature as much as I have! Thank you Lucinda and Alex for the most glowing review!!

xxxxx

 

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography Featured On “Dear Photographer”

When I was asked to feature my Eynsham Hall wedding with Emma and Andrew on Dear Photographer‘s ‘Be Inspired’ section , I was delighted to go into the archives and relive this glorious day!

Please wander on over a read it with me here.

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It was from this wonderful gallery that I won the 2nd Place award for Best Wedding Image of 2015 at Light Inspired with the above image. I cannot wait to be back there this December.

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography in The Cheltonian: March

This Month in The Cheltonian! Read the full magazine HERE!!

Breaking The Rules:

How to effortlessly combine all your favourite styles;

Adam and Maddy have the perfect blend of Hollywood elegance and glamour – a modernised town house charmed with rustic chic….and sequins!  Imagine that Audrey Hepburn was the bride, and her wedding stylist was Doris Day. Could this work? I will show you how!

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Last month I opened the wedding season with Maddy and Adam. I had already spoken with Maddy about her ideas for dresses and hair styling last year and about the fact that the ceremony venue was at The Pittville Pumps Rooms – the beautiful, iconic building in our little Spa town. Of course, in my head I imagined a simple elegance, with a touch of sparkle. Then I found that the reception was to be at a marvellous small hotel in town, and dining was ‘family style’ with trestle tables and a buffet of various platters of food. First question –  do these styles match?

Well, who cares! Allow me to elucidate.

Time after time, I see brides getting bogged down with a ‘theme’. Remember, that it is YOUR wedding- no one elses. For, maybe, two years you have been pinning ideas, tearing pages from bridal magazines, visiting wedding fayres, collecting ideas for this, your perfect day.  I will say that again because the emphasis is important. YOUR perfect day.

What I adored about this particular wedding is how they mixed cool glamour of Maddy’s dress, hair and head piece, with the most marvellous fur boleros to create the ultimate chic and then also intertwined this with lots of soft, feminine Baby’s Breath – Gypsophilia.

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Those delicate white flowers that seem to last an age and never fail to make a significant impact whether used in small dainty doses or huge frothy bundles. The bridesmaids were adorned in an elegant navy that complemented the groom perfectly.

The reception had a glorious, eclectic classy feel with the ‘clink clink’ of glasses, the chatter echoing throughout the various reception room and little ones nipping in and out of nooks and crannies.

For the ‘dinner’, three enormous trestle table and various benches were set out and the overall atmosphere was extremely friendly and sociable.

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Now…..do you really need to have the ceremony and reception and party all on the same day?

Absolutely not!

Maddy and Adam had a late ceremony, 3pm, dinner at 6pm, relaxed drinks over a long sociable dinner, card games, general good-natured banter and then everybody happily retired to bed in a relaxed and satisfied nature.

The next evening was to be the real party time. All were  feeling refreshed and ready to dance the night away. In continuing the themes of the previous day, the food room was a  buffet style. The tables were adorned with pink sequined table runners, pink macaroons, the ever popular an flexible Baby’s Breath and some pretty twinkle lights. In the main hall of the barn were the most glorious Light Letters supported by pink uplighting around the room. The bar was set up with beers in ice caskets and bottles of fizz strategically placed to finally enhance the feel of just celebration.

So, what is my point?

Well, you are spending all your time (and none of us live forever,) planning your perfect day…. So, have it your way! Rules are made to be broken. Putting your own spin on an all-time favourite is a sure-fire way to have all your guests chattering about your day for years to come. Who knows what they themselves will come up with after seeing and enjoying your very personal and imaginative trials and tribulations? The world s very much their oyster – or lobster – or any delicious tasty take they can envisage, with a little help from you.

So are you an Audrey or a Doris? Who cares! Channel them both in and see what you can achieve. After all, life is all about having fun before you run out of time. So give it all and, who knows – you may start a trend that will go viral – with your name on it!

 

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography featured in Mr & Mrs Unique

Laura and Shane in Mr and Mrs Unique!

Although I shot this wedding back in October, I am so glad this one made the big feature in Mr & Mrs Unique. The styling, the autumnal colours, beautiful venue and gorgeous car deserved to be seen! Please enjoy! Congratulations to the team!

The Team

Wedding dress: Wedding Days of Cheltenham, Maggie Sottero

Hair: Chantelle Yemm

Make Up: Clare Bryce from Pure Pampering

Grooms attire : Suit by Slaters , Shoes by Browsers, Flower button hole from Pershore Market

Transport: Kushi Cars

Flowers: Chris Berry Florist

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography Meets Longlevens Flowers

The first time you smell honeysuckle on the cusp of summer or catch the scent of a fireplace as autumn transitions into winter, it whisks you down memory lane, transporting you to another time and place. Similarly, when you reach for that special ‘date night’ perfume, it takes you right back to the first day you wore it. Scent and memory are inextricably linked and flowers have their own powerful way to remind you of a certain time in your life. After the sweet, fleeting moments of your wedding day have passed you by, your signature flowers are one of the few keepsakes you can use to travel back in time, time and time again.stuart-369

 

I met with Amanda Cook of Longlevens Flowers and we discussed exactly this! Amanda informed me that because the flowers often have to travel hundreds of miles to reach the shops, their toughness has also been valued more than their fragrance. As a result, the scent of roses has suffered, and become something of an afterthought.

Wild roses could not survive without this scent, as it attracts bees to pollinate its flower. But over the years, roses, particularly those for the cut flower market, have mostly been bred for their appearance – and many have lost their scent.

 

So how can we incorporate a scent into your bouquet that will instantly transport you back to your wedding day? Herbs are fantastic; rosemary brings in a beautifully woody scent, also populus eucalyptus and succulents.

 

Amanda had just made up this gorgeous bouquet when I arrived for her bride. She said the fashion at the moment is for HUGE bouquets. The type that look as though the bride has wandered through a meadow on her way to the church and pulled a ribbon from her hair to tie them. They aren’t symmetrical, they aren’t particularly arranged, they are wild, bohemian and gorgeous.longlevens flowers-4

Featured here is the Sweet avalanche rose with beautiful soft pink petals with a subtle hint of green on the outer petals, it’s a very popular flower to use in wedding designs. And it’s available all year round. We also have asparagus fern, olive and berry and the ever popular pale pastels and greens with lime green vibernum.longlevens flowers-10

 

As I chatted with Amanda about her work, her face lit up. I can see when a lady is passionate about her work as she mirrors me. The energy and enthusiasm in the room was contagious.longlevens flowers-6

Amanda prides herself on sourcing the very best flowers from Dutch auctions where they are picked and delivered to her within 48 hours preserving freshness and quality.  She covers all floral arrangements from traditional bouquets and baskets to exotic hand ties.

She and her assistant Abi will create bespoke arrangements covering all budgets.

All orders are carefully created, lovingly wrapped and look stunning before being delivered to Cheltenham, Gloucester, The Cotwolds and surrounding areas.

 

I asked Amanda if weddings are the only time she sees her brides. Apparently not! Grooms return for Valentines Day and Anniversaries to have a bouquet made up with ‘their’ flowers and always remark how the scent makes their beautiful wife go a bit wistful and gooey. So, husbands? Want to earn major brownie points? Talk to Amanda about recreating your wife’s bouquet.

 

Contact Amanda at

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You’re welcome……and hint hint Mr Oobaloos!!!

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