My husband will tell you, I don’t talk about much else but the Cotswolds when vacation dreaming lately. It’s so quaint, beautiful, and perfect and this wedding from Tory Williams Photography is doing wonders spurring on my wanderlust. It’s the epitome of pretty, and it’s all right here!
From the bride… Although I grew up in London, I had always wanted to get married in the Cotswolds – something about the quaint villages and beautiful country houses felt so romantic. In a twist of fortune, we moved to the area three years ago with a change in jobs and after my husband proposed last year, we were lucky enough to have some amazing wedding venues on our doorstep. We chose to get married in Barnsley House, a beautiful Country House Hotel with its fantastic gardens – as soon as we saw it, we fell in love. It was perfect.
We wanted the feel of the day to be simple and understated and the cosy country house reception rooms, were all tastefully decorated with a shabby chic charm and filled with natural garden flowers that made us feel like we were stepping into a family home, not a luxury spa hotel. We were married on a beautiful English summer’s day (a rarity!) in August, in the gardens, under a large oak tree surrounded by one hundred of our closest friends and family.
Drinks & Canapés followed the service on the lawns, accompanied by the sound of our string trio. The flower arrangements and bouquets were in keeping with the natural colours of the Barnsley House gardens and all of the paper goods were designed to include a dash of the Cotswolds green/Eau de Nil which closely matched the colour of the bridesmaids dresses. Hanging from an old tree, was a large picture frame that displayed our table seating plan – each table number was attached via string which floated gently in the breeze. A cocktail bar was set up in the garden temple & we cut the cake as husband and wife as the sun set over the Cotswolds.
The evening was filled with dancing and laughter and our guests captured the mood of the night with our take on the traditional guest book – a photo board. The smiles caught on film meant a lot more than words in a book – memories that we can treasure forever.
Photography: Tory Williams Photography | Floral Design: Divine at number 12 | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Bliss | shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jcrew | hair: Anna White | Hotel: Barnsley House | makeup: Amy Hickey