This Summer I was lucky enough to be involved with the planning and running of Marianne and David’s special day. They contacted me a year before their proposed date, needing some assistance as they lived in London and had demanding work schedules.
The wedding was held in June near my home town of Thornbury in a gorgeous “chocolate box” village, Oldbury-on-Severn. It’s a lovely village where Mr R and I have spent several Sunday afternoons taking a walk towards the river followed by a cider in the local pub The Anchor Inn. The ceremony was held at St Alrida’s church which sits on the top of the hill, overlooking farmers fields and the River Severn. This church is set, without doubt, in the most idyllic location in the whole of the County – a really gorgeous Gloucestershire Marquee Wedding! The reception was held in a traditional poled marquee courtesy South West Marquees in one of the fields just down the hill. All the guests had to do was take a short stroll to the marquee where Pimms was served on arrival.
Marianne’s dress was a gown designed and made by a dress designer in London and looked so beautiful. David is Scottish so of course wore a traditional kilt and looked great.
Marianne’s Dad is a local tree surgeon who donated felled branches to decorate the marquee. The branches were attached to the ceiling structure of the tent, creating an “outside-in” natural feel. Plain wood long tables, folding chairs and blue and white gingham table runners added to the rustic theme. The family decided to arrange the flowers themselves, picking these from local cutting garden, Organic Blooms. The food was just gorgeous! Lovingly prepared and served by Cotswold Cooks, the guests enjoyed standing starters, roast chicken with seasonal vegetables and a huge slab of Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries and cream. The whole day was captured beautifully by Sophie Duckworth. A Ceilidh got guests dancing well in to the night provided by Bristol based, Lupercalia. The day was filled with so much love and it was a pleasure to be part of it.