Charlotte Balbier

cotswolds class. mori lee for an elegant wedding at the swan hotel – becky & lee

August 29th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (11)

Today’s featured wedding is a particularly special one to me as the bride is my beautiful cousin Becky. Though tying the knot in the gorgeous setting of the Cotswolds, Becky is originally a northern girl that has been drawn to the south due to her fabulous career and wonderful other-half (so we hope you’ll let the location for today’s event pass…).

Falling head over heels for The Swan Hotel in the picturesque village of Bibury, the setting for their big day was nothing short of stunning! The unpredictable British weather meant that their originally planned outdoor ceremony had to be brought inside, but spirits were certainly not dampened and everyone made the most of the quaint surroundings in between the showers.

Everything about the day said elegance, but with a subtle modern twist; from the venue and food, to the live entertainment and attire. Becky looked especially stunning in her Mori Lee fish-tail style gown – a far cry from the Manchester United shirt she was inseparable from during part of her childhood – and completed her perfect bridal look with a gorgeous pair of Louboutins.

I can only hope that my wedding (whenever that might be!) will impress the family as much as this one did – Becky and Lee, you nailed it!

With images by Shimma Photography.

[Editor’s note: Is that our Rachel we see front and centre during the bouquet toss?]

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (16)

becky says: We got engaged at the Durdle Door (a natural limestone arch) on the Jurassic Coast, Dorest, on 7th May, 2016. Lee booked a camping weekend for us both and our two little Bicho dogs. It was a beautifully sunny weekend. We hiked up the mountain and sat up on the cliff edge overlooking the Durdle Door. Lee then handed me a photo book, capturing our relationship so far in photos from our first date, holidays etc. On the last page, he had drawn the Durdle Door (exactly what we could see in front of us) and wrote “until today where I ask you a question”, I looked up and there he was with the ring.

We set the dates for 22nd July 2017. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding and ideally wanted to get married outside. Unfortunately, the weather was touch and go on the day, so we got married inside, but we were still able to spend some time outside for our photographs, canapes etc.

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (8)

We got married at The Swan Hotel, in Cotswold village of Bibury. The Swan sits proud on the banks of the River Coln. With charm in abundance and elegant design throughout, we completely fell in love with the venue and setting.

We didn’t have a special theme as such for the wedding, but we kept to a colour scheme of greys and neutral tones as we felt the venue was enough of a ‘wow factor’.

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (7)

My wedding dress was a design by Mori Lee. I chose this designer as I love the elegance and femininity to the dresses. My shoes were Christian Louboutin – who doesn’t love a red sole?!

Lee wore a navy blue, slim-fit suit hired from Suits Direct. His pocket square was Ted Baker and tan ‘monk’ shoes from Kurt Geiger. Lee wore a contrasting waistcoat to the groomsmen’s blue ones; his was grey to set him apart.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were light grey maxi dresses with a beautifully embellished neckline. They were from Little Mistress.

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Ferret Racing, Stuffed Giraffes & A Johanna Hehir Gown For A Fun & Fabulous Real Wedding – Carla & Jonny

December 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Peter Boyd Photography

Ok, ok. hands up, this wedding isn’t ‘Up North.

I’m normally super strict with my submissions, but I’ve a free pass to publish Carla and Jonny’s fantastical and fabulous Real Wedding this morning (yes, even though it’s in the Cotswolds!) as it comes to us via Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography and their online competition – featured on these pages – for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography completely free.

Carla and Jonny got lucky – as did Pete, as he and Kelly got to shoot their absolutely stunning big day in this brilliant location.   I’m feeling pretty lucky to share it here today with you.  Be inspired!

And if there’s any beef at all on the geography thing – one of the ferrets is a Mancunian.  So there.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Carla says:  Jonny proposed on Hampstead Heath on 23 September 2012 and we were married on 15th August 2013 at Aynhoe Park.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We really loved the fun, quirky feel to the place, and loved the idea of a house party atmosphere at the reception. And they did ferret racing…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We tried to make each element of the wedding as personal to us as possible.  There was no real colour scheme but a lot of navy blue and splashes of pastel pink.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I chose a 1950s style dress from Johanna Hehir in Marylebone, London.  It had an organza skirt with a lace bodice. It was light and easy to walk in! I wore some bubblegum pink vintage Miu Miu shoes to add a fun touch!

Jonny, the best man and my dad wore simple slim navy blue suits, white shirts and pale blue ties. Jonny wore his dad’s shoes as a memory of him on the day.

The two bridesmaids (my sisters) were both heavily pregnant and wore Grecian navy blue maternity dresses from ASOS – I made sure I was flanked by people who made me look thinner!

Groomsmen wore navy suits, slim navy ties, white shirts and navy blue braces.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I carried a vintage pastel bouquet of ivory and pink roses, freesias, lisianthus, wild daisies, eucalyptus, hydrangeas. 

We tried to involve our friends and family as much as possible – my sister Anna did all of our flowers, our best friend Stan provided beer from his family’s brewery (Rebellion Brewery) and two of our ushers managed the music.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

The church and venue are next door to each other, so we didn’t need much transport. Jonny and his brother/best man arrived in his brother’s prize possession – his Porsche. I walked over to the church with my dad and bridesmaids (We stayed at the venue the night before).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We used Aynhoe Park’s recommended caterer, Indulgence, for the food – they were fantastic (especially the popping candy strawberry cheesecake and late night fish finger sandwiches!)

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our table plan was Scrabble themed – all our guests had to unscramble anagrams of their names to work out where they were sitting.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

On the tables were gingerbread men with each person’s name on (for anyone who didn’t manage the anagram!). These were baked by our friend, Sarah.

Our favours were mini apothecary bottles of limoncello (for the girls) and Hungarian palinka (for the boys). The palinka was brought back from Hungary by our usher Jules, who then flavoured the spirit with apricots (Aynho is known as “the apricot village”).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our usher Alex managed our video diary room, which was our take on a traditional guest book.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In particular, the speeches were brilliant! My dad did a slideshow of horrendously embarrassing photos from throughout my life – and he even resurrected some notes I’d written as a child (“Them Smarties made my day”). 

Walking in to dinner as a married couple was really amazing.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the late afternoon we played cricket in the grounds – only a couple of injuries, and I managed to bowl Jonny out!

The main attraction was a ferret racing event, with Jonny’s brother Alex as the resident bookie! Each ferret had a name – i.e Madferret (the Mancunian), Ferret Across the Mersey, Ferret O’Rocher and so on…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the evening we had a band – The TwentySomethings – who played two sets of everything from motown to modern classics. They also played a medley of Israeli music, to which our Jewish friends threw us around on chairs, table cloths etc!

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

OnCafe did our “cake”, which was actually a tower of flavoured petits choux. The flavours were peanut butter, salted caramel, raspberry crème and citrus crème.

Peter Boyd Photography

For our honeymoon we went Greek island hopping – Santorini, Folegandros and Spetses.

Peter Boyd Photography

My top for other Brides Up North would be to forget about what people expect from a wedding and strip back your day to the things you really want.

Get as many friends and family involved as you can – not only to cut costs but to make the day as personal as possible.

Peter Boyd Photography

 

Congratulations Carla & Jonny!

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