Introduction

An English Country Garden Wedding

Pimms, wild flowers, bohemian dresses, flower crowns, and the groom’s mint green suit; everything about Charlotte and Sean’s big day just oozes laid back charm and classic romance! “We really wanted it to feel, like “us” – a wedding that was intimate and not too formal, with an emphasis on good food and drink and a hell of a party!” says Charlotte.

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Venue
The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell
Location
Cotswolds
Ceremony
55
Breakfast
55
Reception
55
Dress
Angelica Bridal in London - designer is Elbeth Gillis
Flowers
Elder & Wild
Cake
No cake
Photographer
Matt Horan

“I was keen to find a venue that not only did excellent food but also evoked a country house feel where we could have both the ceremony and reception as well as let our guests stay overnight. Cosy and stylish, The Rectory in the Cotswolds fit the bill perfectly – they do amazing food and could not have been more flexible when helping us arrange the wedding.”

The styling for the day was just perfect for the feel the couple were wanting to bring to the day. “English country garden – romantic, relaxed and bohemian. In keeping with the relaxed theme, we didn’t have a set colour scheme, but to draw out the English country garden feel. Elder and Wild, our amazing florist, lined both sides of the whole of the aisle with mounds of fresh flowers and candles in glass vases and we had more greenery and flowers on the mantelpieces throughout the hotel and on the registrar’s table. I loved our “living” aisle!”

Keeping things relaxed was the most important element for Charlotte and Sean who didn’t bother with many wedding traditions which just didn’t feel right for them – the day saw no speeches or ceremonial cutting of the cake and other wedding staples were re-imagined. “Instead of a guest book, we had the illustrator who created our wedding invites paint the hotel at night onto a big board that our guests could then leave handwritten messages on. This is now hanging in our kitchen and such a lovely reminder of the day.”

The informal feel extended throughout every part of the day, even down to what the guests ate and drank. “We wanted something a bit more unusual to the traditional wedding fare – our wedding breakfast included options like burratta on sourdough, grilled octopus with smoked almonds, wild turbot and doughnuts with coffee semi-freddo. The bartender was fantastic at making up cocktails for the guests in the evening and we had cheeseboards and Gruyere and truffle toasties later on in the night to soak them all up!”

We absolutely love it when a groom goes all out with their suit choice and Sean did not disappoint on that front! His mint green ASOS suit complimented the country garden theme perfectly whilst Charlotte’s beautifully bohemian Elbeth Gillis gown made just as big a statement. Perfectly captured by Matt Horan Photography, this wedding day looked like an absolute blast; filled with fabulous food, fun and happiness – just the kind of wedding day we’d love to have been a guest at!

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