Caitlin & Mark’s Cotswolds Countryside Wedding

Caitlin & Mark met in Bristol on what they suspect to have been orchestrated by their friends. “…it was meant to be a gathering of friends, maybe around 10 of us and then all of a sudden people could not make it and there were 4 of us left – Mark, Marks housemate Timmy and Timmy’s girlfriend, Georgie. To this day we are convinced this was a total set up.”

Elegant, Relaxed Cotswolds Countryside Wedding

“Just pretty, filled with music and beautiful countryside.” “Our good friends – Lara and Darren had Kevin and Carol whom I met at their wedding. We liked the professional attitude of the Belsons, their gorgeous photos and their style of photography – relaxed and not too posed!” It’s good to be Cotswolds wedding photographers

It was a beautiful church wedding in Alderley where Caitlin & Mark live followed by a reception at Kingscote Barn. I started the day with the girls at The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell while Carol went to the boys who were at home. Mark and the boys only had a short walk from the front door to the church. I travelled with Caitlin and her Dad in the wedding car to the church. Old Jags are a tight fit compared to modern cars and my knees were happy to arrive.


The wedding details

“My dress was a Stewart Parvin dress “Dancing in the Moonlight” from Carina Baverstock in Bradford-on-Avon. It was such a fabulous experience getting my dress there. Carina and the whole team, especially Sam who tailored my dress were wonderful. The accessories to go with the dress were also from Carina Baverstock. The pearl necklace and earrings were a present from Tiffany & Co. The diamond ring I wore is an eternity ring given to me by my granny. The shoes were from Rainbow bridal shoes (and the most comfortable heels I have ever worn!)”

“Mark and his ushers had suits hired from Austin Reed. The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Anthropologie’s bridal range, BHLDN purchased in Seattle.”

“The flowers in the church were arranged by a friend in our village, we got the flowers from Brunel’s at the Bristol flower market. The venue flowers were arranged by Jacaranda florists based in Nailsworth. The theme for the flowers was light pinks/whites and pastel colours. Roses, peonies and lisanthias featured highly.”

“The cake was made by Marks mother and the flower decorations by a family friend (whom I call “my English Granny’).”

“The Caterers were Fosters Catering, who were fantastic – the service was so efficient and the food delicious.”

“Freshly Squeezed – a band based in Cornwall (8 piece jazz band). Mark previously played in the band when he was still at school.”

“We had a harpist during the reception, Claire Dibble played and we absolutely loved that. It added to the atmosphere wonderfully.”

“All the stationery was printed at Cotswold Letterpress (based in Wotton-under-edge) the quality was great and they created just what we wanted; nothing too over the top but simple, elegant stationary with great quality.”

The wedding day

“I loved the whole day – from getting ready in the beautiful Rectory hotel in Crudwell with my bridesmaids/ Mother and Godmother to being driven with my dad in a beautiful dark blue Jaguar to the church, to that feeling of walking down the aisle with my dad to meet Mark at the front of the church and saying our vows. The venue was superb and the whole day was sunny, with lots of happy people and great food. So many wonderful memories!”

Any advice for others planning their wedding?

“To enjoy the run up to the wedding and not to worry about the finer details. Be organised, book things early and things will flow nicely…and make sure you don’t have too many things to do the day before the wedding- that day is for pampering and drinking champagne!”

The wedding photographers

“Thank you for your wonderful photos, we love them and I can’t stop looking back at them! You were both so professional and made us feel at ease on our wedding day. We really enjoyed the engagement shoot too which meant on the day we knew exactly what to expect!

A big big thank you to you both.”

Bride makeup at The Rectory Hotel Bridal portrait at the Rectory Hotel Bride and Father travel in the wedding car Alderley Church The bride arrives at the Church wedding ceremony The bride and Groom leave the church The bride and groom covered in confetti The wedding car leaves the church The wedding car arrives at Kingscote Barn Wedding guests at Kingscote Barn Wedding guests at Kingscote Barn Bride watching speeches Bride watching speeches Kingscote Barn wedding photography Kingscote Barn wedding portraits Kingscote Barn wedding first dance Kingscote Barn wedding party Kingscote Barn wedding party

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