I know I say this almost every time we feature a winter wedding, but I really do have such a special place in my heart for weddings held at that time of year. Kate and Alex tied the knot on December 15th, so they really brought the Christmas spirit into the day with carols, mistletoe, evergreens, and candlelight. Also, I have to say – Polly Alexandre‘s photos of the newlyweds are some of my very favorite wedding photos I’ve ever seen. You can really see how happy and in love they are! Frame-worthy for sure!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We stayed at Ellenborough Park one weekend just after we got engaged and just fell in love with the Hotel. We thought it would make a perfect location for our winter wedding. We wanted to have a fantastic party with all our family and friends, and by holding the wedding at Ellenborough Park, all our guests could stay for the whole weekend. We had an informal dinner on Friday night, the wedding on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Make sure you leave plenty of time to get ready. That way you can enjoy the process and not be rushed.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Enjoy it! A wedding doesn’t have to be too stressful if you are organized and delegate where possible! You will disagree on things at times but make sure you remember what is really important, and it is just a wedding at the end of the day. Your marriage is far more important.
“We chose a church close nearby in a quaint Cotswold town called Winchcombe for the ceremony, and we had help from the victor of the church in planning it. He gave us a template that he liked to work form. Choosing the hymns was important to us as we both like to sing. We chose Christmas carols to get into the Christmas spirit and so our guests knew the tunes.”
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The hymns, the readings and the beautiful Christmas feel of the church with lots of candles and lights.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We served a shot of sloe gin as people entered the church to warm them up both from the cold and to get them singing.
“There were so many amazing moments throughout the day it is difficult to choose just one favorite. I would say the moment my father first saw me in my wedding dress, made it all feel real for the first time. Holding my new husband’s hand just after we had been officially married. Singing out Christmas carols in the church and just smiling. Capturing a moment alone before we went in to join our guests for dinner.”
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. My now husband and I were living in Tanzania whilst planning the wedding so we wanted to include an aspect of this life in our wedding. I commissioned a charity for women to create beaded African angels which worked as both favors for the guests and name cards for people to find their tables.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Focus your budget on the important things to you. Perhaps the dress or food, or whatever it is. You can always be creative with the rest. Our biggest expense was the look and feel of the tent. We wanted to have the real wow factor. Oh and my dress and shoes!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Both our families are quite traditional so we kept to quite a few of the usual wedding traditions such as cutting the cake, the speeches, first dance etc.. Although I forgot to throw the bouquet which I think is a really fun one.