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We cannot tell you how excited and happy we are to share this delightfully intimate Cotswolds wedding with you. WPC couple, Caz and Jack, adjusted their original plans for a 200 guest wedding to abide by Covid guidelines and instead held the most beautifully romantic and love-filled celebration at home for 25 of their nearest and dearest. Read on as bride, Caz, talks us through their socially distanced wedding, all the personal touches to make every second a true celebration and the small but mighty team of wedding suppliers that made this country wedding truly unforgettable. If you're planning a small, intimate 25 guest wedding, this is how to do it.
We absolutely loved meeting Tors in the London showroom and hearing all of her fantastic advice on how to create a lovely home. In fact we loved it so much we went back a second time to meet her and finalise our list.
Wingfield Digby - especially their guinea fowl feather frames. We both love South Africa and so our clever florist had guinea fowl feathers in the button holes and on all the candle sticks in church. We can't wait to fill their frames with our wedding photos. Also Le Creuset because the products are all such high quality. We love the bright volcanic colour.
We had heard amazing things from friends and we also loved the fact that you can go and visit the lovely showroom unlike other brands which are more online focused. Seeing presents in person and having the personal advice of Tors really made such a difference.
Another great thing for us about WPC is that they can hold your presents until you are ready for them. We are in the process of moving house so we are having to be really patient and not have them delivered until we are settled. The excitement levels for the actual delivery day are huge!
Jack proposed in Japan surrounded by cherry blossom. I thought it was an April Fool's Joke for quite a few minutes!
We planned a beautiful big wedding for 200 people and then Corona Virus struck. We spend most of lockdown thinking we might not be allowed to get married and if we were it would probably be around 5 or 10 people in the church. Two weeks before our date we heard the government announcement that church weddings would be allowed with a maximum of 25 people. We were absolutely delighted and quickly went about planning our small and unique wedding. It wasn't what we had planned, but looking back we wouldn't change a thing about the day because it was so intimate and happy.
Our amazing vicar (who wore a visor!) came up with wonderful ways of making the day special despite the Covid restrictions for weddings. We weren't allowed to sing hymns inside the church so we actually sang our first hymn together outside all spread out in the churchyard.
It was such a special moment for me, walking towards the church to see everyone outside - instead of walking down the aisle - I walked through the churchyard with my Dad and Bridesmaids whilst the organist and his wife playing Pachelbel's Canon on their violins.
The Cotswolds. A local church wedding and then we walked over the lane to a private garden for an outdoor reception and dinner.
We used LPM Bohemia. All their marquees are absolutely stunning and you can choose beautiful printed linings. We had a lining with illustrations of botanical palms but as the weather was so nice and hot we took them off the day before to allow for an open sided marquee. The marquee was a little smaller than we originally planned, but still looked just as special we had dreamed it would!
We did this all ourselves. I bought some beautiful peony printed table cloths from Liberty and then as the wedding was so small we used all my Mum's plates, glassware and cutlery. The day before the wedding my bridesmaids and I picked lots of flowers from the garden and filled jam jars for the table. It was so special to do this all together, something we never could have done for a larger wedding.
We were lucky enough to walk from the church to the garden so didn't need any transport.
A lady from our village called Cinty did the church flowers and arch so beautifully. I adore the colour combinations, they were perfect for our summer wedding.
My wedding dress and cape was from Andrea Hawkes in London. We had to do measurements over zoom because of the lockdown and then they made the dress in a two week turnaround with just two fittings! Absolutely incredible, I couldn't recommend them more highly.
On the wedding morning my sister and I wore pyjamas from my company C St Quinton whilst getting ready. My collection of pyjamas raises money towards the protection of the magnificent white rhino by donating money to, and raising awareness for, a non-profit organisation in Limpopo called Save The Waterberg Rhino.
Me and my bridesmaids all had our hair done by Ellie and Sammy who work for Gorgeous Hair in Cheltenham.
With the wedding being so small we decided to really go for it with the food and make it a feature of the day. The wonderful Kate Pennell cooked a starter of scallops, main of lobsters with a variety of fresh salads and pudding of individual fresh raspberry tarts.
Our beautiful buttercream and edible flower wedding cake was lovingly made by Katherine Edwards from Cherish Cakes. The bottom layer was a vanilla sponge with passion fruit curd and buttercream filling, then fruitcake on the top layer. The whole cake was covered in buttercream and then white royal icing and pressed edible flowers.
Our photographer was Deborah Grace. We are over the moon with her photos. She was an absolute delight to be around on the day - she bought a lovely energy and was amazing at adapting to all the corona concerns! Something we never dreamt of considering, but something really important!
Our videographer was called Darren Jack, his videos are works of art and speak for themselves, but he was also such a gorgeous person to work with. When filming the day we barely knew he was there because he had loads of hidden cameras set up and he was also so good at adapting to the corona restrictions.
We couldn't have a band because of Covid restrictions, so we just danced around the garden to songs played from our iphone! Our first dance was Shout by Lulu. Although it wasn't the dancefloor we envisioned, it was so fun and so special. I loved how relaxed everything was.
We initially had a fantastic wedding planner for our pre-covid wedding. Her name is Diana Christie-Miller from White Tie and she planned my sister's wedding the year before. She was absolutely amazing and so understanding when we no longer needed her for our small (post-corona) wedding.
Before the pandemic we had beautiful invitations made with Grosvenor Stationery Company.
Singing our first hymn outside of the church was a moment I will never ever forget. It was so special. Walking out of the church to baskets of confetti being thrown at us was also a real highlight!
Because it was such a small wedding we didn't have to spend the drinks reception rushing around and talking to 200 people. In the end we spent it doing TikTok dances with the bridesmaids in the garden!
Don't worry when all your plans fall apart, the day will be magical whatever happens as long as you stay present.
Wedding List: The Wedding Present Company
Marquee: LPM Bohemia
Marquee Flowers: The bride and her bridesmaids
Church Flowers: Cinty
Hair: Gorgeous Hair
Catering: Kate Pennell
Wedding Cake: Cherish Cakes
Photography: Deborah Grace
Videography: Darren Jack
Stationery: Grosvenor Stationery Company