Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 36)

BACK THE DREAM TEAM Photographer, Jade Touron Photography, | Ceremony, St Peter & St Paul Blockley, https://blockleychurch. | Reception venue and catering, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, 01386 840 330, | Bride’s dress and accessories, Posy & Pearl Bridal Boutique, 01285 656 994, | Bride’s jewellery, The Goldsmithy, 01386 853 297, | Nail, Jodi Brooks Beauty & Cosmetics, 01242 603 200, | Suits, Country Master, 01451 798 241, | Waistcoats, Ted Baker | Brogues, Loake Shoemakers | Hair, Muse Hair & Beauty, 01386 853 252, | Flowers, Abbie Digweed, Your Cotswold Florist, 07875 814 769, | Cake, Honey Bea’s Cafe, 01242 352 392, Whichever season you’re planning on getting married in during 2023, take inspiration from these real-life couples whose fabulous weddings we have showcased in Your Glos & Wilts Wedding this past year Looking Beatrice and Ann chose to have their ceremony at St Peter & St Paul Blockley followed by a reception at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Chipping Campden. “I have always wanted to get married in this church because I used to sing in the choir there when I was younger,” Beatrice tells us. Having the choir sing and the organist, Doreen, play at our wedding was like having extended family present. We also knew The Very Reverend Canon Dana Delap well and wanted her to marry us. We giggled throughout the entire ceremony because we were so incredibly happy!” Beatrice arrived at the church, and she and Andrew left as newlyweds, in a 1952 gold and black Bentley Mark VI. “The driver made us a personalised number plate with our wedding date on it which was special,” Beatrice says. For the reception, the couple were only able to invite 15 guests due to the covid restrictions in place at the time. “We needed somewhere that had a small and intimate space,” Beatrice explains. The Fig Room at the hotel was perfect being small, intimate and beautiful. Beatrice and Andrew styled their winter wedding with a red and dark-blue colour theme with hints of pink and white. “We chose red, white and pink flowers teamed with gypsophila and green eucalyptus for our bouquets and centrepieces,” Beatrice tells us. “We had a multi-picture frame as our table plan that displayed some photos from our engagement shoot (that was also taken by our wedding photographer, Jade) and we named the tables after funny Australian places which proved very entertaining listening to everybody trying to pronounce them correctly! I made white heart-shaped Christmas tree decorations as our place names that featured our new married name and date on the back. Our favours were small boxes filled with Australian sweets, a single red rose and a small bottle of hand sanitiser with a label saying spread love, not germs.” On the menu were a choice of canapés including cray fishtails with caviar Marie rose sauce, peppered duck breast with apple compote and thinly sliced pork fillet with basil pesto. The starter was smoked duck breast, fennel carpaccio, pickled radishes with truffled brioche snippets while the main course was a rib eye of beef served with sweet potato fondant, creamed spinach and celeriac with a burgundy jus. “We enjoyed raspberry mousse, burnt meringue and macaroons for dessert,” Beatrice says. “I made a classic three-tier cake with my mother. I created a gluten-free lemon and orange drizzle cake as the middle tier and she made the fruit cakes for the top and bottom tiers that all tasted delicious.” Beatrice chose a dress with detailed embroidery on the bodice which cascaded down the skirt. Donna, the owner of Posy & Pearl Bridal Boutique where she purchased her dress from makes bespoke hair accessories so she was able to design her own piece with her. She tells us, “I decided on a long hair vine with a cluster of pearl flowers and a couple of small pins for each of my bridesmaids which looked so pretty. Donna also gifted me a beautiful blue ribbon garter for my something blue.” Beatrice teamed her dress with a pearl, white gold and diamond drop pendant necklace and earrings. “I also borrowed a silver and moonstone bracelet from my mother and my father put a silver sixpence in my shoe!” Andrew chose a stylish blue herringbone check suit teamed with a tan-coloured check waistcoat featuring a burgundy paisley pattern on the back to match the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses and a pair of chestnut-brown brogues. “His suit was a lighter shade of blue than the best man and my father’s so that he stood out but they all wore matching waistcoats,” Beatrice says. Our bridesmaids looking stunning in their burgundy Bardot-style midi dresses which they teamed with a tan faux-fur bolero shawl to keep warm.” A winter wedding Images courtesy of Jade Touron Photography Beatrice Ann Cranke married Andrew Francis Crossley on 23rd December 2020 at St Peter & St Paul Blockley followed by a reception at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Chipping Campden. REAL WEDDINGS 31