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

disco balls. “Our florist created displays on each table of bright flowers with minimal foliage, to add the wow factor,” Donna says. “We got married in front of a beautiful old fireplace which our florist decorated with an amazing display of small and large disco balls, big blousy blooms, pampas grass and bottles filled with lights. Our loved ones kindly obliged by drinking plenty before our big day and saving the bottles for us!” Donna’s bridal bouquet was stunning and more beautiful than she could have wished for. “It was filled with burgundy, red, pink and blush-coloured roses, hydrangea, and pink pampas and also featured a beautiful arch of orchids tumbling down,” she tells us. “I added a handmade pin badge featuring my favourite photograph of my dad.” The team at The Moonraker hotel provided the couple’s catering. “We chose a selection of canapés for our guests to enjoy after our ceremony to pair with the prosecco,” they tell us. “We all tucked into a delicious three-course wedding breakfast followed by treats from a sweet cart that everyone loved. During the evening reception, our guests enjoyed fish and chips, pizza and ice cream served from a vintage bicycle. We also had doughnuts displayed on vintage cake stands along with our wedding cake. A good friend of ours, Tracey Butler made the mouthwatering lemon cake iced with rosette buttercream and finished with a retro cake topper of our names.” LOOKING THE PART Donna’s parents bought her wedding dress which was an A-line gown, style D3241 from Essence of Australia. “I chose it after visiting The Cotswold Frock Shop with my mum,” Donna tells us. “I fell in love with it. It had a sweetheart neckline, and off-theshoulder sleeves and was made from a glittery fabric underneath beaded lace. I teamed it with a pair of statement celestial earrings to keep the look modern and whimsical. Richard gave me a gold bangle with our wedding date which I also wore along with a pair of gold platform sandals and a custom-made pearl and gold glitter handbag with Mrs Regueira on.” Donna’s hair was worn up in a relaxed style for a fun and casual feel. “I wore a personalised Mrs R hair grip for the evening reception. Our beautiful bridesmaids wore individual dresses that they chose in a selection of colours to match our wedding theme.” Richard chose a blue morning suit with a white waistcoat and rose-pink cravat which he hired along with those for his groomsmen. “The suits fitted to perfection and the groomsmen matched mine apart from the detail on their waistcoats which had a simple stripe compared to the diamond pattern on my one,” Richard explains. TIME TO CELEBRATE “We hired a DJ for our evening reception who got the party started!” Donna and Richard tell us. “The dancefloor was packed from the moment he started until midnight!” "My step-mum and I arranged a visit to Angela Knight's boutique in Hungerford, where I purchased some gorgeous bridal lingerie and a bespoke, handmade royal blue silk gown for the morning of the wedding. I felt like a movie star!" – Donna 41 REAL WEDDINGS