Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 44)

Jodie and Scott met at work when Jodie was Scott’s manager. “We connected instantly, mainly because of our sense of humour,” Jodie tells us. “Scott was forever doing goofy things to make me laugh.” Scott proposed after the couple had been together for eight years. “He surprised me on Mother’s Day,” Jodie says. “I was patiently waiting in bed for him and our children to bring me my breakfast that they make me every year. I didn’t expect a side in the shape of a ring box to be on the tray next to my cup of tea! It was lovely having our children there who were very excited to see their dad get down on one knee.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple wanted their special day to be more of a celebration and a party than a formal wedding. “We liked the relaxed atmosphere at Jenners Barn which is a beautiful barn in a lovely setting with fields for camping, games and activities,” Jodie explains. “With all of the outside space, it offers great flexibility and freedom so we had a bouncy castle, ice cream stall and lawn games which were a hit with our guests.” Jodie arrived at the venue with her daughter in a vintage off-white Beauford wedding car. “We were able to have some photographs taken with the roof down driving along the country lanes under the trees,” she tells us. Jodie and Scott’s celebrant, Emily made their ceremony very personal. “It was wonderful to hear her include stories that we had told her and mention the special people in our lives, I think it engaged our guests,” Jodie says. “It was incredibly satisfying seeing our planning and hard work pay off and watching our loved ones have fun and be together for our special day.” Jodie and Scott decided against having a table plan. “We just made sure that we had plenty of seating for everyone so they could pick where they wanted to be,” Jodie tells us. “I think our guests enjoyed the freedom of this, it was made easier by the fact we had platters of food served to each table so that everyone could help themselves to what they liked. Our catering suppliers REAL WEDDINGS 25