Alex and Kate travelled down from their home in Yorkshire for a mid-week extravaganza wedding in Bibury, The Cotswolds.
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Cripps Barn although the nearby Bibury Court Hotel played host to Kate’s wedding preps and a bunch of family and friends, including Alex, were staying at Cats Abbey Barn near Cheltenham.
There was a big DIY spin on this wedding with plenty of hand-crafted rustic details. So much thought was put into making it a special day for all their guests from cosy blankets to wonderful table settings and enviable mini suitcases full of treats for the kids. It was a bit too gloomy and damp to spend too much time outside but inside this really paid off as the day felt warm and welcoming.
On with the photos…
We first met up with Jo and Chris one cloudy, wintery day in the Purbecks where we clambered through muddy fields to capture some images for their Save The Date card. Little did we know that day that almost a year later we’d be making our way over to an equally freezing Gloucestershire to photograph their special day at Bibury Court Hotel in The Cotswolds.
We had no doubt we were in for a treat as we made our way up for Jo and Chris’ wedding day. They’d looked super glamorous as they trudged their way in their Hunter Wellies through Dorset’s muddy fields, and Chris had already proven he had excellent taste in suit jackets when we met up with them for their wedding prep.
It was cold on their wedding day. We’d stayed about 20 minutes out of Bibury in Colesbourne (we thoroughly recommend the Colesbourne Inn if you’re heading out that way – it was a truly excellent place to stay) and our car doors had completely frozen shut before we made our way over to Bibury Court Hotel in the morning. It was a winter wonderland!
Jo, Chris and the guests pretty much had the full run of the hotel for their wedding day so we were nice and cosy inside for the best part of it. The fire roared away throughout the ceremony and the reception making for a toasty and romantic setting. The registrar did try to wed Jo to the Best Man at one point, but luckily realised the error of his ways soon enough. Phew!
The guests stayed inside in the warm at Bibury Court Hotel as Jo and Chris braced the outdoors for some portraits in the hotel grounds. Meanwhile, inside everyone was getting toasty and being treated to some excellent music in the conservatory.
The ceremony room had been turned around for the wedding breakfast with lots of lovely table settings and a magical wintery Table Plan Tree! The tables were named after whiskey brands.. I’m no whiskey connoisseur so Monkey Shoulder had me baffled for a while without the prompting of a bottle. But it’s now definitely my favourite whiskey.
Thanks so much to Jo and Chris who sorted out an amazing cream tea for us – it was scrumptious!
We were definitely grateful of the sugar rush from those cakes once the evening got going – the dancefloor was buzzing! It was an absolute delight working along to the tunes of The Reach Arounds. They blew us away with their thrashed-up mash-ups (Human League vs Spandau Ballet, anyone?). By far the best wedding band we’ve seen.
And speaking of “Best Of’s” a huge shout out should go to the guy in blue who entertained the crowds with his adrenalin-fuelled hoedown to the wig out at the end of Paradise City. It was unbelievably frantic and we still think about this often!
Posted with thanks and congratulations to Jo and Chris x