Amy and Ben’s Manor By The Lake Wedding


Images by Rosie Kelly Photography.

Dusky pink lace, pastel grey hair, a semi-naked cake dressed with roses and a confetti shot to die for… I’m loving Amy & Ben’s beautiful big day at Manor By The Lake in Gloucestershire.

This stunning Manor House is nestled in 7 acres of award-winning gardens, including a beautiful Italian garden, splendid picturesque lake, and yew tree walk leading to the Victorian pavilion. See how Amy & Ben used the glorious spaces for their vintage theme.

Notes from the Bride


We chose our amazing venue, Manor By The Lake for our spring wedding. It’s a stunning venue at both day and night, and combines the perfect mixture of traditional and modern elements for a wedding! The Honeymoon Suite is also absolutely beautiful, as were all the guests rooms.

I bought my dress at Wedding Belles of Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield. After creating a wedding board on Pinterest almost all the pins I saved were by the same designer – Maggie Sottero. I chose the Stella dress, with lace detail, Swarovski crystals, and the sweetheart neckline was so flattering along with the corset waist!

My seamstress created a beautiful one off strap and back piece for me that I could attach and remove with lace that was ordered, and she painstakingly attached the Swarovski crystals by hand. It finished the dress of perfectly!

I also purchased a veil from Wedding Belles so they could match the colour of the dress. For the evening I had my florist choose some dusky pink roses to replace my veil. My shoes were nude court shoes from Kurt Geiger, I wanted plain and simple as my nude lace dress was the main feature.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful lace knee-length dresses with scalloped neckline and capped sleeves in dusty pink. These were from Chi Chi London though I ordered from ASOS. I knew sparkly shoes would look amazing. Kurt Geiger was my lifesaver.

Our hair was styled by Holly Bennett from Fallen Saint Hair, which is actually owned by myself and a friend. This is the reason I was lucky enough to have unlimited amounts of trials for me and the bridesmaids! She was perfect and professional but helped as she’s a good friend of mine and being a guest at the wedding meant she kept an eye on our hair till the very end!

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The Newest Wedding Venue in Gloucestershire


Images by Captured by Katrina.

Twyning Park is a Grade II listed manor house overlooking the beautiful river Avon. The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 17th Century and boasts a wealth of original features – oak panelling, sash windows, ornate stairways, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornicing and an Adams fireplace in the drawing room… there are little treasures to be discovered in every room.

There are 5 acres of grounds to enjoy and explore including the two main lawns, rose garden, secret garden and river meadow with private access to the river Avon.

Twyning Park is primarily a family home to 3 generations of the Simmons family. After holding several large celebrations, including family and friends weddings, the owners realised how well suited Twyning Park is to hosting fabulous parties, elegant dinners and ultimately exceptional weddings and have decided to share their home on an exclusive hire basis with couples looking for somewhere to create their perfect day.

Last month, the venue opened it’s doors and welcomed couples to their very first Wedding Open Day. In partnership with West Country Marquees, bride & grooms-to-be enjoyed a glass of fizz (or two!) and soaked up the inspiration and advice from a range of award-winning suppliers. If you missed this event, then fear not because we’re lucky enough to be taking a peek inside thanks to Charlotte, custodian of the venue, and Captured by Katrina.

Notes from Twyning Park


Individuality, creativity and a celebration that is unique to them – that’s what our couples can expect from their wedding at Twyning Park. We only hold a small number of celebrations here per year. This maintains our exclusivity and allows couples the flexibility to be really creative with their day. We don’t have packages, charge corkage or insist couples use our preferred suppliers. We believe that couples should be able to create a day that fits their style, personality and history and at Twyning Park we love nothing more than something a little bit different.

Weddings here are relaxed affairs where Twyning Park becomes home for our couples, their friends and families. With an average of a three day hire period, there is no need to spend any time on the big day rushing around. The styling and preparation can all be done the day before and with no early morning checkout time the celebrations can continue the day after the wedding, allowing suppliers plenty of time to pack up, and couples and their guests the opportunity to reflect on the day over a bacon sandwich or barbecue.

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Faye & James’ Elmore Court Wedding


Images by Tony Hart Photo.

We have such a lovely wedding to share with you this morning and it’s a rather special write-up because it’s told through the eyes of the photographer, in this case Tony Hart.

Faye & James chose the truly unique Elmore Court as the backdrop for their day and, in my humble opinion, it’s one of the best wedding venues around!

Come and see why…

Notes from the Photographer

Tony Hart:

Faye is a stage and screen actor and James works as a television producer and comedy writer. Needless to say they both have extremely compelling personalities and were simply wonderful to photograph. Add to this their friends and family who are equally engaging and full of joie de vivre and a more exciting wedding congregation it’d be hard to find.

The story of how Faye & James got together is simply incredible. They were at school together, and, on the last day, in keeping with tradition, everyone wrote on everyone else’s shirts. Most was simple stuff, name plus a kiss, a few key dates, ‘stay in touch’, etc etc. Faye on the other hand, perhaps harbouring a soft spot for our handsome groom, (or possibly just having a giggle) wrote ‘Miss u hubby, C U on our wedding night!’. It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that, while Faye & James were friends, there was nothing overtly amorous between them at all. Fast forward 7 odd years, and James bumps into Faye at that noted romantic location, the bus stop. After this chance and unexpected meeting, one thing led to another, a date led to another and then another and eventually on the 27th March 2016 the school shirt prophecy was fulfilled! After nearly a decade of shooting weddings this has to be the most astonishingly awesome ‘how we met’ story I’ve encountered. So good! Needless to say the famous school shirt took pride of place as part of Faye & James’ day; it was the background for their table plan.

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Intimate Weddings at Kingscote Park House


Image by Bigeye Photography.

To take us into the weekend we have a very lovely announcement and offer from our friends at Matara Centre.

Kingscote Park House, part of the Matara Centre estate in Gloucestershire, is a Grade II listed Regency house and it’s now available for very intimate weddings and receptions.

A unique and beautiful wedding venue in the Cotswolds, Kingscote Park is a place of beauty and tranquillity, set within 28 acres of glorious parkland. Matara Centre can host up to 220 guests but for those seeking out a smaller celebration this is a stunning option.

For just £5,000 (including VAT) their offer includes;

  • 3 Nights accommodation for up to 18 guests
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Friday night Welcome Feast
  • Saturday canapés & 3 course wedding breakfast

You can arrive after 3pm on the Friday and depart 11am on the Monday (also available as a four night midweek wedding package) – just ask.

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A Relaxed Al Fresco Wedding at Matara Centre


Images by Bigeye Photography.

Louboutins, two wedding dresses, peachy pink peonies, a fairy-light backdrop and a ruffle cake to die for. That’s all before I’ve even mentioned the epic Gloucestershire wedding venue that is Matara Centre.

Settle in and enjoy James & Hannah’s story of their big day and delight in these pretty gorgeous images by Bigeye Photography

Notes from the Bride



Matara is such a beautiful venue, especially in the summer when all the flowers are in bloom. The grounds are large enough for guests to wonder freely and still feel incorporated in the wedding, and there are lots of beautiful spots for photos. The house is also a beautiful venue to host your family.

We chose Matara because we could effectively get married outside, under beautiful wisteria and still have a legal marriage. We were very lucky to find a venue which incorporated the open / outside feeling (you often get at US weddings) and it still be legally binding! Both James & I have high pressure jobs in the city and we wanted the day to be the opposite of our normal lives; relaxed, authentic, free flowing and beautiful. The staff at Matara were incredible from the first visit, they couldn’t be more helpful and I wish I could do it all again there!

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