Gillian and Marc’s wedding had all the elements that make winter celebrations so special, including twinkling fairy lights, flickering candles and a romantic, cosy and stylish venue.
We love Gillian’s top tip which is to buy things for your wedding that you van re-use and remember your special day. It’s both practical and meaningful to do this and such a lovely way to keep your wedding memories alive.
And of course, we have to give a special mention to two very important wedding VIP’s – the couple’s pet dogs. Aren’t they the cutest? We just love pets at weddings. Captured beautifully here by Pixie at Pixie Abbott Photography who photographed the wonderfully relaxed vibe of the whole day.
Over to Gillian now to tell us more.
The name and location of your venue
Stone Barn – Cheltenham
What was the style of your wedding?
We didn’t have a particular theme but wanted a relaxed wedding with all our friends/family and lots of dancing. We tried to spend money on things we could use again in the future.
For example, I wanted the bridesmaid’s dresses to be something they would wear again (if they had the chance haha!) and we used fake flowers so the bouquets could be a keepsake.
We’ve filled our house with lots of the decorations from the day so it a lovely reminder to how great it was!
How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?
Our dogs are incredibly important to us and we couldn’t have got married without them so to have them there was amazing! They stayed with me at the hotel the night before at the wheatsheaf inn which is just down the road and they got ready with me and the bridesmaids and really stole the show!
How did you decide on your venue?
I did A LOT of venue research but love the feel of barn weddings and when we saw stone barn we knew it was the one. It totally blew us away when we got inside and the flow of the venue fitted perfectly for what we wanted.
The food was absolutely amazing and as we had a winter wedding the fairy lights made it feel extra special as it got dark.
Tell us about your wedding outfits
I wanted to try on lots of different styles of wedding dresses so I ended up trying a lot on! I knew instantly when I found my Willowby by Watters dress from Victoria Lou Bridal. I loved the skirt because it meant I could dance easily (and I love to dance!!) and the detail on the top was beautiful! Our recent born (20/1/20) first child’s middle name was inspired by my dress – Willow
I knew I wanted velvet for the bridesmaid dresses because I thought it would look perfect for a winter wedding and I was lucky my bridesmaid didn’t mind the risky split (with a bit of DIY secret pinning). They were from topshop and a bargain at £50 each.
The grooms party suits were from Black Tie in Coventry. They were absolutely great and couldn’t fault the service!
What was your standout moment of your day?
The speeches were the best part of the day, they had everyone in absolute stitches! We were also blessed with the hottest day on record for Feb 21st.
Keeping in mind the same time the previous year was beast from the east and the whole country was covered in snow, which led to me spending hours searching for a coat which was only used for some great pictures in the end!
What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?
I absolutely loved planning our wedding and still get the wedding blues over a year on! So, enjoy it and try and buy things you can reuse to remember the day
Photographer: Pixie Abbott Photography
The Venue: Stone Barn
The Cake – I have never eaten a cake myself when at a wedding and always see lots of it go to waste so we decided to have a soap cake which guests could take home as favours. One or two guests didn’t read the sign properly and ended up tucking in anyway. Soap was from Lush
The Flowers – fake flowers from a variety of sources apart from foliage chandler by Go Wild Flowers
Band – Tux Fizz, they had everyone up on their feet singing before dessert was even served!