Welcome to our first ever featured wedding! An exciting occasion indeed and we had to get a very special wedding to kick off.
Hugh and Adele got married in July this year in Old Wardour Castle, yes a CASTLE, in Tisbury Wiltshire. This gorgeous English heritage site with lush grounds and stunning views provided the perfect setting for their wedding. It’s so lovely to see their friends and family enjoying themselves and relaxing in such a stunning environment.
The reception took place at Hugh’s family farm; giving the whole day a perfect laid back theme complete with hay bales and a beautiful pop-up marquee. The family farm was also the basis of their fantastic Table Plan, each field representing a different table. Cute Maps were very excited when we heard this idea, and really think the finished product looked tremendous. Take a peek at the images below and let us know what you think!
Their vision for the day completely shone through ‘Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!’; the smiles on every ones face speak for themselves. Also, have to mention, their food sounded delicious! Mediterranean (amazing) and served on platters, literally the best form food can come in, in my opinion. The day was captured beautifully by Lisa Dawn photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) and looks absolutely stunning. And of course the Cute Map table plan sets everything off beautifully.
Names:Hugh and Adele
Wedding Date:20th July, 2013
The vision for the day:Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!
The Planning Process:Lengthy….we got engaged in December 2011, so gave ourselves plenty of time to plan just what we wanted and ensure that all the suppliers that we wanted to use were available .
The Venue:Ceremony at Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire and reception at Hugh’s family farm, East Stour, Dorset
The Dress and Accessories:Augusta Jones Dress, veil and headpiece all from Clifton Brides, Bristol and Rainbow Club shoes dyed pastel blue, diamond earrings a family heirloom
Grooms Attire:Grey three piece suit from Marc Wallace, Round collar white cotton shirt from Marc Wallace, navy/pink stripe tie from T.M. Lewin, white linen pocket square and Loake brogue shoes
Beautiful Bridesmaids:Coast dresses in vintage pink and nude shoes from M&S
Music and First Dance: DJ and first dance was to Finley Quaye – Even After All
The Food: Mediterranean-style sharing platters from Thyme After Time in Hazelbury Bryan near where we live – we wanted a really sociable atmosphere, so we decided to have individual sharing platters for each table, which worked really well. All homemade and Dorset sourced. We also had a hog roast in the evening to soak up some of the alcohol!
The flowers: Bridal bouquet tied with vintage lace and broach. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were sweet peas tied with vintage pink velvet ribbon with a mother of pearl button. We wanted lots of colour and fragrance to the bouquets whilst all being very natural. Remainder of the flower arrangements at the castle and farm were colourful mixed garden flowers.
Your Photographer: Lisa and Scott at Lisa Dawn Photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) – these were the first people we booked for our wedding and did such an amazing job. Don’t let anyone talk you out of a decent photographer for your big day!
The Details and Décor: We had a marquee in a field on the farm, so didn’t want to go over the top on decorations and tried to keep it simplistic and in-keeping with the farm environment. The same applied to the castle as it is such a naturally beautiful place, we actually had to do very little extra decorating.
Memorable Moments: Walking down the field together and looking back at the marquee with everyone having such a great time – it’s always a great occasion when all your friends and family can come together like that and have such a fun time.
Advice for other couples: It’s never too early to book the suppliers for your wedding, the sooner you start the process the better to make sure you get the right people on board without compromising, we wouldn’t have changed the people we worked with for the world. Grooms, if the wedding is in summer, wear a really good cotton shirt….priceless to avoid sweat patches! As long as there is enough food, drink and music, no-ones cares what the weather is like. Never underestimate how important your bridesmaids and ushers/best man are – they are absolute lifesavers and we couldn’t have done it without them
Everyone at Cute Maps – the table plan was exactly what we were looking for and Sheree’s vision, design and prompt service made the process so easy,
Berin Made stationary – invites and table stationary,
Thyme after Time catering, Dorset,
Lisa Dawn Photography, Dorset,
Oakleaf Marquees, Dorset,
The team at Old Wardour Castle,
Bright Blooms, Shaftesbury, Dorset,
Shaftesbury Flower Club, Dorset,
Mr DJ, Dorset,
Hugh’s parents for preparing the farm!