A dreamy castle wedding in the Cotswolds

11 Mar 2020

Manpreet and Marco Pinder were married at the iconic Sudeley Castle, nestled in the Cotswolds countryside on 27th July 2019, just 10 months after their engagement

The happy couple, who met by chance when visiting friends in the West Country, had their first date in Oxford at a gourmet restaurant and this set the tone for their future dates... and a very romantic proposal. 

Fabulous feasting was on the menu when Marco hoped to capture Manpreet’s heart at the town of Modena in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, considered the capital of gastronomy and the home of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari and Lamborghini too. Marco planned every detail of his proposal to ensure that he captured the early evening golden hour of sunlight in the ancient town square, before heading off for dinner at the world famous Osteria Francescana. Of course, Manpreet said 'yes'.

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The bride grew up in Gloucestershire and so the couple decided to find a Cotswold wedding venue. After some initial internet research, Manpreet was reminded of Sudeley Castle’s rich history and the 1,200 acres of stunning grounds and gardens. The couple were immediately enamoured with the majestic setting and their search was over, a Sudeley wedding confirmed. 

The breathtaking Cotswold castle hosts only 20 weddings each year and this appealed to the happy couple, who wanted to enjoy a relaxed and intimate celebration with family and friends. The whole wedding day was held at Sudeley Castle, which began by waking up in the quintessential estate cottages and wedding party preparations in readiness for a private civil ceremony in the castle’s wood panelled library.

Attended by a small group of guests, the ceremony also saw an al fresco blessing planned for early afternoon, high up on the outdoor ha-ha and overlooking one of the castle's 10 internationally renowned gardens. 

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Unfortunately, the great British weather intervened with a heavy rain shower and the expert team at the castle seamlessly rearranged an indoor blessing in the exquisite St Mary’s Church, the final resting place of Queen Katherine Parr.

The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her father, while her two sisters and two friends performed bridesmaids' duties. The bride's personal highlight of the ceremony was Manpreet’s close friend and bridesmaid Kimberly’s chapel reading of the Act of the Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, an iconic ceremony reading.

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to celebratory champagne and delicious canapés while Manpreet, dressed in her designer gown by Riki Dalal, explored the magical gardens and grounds with Marco and their photographer. 

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The delicious wedding breakfast was served in the castle’s pavilion, overlooking the terrace, with the menu hand-picked by the bride and groom to incorporate their joint love of good food. The couple took a non-traditional approach to their meal, skipping a starter and instead opting for a filing main course, delicious sweet and then speeches led by the groom and best man.

As the day ebbed into night, the couple decided against their prepared wedding dance and instead chose to be joined by the guests for their first dance to John Legend’s All of Me. Wedding band The Chip Ship Boys got the party started with a few familiar dancefloor fillers and everyone joined together to rock the night away. The perfect end to the most perfect wedding day.

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Offering her most invaluable wedding planning advice, Manpreet says: “Always have a back-up plan or a contingency for if/when things go wrong. Consider your guests' needs, alongside your own wishes for the day, and learn to compromise when needed. Most of all, remember it’s your day and enjoy every minute of it.”

Steal their style: 

Venue and catering: Sudeley Castle
Photography: Brett Harkness
Videography: Ray McShane
Wedding dress: Riki Dalal
Floristry: Aqua Florist
Cake: Vanilla Pod Bakery
Entertainment: The Chip Shop Boys
Rings: White Flash USA

For more Cotswold wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Cotswold Bride magazine

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