A family occasion

17 Apr 2013

A family occasion

Jack and Tamsin Simpson

Where: Ceremony and reception at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley

Photography: Dan Morris

We planned our wedding in nine weeks. Jack’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so we decided that it was important for us to have him at our wedding, therefore it was a bit of a race against time. Both families helped on each side, as well as our amazing friends. We were lucky enough to have all of our flowers arranged by our close friends, both the flowers in the venue and my bouquet and the bridesmaids flowers. My sister chose the bridesmaid dresses and I was lucky enough to get my dress from the lovely ladies at The White Collection. I hadn’t thought about the wedding at all so there was no direct theme; I just wanted a very simplistic romantic feel at which everyone would be comfortable. The venue already has a very romantic feel and therefore we didn’t need to ‘dress’ it up too much.

The evening before the wedding I had a family meal at the venue and then we all stayed there. I wasn’t nervous, I was extremely excited. On the morning I was fortunate enough to have a bridesmaid hide me in my room and let me have some time on my own before the chaos started. We all got ready together and ate lots of food before we went down to The Abbeygate, (where the ceremony takes place). My lovely niece even insisted on coming in the car with dad and I, which in the end worked out to be one of the best photos of the wedding with us simultaneously getting out of the car. I was emotional walking down the aisle to our chosen music but very relaxed at the same time. It is very refreshing when you’re ‘wobbly’ to have a look around the room and know every face and that everyone is there to see you share one of the most special moments of your life. We had a civil ceremony with two readings, one in particular was very special us called ‘No Matter What’. This was followed by a blessing from a family friend.

We decided we mainly wanted relaxed photos rather than formal ones, as we felt these often best reflect the day. Our reception and evening reception was at the same venue but in a different location, High Court. I really enjoyed the drinks reception as it was the time we spent talking to our guests and saying hello to everyone. We opted not to have canapés as the wedding was at 3.30pm, we felt there was no need for them as the wedding breakfast would follow at a sensible time. We ate classic English food and it was very relaxed. The speeches were brilliant and very funny, however they went on far longer than anticipated, so we scrapped the teas and coffee - no one noticed. We were late starting the evening reception, however it made no difference to the whole day, which was very family orientated and filled with a lot of love.


Photography: Daniel Morris Photography, www.gloucesterweddingphotographer.comVenue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire

Dress: By Stuart Parvin from The White Collection, Stow on the Wold, 01451 830319

Accessories: My mother’s jewellery and Swarovski crystal tiara borrowed from a friend

Hair and Make-up- Hair by Tiffany Rose Burgin (family friend); make-up by my sister-in-law Tamsin Simpson

Grooms Outfit: Moss Bros, Cheltenham, 01242 222047

Stationary: Vista Print, www.vistaprint.co.uk

Flowers: My mum’s village flower group did the button holes, my mum and her friend did the venue flowers and our friends did our bouquets.

Cake: Cupcakes by family friends; Cheese cake by Cheese Works, Cheltenham, www.thecheeseworks.co.uk

Catering: Coombe Abbey Hotel

Entertainment: In-house DJ from Coombe Abbey

Tell us about your dream day. Email amanda.griffiths@archant.co.uk to feature your wedding.

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