A relaxed Cotswold wedding: David and Lucy Gainford

13 Jul 2016

A springtime-themed colour palette brought this relaxed, country wedding to life amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds

How did you meet?

We met at school (initially all of my friends fancied Dave, whereas I wasn’t a fan). He finally won me round and we got together when I was 16…10 years later, here we are!

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Tell us about the proposal.

We went on a family holiday to Nerja in Spain, which is where Dave and I went on our first ever holiday together. On that first holiday, I jokingly told Dave if he was ever going to propose to do so at the end of the Balcon de Europa (a beautiful promenade that juts out into the sea and offers stunning views)… on the second night of our holiday, six years later, he did just that!

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We didn’t really have a theme, other than a typical relaxed country wedding. Colour scheme wise we wanted to stick to springtime colours, such as light pinks and purples.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I found the dress in the second shop I visited (The Bridal Room in Broadway). I was convinced I wasn’t going to have ‘The Moment’ but as soon as I tried on the dress, I just knew it was the one…although I could quite easily have worn any one of the dresses from The Bridal Room as they were all AMAZING.

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Where did you find your suits?

We bought the suits from Slaters in Cheltenham.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We are incredibly lucky that a very close family friend of ours is a florist in Devon, so she very kindly took on the task of the flower arrangements. We gave her a very short brief one afternoon a year before the wedding and then left her to her own devices as we trusted her completely. We had no real idea of what we were having, until she opened her car boot after a three hour car journey the day before the wedding which was jam-packed with all of our beautiful flowers. We were thrilled as they were exactly what we had pictured.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

The most special and unique part of the day for us was that my grandad, who is a retired vicar, conducted part of the wedding service and was the one to marry us. Decoration wise, luckily for us my dad is a set designer so he took on the mammoth task of dressing the venue. He did such an incredible job, but my favourite part was the huge cut out photo board he made featuring Dave and I as a bride and groom and which even included our dog, Stanley. We had scratch cards as favours – nobody hit the jackpot, which is a shame as we definitely would have made them share their winnings.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was really calm the morning of the wedding, but as soon as I entered the church the floodgates opened! I cried (happy tears) the whole way down the aisle, which has resulted in some fairly hilarious photos.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Probably saying the wrong name when saying my vows! I said Dave’s middle name first, so I’m technically married to William….

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Dave is a head chef so works ridiculously long hours and wasn’t around for much of the planning. This meant I had to make most of the decisions, which I don’t think he was too upset about.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The most important investment for us was definitely the venue. As we had quite a large guest list due to us both having big families, it was difficult finding somewhere that could cater for us all. I am so pleased that we chose Wyck Hill as we hired the hotel on an exclusive use basis which meant it was basically like having our own manor house for the weekend. The last guests went to bed at 6:30am, so it was definitely a good party! The other most important parts for us were photographer and DJ, both of whom were amazing.

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What song did you choose for your first dance?

'Higher Than Here' by James Morrison.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

My aunty very kindly made our wedding cake – we had three tiers, one of which was chocolate and the other two were fruit cake. It all went before Dave and I had a chance to try any, so I’m informed it was very nice.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing at all – it was perfect from start to finish.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How expensive a wedding is… I can’t bring myself to work out exactly how much we spent because it was an obscene amount.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Antigua for two weeks, and had the best time. I wish we were still there now.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Just enjoy it because the whole process goes so quickly… and I always found planning was made easier with a glass or two of prosecco in hand.

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Steal their style:

Venue: Wyck Hill House Hotel, www.wyckhillhousehotel.co.uk
Dress: The Bridal Room, Broadway, www.thebridalroombroadway.co.uk
Photography: Rob Tarren Photography, www.robtarren.co.uk
Hair & Make-Up: Bryony Eaves, www.bryonyeaves.co.uk
DJ: Baller Sounds, http://ballersounds.com/

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