A taste of Italy

03 Mar 2014

A taste of Italy

Andrew Bradley and Lizzie Patrickson’s wedding at Birtsmorton Court took on a rustic Italian theme

Andrew Bradley and Lizzie Patrickson

Where: Ceremony at Birtsmorton Church followed by reception at Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern

Photography: Gemma Williams

As soon as we looked around Birtsmorton court we knew it was ‘the one’. The grounds were beautiful and the staff really friendly and knowledgeable. Finding a wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses took me a bit longer. I tried on about 15 wedding gowns before I found the right one.

Despite being excited for the day ahead, I had last minute nerves about the ceremony and walking into the church with everyone’s eyes focused on me. Once I had walked down the aisle and stood next to my husband-to-be, all my nerves vanished and I couldn’t stop smiling. A string quartet played in the church and in the beautiful gardens at the venue during the reception, where we had photos before the wedding breakfast in the marquee.

As Andrew and I love Italy, we gave our wedding a rustic Italian feeling. The flowers in Italian urns were soft pastel colours with greenery and bunches of grapes. The rest of our decorations and stationery were gold and cream, including our table plan in a giant gold frame. Each table was named after an Italian city we have visited. We had Italian antipasti shared platters for our starter. The speeches were made between the main and dessert (so the guys could relax and enjoy their wine and dessert).

They created a lot of laughter. The meal was followed by a live band and then a DJ continued the music for the rest of the night. As a last surprise for our guests, we took them back into the gardens for a fantastic fireworks display. Everything on the day was perfect and we have had so many comments from family and friends on how much everyone enjoyed the day and loved the venue.

WHO DID WHAT

Photography: Gemma Williams Photography, Hereford, www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk

Venue: Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern, 01684 833888, www.birtsmortoncourt.com

Dress: By Suzanne Neville from Go Bridal, Birmingham, 0121 634 33223, www.gobridal.com

Accessories: Debenhams

Wedding ring: Parry’s of Malvern, 01684 574077, www.parrysofmalvern.co.uk

Bridesmaids Dresses: Orange Blossom, Sydenham, www.orangeblosssomretail.co.uk

Make-up: MAC Cosmetics, Birmingham, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

Groom’s outfit: Debenhams, Merry Hill

Stationery: Table and name cards were homemade

Flowers: Flowers of Kidderminster, 01562 827127, www.flowersofkidderminster.co.uk

Cake: M&S, Worcester, www.marksandspencer.com/cakes

Catering: Crown Catering, Cirencester, 01285 658000, www.crown-catering.co.uk

Entertainment: String quartet, Cantabile Strings, Worcestershire, www.cantabilestrings.co.uk; Band, Still Crazy, West Midlands, www.jacksoneventmanagement.co.uk

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