Bright Summer Flowers & Stripes at a Cotswold Wedding: Dylan Viljoen & Duncan Ter Morshuizen

26 Aug 2015

Elmore Court in Gloucestershire set the scene for this colourful day with a masculine undercurrent: bright summer flowers were set against blue stripes in the countryside gay wedding with flair.


Photography by: Rob Tarren

‘I’m with the groom(s)’ badges, giant balloons, croquet on the lawn and a naked wedding cake decorated with figs and berries are just a few of the elements that combine to make this Cotswold wedding one to inspire. Along with smiling faces, which are testament to a fun day had by all and the love felt for the couple at its centre, Dylan and Duncan. They tell us about their big day on July 16, 2015.



Firstly, how did you meet?
We met through mutual friends back in 2009.


Tell us about the proposal.
Dylan arranged a champagne picnic on the 42nd floor of a tower office building in central London where we watched the sun set over the city we met in and call home together.





What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We wanted a masculine theme, but wanted lots of bright summer flowers. Duncan insisted on blue stripes and so we adapted something we’d seen on Pinterest (Duncan loves a pattern).


Where did you find your suits?
Our suits were made by Cad and the Dandy on Saville Row. We helped each other choose our suits so they weren’t the same, but complemented each other well.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.
We went for only British flowers that were readily available in bright yellows, oranges, pinks and whites.


Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
Dylan chose the 'I’m with the groom(s)' buttons which were included in the wedding invitations. I (Duncan) picked the brightly coloured balloons.



How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Nervous about everyone watching us, but so excited, it didn’t matter in the end!



What was your most memorable moment?
Walking down the aisle with everyone beaming at us and creating a massive sense of love.




What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
General decision making - it’s such a surprise when you realise just how many choices need to be made.


What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?
Definitely the venue - once you have your perfect place, all else falls into place.










Tell us about your wedding cake.
We love a Victoria sandwich. We chose a three-tiered ‘naked cake’ decorated with fresh fruit, made by Jane from Just Beautiful Weddings. It was delicious and looked beautiful.




If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Picking an orange balloon for the couple’s photos…



Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
No, it was exciting to have everything unfold in the right time and coming up with solutions to any small problems - it’s all part of the process.



What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We don’t like being the centre of attention, so never had one. We got our band to play Jack Johnson’s “better together” as it fits us well, but no one knew it was our song.







Where did you go on honeymoon?
We haven’t yet. We’re waiting for the cherry blossom season in Japan next April for our honeymoon. We took a mini-moon to a resort in Mykonos.

Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
1. Don’t stress too much about tiny details.
2. Be flexible. We chose to have the wedding on a Thursday which saved money and made it much easier to get the venue and suppliers we wanted. 

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