A Cotswold wedding with a classic colour scheme

29 May 2019

Laura Read and Josh Elliott's wedding was a joyous occasion with the celebrations held both in and outdoors

How long was your engagement?

Four years

How many guests did you have?

50 in the day, 80 in the evening.

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How did you meet? 

Through friends at a house party.

Tell us about the proposal

It was on my 21st birthday; we were led in bed and Josh just popped the question...he’s never been the most romantic.

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

Our theme was 'vintage' and colour scheme was greys, pinks and whites.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it? 

We had the most lovely feeling about Sudbury House, which was warm and friendly. The venue had the right mix of new and old.

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

I tried on about five dresses, and I said yes to the dress my bridesmaid chose. It was just perfect.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Long, grey lace, pleated dresses.

Where did you find your suits?

Skopes in House of Fraser.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We used Little Gem's Flowers and she was brilliant. I described what I wanted and she made it happen.

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

  • We had mints labelled ‘Mint to be’ with champagne bubbles as favours
  • We had a sweet table
  • We offered our guests flip-flops for dancing

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was so nervous and when I saw our guests, it made me so emotional. I didn’t want to cry, I just wanted to get to the end of the aisle without tears. I ended up walking a bit too fast.

What was your most memorable moment? 

I don’t have a specific moment, the whole day is memorable. I absolutely loved it!

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Finding the perfect venue, but once we found Sudbury House we loved planning it.

What was the most important investment for you?

A good photographer was our most important investment as the pictures are what you have left to remember the day.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

A band, Interlight, who were brilliant. The dancefloor was full.

Tell us about your wedding cake. 

The cake wasn’t important to us, so we just chose a cake from Marks and Spencer. It was really nice.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

The wrong music was played when I walked down the aisle. 

Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to New York two days after the wedding. We definitely needed a day before going as we were knackered.

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

Just enjoy every moment, planning is fun. It’s great seeing everything come together just how you want it.

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Steal their style:

Venue and catering: Sudbury House
Photography: Sky Blue Wedding Photography
Floristry: Little Gem's Flowers
Band: Interlight 

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

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