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Our fairytale

13 Mar 2014

Our fairytale

Once upon a time James and Gemma were married on a romantic, traditional white wedding day

James Attew and Gemma Casey

Where: Ceremony at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, Fairford, followed by reception at Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, South Cerney, Gloucestershire

Photography: Click Here Photography

We knew that we wanted a really traditional and fairytale white wedding since we are both from Catholic backgrounds. St Thomas’s in Fairford is such a pretty church with just enough space to fit our 85 guests.

For the reception, we wanted somewhere modern that would make for gorgeous photographs and so, even though we live in Wiltshire, the Four Pillars Hotel, in Gloucestershire, surrounded by stunning lakes, was number one choice. Once those decisions were made, everything else just fell into place, thanks to plenty of visits to wedding fairs.

I was surprisingly calm when I woke up on the morning, but once the wedding cars arrived outside the house, I have never known nerves like it. I was shaking like a leaf at the top of the aisle. It was only when I got to clasp James’s hand that I started to relax.

We arrived at the reception to find our guests enjoying champagne on the balcony with the background noise of our jazz band playing nearby. Our colour theme was light blue – we had light blue petals scattered on tables, balloons, gorgeous tall vases filled with blue hydrangeas and delphiniums, tealights, a white backdrop to the top table and white chair covers with blue sashes.

We had a rugby theme throughout the day with each table being named after a rugby club, which allowed us to exploit the fact that I’m Welsh and James is English. Even our cake toppers had the bride in a Welsh rugby shirt and the groom in an English one.


Photography: Click Here Photography, Swindon, Wiltshire, 07519 030200, www.clickherephotography.co.uk

Venue: Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, Gloucestershire, 01285 864000, www.cotswoldwaterparkhotel.co.uk

Dress: Truly You Bridal, Thornbury, Bristol, 01454 801358, www.trulyyoubridal.co.uk

Hair & Make-up: Partners Hair & Beauty, Swindon, 01793 870462

Groom’s outfit: Frocks and Tails, Bristol, 0117 973 7461, www.frocksandtails.co.uk

Flowers: Robins Flowers, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 01672 810829, www.robinsflowers.co.uk

Cake: Cakes 2 Enjoy, Swindon, 01793 320344, www.cakes2enjoy.co.uk

Venue Dresser: At Any Event, Stroud, 01453 757883, www.atanyevent.com

Transport: Function Cars, Purton, Wiltshire, 01793 770323, www.functioncars.co.uk

Entertainment: The Goodfellas Jazz Band, www.thegoodfellasmusic.com; Top Hat

Entertainment, Swindon, 01793 485534, www.tophatentertainment.co.uk

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