Over the rainbow

13 Mar 2014

Over the rainbow

Alex Knapton and Rebecca Oakley’s bright and beautiful wedding was a riot of colour

Alex Knapton and Rebecca Oakley

Where; Ceremony at Holy Trinity Church, Tetbury, followed by reception at Hare and Hounds Hotel, Westonbirt

Photography: Callisto Photography

I knew from an early stage I wanted a rainbow-themed wedding as I love bright colours. We also knew we wanted our reception at the Hare and Hounds, as that is where Alex proposed.

I was a little nervous, but very excited on the morning of our wedding. Alex sent me three roses three days before the wedding, two roses, two days before the wedding and one rose the day before. He also got my brother to give me a diamond bracelet on the morning of wedding as my ‘something new’ and a note saying “meet you at the altar”. I got my maid of honour, Louise to deliver a present for Alex on the morning. It was a watch with a note saying, “here’s a little prezzie to make sure you’re at the altar on time.”

I walked down the aisle with my dad as the string quartet played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It was exactly how I’d always pictured it and was an amazing feeling.

After the church service we set off in a horse and carriage to the reception, but on the way we stopped as I had organised for a bright blue Ford Mustang (the car Alex has always wanted) to meet us. The chauffeur even allowed him to drive it to the reception.

Our invitations had rainbow ribbons and our bridesmaids’ dresses were in the different colours of the rainbow with the ushers wearing cravats to match, made by my aunty Christine. The flowers were done by my uncle Ken and our favours were decorated in rainbow colours and acted as place names as well. Each table sign had a little pot of gold at the end (like any good rainbow) with chocolate gold coins and our cake, made by my aunty Wendy, consisted of mini-cakes with rainbow ribbon and a top layer with rainbow centre.

We had a string quartet playing at our drinks reception and after the meal our friend Harry sang. The weather was so lovely we were able to sit outside and listen to him.

In the evening we had a DJ, a rainbow sweet buffet and finished the night with a colourful firework show.


Photography: Callisto Photography, 01454 316804, www.callisto-photography.co.uk

Venue: Hare and Hounds Cotswold Inn, Tetbury, 01666 881000, www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk

Dress: Simply Bridal, Cheltenham, 01242 243388, www.simply-bridal.co.uk

Accessories: Cherie Glintz n Glitz, mail@glintznglitz.co.uk

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jen Jen house, www.jenjenhouse.com

Hair & make-up: Techniques Hair and Beauty, Cam, Dursley, 01453 548020

Groom’s outfit: Debonair at Simply Bridal, Cheltenham, 01242 243388,


Stationery: Little Miss Things, Bristol, 0775742068, www.littlemissthingz.com

Catering: Hare and Hounds

Venue Dresser: The Wedding Works, Bristol, 07931 859986, www.theweddingworksbristol.co.uk

Transport: Kens Kars, Chipping Sodbury, 01454 313194, www.kenscars.co.uk; horse & carriage: KC Horse and Carriage, 01568 797140

Entertainment: Harry Jones, Tetbury (find them at Smith & Jones on Facebook); Ardeton String Quartet, 01454 324131; G-force Fireworks, 01386 47193, www.g-forcefireworks.com

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.



Everything for your wedding

Wedding Photo of the Week: Jess Soper Photography

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

A bold pink wedding shoot in Santorini

For a fairy tale wedding set-up on the island of Santorini, look no further than this rom...

In The Spotlight: Briarfields Hotel, Norfolk

Briarfields Hotel is full of character and charm, nestled in Titchwell, Norfolk ...

In The Spotlight: Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, Norfolk

Knights Hill Hotel & Spa is a wedding venue steeped in history in King's Lynn, Norfol...

In The Spotlight: Makeup Artistry by Lily

Looking for a wedding make-up artist in Norfolk or Suffolk? Learn more about Makeup Artis...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

the wedding show