The story of our countryside wedding began when we met at work about 6 years ago, and our “office romance” started blooming on work nights out. We got engaged last year on our 4 year anniversary which was super special. James picked the most perfect ring – a gorgeous gold band and single stone round diamond in a delicate birdcage claw.
Our countryside wedding took place at Kin House, Wiltshire. James is from Stratford-upon-Avon and most of my friends and family are in London so we tried to find somewhere in the middle. We looked at a few venues in central Cotswolds but Kin House just stood out – exceptional food, gorgeous interiors and just totally took our breath away.
We got married on a Sunday, so the day before we hosted an intimate lunch at the Methuen Arms nearby for our families and bridal/groom party and had some of our closest friends join us for drinks after.
I got really overwhelmed in the dress shopping process – I really had no idea what style I wanted. I only actually ended up going to two dress shops.
I got my dress from Justin Alexander and my veil from Angelica Bridal.
In the evening, I changed into a super fun Taller Marmo one shoulder feather dress. It was the perfect dress to dance the night away in!
James, the best man and my dad all wore suits from Reiss.
My shoes were from Jimmy Choo – I went from something untraditional. A gold strappy heal which were super comfy and something I will wear over and over again.
I kept it super simple with jewellery on the day. As a wedding gift, James got me matching earrings to my engagement which I wore alongside a bracelet and necklace I got from my family for my 30th birthday.
The bridesmaids were my something blue. I got the dresses from ASOS Design which worked really well for my gorgeous bridal party as they were able to pick whatever style or design they wanted.
Our gorgeous niece and flower girl wore a pretty, white dress from Next and red wellington boots (which made the whole look).
Kin House is such a stunning and colourful venue that we kept the flowers simple with green and white throughout – our florist, Minoux, were amazing at bringing the vision to life. I loved the flower arch which was used in the ceremony and they brought into the main space where we had the wedding breakfast.
I had some help from friend and amazing event planner Ashlee who lent me some gorgeous candle holders to create different heights down the long tables.
Food & Drink
Food was utterly delicious at Kin House. We had leg of lamb as the main course which we served family style – all of the boys loved digging into this and serving it up.
Our gorgeous friend Luke Papini (LAPP Music) sang me down the aisle to Songbird by Fleetwood Mac and sang us out to Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
Beauty Regime & Wellness
I work in beauty PR so am lucky enough to have access to a number of gorgeous beauty brands so I made sure I had my skincare routine nailed in the months leading up to the big day.
My makeup was done by the amazing Jennifer Oliver at Bobbi Brown – she created a flawless, bronzed and glowy look. Jenn has done my makeup numerous times before and I trusted her to create my dream makeup look.
My hair was extra special too as it was created by one of my oldest friends and bridesmaids, Dani at SixtySix Salon. We went for a simple bun with face framing pieces at the front.
We went straight on our honeymoon after the countryside wedding to South Africa where we went to Cape Town, Franschhoek and then on a safari. Then we travelled to Mozambique where we stayed in utter paradise at a hotel called Sussurro.
- Remember what it is all about! Enjoy the day, take time away with just you and your husband and try to take it all in.
- Repurpose flowers where ever you can do – ask your florist to move them from your ceremony to dress your cake or be a photo moment to save on costs.
Groom outfit: @reiss
Gift list: @theweddingshopuk
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