Real wedding: A relaxed family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

With just 10 guests in attendance, Sophie and Michael Webb celebrated their intimate family-focussed wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Painswick Rococo Garden, followed by a reception in The Orangery.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Sophie Makosch, 32, a ballet teacher, and Michael Webb, 35, a roof tiler, who are from Oxfordshire but now live in Nailsworth.
Wedding date: Thursday 1 June 2017
Ceremony and reception venue: Painswick Rococo Garden


The suppliers

Photographer: The bride’s brother
Flowers: From the mother-of-the-bride’s garden
Dress: Coast
Groom's outfit: M&S
Bridesmaid dresses: Made by the mother-of-the-bride
Catering: Painswick Rococo Garden
Stationery: Handmade by the mother-of-the-bride
Hair and beauty: The bride did her own hair and make-up
Rings including engagement ring: The groom has a tough titanium ring from Quality Titanium, the bride’s engagement ring is from an antiques fair in Wareham, and her wedding ring is her grandmother’s wedding ring.


The details

When and how did you first meet?

We first met in the gym, I was working there and Mike was working out. We eventually got talking through a mutual friend.

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

Nothing so traditional, we were on holiday in Swanage and we went to the antiques fair we had been to a year before and seen some beautiful rings, so we picked one together and that was that. This was July 2011.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

We planned to book it for June 2016, but we found we were having baby number three so thought we would wait another year so they could all be involved. In June 2016 we booked Painswick Rococo Garden for the next year, then I started planning it in about April 2017!

Why did you choose your venue?

We visited with the kids and it is just the most glorious magical place and we fell in love with it. We never even looked at other venues, it was just very us. Also, we loved the idea of having an informal afternoon tea rather than a traditional wedding reception, making it less hassle for everyone and no exhausted miserable children!

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?

Just it being based around our young family, everyone feeling comfortable and no stuffy formalities. Rococo speaks for itself, it is so beautiful that it was a theme in itself! We only had 10 guests who were immediate family. We had planned to have more but the whole thing was getting out of hand and we decided to totally scale back and concentrate on getting married!

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

What made you choose your photographer?

My brother has always been a fantastic photographer so there was no other choice. The only down side is that he was not in enough of the pictures!

How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?

Beautifully, we had no posed photographs it was just very natural and it documents the day perfectly.

Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?

Very DIY.

Did you make, design or create anything yourself?

My mum made all the invitations, all the decorations in The Orangery, including the flowers on the tables from mum’s garden and pompoms from the ceiling. We grew lots of white trailing geraniums to put outside the red house which looked fantastic and really special.

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

Tell us about the wedding dress

We bought the dress only about a month before the wedding and got it online from Coast. It was a top and a skirt in blush, fitted like a dream and was perfect for the outdoors as it had a dipped hem so I didn’t get too much mud on it and it was easy to walk up a long hill in it! On that note I wore wedge flip flops with diamante on that were £6 from Matalan!

What did the groom wear?

Mike wore a gorgeous linen suit from M&S, a white linen shirt, and some deck shoes.

Did you incorporate any special family details or heirlooms, for example?

I wore my grandmother’s wedding ring. Our wedding was all about family, we had our three children and their two cousins. My mum made beautiful fabric bags for each of them and we filled them with little bits and bobs to keep them busy, colouring books, pencils, a toy car. It meant they had something to do when we were all chatting in The Orangery eating our afternoon tea.

Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?

Yes, my mum sewed a blue ribbon into my skirt, I had my wedding ring as something old and Mike bought me a beautiful necklace the day before the wedding.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

We didn’t have any music as it was outside and there wasn’t any need!

Did you have any special readings during the service?

We had the shortest ceremony possible, no readings, it was all done in about 10 minutes. Our youngest Pearl cried through the entire ceremony!

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

We had afternoon tea in The Orangery provided by Rococo Gardens which was delicious and served by their staff who were so helpful and made us feel really comfortable. This finished when we left at 5.15pm when we were picked up in taxis and went home to put the kids to bed and we had a Chinese takeaway at home!

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

What kind of cake did you go for?

We didn’t have a cake, but the scones were delicious.

What was your first dance song?

We didn’t have any dancing, but while we had our afternoon tea we had instrumental covers of popular love songs.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

We couldn’t pick one it was just completely perfect! We did have a very special time after the afternoon tea when most of the guests had gone and we had a wander around the deserted garden with our glasses of prosecco.

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

Did everything go to plan?

Absolutely, even with our screaming one-year-old while we said our vows! It just didn’t matter as it was all so relaxed.

What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Remember it is about you and your partner getting married. It is very easy to get caught up in the detail and keeping your guests happy, when it is all about you two.

An intimate family celebration at Painswick Rococo Garden

And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?

The day after the wedding we went down to Studland Bay with the children and the dogs where we had rented a cottage for the week. It was a great week on the beach and taking the children out to places.


If Sophie and Mike’s laidback summer wedding has inspired you, see Painswick Rococo Garden, call (01452) 813204, email info@rococogarden.org.uk, or visit rococogarden.org.uk directly.

© SoGlosWeddings
Friday 08 December 2017

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