Real Wedding: A country marquee wedding in the Cotswolds
Following a proposal on the slopes, Mathew and Harriet tied the knot in the Cotswolds, celebrating with a country theme and beautiful setting thanks to Bisley Marquees – and their dog played an important role in the nuptials!
The happy couple: Mathew Latchford, 35, a sporting agent, and Harriet Latchford, 29, working in marketing, from Fairford
Wedding date: Saturday 10 June 2017
Ceremony venue: Fairford Church
Reception venue: A marquee from Bisley Marquees in a field near Ashton Keynes
Wedding theme: Country wedding with a hint of shooting!
Photographer: Jonathan McGee Photography
Flowers: Rosie Posies, Coln St Aldwyns
Dress: A Sassi Holford dress
Bridesmaid dresses: Phase Eight
Groom’s outfit: The tails were from R Scott & Co.
Cake: Homemade by the bride/ her mother
Catering: The Cotswold Kitchen
Stationery: Caricature by Tony Marriot, Gloucester which we used on our save the dates and invites; invites by Pink Teal Design
Favours: Homemade raspberry gin
Entertainment: The Chip Shop Boys
Hair and beauty: Face Perfect by Jodi
Rings including engagement ring: Made in Hungerford by Furr & Co
When and how did you first meet?
We met on Exmoor (where our family live), at a tea party. It wasn’t where either of us expected to meet!
Who popped the big question and how did they propose?
Mathew; he popped the question skiing on a red run in the Pyrenees!
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
About a year.
Why did you choose your venue?
We live in Fairford and wanted a church wedding. Our friends kindly let us use their field for the marquee. We really wanted a marquee as we love decorating and organising!
Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?
As Mathew works in shooting and we both like the outdoors, we had a country/shooting theme. For example, cartridge place settings, feathers in our flowers, feathers in button holes. The colour scheme was pink and blue!
What made you choose your photographer?
Mathew knows him through work!
How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?
We had lots of photos whilst getting ready, outside our house and outside the church. To make it more special we have lots of photos of our little girl, Phoebe, who was only five months at the time!
Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?
DIY – whilst on maternity leave!
Did you make, design or create anything yourself?
I made 100 metres of bunting to decorate the marquee with, we dried the confetti and made the confetti cones! We decorated the bar with handmade pom-poms.
Tell us about the wedding dress…
It was very simple, lace with a sweetheart neckline, beautiful buttons up the back and finished with a sparkly belt!
What did the groom wear?
The tails were from R Scott & Co. in Cirencester, and the pink shirt and polka dot tie were from Oliver Brown.
Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
Yes. Old – earrings, new – dress, borrowed – headpiece, and blue – my engagement ring!
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
‘Bridal Chorus’ by Wagner.
Did you have any special readings during the service?
Yes, by close family and friends.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
A selection of canapes, shoulder of lamb, and pavlova with fruit.
What kind of cake did you go for?
Simple, but decorated with cartridges that we had made especially for our wedding!
What was your first dance song?
Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
That’s hard to say – a magical moment was when our Labrador Bruce went down to the back of the church to retrieve the rings!
Did everything go to plan?
Yes – the planning really was key (we had an eight-tab spreadsheet!!)
What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?
Organisation is key. Do as much prep before the day as you can. You don’t want to be stressing about details the day before, you want to enjoy the build up with your close friends and family!
Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?
In hindsight we wish we had a video!
And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?
Menorca, with our five-month-old baby. We will do a proper honeymoon at some point, just the two of us!
Thursday 22 February 2018
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