Timber & Canva’s Spring Showcase @ Cotswold Field of Dreams – Leading the Wedding Way

As we head into Winter, I wanted to share with you this glorious event I attended back at the end of March… a Wedding Showcase.

A Wedding Fayre of sorts this original event…. Spring Showcase was exactly that …. a Wedding Showcase. Its always difficult to find new and innovative ways to appeal to an ever busy wedding market and with a record number of fayres on offer including many venues who now stage their own wedding fayres it can be difficult to know where to go!

The Spring Showcase was a refreshing change. Imagine that you have stepped into an actual wedding, yep everything is set up as if its someones actual big day – it was a great way to showcase their handpicked suppliers, yet inspiring couples with on trend set ups and even a bride to make it all seem ‘real’

What was really great was the inclusion of  Tent Talk’s , I was thrilled to be asked along to give a talk to couples on wedding sustainability. As a hugely wasteful industry for the most part the wedding industry like all others in the UK needs to address its green credentials and how it can do its part to protect our planet. Its also something that I am incredibly passionate and is important to me as a individual.

I’ll be addressing wedding sustainability in a future post but for now take a browse through some pictures of this new way to ‘fayre’




A huge thank you to Timber and Canvas for the opportunity to attend and allowing me to take the stage to discuss wedding sustainability, also to Cotswold Field of Dreams for the stunning location and all of the suppliers who utilize local or sustainable products and services in what they can provide couples.

Wedding sustainability is a huge focus for us here at A Cotswold Wedding along with supporting couples to reduce plastic, reuse and recycle where ever possible. More on our Wedding Sustainability ethos in a future post and how we are going to support couples both pre and post marriage in ensuring that the wedding industry is as environmentally friendly and doing our bit alongside everyone else! #thereisnoplanetB

Happy planning

Sophie x

Real Wedding: Sarah & Andy at Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham

It’s here, it’s here….. FINALLY I hear most of you say.

Following on from our Planning a Wedding series last year, here’s the real wedding in all its glory and a very Happy 1st Anniversary to my fabulous friends!

Sarah & Andy met at work, although it took some time for Andy to get Sarah to agree to a date. His perseverance won and two years later they became engaged… although it would be another nine years before they got round to getting married.

For their wedding the couple were fairly relaxed, wanting an intimate day with their nearest and dearest.

If you followed the blog series last year you’ll no that the biggest stumbling block was the colours for the day – already having an ideal palette in mind the bride wanted to have something different to her brother who had used the same main theme colour. All in all it came down to one photo… thank you Google! So from this inspiration the colour palette for the day took shape:


The venue was gorgeous Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham, a Victorian mansion set within its own grounds including picturesque lake. Its a hidden gem location wise and easily accessible to the main routes in and out of the town with plenty of nearby accommodation – ideal with so many family members travelling in for the special occasion.

The mansions stunning architecture was simply styled with fresh florals, with the only other styling being light up letters.l of their initials.

Florals were provided by Donna at The Flower Studio, all designed from the original inspiration picture, and with her own twist.

I think you’ll agree these bouquets are just sublime.Manor-by-the-lake-wedding-426

As a testament to this laid back bride the wedding dress was sourced after most of the big items had been organised. After a less than dreamy visit to find her dream dress, her stunning gown was found in bridal boutique Enchanted Brides, Cheltenham. Kaci and Jeanette are experts at putting brides at ease, and their no rush appointment, no maximum number of dresses to try per appointment approach was a refreshing change to what had been experienced before.

Enough talking for now, enjoy these pictures from their day:

If you want to catch up on the suppliers chosen please see the links below.

Lastly a huge thank you to my Bestie Sarah and her new hubby Andy for allowing me to share everything from their special day from concept to planning to real wedding.

You guys rock! Love you.

Happy Planning

Sophie & Sarah



The Team

Wedding Invitations: Louise Rowles Design
Place cards/seating plan: Handmade by the Mother of the Groom

Dress: Enchanted Brides
Makeup: Make Up by Natasha Louise
Hair: Lady Amy Hair Design
Shoes: Rainbow at John Lewis
Accessories: Enchanted Brides
Photographer: Capture Every Moment Photography
Ceremony Venue: Manor by the Lake
Reception Venue: Manor by the Lake

Cake: The Cheltenham Cakery

Entertainment: Playlists put together by the groom