Lavandre, Lavandula, Lavender, Love

Its that time of year again when the air is thick with the heady scent that is Lavender. Lavandre, derived form Old French means Lavender. This botanical plant with its natural perfume (a fav of your grannys i’m guessing) is as English as it gets. But does the inclusion of Lavender in your celebrations mean your old before your time? Modern meanings for lavender include purity, calmness, devotion and serenity – nothing could be more fitting for a celebration of love.

We are so fortunate in the Cotswolds to have access to some pretty spectacular Lavender fields, rows upon rows of vibrant colour ranging from the palest lilac to rich purple as they stretch across the Cotswold landscape.

All the way back when in Greek and Roman times the Lavender plant was used for its medicinal properties as a complete first aid kit and today we predominately use it to relieve stress and soothe irritation – just imagine how relaxed and carefree your wedding day will be if you use lavender! So why am I telling you this? Because scent is as important as the dress – an often forgotten element in wedding planning coming last after visual elements such as colour, styling and location. More on this under utilized sense later.

So how do you incorporate lavender into your celebrations? From sprigs here and t.here to scented confetti or inclusion with its delicate flavour into cakes or cookies as favours. Why not use the distinctive flower heads as adornments to cocktails or place cards?

Although not set in the Cotswolds here’s a luxury wedding in France exclusively shot at the lavender fields at Sault, in Provence.

For an experience closer to home why not check out these local Cotswold Lavender Farms and Fields:

Cotswold Lavender Hill Barn Farm Cottage, Snowshill WR12 7JY

Somerset Lavender, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA

 

If your using or have used this wonderful botanical we’d love to hear how, why not drop us a comment below.

 

Happy Planning

Sophie xx

 

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Immortalizing your Wedding Flowers – the Modern Way

If there is one regret I have from my wedding, it is not preserving something, anything of the gorgeous florals that my fabulous florist created. The bouquet I designed in my mind that she lovingly created for me lives on in my memories and of course photographs. I  shall not forget the scent or the vividity of colours and in deed my flowers are still one of the memories that my guests still talk about today (my bouquet was a work of art!)

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But the one thing I truly wish I had factored into my planning was how to preserve this segment of our special day – sadly i was not organised enough to arrange to have them whisked away to be dried and captured in frame, or set into a paperweight (i’m really not a paperweight kind of gal anyways)

So after a Sunday morning scroll with a latte through Instagram I came across this gem, Buttonsy Jewellery, now it has to be pretty special for me to spill a drop of liquid gold, but I did, and here’s why.

Buttonsy Jewellery provide couples with the alternative to freeze dried frames and paperweights they can set your wedding florals in jewellery – think bangles, necklaces and rings (please consider cuff links tho for the guys!) What I love about this idea is that the flowers do not in any way resemble the ‘dried flower’ look, no muted tones and flakey petals here! They look almost as real captured in the resin designs as they will have done on your day. Its the perfect memento, thank you gift and perhaps future heirloom

Here’s the dried bouquet and the finished bangle piece……….. perfection

So if your getting married or just want to check out some serious swoon worthy jewellery head on over to Buttonsy and be amazed and in awe of Anna’s beautiful craftsmanship. In fact i’m heading over now to browse (swoon) some more.

Happy Planning

Sophie xx

Anna Buttonsy runs and owns Buttonsy Jewellery alongside her husband Travis. Their beautiful pieces can be found over in their Etsy store or why not contact Anna for a bespoke custom made piece.

Buttonsy Jewellery – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ButtonsyJewellery?ref=profile_shopname

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Buttonsy/

 

 

We’ve something NEW to share with you….. Cotswold Wedding Show & #britishbridalbootsale

Yup that’s right we’ve two awesome events for you in 2019 – #britishbridalboot sale is back and BIGGER than ever along with our new offering Cotswold Wedding Show.

If you follow us over on the ‘gram you may have seen in our stories about our plans for wedding events in 2019.

Our flagship event #britishbridalbootsale is remaining but as a stand along Preloved Wedding event – think wedding car boot.

With the average wedding now costing in excess of £27,000 as well as a need to be more sustainable why not head down to this event and pick up preloved wedding items from wedding and bridesmaid dresses to event decor and props. Help stretch that budget alittle further by sourcing preloved items for your wedding….. and then why not sell them on after the event for them to be reloved all over again at one of our  #britishbridalbootsale’s? The perfect way to have a sustainable, affordable and gorgeous wedding that won’t break the bank!

Having conducted some market research and to represent our strong ethos of sustainable, affordable weddings the second of our shows this year will see the premier of Cotswold Wedding Show – so why is this different from other fayres and shows?

Unlike some of the larger fayres you will not be over-faced with rows upon rows of suppliers all wanting to grab your attention. We offer a smaller soiree focusing on showcasing exceptional, quality suppliers in unique, alternative venues. There will be a selection of carefully picked suppliers offering a range of services that may be sing homegrown, british sourced or recycled products.

For #britishbridalbootsale be sure to register your interest if your coming to buy the bargains. Its FREE entry for all brides and their entourages 🙂 or to book your stand:

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The perfect mix of preloved and ethical items/services. Its the great one stop shop of your  affordable wedding. Plus we will be having a little launch of something new that A Cotswold Wedding has been working on too.

Some pics from our first #britishbridalbootsale:

 

 

For a Cotswold Wedding Show, brides can register for their FREE tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cotswold-wedding-show-sunday-3rd-november-2019-tickets-60550131072 

We look forward to welcoming you to our events with a glass of fizz!

Happy Planning

Sophie

xx

Real Wedding: Mita & James; Indian Western Fusion Wedding

A real treat for you on the blog today… this bright and beautiful fusion wedding from across the pond. Across the pond? Well, wedding inspiration is global and today’s perfect blend of east meets west wouldn’t look out of place in some of the Cotswolds alternative venues.

So if your looking to plan a wedding with a cultural blend then sit back and soak up the sunshine vibes from Mita and James wedding.

THE DETAILS

How did you and your partner meet?
We met on an online dating app in Hong Kong. We had our first date after about 2 months of chatting online, and finally ended up meeting at a bar close to where we lived.

How did he propose?
He made reservations at Sevva, which is a classy fusion styled restaurant, and also our go-to restaurant for special occasions (many a 3 month, 6 month, 1 year anniversary and birthdays have been celebrated here).

I arrived a little late for the date as a hair appointment ran late and as I arrived, I was addressed as “Mrs Walker” and was ushered to the outside rooftop overlooking the city where James had booked a table with 2 glasses of champagne. I walked over and started going on about the hair appointment while he had a goofy smile on his face the entire time. Before I knew it, he got down on one knee, and while he reached into his pocket, I heard a few gasps around me from other customers watching the scene and that is when I registered what was happening! When he asked “will you marry me?”, I felt tears in my eyes, said yes, and shortly after, some staff came out to take our picture and open the champagne. It was incredibly magical!

What do you love most about your partner?
The fact that he is one of a kind! He is one of the funniest, kindest, brainiest and most amazing people I’ve ever met and he’s made me feel love in ways I’ve never felt before! He not only looks after my happiness but also deeply cares about people who are important to me. Also, he is extremely resourceful and motivated, and will do anything he sets his mind to!

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: 

I had 2 wedding gowns for our wedding, a white one for the church ceremony, and a red and gold one for the Indian ceremony. James and I went to Toronto in March 2018 where I had pre-bookings at a bunch of stores to find the perfect dress with my maid of honour. We had an emotional and girly 2 days when I tried on dresses in front of her. Funnily enough, the last store appointment on my list was the only one she couldn’t make it to, and that was the store with the dress that felt the most right. I sent her some photos on my phone and after hearing her response, we knew it was the right one!
For the Indian bridal wear, the decision was a little easier. James and I made a quick trip to Mumbai in May to shop for our entire wedding attire. We went to the first and second store on my list together and James fell in love with the third dress I tried on- it was a happy and quick purchase


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Summery with bright colours, elegant, intimate, full of love, and with a lovely representation of our 2 cultures.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
It’s hard to choose just one! One of my favourite moments was during the reception, observing friends and family from all over the world and thinking that all these people are here because they love and support us, and just feeling really lucky that everything came together the way it

Another favourite moment was walking down the aisle, locking eyes with my soon-to-be- husband for the first time and feeling a rush of emotion and excitement overcome me.

Did you walk down the aisle or have your first dance to any particular song?
For walking down the aisle, I was considering a few options of classic love songs I’d grown up with. Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ was the one that grabbed me the most and felt right. My maid of honour then helped me find a gorgeous guitar and violin version which I immediately fell in love with. We did our first dance to Amazed by Lonestar which James chose as a love song he really likes.

Any DIY décor elements?
In some Indian weddings, brides walk down the aisle with their close family and friends under a “bed of flowers”, essentially a frame covered with a pattern of flowers. This is something I envisioned for my own wedding, however, it was hard to find such a frame in Hong Kong. Therefore, James did a bit of research on how it looks, picked up blocks of wood, hard string, and an array of flowers, and constructed the frame from scratch.

Where did you honeymoon?
We are going to Israel and Jordan in February. Some key things we’re looking forward to is floating in the Dead Sea and camping under the stars in Wadi Rum.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
My biggest tip would be to work as a team with your fiancé. I do appreciate sometimes it’s harder if your partner lives in another country, but for all the ladies whose partner is in the same city, don’t feel like you’re in the wedding process alone. Turn to your fiancé for help along the way and even make wedding planning something fun you do together. I actually found the wedding planning to be a fun project as we allocated tasks and deadlines throughout the process and had little celebrations when we saw key things being checked off the list. Having said that, I also think it’s important to not make the wedding process the key factor in your relationship. Engagement is a beautiful stage of relationship progression and the wedding is just one part of the celebration. We had 8 months to plan the wedding, and during that time, we would allocate 1-2 times a week where we’d meet and discuss wedding tasks, and the rest of the time to go on dates and enjoy being a newly engaged couple.

Finally – soak it all in! You only get to do this one time and people really aren’t exaggerating when they say the days go by in a flash. Try and stop every now and then to just take a mental snapshot – these are the moments I remember most vividly now that nearly 5 months have passed. Also try and take some time away just with your partner after the ceremony to celebrate and chat about how crazy it is that you’re finally married! We had a 2 day wedding and had a bit of time to ourselves after the first day and I remember that we were both just absolutely buzzing with adrenaline and excitement – it was a very happy way to start our marriage.

More from their day:

 

 

Real Wedding submitted by:

Sophia Russell

sophia@bweddinginvitation.com

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To change or not to change…. Maiden or Married, what name will you chose?

Tradition dictates that once wed you will take your husbands name, but the recent changes to allowing same sex couples to marry has seen a rise in the retention of the maiden or original name as well as an increase in combining surnames to create a ‘new name’. So whats the etiquette on name changing and do you have to go from maiden to married or are there other options available.

Name is hugely important, its a part of your unique and individual identify. I’m sure that most of you have been irritated when you’ve gotten a coffee and the barista has mispelt your name, or when your cold called and they mis-enunciate your name….. its a def grrr moment.flat,1000x1000,075,f.u1Its not that I don’t love my husbands name, its part of him and his identify, so of course I do its just I don’t have the same affinity with it. Yet when my maiden name, containing a paltry 4 letters was often mispelt as a type of cheese and not the biblical gardens I  like to think it came from…. I used to get so cross… how hard can it be i would exclaim I mean its only 4 flipping letters!

So the point of this post? Options…..ladies and gents you have OPTIONS!

A friend of ours once said ‘if we ever decide to get married it will be me (groom) changing my last name to hers because mines so common and boring’

Your marriage is the next chapter in your play…. its the start of your partnership (official if you like) so however your chose to start this next chapter just be sure that YOUR name reflects this, because how you feel about representing yourself will impact on how you present yourself as one half of a couple.

So what options are available to you:

  • Stay as you are, your vows make your wedding not your last name
  • Perhaps its your other half that wants to change their surname to yours?
  • Consider combing your surnames to make a new name – this is a very popular trend right now
  • Chose a completely new surname – although the paperwork side for this option can be complicated.

Whichever option you choose, just be sure its the right one…. for YOU!

 

Happy planning

Sophie

xx

Living Coral: Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

So Valentines has been and gone and we look forward to the next reason to celebrate, and one of my favourites….. pancake day!!

Weddings are much the same as this…. following trends and festivals and one in particular which will heavily influence the wedding trends of 2019 and beyond is Pantone’s Colour of the Year.

Once released it always causes a frenzy between wedding stylists and planners as they take in the new tone(s) and start to include these in their future plans.

So here’s the definitive guide to Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral.

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge – Pantone 2019

Living coral is a vibrant yet versatile shade that can be styled across the four seasons, working equally well with feminine  pastel florals for spring, as a stand alone colour to complement the sunshine of summer as well as deeper tones and berry shades for autumn whilst providing a pop of colour with the darkest of blacks for winter.

Have a look at our Pinterest collection for more ideas of how to incorporate this wonderful shade into your wedding planning:

 

So whenever your day is, this gorgeous shade can work with all colour’s across the seasons. Enjoy!!

Happy planning

Sophie

Xx

Farewell 2018…. Hello 2019

Gosh what a year 2018 has been!

I am so proud of what of A Cotswold Wedding has become and I have you all to thank for that.

As a blog your engagement has nurtured and allowed a creative writing to flow from me that I never knew existed, let alone LOVE! and I plan more, much more wedding ramblings for 2019.

However its the growth of my blog baby that I wholeheartedly thank you and love you all for – it has seen the development of something very passionate to me, the empowerment of couples to have a stunning and stylish wedding there way – affordable, sustainable and ethical. This year saw the launch of our first Premier Preloved Wedding Fayre, #britishbridalbootsale and finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2019. WOWSERS.

Having been and still am, an independent wedding supplier myself, it really is a role juggling 9 million spinning plates all at once, and unless you work within the industry you’ll never know or appreciate the behind the scenes that go on – the late nights and early starts, the running on adrenaline and caffeine in the strive for clients perfection/vision, so to be able to give something back by  supporting and providing networking opportunities to my fellow suppliers as been intensely rewarding.

So whats the plan for 2019…. more of the above. #britishbridalbootsale will be returning not once but twice, and our feedback from its debut means that our fayre is evolving! The ethos will remain on preloved with the additional of ethical in the sense of local, independent sellers – ensuring that couples can have a sustainable wedding that can be a green as possible should they choose.

With two new events in the pipeline also – Style and the Bride and Find Your Dream Dress we have lots to look forward to.

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Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year

 

Much love

Sophie 

xx

On the first day of Christmas …..

This Christmas we are celebrating the best of the Cotswolds Wedding industry, with a wedding giveaway over on Instagram.

Every day in the run up to Christmas we are featuring an awesome prize from one or more of our Cotswold Wedding suppliers.

To be in with a chance of winning be sure to LIKE this post, LIKE @acotswoldwedding and @precioustimes1 and @dymondsshoes

and tag friends or family who’d like the prize(s) – one comment is one entry so get tagging.

Today’s prize bundle includes:

1st Prize: x10 Wedding Advice Cards (worth£3.99)

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2nd prize: Rhinestone “I Do” shoe transfer (worth £3.99).

Dymonds Shoes

T&C’s: item will be dispatched from 1st January 2019 after communication with prize winner. Item will be shipped within the UK only. Item will be shipped 1st class Royal Mail. Item cannot be exchanged for other goods or monetary value. Only faulty items will be replaced if fault is communicated within 14 days of shipping. Prize must be redeemed by 1 March 2019 or will be void.

UK entrants only, winner picked at random and will be notified by Direct Message. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram.

Precious Times

https://www.precious-times.com

https://m.facebook.com/1precioustimes/

Insta: @precious.times

Dymonds Shoes

https://www.dymondsshoes.co.uk

FB and Insta: @dymondsshoes

Good luck!

Sophie

Xx

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12 Days of Christmas Wedding Giveaway

We’re now well into the festive season and we are pleased to present:

’12 Days of Christmas’

our daily Wedding Giveaway, in the 12 days running up to Christmas – from 13th to 24th December 2018.

From Bridal Bouquets to Wine tasting and Bridesmaid Dresses we have 12 days of wonderful prizes up for grabs!

Our giveaway will be run over on our insta page from 13th-24th December, featuring daily prizes to be won. Be sure to follow us over on the gram so you won’t miss out.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to like the daily post, be following/liking both @Acotswoldwedding and the business offering the daily prize. Winners will be picked at random the following morning and notified by Instagram Direct Message.

Mainland UK entrants only. This competition giveaway is in no way associated with Instragram.

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Merry Christmas

Sophie

xx

 

UK Blog Awards 2019 🇬🇧 #UKBA19

It’s that time of year again and I am beyond thrilled to announce that A Cotswold Wedding has been shortlisted in the U.K. Blog Award for the Wedding Blog category….

….. Can I get a Whoop Whoop!!

This year the finalists will be judged by a combination of public vote and a panel of judges (40% and 60% weighting accordingly!)

So I have a BIG ask…. if you love our concept and more importantly our content then please vote for us!

Here’s the link:

https://blogawardsuk.co.uk/dk_vote_post_entries/a-cotswold-wedding/

it’s one vote per person and we’ll keep you posted if we get through to the final stage – fingers crossed we do because I sorely missed out on attending the glittering awards ceremony when I was a finalist last year and I have THE most beautiful Gino Cerruti gown I’d like to wear 😉

Thank you in advance for your vote 😘

Sophie

Xx