Dumbleton Hall Hotel Summer Wedding
How else do you meet couples nowadays than online? I was contacted by the couple in winter 2016 and we immediately went down the local pub in Cheltenham for a drink to discuss the finer details. We chatted for an hour or so about the wedding. How they met and what interesting stories they could tell me about themselves. It’s always so interesting to find how people get together. It could be through friends, online dating apps or just by a happy accident. We kept in touch over the coming months, discussing ideas for the wedding such as cars and colour schemes.
Dumbleton Village Church
Dumbleton sits a couple of miles away from Cheltenham, a place where I went to uni (twice!) for, yet I had never been. A tiny little village in the most picturesque countryside, Kirsten and Tom had chosen the local church to get married in. The sunflower theme of the day reflected the great weather, where normally we see nothing but rain. The church was fully packed to capacity, with friends and relatives lining all the alcoves and church pews. A traditional affair included blessings, an organist and signing of the registry book.
Dumbleton Hall Hotel
After the ceremony and confetti, we went just round the corner of the church to the huge batcave/manor that is Dumbleton Hall Hotel. A huge spectacle with acres of land for grazing sheep and rare black swans. A long drive up to the hotel itself afforded beautiful scenic views, the likes which I miss living in a city like Birmingham. The fondest memory I have of this wedding was the first dance – they opted for a ceilidh, or folk style barn dance. A trained barn dance instructor was there to guide all the guests in to long looping rows of couples. Couples then had to perform and memorise specific dance sequences to a lovely local fiddle and banjo folk band.
Venue: Dumbleton Hall Hotel @dumbletonhall
Photographer: Special Day Photography @specialdayuk
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Natalie Ricciardi @nataliericciardimakeup
Groom’s Suit: Regency Groom https://www.groomswear.co.uk/
Cake: Confetti Cakes @confetticakes.cotswolds
DJ/entertainment: Bees Knees Band http://www.beeskneesband.com/
Mini Golf: BBC Inflatables @bbcinflatables
Car: Drive Southwest @drivesouthwest
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