Cotswold Chic.

Abi and Ben maried at the Matara Centre, Tetbury in the Cotswolds. They planned their wedding with the help of Rock My Wedding sponsor Jennifer Sue Weddings.

It can sometimes to be hard to justify the additional cost of a wedding planner, but Abi and Ben stand firmly by their decision and described Jennifer as their saviour.

It certainly looks to me as though they have a wedding to be utterly proud of. Photography today is by Mark Seymour Photography.

Structured Sophistication

My dress was Benjamin Roberts Enzoani, Flora. I Fell in love with this dress because it had the perfect mix of elfin/fairy and structured sophistication. I did love my dress, but my one tip to anyone thinking of buying it is think about the boning in it. Mine was so tight that it actually became quite uncomfortable later in the day. So, if you love the dress, get it, but perhaps think about getting something to change into later on.

Efficient, Friendly And Honest

I bought my dress from Wedding Days of Cheltenham, and I have to say the lady who runs the place; Jane, is definitely one reason I bought it from there. She was just a pleasure to deal with, didn’t pretend I looked great in everything (which many other places I’d been to did), and really guided me towards what I wanted. She was efficient, friendly, honest and I’d certainly recommend them.

Silk And Diamonds

My mum died when i was 18 and so I wore a pair of her pearl earrings which hung off small diamonds – and it felt great having a piece of her with me. My hair piece was a silk cream rose with some small pearly beads in it to match the earrings. This was from Accessorize! I was also very lucky to have been hand delivered by a friend (on behalf of my husband to be) just before the wedding, the most beautiful diamond Tiffany necklace. It was just perfect, sitting in the nape of my neck. In the photos you can barely see the the chain, and it looks like its just floating – its so stunning and I literally haven’t taken it off since!

Kitten Heels

My shoes were by Rainbow Couture, and were half price on eBay, brand new. They were a low kitten heel (3 inches), ivory to match the dress with a lovely crystal detail at the side. I did however end up in my flip flops not too long after the dancing started.

Greae Paint

My best friend works for the well known agency Grease Paint, and recommended a make-up artist and hairstylist to me – Nina Shelley. From the moment I met Nina we got on like a house on fire, and I knew she was the perfect person to help me for my special day. She really knows her stuff (and I really had no idea what I wanted when I started), she’s completely professional, and didn’t mind one bit when I asked to trial my hair again and again, and again! Se was so perfect on the day as well making me feel totally at ease, which is very important on your wedding day! I would recommend her wholeheartedly.

Crazy Daisy

I used Crazy Daisy flowers from nearby Stroud. Abbie was great in consulting me on what I wanted. She exactly delivered to my brief, which was beautiful countryside chic/wildflowers, reasonably priced. I was aware that the cost of flowers can get really out of control, but I love all kinds of flowers, and knew we could have something stunning without breaking the budget. I wanted an array of colours in my bouquet, but plain creams for the centre pieces, and that is what Abbie gave me. I also sourced tree slice centre pieces, bought a wood burning pen off ebay and burned the table names into each slice. We’ve still got 2 at home, and a few members of our families also have some as they’re great cheese boards. My mother in law has used some as garden decorations with pots on them.

Non Traditional

I don’t really like traditional bridesmaid dresses, and I wanted my bridesmaids to have something they could wear afterwards. We ended up buying floor length strapless Ted Baker dresses with a dragonfly print on them. They mirrored the shape of my dress which was nice, and were perfect for the setting as it’s a very ‘at nature’ venue.

We then hired the usher suits from Regency Groom in Cheltenham, which is the mens section of the place where I bought my wedding dress; Wedding Days of Cheltenham.

Tailor Made

Ben had his suit made from Suit Supply. It was beige, and the most gorgeous cut. He gets all his suits made there as they’re great quality and tailored to your shape and size. I really love Ben in a suit, without a tie, so that’s what we went for with the wedding, and he looked totally hot in that with a crisp white shirt (with lovely beige stitch detail), a brown suede belt from Elliot Rhodes and brown suede Kurt Geiger shoes. The thing that really made me swoon though was the huge grin he couldn’t wipe off his face as I walked towards him 🙂

Not Such A Poser

My photographer was Mark Seymour Photography. I loved his style from the start as he captures people chatting away rather than loads of posed shots. He also did a great job on the day as we barely noticed he was there.

Cheese And Vodka

We both love cheese, so decided to do the cake made of cheese thing that seems to be all the rage at the moment. We bought the cheese from La Cave in South Kensington, and I have to say the staff there are incredible. They bent over backwards to find us the right cheeses, and we chose a great selection that went down a storm on the day along with the home made plum vodka my sister in law made for everyone.

A Packed Dancefloor

Im very lucky that I know someone through work who runs the entertainment company Buckwild Entertainment. Ross came along with one of his team to DJ, and from the moment the music started the dance floor was packed. We sent a load of song requests through to Ross before the big day, and he played every singe one, along with many requests on the day. He was great and I’ll certainly use him for our next big party (30th birthdays coming up this year!)

Napolean Dynamite

We wanted the whole wedding to be relaxed. We’re not very traditional, and so we agreed early on that the first dance would have to be fun. So, especially for Ben’s brother, we did the ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ dance that he does in the film to Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat. We did it perfectly, and im so glad we did it as people still talk about it today, and it definitely got the dancing off to a great start!

Jennifer Sue Weddings

Jen from Jennifer Sue Weddings was my absolute saviour. Every single decision we made with regard to decor was done by, or in conjunction with Jen. She took all the stress out of planning and deciding, and had a wealth of knowledge to draw on from previous weddings. She also had a load of stuff from her store of treats that we could use for decor which kept the costs down.

Jen also made this incredible centre piece that hung from the domed glass ceiling in the main room where we ate and danced. She spent hours tying up these beautiful branches along with mini lanterns in all different colours and everyone commented on it, saying how they’d never seen anything like it. If you’re unsure about getting someone to help with styling/theming your day, I urge you to use Jen as she really made my day perfect.

Venue Matara Centre

Dress Benjamin Roberts

Suit Suit Supply

Shoes Rainbow Couture

Flowers Crazy Daisy flowers

Photography Mark Seymour Photography

Planner Jennifer Sue Weddings

Entertainment Buckwild Entertainment

Abi and Ben, Thanks for sharing your big day with us. I love all the contemporary touches here. The venue lends it’s self to such a chic affair. That cut out in the ceiling for example – perfect for hanging paper lanterns from.

The bridesmaid dresses are also a really refreshing modern design and I love that hint of informality that Ben’s open shirted look provides.

Finally I have to mention how the lush outside greens juxtapose perfectly with the warm hues of orange and purple from inside, and all captured perfectly by Mark Seymour.


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

17 thoughts on “Cotswold Chic.

  1. I have wanted (an excuse to buy) one of those Ted Baker dresses for an age as well, I love them and they totally rock as maid’s frocks!

    I have to say that I also love what the makeup artist is wearing – totally non-wedding related but I want that outfit!!

    And I am jealous of the cheese. I am always jealous of the cheese.


  2. Loved loved loved styling this wedding with Abi and Ben, stunning couple.
    The year before, I’d worked with Abi’s sister Naomi, who got married at Buxted Park in Sussex.
    Both beautiful girls.
    Jen x

  3. Wow what a venue, love the unusual colours lights and lanterns.

    How lucky are those BM’s?! and all so gorgeous!

  4. How frickin’ ace to copy the dancing scene from Napoleon Dynamite, it’s hilarious.

    Please let there be a video of Abi and Ben doing this fun first dance.

  5. Those bridesmaids dresses are absolutely gorgeous – lucky girls in those dresses!

    And the sparkly wall… immense.

    Oh, and another and!! The last image – simply amazing.


  6. I would like the make up artists brows…loving those!

    And, @Charlotte – there is a wedding guest in a gilet!!! Is it too late for me to add a dress code to my invites – please bring gilet…


  7. I knew today for some reason that those bridesmaids dresses were going to get some love! They work so well here, especially as they echo the line of Abi’s dress perfectly.

    @Tracy M – I am also jealous of the cheese. And of the wood burning pen.

    I wonder if you could use the wood burning pen to make small amounts of grilled cheese with your name on it?

    There maybe a future RMW DIY tutorial right there.


  8. Hi I was just wondering where she sourced her tree slice centre peices from? I have been looking for something like that for our wedding centre peices

  9. I love how very “earthy” this W-day is, all lush greenery and wood.

    And the make-up artist is particularly cool isn’t she? I could never in a zillion years pull off a stripy pencil skirt and a high bun but she looks AMAZING.

    And that’s before you get to the gorgeous bride and her best girls – the perfect line up.

    Oh and I think every home should have a wall of lights.

    Charlotte xxx

  10. Never heard of this venue before so may have to investigate, when I first saw the pictures I thought it must be a destination wedding, stunning!

  11. Dreamy wedding!
    Am loving the dress, the BM dresses, the CHEEEEESE (obvs) and that beaut of a venue – looks so zen-like and organic.

    And Adam, loving the use of the word ‘juxtapose’ – one of my faves 🙂

  12. So excited to see this wedding – we get married Matara in July 🙂 Such an amazing venue, and a beautiful wedding. Congrats Abi
    & Ben xx

  13. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!! We really had the best day, but people like Jen and Nina made that all possible – so thanks guys 🙂 xxx

  14. Love your wedding!!! I am getting married at Kingscote Barn next year & would be really grateful if I could the details of your Nina your make-up artist/hairdresser. Thanks x

  15. Love your wedding!!! I am getting married at Kingscote Barn next year & would be really grateful if I could the details of your Nina your make-up artist/hairdresser. Thanks x

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