There's little in life more beautiful than a classic wedding at Grittleton House. What makes it even more beautiful, I hear you all ask? A classic, black-tie LGBTQIA+ interracial wedding with smoke bombschampagne pop photos, heartfelt speeches and a pregnancy announcement, with the breathtaking Grittleton House as its backdrop. That's what. Cherelle & Lara had a truly special day, the love and happiness palpable in each and every photo. Lara was also 7 months pregnant after a successful IVF, so everyone was celebrating the love of two incredible people - and a soon-to-be third.

Awe-inspiring lesbian black-tie wedding at Grittleton House

The vibe, we would say, was sophisticated and romantic, yet still so original and edgy. All of our guests said it was us in decor, us in detail and us in the feeling. People told us they fell in love again at our wedding. We wanted our love and vibes to really be felt by everyone - and to get into the souls of our friends and family. That is exactly what happened! The styling was us to a T. Expensive yet uniquely Cherelle and Lara, down to the little details. We also had our flare, our fun and our energy from start to finish from music and photographers to our bridal party.

Cherelle & Lara

Talk to Coco 

And it's not just the beauty of the wedding that makes this particular couple so special. Cherelle is a professional mental health activist, by the name of Coco, especially within the LGBTQIA+ community. Doing vital work, and looking this good on their wedding day - talk about a winner. Coco is an activist who has touched the lives of millions around the world by sharing their own experiences. Advocating for inclusion can be challenging, and leading the way for others is even more demanding. However, Coco has taken up the fight for equality. Coco's uplifting social media posts have been featured on billboards across the UK, garnering thousands of followers. Their posts consist of positive affirmations such as "You are enough," "You are loved," and "You are worthy." Coco explained that their dedication to mental health emerged from a place of authenticity - they turned to Instagram to express their feelings and connect with others.

Grittleton House

Grittleton House is a privately owned country house and wedding venue. Boasting 35 acres of meticulously maintained gardens and grounds, this enchanting property offers a selection of rooms to accommodate weddings of all sizes, making it the ideal setting for your special day. Nestled within the picturesque village of Grittleton, in the heart of the Cotswolds, Grittleton House holds a prominent position alongside the charming St Mary's Church. Situated just a short distance from the vibrant cities of Bath and Bristol, with excellent transportation links to London, Grittleton House is easily accessible to guests from near and far. As you make your way along the private tree-lined drive, the grandeur of Grittleton House unfolds before you, revealing sweeping views of the magnificent house and its surrounding grounds. The architectural splendour of the house is truly captivating, adorned with gothic features and intricate detailing.

Black-tie lesbian wedding at Grittleton House

Our favourite moment of the day had to be when we announced we were having a son! And the photos outside in Grittleton House with our friends and family. Some smiling, some fun and goofy, some serious faces... We also used champagne sprays - just like us - tasty but silly. And the obvious moment - when we both got to pour our hearts and souls into each other during our vows, in front of all the people we love. Our first dance was brilliant - not typical and slow, either. We danced to Afro beats and enjoyed ourselves. Even being 7 months pregnant didn't stop my wife. Plus, I surprised her and everyone with fireworks at the end.

Cherelle & Lara

Lara wore the most gorgeous sleeveless lace Enzoani wedding dress - made all the better with a baby bump!

What made our day unique? After rounds of RIVF, my wife was finally pregnant with our son and she was 7 months pregnant on the big day. Covid stopped it from happening 2 years prior, and we're so, so glad it ended up this way. Because now our little family was there on our big day. We announced during the speeches that we were having a boy! Also, we were the 1st interracial Lesbian couple to ever get married at the venue. We wore what we wanted, not what was expected of us.

Cherelle & Lara

A truly delightful wedding from start to finish. If it brought a tear to your eye, don't be shy (hello, Dr Seuss). You're certainly not alone there. Grittleton House provided a wonderful backdrop to a wonderful wedding - and that's the power of a great wedding venue. That's why we rounded up 7 important things to consider when you're searching for your own wedding venue. Cherelle & Lara's big day came to around 40-50k - and if you want to start saving up for a similarly-priced bash, then our article on how to save for your wedding is a good place to start.

Sasha Kirkham

Written by Sasha Kirkham

Photography: Joab Smith Photography | Videography: Darren Jack Wedding Films | Entertainment: DJ T | Florist: Beaufort Blooms | Cake Maker: Joanne Towers | Hair Stylist: Trent Jackson | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Charlotte | Dress Maker: Enzoani | Suit Designer: Nathan Palmer | Bridal Boutique : Laura May

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