We’re at Herefordshire venue, and much-loved Love My Gown Marriage ceremony Listing member, Dewsall Court docket, for a marriage held within the lush countryside of excessive summer season.

Bride Nikki, who selected three beautiful robes, discovered a lot assist and inspiration by the Love My Gown pages and our non-public Fb group, which I do encourage you to hitch proper now. Please meet dental hygienist Nikki and software program developer Simon, who selected Dewsall Court docket for his or her marriage on 22 July 2021. The marriage ceremony was held within the native church, a brief stroll away from Dewsall’s primary home and barn, with the visitors returning there after for a romantic and bohemian nation backyard reception with dancing beneath the celebs.

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“I’ve all the time beloved the thought of mixing a romantic, fairytale-like, English nation backyard marriage ceremony with eating and dancing beneath the celebs on a heat summer season’s night. Love My Gown was an limitless supply of inspiration for me.”

“Particularly, I beloved the actual weddings and I had so many tabs open with concepts, hyperlinks or earlier weddings that I beloved. I saved photographs of a number of out of doors weddings that came about in Tuscan villas or French chateaux and this impressed the cover of fairy lights we had within the barn.”

Made With Love Bridal

The marriage dinner was held in Dewsall’s Wainhouse Barn, a superbly rustic, clean canvas setting.

“Due to Love My Gown, we had huge goals of how we needed all the pieces to look. We selected a color palette of blush and sage inexperienced, with pops of gold, magenta and burgundy.”

“I stored imagining a really gentle, romantic color palette with lovely, cascading florals and textured foliage, lit up by candle and fairy lights – all including to the heat of a summer season’s day.”  

The couple had been very cautious with their alternative of suppliers, and I’m delighted to recognise so a lot of them by our Love My Gown Marriage ceremony Listing.

“We picked on-the-day suppliers that resonated with the nice and cozy, laid-back and enjoyable power we needed for our day.”

“It was super-important to us to construct a extremely good relationship with them and the challenges of Covid truly helped strengthen these.”

“Our invites had been custom-made by the tremendous gifted Jacqui of Print for Love. She created a good looking illustration of Dewsall, which integrated the eucalyptus and the blush and gold tones to set the tone of our marriage ceremony.”

Simon wore a deep navy, three-piece dinner go well with by Hawes & Curtis. He wore it with a black bow tie and footwear from Ted Baker.

“I needed to offer Simon one thing particular that he might put on on the day, that he would later treasure and remind him of our marriage ceremony.”

“I picked a traditional watch from Omega and shocked him with it on the morning of the marriage.”

Simon proposed simply ten months after he and Nikki met by Bumble 4 years in the past.

“We met for drinks and chatted and laughed for hours. Finally the bar workers got here and tapped us on the shoulder and advised us they need to’ve been closed practically an hour in the past however had left us to proceed our date.”

“To prime it off, on our stroll dwelling there have been precise fireworks.”

“Simply ten months later, Simon proposed on a stroll within the Cotswolds. He was pretending to take a photograph of me and after I rotated he was down on one knee.”

“It was so surprising and I used to be fully shocked. After he requested the query, all I might do for the primary ten minutes was cry. I lastly managed to blubber out a ‘Sure’.”

Nicola Harrison Make-up utilized the bride and bridesmaids gentle, romantic make-up.

“She is my absolute go-to. I bear in mind strolling out of my trial beaming as I had by no means felt so lovely or assured. She turned myself and my bridesmaids into goddesses and made us really feel the perfect variations of ourselves.”


“She gave me flawless, glowing pores and skin, essentially the most excellent winged liner and make-up that withstood thirty-degree warmth, completely happy tears and many dancing.”

“Nicki is extremely gifted and so knowledgable. She’s simply the type of individual you’d need to be doing all your make-up in your marriage ceremony day – she has an infectiously constructive presence.”

Nikki was fortunate sufficient to pick out three, lovely robes for her marriage ceremony day.

“Three clothes is slightly extravagant however after suspending and getting one other likelihood to plan the finer particulars of our marriage ceremony once more, I assumed if you happen to can’t put on three clothes in your marriage ceremony day, when are you able to?”

“All three clothes showcased completely different elements of my persona and I felt actually unbelievable in all of them.”

For the church ceremony, the bride wore a fragile, off-the-shoulder robe by Madi Lane Bridal, a contest prize.
“In secret, certainly one of my closest buddies entered a beautiful competitors throughout the summer season of 2020, the place a fortunate ‘Covid’ bride might win a marriage costume. The universe works in unusual methods and I ended up with one other dream costume.”

“It was a surprising Madi Lane robe with a sweetheart bodice, romantic, off-the-shoulder, lace sleeves and full skirt layered with lace embellished with lovely daring floral appliqués.”

“It jogged my memory of the costume I used to be sporting within the first photograph my husband noticed of me after we had been relationship. I assumed there couldn’t be a greater costume for him to see me in for the primary time on our marriage ceremony day.”

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The alterations had been carried out by Abigail Westrup Bridal.

“The completely beautiful Abi and Kayla had been the fantastic pair who altered my costume. They made me really feel so relaxed and assured. Abi is unbelievable, so inventive and has an distinctive eye for element.”

“She didn’t hand over my clothes till she was 100% completely happy. I couldn’t have beloved my costume expertise extra.”

The veil, from The White Assortment Bridal, added a lot drama to her look.

“I fell in love with my veil earlier than the rest! It was royal size, super-soft and with a blusher that added much more drama and romance.”

“I beloved it a lot that I didn’t need to take it off and solely did as a result of it was so lengthy and ended up taking half of Dewsall’s wildlife together with it.”

The bride’s equipment had been easy, only a gold Cartier Love bracelet gifted to her by her husband on the marriage morning. For scent, Nikki selected Peony & Blush Suede by Jo Malone.

“It’s the scent I wore on our first date.  I beloved the best way it tied in with the entire peonies that adorned Dewsall and in my bouquet.”

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The marriage day was postponed by simply over a 12 months as a result of Covid pandemic.

“This was our second date, suspending from June 2020 to July 2021. We had been actually lucky that our second date was the week of restrictions lastly being lifted. With our buddies and households not having been in a position to see one another for thus lengthy and for our day to have lastly come, there was a particular sense of euphoria and elation within the air.”

“Dewsall had been actually nice at serving to us make our visitors really feel as snug and as secure as doable, with a lot of the day benefiting from the gorgeous climate outside.”

It’s so good to listen to that the couple discovered consolation and assist by this time of uncertainty by our What About Weddings marketing campaign and our non-public Love My Gown Fb group.

“It was such a difficult interval to navigate. As a pair, we’ve got by no means been extra careworn, saddened or emotionally drained for a sustained period of time than within the months main as much as us suspending our marriage ceremony.”

“We’d obsess over each information article and replace and when the lifting of restrictions was pushed again as soon as extra, our hearts sank. We felt betrayed and unsure for our personal day.”

“We additionally felt annoyed for different {couples} we knew which who had been suspending their huge days for one more time. It was solely in the beginning of the week of our precise marriage ceremony that we lastly allowed ourselves to get actually excited.”

Nikki had two bridesmaids, her sister and her sister-in-law, every trying lovely of their alternative of robes in blush and pink from Maids to Measure, one other of really useful suppliers.

“I needed my bridesmaids to really feel snug and themselves of their clothes. They each selected clothes that had fairly, gentle necklines so I assumed a present of a gold necklace would flatter them and add slightly sparkle. They wore their hair in bouncy curls and a gentle, textured up-do.”

The ladies accomplished their appears with full, blowsy bouquets from Love Lily.
“I’ve all the time dreamt of getting a flower-filled, secret nation backyard impressed marriage ceremony and our fantastic florist, Emma of Love Lily, delivered. I can’t discover sufficient phrases to summarise how unbelievable Emma is. I felt like we clicked instantly and she or he fully understood my imaginative and prescient and turned our marriage ceremony goals into actuality. She was an absolute dream to work with and I’ve a number of love for her.”

Maids to Measure

“I beloved the thought of a pure, floral-filled archway, one thing that regarded prefer it had grown there fairly naturally and complemented the country really feel of the church. Emma created a show-stopping archway, stuffed with a number of textured foliage, wild flowers and powder puff peonies. It actually set the scene for our day.”

“My bouquet was made up of my favourites – peonies, astilbe and amaranthus, lovely blousy ranunculus and roses, with recent inexperienced foliage and eucalyptus. It smelt heavenly.”

The bride had a last-minute change in hair-style, which was carried out by Tabitha MacCurrach-Paine Hair Stylist.

“I had deliberate to put on my hair down in waves however because it was an unexpectedly scorching day, we modified to a relaxed, undone and really textured up-do, accessorised with a fragile floral and pearl hairpiece. Tabitha was fantastic! From the primary time I met Tabby, she made me really feel so snug and completely comfortable.”

“She is skilled, gifted and the calming presence I wanted on the morning of our marriage ceremony. She created a good looking, gentle and tousled up-do that confirmed off the necklines and fairly lace appliqués of my clothes.”

It was only a brief stroll to the church at Dewsall, and Nikki walked down the aisle along with her father to Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’.

“We had been led by my lovely bridesmaids. I’ve all the time beloved this piece and it now holds much more which means.”

“We had been married by Reverend Mark Johnson, who delivered a touching and light-hearted service. We beloved each a part of the day however the ceremony was unforgettable. It felt actually intimate and so emotional, to lastly have our buddies and households multi function place to have fun.”

“For readings, I selected ‘Perhaps’ after seeing it recommended on Love My Gown. It’s a good looking studying which sums up the imperfect, perfectness of affection.”

The marriage rings, and Nikki’s engagement ring, had been from Titcombe Bespoke Jewelry.

“My engagement ring is a solitaire-cut diamond with a platinum band. For my marriage ceremony band, I selected a dainty platinum band with diamonds and Simon a traditional platinum ring, from Titcombe too.”

“Following our ceremony, we had been showered with a number of pure dried petal confetti – these made for a few of our absolute favorite images of our day.”

“I made all our confetti by drying petals from roses, hydrangeas, delphiniums and wild flowers, which made essentially the most vibrant and wealthy combine of colors.”

“I additionally added dried lavender to our confetti which made it scent superb.”

Earlier than the backyard get together reception received began, the bride and her new husband had some portrait pictures within the lovely surrounding countryside.

In the meantime, the visitors had been enjoyable with canapés and video games on the garden.

“A silver lining of a postponed marriage ceremony is indulging in some marriage ceremony DIY, which might usually take far more time than initially deliberate and may be super-fiddly.”

“I’ve a love of all issues artful so took on the duty of designing and hand-making our on-the-day stationery; the Order of Service, a mirrored desk plan, mini wreath identify playing cards and the rest that I might hand-write on.”

“We additionally made and painted by hand all of our picket welcome and arrow indicators. These had been slightly little bit of a problem however Simon and I beloved spending time collectively making them within the run-up to our day.”

For the backyard reception and dinner, she wore a Made With Love Bridal robe (try their Love My Gown really useful itemizing right here), chosen at The White Assortment Bridal in Portishead.

Nikki was searching for one thing romantic and fashionable with a dramatic practice, mirroring the vibe of the romantic fairytale reception she had deliberate.

Made With Love Bridal

“I visited The White Assortment boutique with my mum and sister and had essentially the most fantastic expertise. We felt so taken care of there. Emily and Sally had been an absolute delight to work with and fully understood what I used to be after.”

“Being in a job that requires me to put on scrubs and Crocs on daily basis and as such a magpie for fairly clothes, I had a sense that I’d in some way find yourself with a number of clothes for my marriage ceremony day.”

“I’d saved so many images of Made With Love clothes from actual weddings I beloved on Love My Gown. Once I first tried on my costume at The White Assortment, I fell in love with it. The crochet lace jogged my memory of folklore fairy tales, combining the romantic really feel I hoped for with a contemporary, cool twist – there was one thing so completely different about how the fragile lace popped when layered over the tan lining.”

“Plus, the cathedral-length practice was an absolute showstopper. I felt so lovely and assured in my costume and beloved the best way it made me really feel. My mum and sister additionally beloved it. All of us cried after I tried it on.”

For the couple, Dewsall supplied essentially the most excellent ‘escape to the nation’ setting for his or her marriage ceremony imaginative and prescient. And, as Simon’s mother and father reside in Herefordshire, they already had a particular reference to the world.

“We had been hoping for a single venue that would maintain our complete occasion, together with a church ceremony.”

“We had been fairly set on a Cotswolds venue however after recognizing a photograph of Dewsall on Instagram, we instantly fell in love. Dewsall was excellent for us; a good looking nation dwelling with a country bohemian really feel.”

“We considered Dewsall as quickly as we might, bracing ourselves for it to not be fairly what it appeared or to not have that ‘that is the one’ second. However, it was a lot extra lovely than the images made out.”

The grounds are dreamy; the key gardens, lake and literal fields of gold (nicely, golden barley) all felt like one thing out of a fairytale.”

Dewsall Court docket

“We fell in love with the idyllic church that could be a brief stroll away by a good looking arboretum. We knew Dewsall was the one as each time we visited, the heavens would open and it might pour and pour, but we nonetheless beloved it!”

“Personalisation was an enormous factor for us and that is simply one of many the reason why we picked Dewsall. There may be a lot flexibility in styling and operating the day as you want. Their fantastic staff, together with Hannah our occasion coordinator, Thom and Sam are there that will help you convey your imaginative and prescient to life. They did so seamlessly and exceeded all of our expectations.”

Dewsall Court docket served up a divine, locally-sourced marriage ceremony feast.

“Another excuse we picked Dewsall was for his or her distinctive meals. They work with some unbelievable native suppliers and a few of their substances are grown inside their very own grounds.”

The tiered marriage ceremony cake was made by the super-talented Anna Cake Couture.

“We had been already huge followers of Anna’s creations. Not solely gorgeous however extremely scrumptious, we couldn’t consider anybody higher to create our marriage ceremony cake.”

“Anna created a easy however lovely, three-tier, semi-naked cake. There have been layers of rose and pistachio, coconut and passionfruit and salted caramel. Our florist Emma adorned our cake with recent peonies and our cake topper was from Etsy.”

“Emma at Love Lily created whimsical floral and foliage installations that wound across the picket beams, scattered posies of untamed flowers and peonies throughout the banquet tables and positioned a big, focal, floral show on our prime desk.”

“We had a twinkly cover of lights as we needed to create an environment that felt like we had been eating beneath the celebs on a summer season’s night.”

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“Our tables had been adorned with vintage candelabras which our households helped us supply, vintage silverware and a whole bunch of classic votives and tealights which we spent months amassing.”

“Once we noticed the Wainhouse lit up in candlelight, it regarded so magical – it was value each minute of cleansing the candlesticks!”

“We scented the room with Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede paired with English Pear and Freesia.”

“We had a number of classic garden video games together with croquet, tug-of-war and a sack race which our visitors beloved getting caught into.”

“We employed the enjoyable Silver Airstream Picture Sales space from Belle Studio, which was an enormous hit.”

“It was such a good way of bringing visitors collectively who could not have met or correctly chatted in any other case, and everybody beloved having the Polaroid prints as a memento.

“We beloved trying by the digital album the day after – the images had been hilarious.”

Capturing each lovely second of the day was Philippa James Images.

“We discovered selecting a photographer certainly one of our hardest selections, particularly after we realised images are one of many few issues that serves as an eternal reminder of your day.”

“We discovered Philippa by Dewsall’s Instagram account and we beloved her clear, fashionable and candid type.”

“From laughing on the altar and my husband seeing my night costume for the primary time to our visitors’ reactions to our first dance, we beloved how Philippa captured the love, heat and power of our day.”

“She was so skilled however on the similar time blended in so completely with our visitors. We felt it was like having a pal by our aspect, capturing our most particular moments.”

“Philippa was excellent at recording our day because it unfolded; all the principle occasions and the candy, stolen moments.”

“She is such a heat and enjoyable spirit that each Simon and I might calm down and really feel comfortable after we had been having our images taken. I’d undoubtedly suggest her.”

After the slicing of the cake, the night dance kicked off to ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift, with the bride in her third marriage ceremony costume.

“After slicing our marriage ceremony cake and feeding it to Simon (in essentially the most un-elegant method ever identified to man), we needed to kick-start the dancing with a bang. Dewsall revealed our dance-floor which we had embellished with a fifteen-foot large, DIY, tassel backdrop. We beloved seeing our visitors’ reactions to our first dance and the enjoyable backdrop was a good way of distracting visitors from our questionable dance strikes.”

“After I had discovered my dream marriage ceremony costume, I realised that though I completely adored my practice it might additionally make the dancing a part of the night time slightly tough. For the night, I picked a Riki Dalal robe with a 3D flower and bead-embellished bodice, tulle shoulder bows and a full, glowing tulle and satin skirt. It did show slightly tougher than I initially thought to manoeuvre in, but it surely did look spectacular. I became a pair of Loeffler Randall pearl platform heels, excellent for late night time dancing.”

The night music got here from DJ Groove Noise.

“He did a implausible job of preserving the dance-floor packed. We had been blessed with beautiful sunshine all day that became a balmy summer season night.”

“Visitors spilled out onto the garden, dancing within the open air beneath the setting solar and early night stars. Groove Noise had such an important response from the gang that he stayed on an additional hour to allow us to proceed the get together into the early hours.”

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“A reminiscence we are going to always remember is dancing with everybody, aspect by aspect, arms round each other, singing continuous for the final three songs of the night time. You couldn’t get anybody off the dance flooring and Simon and I felt like we had been on cloud 9.”

“Within the night, we served wood-fired pizzas which went down a deal with. There have been lots of completely happy reminiscences and completely happy, full bellies!”

Nikki has so many completely happy reminiscences from the day, maybe made all of the sweeter by the postponement.

“We beloved each second of our day and would relive all of it again and again in a heartbeat! It was all so significantly better than we might ever have hoped or imagined.”

“Strolling down the aisle, seeing Simon for the primary time after which saying our vows was a magical second. There’s a lot pleasure surrounding the day and within the build-up of the morning. Once we lastly stated our ‘I do’s’, it felt prefer it was simply the 2 of us within the room.”

“The tunnel after our ceremony was one other favorite second. Strolling hand in hand with each other, the primary time as husband and spouse, while being showered in petals is an ‘on prime of the world’ type of feeling.”

“We beloved sitting at our prime desk looking in any respect our visitors, watching everybody having fun with themselves. The room was stuffed with laughter, there was an unbelievable power within the room, and we felt very beloved. It truly is a particular and fantastic feeling to have everybody you care about collectively for at some point.”

“We ended up having the marriage of our wildest and most fantastic goals – our households, suppliers and buddies all got here collectively to create essentially the most magical of atmospheres. We couldn’t have wished for higher!”

“Everybody was so completely happy for us. Having witnessed all the thrill after which all of the heartache related to the date adjustments, they had been delighted that we might lastly have our day.”

“I actually assume it made the environment even higher. Our day felt much more particular due to the journey we had been on and would reassure some other Covid bride of this.”

“There could also be occasions if you really feel the wait received’t be value it however I can actually say, the wait actually and actually is value it. Our pre-Covid marriage ceremony wouldn’t have been this excellent and particular. I’d do all of it once more in a heartbeat if it meant we might re-live our dream day once more.

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“I can’t categorical how nice the Love My Gown Fb group was. The assist the neighborhood supplied all through the pandemic was invaluable. It was additionally a supply of consolation and positivity for people who had postponed or had been planning in such unsure and emotionally difficult occasions. We’d by no means need different {couples} to need to undergo the postponements we did, however realizing there have been different individuals on the market going by the identical factor, that understood the heartache and realizing how they had been staying constructive was indispensable. An enormous thanks for beginning this excellent neighborhood.”

“If in case you have the price range, put money into an occasion coordinator. Hannah was so educated and ensured all the pieces ran and not using a hitch. It meant we had been in a position to concentrate on having fun with our day! An occasion planner is de facto value their weight in gold.”

Zach & Grace

“Plan a day that’s actually you and that you’ll take pleasure in essentially the most. Don’t overlook to try to benefit from the planning half. It’s such an thrilling time in your life that you just received’t get again.”

“Everybody all the time advised us that the individual you spend the least time with in your marriage ceremony day is your different half, they usually’re so proper. Attempt to find time for one another, simply the 2 of you to catch up and recognize all of it.”

“Love each minute of your day! I didn’t realise simply how a lot I’d miss it as soon as it was throughout… all of the fantastic, lovely power and love that surrounds you on the day. Everybody that’s there, is there as a result of they love you. They need to have fun you and your relationship, and there actually is not any larger feeling.”

Nikki and Sion, I’m in love together with your romantic and magical day. Thanks a lot for sharing this perception with us.

Thanks as ever, Philippa James Images, on your fantastic, emotive work; what a pleasure.

You will discover out extra concerning the lovely Herefordshire marriage ceremony venue that’s Dewsall Court docket right here.

Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the gorgeous coast. A certified Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome dependancy to baking, writing and journey.


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