Real Wedding: A Pastel & Glitter Themed Cotswolds Day with an Essense of Australia Wedding Dress
The couple opted for a pastel colour scheme, with a sprinkling of glitter to add a little bit of sparkle to the day.
The day ended with a bang, with a glorious fireworks display, sending the pair into married life in style.
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In truly modern style, Sam and Gary met on MSN Messenger, talking to each other in a group chat before meeting up in real life.<br /><br />"We met for a date and were soon inseparable. I knew straight away he was the one," reminisces Sam.<br /><br />"We actually purchased the ring together, a few months before Gary proposed," says Sam.<br /><br />"We didn't plan it, but I found the perfect ring and burst into tears so he bought it on the spot. He kept the ring for a surprise proposal at Neuschwanstein castle in Germany, which was the inspiration behind Disney's sleeping beauty castle.'
The Cotswold wedding venue
Sam and Gary held their wedding at <a href="https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/hare-and-hounds-hotel/#modal" target="_self" rel="nofollow">The Hare and Hounds</a> in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. <br /><br />"We were looking for a venue that was beautiful, good value and would allow us to get married outside, and have <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/12-things-you-need-to-know-about-wedding-fireworks/20197.html" target="_self">wedding fireworks</a>, and The Hare and Hounds ticked all of the boxes," explains Sam.<br /><br />"The first time we pulled into the car park I had a warm feeling about the venue and could see us getting married there." <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/what-to-ask-your-wedding-venue/19602.html" target="_self">READ MORE: What to ask your wedding venue</a>
The glittery wedding theme
"Our wedding colours were soft pastels and champagne glitter," says Sam. "I wanted a classic summer wedding with a soft, romantic look. I love anything sparkly, so we used lots of glitter and fairy lights."<br /><br />"I made most of our stationery myself, as I enjoy creative tasks. I glittered our table names and table plan, and handmade the <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/32-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">wedding place names</a> from mini heart pegs."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/23-chic-and-subtle-glitter-wedding-ideas/21347.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 23 chic and subtle glitter wedding ideas</a>
Unique wedding table names
"We named our tables after types of penguin, because my husband loves penguins!" says Sam.<br /><br />The tables were decorated with champagne sequin runners, with centrepieces of mason jars filled with fairy lights for an enchanting, sparkling look.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/24-unique-wedding-table-name-ideas/22479.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 24 Unique Wedding Table Name Ideas</a>
The wedding dress
Sam wore an <a href="https://www.essensedesigns.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Essense of Australia</a> wedding dress, in champagne and ivory. <br /><br />"The minute I put it on I loved it," says Sam. "It was so light and romantic. The illusion back was beautiful and I loved the sweetheart neckline and straps. It had the boho look I'd always wanted, but also a long train for added drama. It was all the different dresses I'd been looking at rolled into one."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/31-beautiful-boho-wedding-dresses/19485.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 31 beautiful boho wedding dresses</a><br /><br />
"I also wore a cathedral length, super soft illusion tulle veil from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BlossomAndBluebird" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blossom and Bluebird</a> on Etsy," says Sam.<br /><br />"I can't say enough good things about Sian from Blossom and Bluebird; she was incredibly helpful and makes the most stunning custom veils."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/how-to-choose-your-wedding-veil/21449.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to choose your wedding veil</a>
The bridesmaid dresses
Rather than a uniform look for her girls, Sam chose to go for a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/gorgeous-mix-and-match-bridesmaid-dresses/22287.html" target="_self">mix and match bridesmaid style</a>. <br /><br />"I wanted a mixed pastel theme for the wedding but was finding it difficult to source one bridesmaid dress in all the different colours I wanted, so I purchased multi-way dresses from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/thedaintyard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">TheDaintYard</a>," Sam says.<br /><br />"They were lovely and allowed the girls to choose how they wanted to wear them."<br /><br />Her mini flower girl wore a mint green dress from <a href="http://uk.monsoon.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Monsoon</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/cute-flower-girl-dresses-for-your-wedding-day/20585.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Cute Flower Girl Dresses For Your Wedding Day</a>
The groom's attire
Gary wore a blue suit from <a href="http://www.tedbaker.com/uk/Mens/c/category_mens" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ted Baker</a>, complete with matching waistcoat, while his best men wore matching navy suits from <a href="https://www.moss.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Moss Bros</a>, accessorised with ties and pockets squares in pastel tones to match the colour scheme. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/grooms/suave-blue-wedding-suits-for-the-groom-what-real-grooms-wore/22357.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Suave Blue Wedding Suits for the Groom</a>
Pastel wedding flowers
The gorgeous wedding flowers were created by <a href="https://www.persephoneviolet.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Persephone Violet</a> in Malmesbury, in a selection of sweet pastel hues.<br /><br />"My florist Emily understood what I was looking for straight away, and she gave a lot of help to a bride who didn't know one flower from another," say Sam.<br /><br />"My bouquet had soft lilac Memory Lane roses, along with Spray roses, astilbe, gypsophila and blue hydrangeas," she explains.<br /><br />"My bridesmaids had the same, but without the Memory Lane roses."
The wedding cake
Sam and Gary had a 10 tier macaron tower at their wedding, and it was one of the first things about the day that they booked. <br /><br />"It was created by <a href="https://mademoisellemacaron.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mademoiselle Macaron</a> and had 11 different flavours. Our guests went wild for them," says Sam.<br /><br />"We also wanted a cutting cake, and we chose a two-tier cake with pastel ombre butter cream, made by <a href="http://www.celebrationsurprise.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Celebration Surprise</a>."
The most memorable moment
"My new husband's speech was my favourite part of the day," reveals Sam. "He had everyone roaring with laughter, but was also so sweet he made me cry."<br /><br />"Another stand out moment was our last dance at midnight, which was to Perfect by Ed Sheeran."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/readings-speeches/expert-tips-for-your-wedding-speeches/3315.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Expert tips for your wedding speeches</a>
Advice for other couples
"Plan the big things early, like the venue and photographer to ensure you get the best choice of suppliers, but leave the smaller details until closer to the wedding," Sam advises.<br /><br />"You might have a theme in mind at the start, but your wedding will evolve during the planning process!"