Caswell House had the pleasure of hosting Emma & Patrick for their July wedding in 2017. Inspired by colourful coral and rustic romance, their wedding was a delight to behold!
We met at a house party in Birmingham through mutual friends, and immediately hit it off. Patrick proposed five and a half years later on holiday in Iguazú, the beautiful waterfalls that border Brazil and Argentina. It was unexpected yet very romantic. We enjoyed the evening just the two of us to soak it all up, before calling our parents back home at a reasonable hour the next morning.
We found Caswell House during research of suitable venues in the Cotswolds. Patrick and I knew we wanted to get married in central England as we have friends and family all over the country. We fell in love with Caswell House as soon as we saw it, it was only the second venue we viewed, and we left with a date reserved. It offered the beautiful, private setting we knew we wanted, as well as options for an outdoor ceremony.
The planning process was flawless, Caswell House are so experienced and professional that they immediately put you at ease. They also have a way of making you feel like your wedding is the only wedding they are planning for, so it was a very personal approach throughout.
We were incredibly excited the morning of the wedding. We had plenty of time to prepare on site, and with everything being so well organised there wasn’t much for us to do except enjoy the build up with the wedding party.
The dress was designed by Sassi Holford. It was probably about the 20th dress tried, and I wasn’t expecting to find it when I did. It also took a couple of visits to be convinced it was the right one, but after understanding exactly how it could be altered to fit my taste; I knew it was the one. It also took a few fittings before I felt it was the ‘perfect’ dress, but the closer it got to the finished piece, the happier I was.
There were 5 bridesmaids, and they wore a knee length coral, floral dress from Coast. The morning of the wedding I gave each of the bridesmaids a gift of a pale pink pearl bracelet they could wear on the day but was also subtle enough to be kept and worn again.
Patrick wore a Hugo Boss suit and the five groomsmen wore DKNY suits from Moss Bros.
The Ceremony took place under the historic loggia. As we walked down the aisle as husband & wife, it really was the happiest moment of our lives.
Because we wanted a relaxed, rustic vibe to the day, we didn’t want the flowers to be too formal. We therefore opted for a casual look with lots of greenery to compliment the gardens in Caswell. The coral colours ranged from pinks to orange to offset the bridesmaid’s dresses.
We had two (we couldn’t decide on just the one!). We had a traditional three tier cake with three different fillings; red velvet, carrot, and traditional fruit, simply covered in white royal icing, decorated with hessian and coral ribbon, and a few flowers and greenery from the florist. The second cake was a cheese-cake, that became the evening buffet. We had five different cheeses, one from each of the countries Patrick had lived in whilst growing up.
The sun was shining, champagne was flowing, and you can never hear enough congratulations and well wishes from your loved ones (and of course hearing how great you both look!). Everyone was relaxed and enjoyed the live music from the steel band, it felt like a garden party.
We booked Katie Hamilton, and we couldn’t have been happier. She is so lovely and fitted in so well with our guests. It’s impossible to pick one favourite photo because there are so many, but those we like the most are the sneaky shots caught during the speeches, where we, and our friends and family are howling with laughter.
The wedding breakfast décor was beautiful. Simple, classic and elegant but maintaining that casual rustic feel we had aimed for. We were so excited to walk in, a glass of bubbly in hand and seeing a see of happy faces!
For the starter we had a sharing platter of Hummus and crudités, it was a must as it’s an absolute favourite of ours. The main course was Guinea fowl and the dessert was chocolate orange fondant. The food was exquisite and we received a lot of compliments about Indulgence.
Live music was a very important feature for us for the day, so we had a steel band play for the drinks reception, and a band for the evening that kept everyone on the dance floor all night.
Right after the service, just as the drinks reception was starting, we were able to soak up our surroundings, meet and greet all our guests and start the celebrations – that was a pretty special time!
Photography: Katie Hamilton
Flowers: Joanna Carter
Dress: Lindsay Gown by Sassi Holford
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast
Groom’s outfit: Hugo Boss
Wedding rings: Hearts of London,
Hair & Make Up: Lorna Kings of Claire Nicole
Cake: Mimolo Designs
Catering: Indulgence Boutique Hospitality