Sarah & James

The style of wedding we had in mind was to have a winter wedding. We both love the countryside and wanted this to be part of our day.

We both decided on having a traditional service in our local parish. We then wanted to arrive in a country location, a place that took our breath away and felt as though we were at home.

Bridal Outfits

Initially I was unsure what style would suit me. I wanted to keep local to Hereford, so I phoned Dave Edwards at the Bridal Suite, St Owen’s Street, Hereford, who was recommended to me by a friend. Dave was so helpful. He listened to my ideas and suggested 5 different styles of dresses. I was very fortunate that the first dress I tried on was in fact the dress I bought for the wedding day. The dress fitted beautifully. Dave was also able to add small editions from the original to make the dress unique to me.

Bridesmaids and Men’s wear

The colour theme we chose for the wedding was teal and silver. The dresses that were selected for our Bridesmaids were traditional floor length ball gowns in the colour teal. These dresses were purchased from Berketex Bride in Birmingham (www.berketexbride.com/bridesmaid-dresses).

The Men’s wear suits were hired from Bill Child’s in Hereford (www.billchildformalwear.co.uk).

Venue

Our venue was the wonderful Burton Court, Eardisland in Herefordshire. The reason we chose this venue is due to its natural beauty and welcoming hosts Edward and Helen. The court itself is a beautiful country manor dating from the 14th century. We were both overwhelmed by its sheer presence and loved the thought of our family and friend’s dining in the great hall. We took advantage of the two newly refurbished bridal suites and our overnight stay completed our special day.

Florist

I decided not to have a traditional bouquet as I came across a lovely lady called Rachel Morgan who hand designs bespoke bridal bouquets out of buttons and broaches. I wanted to keep my bouquet as a keep sake in order to remember my special day.

The flowers that we had in Burghill church were created by the church florist team.

Ceremony

Our ceremony took place at our local church, St Mary the Virgin, Burghill, Herefordshire (www.burghillchurch.org/). Revd. Penny Littlewood officiated the ceremony. Penny was wonderful throughout the whole experience, from first contacting her, right through to the big day.

Catering

We wanted a traditional dinner for our wedding breakfast and had been recommended by both family and Edward at Burton Court that we use a local company “Lyn Bullock Catering LTD”, Hereford. We made arrangements to meet Lyn at her home address in order to discuss our requirements. Lyn could not be more obliging with our request, especially when explaining that the groom suffers with severe allergies. The food on the day was fantastic and we received nothing but positive comments from all who attended.

For the evening we used Chris Ogleby from Ogleby butchers to provide us with a hog roast. Again this food was second to none, outstanding food (www.oglebybutchers.co.uk).

Cakes

The cake we had provided for us was made by Janet at Emily Rose Cakes (www.emilyrosecakes.co.uk). Again Janet was recommended to us by many people who had tasted her fabulous in the past. We decided to have a single round lemon drizzle cake accompanied by 80 cupcakes. When explaining to Janet about the groom’s severe food allergy she was more than accommodating.

Drinks

As we had a winter wedding, Edward provided us with a special winter wedding package. This came with a host of added extras including drinks supplied on arrival to welcome all guests, toasting champagne and wine supplied with the wedding breakfast on all tables. We decided to have warm winter pimms with apple juice for all guests arriving, which went down very well.

Burton Court also has its own licenced bar. This is particularly nice as Edward allows you to select local ale’s/beers/ciders/spirits to suit your taste.

Photographer

Our wedding photographer was the one and only Russell Lewis. Russell had been highly recommended to us by many people. Russell is a pure professional who is a master of his trade. The pictures speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a photographer, look no further. Book early to avoid disappointment (www.russelllewisphotography.co.uk).

Wedding car

For our wedding car we used John Stafford from Deputy Driver who is based locally in Ross-on-Wye. John provided us with his hand build Beauford classic. John was a true professional and is highly recommended (www.deputydriver.co.uk).

Evening entertainment

To see the night through we decided to have a local band called “The Slipper Men”, as well as a laser clay shooting area. The bride works with lead singer and guitarist Jim Hughston who played a blinding set of old, new and hand selected songs. As well as providing the band Jim also DJ’s in between band sets (https://sites.google.com/site/theslippermen01/watch-the-slippermen).

When people had had enough dancing they then headed into the Edwardian room where a laser clay competition was being held. This was added entertainment which all the guests loved (www.shooting4fun.co.uk).

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