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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Paul & Carla's Rectory Hotel Wedding, Crudwell

Paul and Carla's wedding was just a pleasure to be a part of. They wanted an intimate affair for their very closest family and friends and so chose exclusive use of the Rectory in Crudwell a lovely boutique hotel in the Cotswolds. I've stayed there with my kids before and it's also very child friendly and I can highly recommend it!

Carla is from South Africa and some of her family had flown over to share the day with her and Paul. The bridal preparations were very relaxed and happy with her aunt taking the role of making sure everything was happening according to plan downstairs.

Carla looked absolutely stunning and I thought that her dress was perfect for her. The two bridesmaids, her sister Jenna and best friend Michelle wore sage green which I also loved.

The wedding was full of the most incredible and thoughtful details - I particularly loved the ornate jewellery detail used on the table plan, favours, menus and also the original invites.

These cakes are made locally and the decorative detail on each cupcake was amazing.

I had 10 minutes with Paul and his best man Jed - they are old friends and Jed's speech later in the day was not without emotion.

Those nervous few minutes getting into her dress just before she headed down to the conservatory for the ceremony.

Carla's mum, Lazelle, walked her down the aisle and later in the evening said a few words about what a lovely daughter she is.

This photo sums up how Paul and Carla were all day - very much in love and into each other. It was at this point that I suggested we have 15 mins away from the guests to take some pictures of the two of them.

Rather than use the sculpture/installation/seat (not quite sure how to describe it) for Carla and Paul I thought it would be fun to get some relaxed shots of the 'girls' instead.

Again - this was a brief moment between them that I noticed and couldn't resist.

I left the Rectory once the dancing was well underway and took one last picture of the pond - transformed at night with the floating candles. Not that it hadn't looked lovely during the day with the water lilies.

So thanks to Paul and Carla for choosing me to capture their day, to their lovely friends and family for making me feel so welcome and also to the staff at The Rectory who were super nice to me all day too!

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