Alison and Ryan chose the spectacular location of Sudley Castle for Part 2 of their wedding celebrations, part 1 of which was a traditional Chinese affair, hosted by Alison’s parents in London’s China Town, a few months earlier.
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful English countryside, Sudeley Castle is steeped in English history - King’s and Queen’s of England have walked upon the original Tudor Parterre, including Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey & Elizabeth I. Alison and Ryan fell in love with the stunning location, which was perfect for their elegant English wedding day. 1,200 of gorgeous grounds, a medieval banqueting hall, picturesque views over the Cotswold’s and having been voted “The most romantic castle in England” what better place to hold a wedding!
The day was “Planned for Perfection” by luxury wedding planner Jane Riddell, who had once worked with Alison at a local hotel – Alison had always promised, that when she tied the knot, Jane would plan her wedding day and so when Ryan popped the question, a call to Jane was made, as promised!
The beauty of the castle grounds set the tone for the day, pretty pastels, blush pinks and gold were in abundance and even the brides dress was blush pink, with a diamante belt – just perfect for a castle wedding…
Alison and her bridesmaids hired one of the cottages in the grounds of the castle for the weekend and spent an exciting morning getting ready with hair stylist Kat and make up artist Di Macdonald. The location of the cottages meant that Alison and her bridesmaids were able to walk to the church across the grounds for the blessing. Meanwhile, Ryan and his groomsmen arrived at the castle in a fabulous vintage bus with wedding guests and then enjoyed a sneaky tipple on the terrace to calm their nerves before the blessing.
St Mary’s chapel was dressed beautifully inside and out, by the team from Lilyfee Floral Designs Team, not only did the church look heavenly, the scent as guests entered the church was divine.
After the ceremony the guests showered the couple with rose petal confetti as they made their way out of the chapel, before enjoying a Champagne and Canape reception in the Queen’s garden and on the Mulberry lawn whilst children were entertained with the many treats that Alison and Ryan had provided for them. Guests made their way through the Great Hall and were welcomed with mini bottles of Champagne and beers, as well as Mr & Mrs Mills sun glasses and personalized fans – perfect for a hot Summers evening in the Cotswold’s.
A stunning floral framed table plan designed by the lilyfee team/ directed guests to the tables in the pavilion, which complimented the pretty pastel high table flowers. A delicious dinner was catered by Wesley House Events, who are the recommended caterers at the castle and
Curtis and co cakes designed a beautifully hand crafted bespoke designed blush wedding cake, which guests enjoyed later in the evening.
After dinner, fun and laughter ensued with speeches from the father of the bride, the groom and had enjoyed their first dance .Local band DUKE took to the stage and the party really started! The sides of the pavilion were opened so that guests could wander onto the candlelit terrace and enjoy the stunning views over the estate.
St Marys Church, Sudeley | Cermony Venue
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, UK | Reception Venue
Nikki Kirk Photography | Photography
Planned for Perfection | Wedding Coordination
Vogue Wedding Films | Videography
Lilyfee Floral Designs | Floral Design
The Wedding Smashers | DJ + MC
Duke | Band
Curtis and Co Cakes | Bakery
Weddings Days of Cheltenham | Bridal Gown
Di McDonald | Makeup Artist
Regency Groom | Groom + Groomsmen Attire
Alex Cars | Vintage Bus
Charlotte Mills | Wedding Shoes
Yoshisalonuk | Bridal Hair
House of Fraser | Bridesmaid Dresses
Bellini Strings | String Band