“Working with Jonny was awesome from start to finish. He knew exactly what we wanted to get from the photos. For the vast majority of the day we had no idea he was there, and as such he has captured everything in the most natural and honest way. Our memories of our wedding are so much more vivid and wonderful because of the brilliant job he did.”
Cornwell Manor Wedding Photos | Oxfordshire | Cotswolds
Jen and James met online through the wonders of the internet – Bumble to be precise. For a first date, a gig at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (part of Shakespeare’s Globe). Which is where James, when he decided to ask Jen to marry him, took her back to and proposed. James says a lesson for all you internet lotharios – if you’re chatting to someone who looks hot in her photos and has great chat make sure you take her somewhere nice on Date 1. Nobody wants to be taken back to ‘your special Wetherspoons’ to have you pop the question!
Fair point James! Here’s the rest of their story told in their own words:
Did you have a Cornwell Manor Wedding Planner?
We didn’t really have a full wedding or event planner, as Jen did most of it with a little help from me, and Charlotte at Cornwell Manor was incredibly helpful from start to finish and gave us loads of great advice. However, we did get a bit of planning advice and on the day help from Kerry Poulter, who was brilliant. She is really knowledgeable, and helped everything run smoothly on the day.
Cornwell Manor was such a beautiful venue that we wanted to have a wedding that was really romantic and classy, but also something that was fun and personal to us. Jen wanted soft colours of blush and ivory paired with lush deep greens and candles to give a romantic and natural air. Counterbalancing the soft, feminine look of the wedding was some touches that related to me personally – a Singalong at the ceremony of Bill Withers’ Lovely Day (which is a favourite of my cricket team) and the naming of the dinner tables after my nonsensical sayings. So the wedding felt really personal to both of us.
What were some of your favourite wedding details?
An oval arch covered in flowers as the centrepiece for our ceremony was absolutely stunning. Jen saw something similar on Pinterest and worked with Amber to create something in our colour scheme. Two fire pits by the pond and the fairy lights and globe lanterns on the pathway from the Manor House to the marquee were a really spectacular backdrop. We had great assistance from Papakata (who provided the marquee and other furniture) and Tim Mountain at Evenlode Productions (who did all the lighting and sound).
Why choose Cornwell Manor as your wedding venue?
As soon as we saw Cornwell Manor we fell in love with it. It is a wonderful, warm family home with stunning gardens. Charlotte Boston (the Events Director) was so friendly, helpful and efficient that we knew we would be in great hands. We wanted to be somewhere where we could celebrate over the course of a few days. With Cornwell Manor we had the run of the place from Thursday through until Sunday afternoon. We ended up doing a big dinner for family and friends on the Friday in the ballroom, the wedding on Saturday and a lunch on Sunday. It was a brilliant weekend of celebration!
Tell us about the Rime Arodaky wedding dress.
It was from Mews Bridal in Notting Hill, London and I loved its feminine lace and the soft ivory of the fabric. It was important I felt comfortable and that I could move around and dance in it, which was really important to me. James got a bespoke suit made from Cad & The Dandy he wanted to have something special for the day that he could wear again. Bridesmaid’s dresses were from Maid To Measure, London. We has a really fun afternoon choosing the dresses. I tried to mirror my own dress in the neckline and train and the colour – with a really soft pink. We mixed up the uniformity of the dresses by letting everyone choose their own shoes.
Any advice for those planning their wedding now?
Just to crack on and get it done! We got married 5 months after getting engaged. There was no time to um and ah over every decision, and that meant that it was really exciting from start to finish. Oh and get your dance on!!!! When I was creating a Spotify playlist to play between the band’s sets I had loads of songs on it. I had an evening at home, with the blinds closed, pumping out the tunes and trying to dance to them all. Only the tunes that it was impossible not to dance to made the cut. As such the dance floor was full from start to finish.
Enjoy the planning of it. As long as you’re a bit flexible it’s a really exciting and fun experience. Don’t get upset about any small details that go wrong. Plan it together with your partner. That way it feels like it really is both of your wedding, and you have shared responsibility and fun making it happen. Give yourself plenty of time to write your speech! Otherwise, just enjoy it! I spent the vast majority of the night going crazy on the dance floor with my wife and friends, because that’s what I wanted to do. You’ll never be able to have long chats with everyone, so just cut loose and have fun. Everyone else will do the same.
What song played for your first dance?
Stevie Wonder ‘As’ was our first dance. It was a song we heard together on our first date, and the words ‘I’ll be loving you always’ from the chorus were what I had engraved in Jen’s engagement ring. Jen got us 4 dance lessons with our amazing instructor Mel from Start The Dance It was one of the best decisions that we made. It was so nice to be able to do a proper dance together rather than awkwardly shuffling around the room. It was great fun learning the dance and an unforgettable moment on the day.
What did you want from your Cornwell Manor Wedding Photographer?
We wanted someone who could seamlessly blend in with us and our guests. Someone who could do reportage style of photography so that we wouldn’t feel uncomfortable or interrupted throughout the course of the day. It was important they captured different details and personal moments from the day, and bring back the emotions that we and our guests felt and encapsulate the fun of the party. Working with Jonny was awesome from start to finish. He was incredibly personable and he arranged a FaceTime chat right at the start. We chatted for about an hour, as he got to know us and spent time explaining his approach and finding out what we wanted from the photography. He has a really relaxed approach, so things never felt too formal, but at the same time has an excellent attention to detail. He knew exactly what we wanted to get from the photos, and, without ever disturbing our day, ensured that there were some lovely photos of just us as well as all the brilliant shots capturing the day. The quality of Jonny’s photos is phenomenal. For the vast majority of them we had no idea he was there, and as such he has captured everything in the most natural and honest way. Our memories of our wedding are so much more vivid and wonderful because of the brilliant job he did.
Shout to Cornwell Manor Wedding Suppliers
Make up artists: Juancy Chapellin: https://www.makeupbyjuancy.co.uk
Florists:: Amber Persia: https://www.amberpersia.co.uk
Rings: English Traditional Jewellery on Hatton Garden
Cake: Barefoot Bakery: http://www.barefootoxford.co.uk We chose Barefoot as they were local to the venue, recommended by Cornwell Manor, and we were looking for a sponge cake rather than a traditional wedding cake. The peach and raspberry cake with buttercream icing that we had was out of this world!
Catering Company: Ross & Ross: https://www.rossandrossfood.co.uk Ross & Ross are the supplier for Cornwell Manor, but we were absolutely delighted that they were. The food was fantastic and they were incredibly helpful and professional throughout
Entertainment: The Alleycatz were our wedding band: http://www.thealleycatz.co.uk/mobile.html They were absolutely superb. They are a really talented band with a brilliant repertoire – from Stevie Wonder and Beyonce to a garage medley. They were a big hit with everyone.
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