bride and groom's wedding bouquet and umbrella detail

“Working with Jonny was awesome from start to finish. He has captured everything in the most natural and honest way. 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. 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). Also, 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. Fire pits by the pond, fairy lights and globe lanterns on the pathway to the marquee were a really spectacular backdrop. We had great assistance from Papakata (who provided the marquee and other furniture) and Tim at Evenlode Productions (who did all the lighting and sound).

 

montage of Cornwell manor scenic locations

bride and groom laughing at the alter during wedding ceremony

reflection of bride preparing before the wedding at Cornwell manor

wedding guest leaves for wedding out of Cornwell manor cottage

groomsmen party on the dancefloor with ties on their heads

guests throw flower petals over bride and groom

groomsmen pose in group outside Cornwell manor

wedding guests enjoy a cocktail together at marquee reception

groom puts wedding ring onto brides finger at Cornwell Manor alter

bride wears beautiful lace wedding dress from mews bridal

wedding guests go wild and enjoy the music and party

bride and groom cuddle by window inside Cornwell Manor

rose petals in baskets on doorstep at the foot of bride and groom

wedding guests applause the bride and groom's first kiss at Cornwell manor

older wedding guest wearing sunglasses bust some moves on the dancefloor

bride and groom stroll with parasol through Cornwell manor's garden

bride and groom's first dance Cornwell manor garden marquee

bride shouts in excitement as the band play

bride and groom embrace by Cornwell manor pond

bride and groom laugh at speeches Cornwell manor

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. 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. 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.

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.

wedding guests enjoy music party dancefloor

best man buttons up groom's suit before Cornwell Manor wedding

bride and groom ballroom dance in Cornwell manor hall

bride and groom outside Cornwell manor in the cotswolds

Colourful trailing lights groom dances to his favourite song

bride and groom on the dance floor in green trailing lights

groomsmen polished shoes and a pair of slippers

moment between bride and groom at Cornwell manor wedding ceremony

Four wedding guests in big hats pose for two cameras

bride and groom hold umbrella aloft at Cotswold wedding venue

Button hole fixing on grooms suit by Cad & The Dandy

wedding guest caught with funny face on dancefloor

Window light portrait bride adjusts lace wedding dress by Rime Arodaky

bride and groom laugh at hymns Cornwell manor wedding

Cornwell manor guest holds up umbrella for bride as the rain pours down

bride and groom admire Cornwell manor garden filled with lanterns

montage of guests enjoying drinking tequila shots at the wedding party

groomsmen and groom in Cornwell Manor bedroom

candid dancefloor wedding photos

food plates provided by Ross & Ross Cornwell manor interior

guests party and applaud the couple as they perform first dance

groom adjusts tie in Cornwell manor mirror detail

Smiling bride with bouquet and groom cornwell manor wedding

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. That meant it was really exciting from start to finish. Oh and get your dance on!!!! When I was creating a playlist to play between the band’s sets I had loads of songs on it. I had an evening at home 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. 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. Just cut loose and have fun. Everyone else will do the same.

What did you want from your Cornwell Manor Wedding Photographer?

We wanted someone who could seamlessly blend in with us and our guests. Reportage style of photography so that we wouldn’t feel uncomfortable or interrupted throughout the course of the day. It was important they captured personal moments from the day, and bring back the emotions that we and our guests felt. To encapsulate the fun of the party too! Working with Jonny was awesome from start to finish. He was incredibly personable and he arranged a chat right at the start. We chatted for about an hour. 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. At the same time has an excellent attention to detail. He knew exactly what we wanted to get from the photos. Without ever disturbing our day he ensured that there were some lovely photos of just us. The quality of Jonny’s photos is phenomenal. For the vast majority of them we had no idea he was there. 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.

Wedding band The Alleycatz provide live music party lights colourful

bride in Rime Arodaky wedding dress adjusts shoes Cornwell manor suite

bride in Rime Arodaky wedding dress comes downstairs to awaiting father

bride and bridesmaids pose with their bouquets in Cornwell manor's bridal suite

wedded couple cringe at embarrassing speech in marquee

groom puts an arm around father under umbrella before Cornwell Manor wedding

bride and groom stand by fairy light lit pond Cornwell manor Cotswolds

montage of wedding guests sing and dance during party

father of bride gives speech inside wedding marquee

bride dances to the live music marquee cotswolds wedding

bride and father walk down the aisle at cornwell manor wedding venue

wedding details of marquee at wedding

wedding guest caught enjoying the wedding cake

bride and groom laugh at wedding speeches in cotswold marquee

groom admires bride as proud father looks on during ceremony

groom wipes away tears at emotional speeches

 

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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