“If you’re planning your wedding now I advise you hire Jonny as your photographer – no one will capture the day better.”
Tunnel House Inn Wedding Venue is Quintessentially English
Rosie & James had their ceremony at Shipton Moyne church near Tetbury and the reception took place at The Tunnel House Inn in Cirencester. The locations are quintessential English countryside; a beautiful small village, Shipton Moyne contains a church, one pub and several early cottages some recorded as old as 1838! The Church has even more an impressive heritage; the present building erected in 1864 replaced a church with a record going back to Norman times. This village is steeped in history but for Rosie there is a personal attachment. She has a long family history with Shipton Moyne church. Her mum and dad, grandparents and great grandparents all walked down the same aisle. I don’t think I’ve done a wedding where 4 generations have all walked down the same aisle.. amazing!
Their story of the engagement
I immediately got on with Rosie & James when we met for their pre-wedding photo shoot. We share a passion for the countryside, dogs and a pint down our locals! I loved hearing the story of how they met in college, and became friends but didn’t get together until a few years later. James proposed in the very first place they went away together 8 years later in Torquay. What an old romantic! You can see their pre-wedding photo shoot here.
The wedding day in detail
Their wedding day theme was born from their love of the countryside, in particular Shipton Moyne which is lies tucked away & surrounded by green fields. The colour scheme naturally became ‘greens’. They were conscious not try and be uniformed or perfect, but at the same time wanted everything to tie in and be beautiful, along the lines of a wild meadow. I think they absolutely nailed it.
I loved some of the details these guys came up with. Home-made jam for favours, tree trunk wedding cake stands and cress shaped hearts. Everything had a personal touch and the Tunnel House Inn was beautifully decorated. We were lucky with the weather, despite being a Summer wedding you can never guarantee the sun will come out. Everyone enjoyed sipping ale from the bar in the sun and later being treated to a classic Hog roast on the spit. For their portraits we used the wonderful grounds which include a disused canal. The tunnel entrance we had access to is known as the Coates Portal. The mainly neo-classical structure is really very impressive and there’s something very atmospheric about an old, empty and overgrown canal.
Tunnel House Inn Wedding Day Questions and Answers
I thought it would be fun to ask Rosie & James for any advice for couple’s who may be planning their big day. Here’s their responses to my questions (and no I didn’t bribe Rosie for her response to No. 4)
Rosie, what advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?
1. Give yourself enough time to plan and make things yourself – will save you a mint and adds a personal touch.
2. Get it videoed, watching the speeches and ceremony back is one of my favourite things to do.
3. Tell people the ceremony starts half an hour before it actually does – this way you are defo the last to arrive!
4. Hire Jonny as your photographer – no one will capture the day better.
James, what advice would you give to future grooms for their wedding day?
1. Get insurance on rented suits – just in case!
2. Leave at least one day between wedding day and jetting off for honeymoon – leaves time to sort any last bits out.
What song played for your first dance?
Deeply Dippy – Right said Fred
Shout outs go to:
Rachael Fisher – Make-up Artist
Sam Weir – Hair – Bubbles Salon
Lorraine Childs – Flowers – Oops a daisy
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