This beautiful and sunny spring wedding for Chloe and Gareth was a feast of flowers in the heart of the country…
How they met
After meeting in a nightclub in Portsmouth, slightly the worse for wear, Chloe and Gareth arranged to have coffee the following day. “Gareth was on a stag do and had to go home to Exeter, and I was living in Cheltenham, so our first proper date was a few weeks later,” explains Chloe. “We went to a lovely pub for drinks and a cosy dinner. I laughed my socks off and had the best time.”
Gareth proposed to Chloe on a romantic walk in the Vale of Pewsey. “Gareth wanted to go to the very top of the hill, and, after a complaining from me, we finally got to the peak,” Chloe remembers. “I was getting my breath back and admiring the view, when I turned round to find Gareth on one knee with a beautiful ring in his hand. When I said yes, he dashed off to find a bottle of champagne that he’d hidden in the stinging nettles earlier!”
The bride’s outfit
Chloe looked breath-taking in David Fielden’s Grace Kelly gown, from Carina Baverstock Couture. “My friends had told me I’d know when I’d found the right dress, but I didn’t get that feeling and was thinking it wouldn’t happen for me,” Chloe explains. “But I clicked with this dress, and couldn’t wait to wear it. The luxurious tulle and silk made me feel so special.” Chloe also splashed out on bronze Jimmy Choo shoes, and wore pearl and diamond earrings that her mother-in-law had made for her. “She and my sister-in-law designed them together, and gave them to me with a note saying, ‘welcome to the family’.” Chloe smiles.
The groom’s outfit
Gareth followed his heart to a traditional morning suit with pinstripe trousers and a grey waistcoat, hired from Austin Reed. He and his groomsmen added yellow ties with a blue spot detail from TM Lewin for a splash of colour.
Chloe’s troop of six bridesmaids all looked lovely in classic cream gowns. The adults wore an elegant strapless style from Coast, while the junior bridesmaids and twin flowergirls wore swishy lace and tulle dresses from John Lewis. The bridesmaids all wore fresh flowers in their hair.
Chloe and Gareth were married in the church in the village where Chloe grew up. “It was the most special part of our day,” Chloe smiles. “Hearing Gareth saying his vows was a feeling like no other, and I loved saying my vows back to him. And going to sign the register, knowing that we were officially married, was amazing.”
The bridal party’s flowers and the displays for the marquee were put together by Ammi Flowers, while Chloe’s godmother and her daughter did the church arrangements. “The flowers were a major feature of our decoration,” says Chloe. “We had flowers trees outside the church, a mixture of high and low flowers on the tables, with the tall displays in martini vases, and a flower ball over the drinks area, which smelt divine.”
Chloe and Gareth chose a fresh yellow and white colour theme for their reception, which was held in a marquee on the village cricket pitch. The guests dined on a tasty mezze starter followed by fillet steak and hand-cut chips. “We also had an old-fashioned apple cart stocked with ice and beers for people to help themselves, and served trays of Pimm’s, pink champagne and elderflower,” adds Chloe.
As well as the stunning floral displays, Chloe and Gareth decorated swags of pale yellow fabric, dandelion style lights and vintage candle holders. “We had a candy buffet with pink and yellow sweets, and a fancy dress prop box, which prompted some great photos,” says Chloe.
The four-tier chocolate sponge with pale lemon icing was created by A Bite of Delight, and topped with roses from the florist – delicious and pretty!
The couple spent two incredible weeks relaxing in Chloe’s godparents’ holiday home in Florida.