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Friday 22 July - Offley Place

Jo and Andrew

I'm usually at Offley many times over the course of a year, but in 2016 Jo and Andrew's big day was my only wedding there. Having chatted to the couple several times in the planning stages I know that there was a debate going on as to whether Andrew should wear a kilt or his airforce uniform ... the kilt won!

venue sign

Offley Place

bride getting ready

The venue now have lovely chiavari chairs so you don't need to bother with the bog standard chair covers and sashes. Hanging jam jars filled with flowers (by Gilly Bean flowers) decorated some of the aisle seats and were then reused on the reception tables. Jo's bouquet matched perfectly with a mix of pastel coloured roses although the boys escaped having to wear pink with simple white and thistle buttonholes.

ceremony setup


groom and buttonhole

With the registrar meeting done, Jo was ready to get married and was given away by her brother. Although the couple's son made a great entrance ahead of mum by running down the aisle to be picked up by dad. He'd learnt to walk just in time!

bride on stairs

ceremony entrances


exchange rings


signing the register

With a lovely dry day forecast it was easy to get all the guests outside for drinks, photos and ice creams from a really cute retro van. Dragging the couple's kids away from the ice cream was a different matter though.

exit ceremony

bride and groom

ice cream van

bridesmaid holds dress

bride and daughter

walk with kids

groom and son

all guests

Jo's dad unfortunately passed away so she carried a small photo of him within her bouquet. Even though Andrew may not have worn his uniform for the wedding it did made an appearance in the cake topper. Guests were treated to bags of fudge or whisky miniatures when they sat down for dinner.

wedding cake

wedding breakfast

table details

With plenty of evening light it was great to take the bride and groom away to the rose garden and for a walk. Ok, there may have also been a football kick around in the grounds too!

in the rose garden

in the rose garden

in the gardens

Jo's dress is actually two parts, a main dress and then a separate wrap around skirt which added the fullness. So later on, when the dancing got started she could remove the top layer and go for a slinky look. Two dresses in one!

cutting the cake

first dance

doorway at night

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