From the day Costas proposed, it was a whirlwind – we planned everything in four months! One of the first decisions was that we had to marry outside, and it had to feel romantic, with lots of pink flowers. We wanted a unique venue, so when we found Sezincote on Instagram, we knew it was the one. The Indian-style palace in the heart of the English countryside sold it to us, then we discovered the Persian gardens and booked without looking anywhere else.
My wedding dress was custom Mary Katrantzou. I met Mary and we clicked straight away: she really got my vision of a timeless and comfortable gown.
Our caterers were absolute rock stars!
It was a pretty tough brief: we didn’t want anything heavy, it had to have a Greek and Egyptian influence, and be gluten- and dairy-free. They really came through!
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For the cake, we wanted something a little different that represented both of our cultures, so we opted for a baklawa. We wanted our favours to be a little piece of the Cotswolds. Fudge is my guilty pleasure, so when we stumbled upon Cotswold Fudge, it was the perfect match! My top tip Don’t stress over the seating plan. At first, it completely eluded me – but I knew that everyone would get on and would respect my decision.
How they did it
Winter in Wiltshire
India Sellars, 35, married Oliver Gregory, 28, at St Giles’ Church, Wiltshire, followed by a marquee reception at Gregory’s family home on 1st December 2018. She says:
The very first thing we decided on was a Christmas wedding! My vision was a fun, festive day with the wow factor. Marrying in December, I knew I wanted a dress with sleeves and a high neck. I worked closely with British designer Andrea Hawkes, who created a striking, totally bespoke design. We chose the church as it’s the Gregorys’ family parish; they thought it would be a nice idea to have a pre-reception in the village pub – it was super cosy, informal and festive, which is the vibe we wanted to create. When it got dark, we all walked with torches led by singing Santas to the marquee we had put up in Oliver’s parents’ garden for dinner and dancing.
I own Maids To Measure – a bridesmaids’ dress brand – with my sister, so it was an easy decision what my 10 girls would wear. I wanted them to look as identical as possible, so they all wore our Holly dress, except my sister (who was my maid of honour), who wore our Susannah dress. For the flowers, I wanted blooms in every nook and cranny, surrounded by foliage and festive candles, oranges, pomegranates and cinnamon sticks.
We wanted a hearty, feel-good feast, so opted for a warm duck, hazelnut and clementine salad for starters; lobster mac ’n’ cheese for mains; and a Christmas plum crumble with creme anglaise for pudding. My top tip Take out insurance. Our initial florist let us down five days before the day!