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Mr & Mrs Bray- Snowy Wedding- The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton, Cotswolds

Living in the UK, you don’t expect to have a snow on your wedding day, let alone in March! The first wedding of the year at The Old Lodge in Minchinhampton Common was one I will never forget. Katie let me know a few days before that we were expecting snow on her wedding day. Little did we know how much snow we would actually get! I travelled down the day before to be on the safe side and the snow was already thick when I arrived. It was nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ and it certainly lived up to it’s name in the Cotswolds!

These two met at work, when Katie was freelancing at a design agency that Wes worked at. ‘I didn’t know at the time but Wes had a rule that he wouldn’t get into relationships with people from work! We went on a road trip around Scotland. Wes proposed at the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye. We’d had a great day visiting whisky distilleries and eating oysters so this topped it off perfectly.’

Katie and her Maid of Honour were already at the venue when I arrived, setting up the room in preparation for tomorrow.

Thursday night was when the beast really hit The Old Lodge hard. Waking up Friday morning the entire place was covered in snow, up to 3 feet in some places! Emotions ran high as panic set in about whether guests would be able to show up to the wedding due to weather!

Luckily all the bridesmaids and parents arrived safely which put Katie’s mind to rest. Helpful guests with 4x4s rallied around and drove to collect people from nearby towns as the roads around The Old Lodge were too dangerous.

Katie and her bridesmaids got ready together in the Lodge’s bridal suite. They wore pastel dresses of varying lengths and Katie had bought shawls for them with the last minute weather change. Katie got the flowers from a local florist and made the floral arrangements for the venue herself with her bouquets being made by the talented florist.

Despite the panic in the morning, Katie walked down the aisle to John Adams playing a cover of There will be time by Mumford and Sons and was greeted by a room full of guests. “I loved walking down the aisle and being surprised at the amount of people that had made it!

The theme for the day was a dreamy floral wonderland with hits of retro copper and metal. The snow just added to the magic of the day and the bridal party were total troopers agreeing to photos in the freezing weather!

This was a wedding incredible, I truly felt like part of the family and it was a total pleasure to be the one to capture this magical day.

Favourite part of the wedding planning:

“The creative stuff! I design wedding stationery anyway so I did my own (I’m my own hardest client!) but I enjoyed seeing my invites and stationery come together on the day. Also loved doing the flowers for the venue too!”

Any advice for future brides:

“Don’t get too caught up on it being the perfect day. One thing or another will happen and you have to take it as it comes and try and enjoy every moment.”


Venue: The old Lodge, Minchinhampton

Florist: Flower Style Co

Dress: Grand Jour

Bridesmaids Dresses: H&M

Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Suits: Slaters

Rings: Stow Jeweller

Stationary: The Ink Closet (Bride’s own business, be sure to check it our for all your stationary needs!)

Cake: Ahh Toots

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