I first met Jenny when she attended our leadership programme (with my leadership development hat on), it was some months into the programme, when we were doing a session on presenting with impact that Jenny chose her wedding as her practice topic. Clearly she had a live of weddings just like myself! Seeing here beautiful photo's and hearing the absolute passion she spoke with I asked her if she would consider being featured on the blog.
Speaking with Jenny she told me:
Luke and I met back in February 2014 and after 3 years of dating he proposed to me on a beach in Thailand. We had been on holiday for nearly two weeks when he proposed, and he had carried the ring around with him in a pair of socks. Every few days I would ring home to call my parents and update them on our adventures traveling around Thailand and each time I would start the call with “we’ve had the best day today…” and each time they were waiting for me to say Luke had proposed but no it was just another story about what we had been up to that day.
As before any big holiday couples go on, people kept saying that they thought Luke would propose so he wanted to keep me waiting until the penultimate day of our holiday to ensure it happened when I least expected it. When it took him so long to get down on one knee my parents could only assume, he had either lost the ring on our travels or that he had changed his mind!!
Once we returned home, we pretty much started planning the big day straight away. There was quite a rush to get a venue booked as we wanted an August wedding the following year (2018) and we soon discovered that venues get booked up at least 2 years in advance.
I was very nervous on the run up to the big day about having all eyes on me. However, on the day the nerves went away, and I was the most smiley and relaxed bride. Even the registrar commented on how she had never seen such a happy bride.
I had always dreamed of getting married outside, so the main criteria for when looking at venues was an outdoor ceremony area. We started our search with venues local to our home, but we struggled to find somewhere that ticked all the boxes. It was my dad who then suggested we look at venues in the Cotswolds as it was roughly 1.5hr drive from where we lived. We were then spoilt for choice!
I found Hyde House online and we instantly fell in love with the venue the moment we viewed it. It had a lovely outdoor arbour and the barn was beautiful Cotswold stone. The venue was also having a new barn built which was due to be finished in April 2018
(4 months before our big day).
I could only ever imagine an outdoor wedding and with weather in this country being so unpredictable I was slightly nervous about it raining on our big day and not being able to have the ceremony outdoors. However, as soon as the new barn was built, we went to view it and it was stunning!
From that moment I knew that come rain or shine the venue was everything we could have dreamed of.As it turns out– we had beautiful sunny weather for the big day, and we got our outdoor ceremony.
The venue was also situated close to Stow-on-the-Wold and many of our guests made a weekend of it and had a little holiday in the Cotswolds. The venue was also exclusive with 20 rooms for wedding guests – it was so nice having our nearest and dearest stay overnight and it meant we could all meet for breakfast the following morning and reminisce.
I also loved that the venue was a blank canvas. I follow Hyde House on Instagram and even now I love seeing the different themes that people choose for their wedding day.
At the time of planning our wedding, blue,grey and blush seemed to be the ‘in thing’ and we both really liked this colour scheme. We opted for navy suits and my bridesmaids had grey dresses. I then added the blush colour into the flowers.