Alex and I said our “I do’s” on Saturday 23rd May. We knew we wanted a relaxed, informal affair so we both wanted the laid-back festival feel) and we didn’t need to look very far for our venue… we’re incredibly lucky that Alex’s Mother owns a farm with the most beautiful views of the Cotswolds that we wanted to use, so we hit the jackpot there! That also meant we could have our service at St Peters Church in Winchcombe; founded in 1175. Our Reverend happened to be a family member, who held the most personal, heart-felt service for us and the soprano reduced even the hardiest of men to tears! After the service, we hopped on the vintage bus up to the farm where the party got started in full force… We had a gorgeous marquee which we spent days decorating beforehand with photos, laced candle jars, pom-poms and lots of personal nick-nacks to make it feel like us and to show our love-story, and had a coconut shy, skittle alley and trampoline to keep the children entertained. We ordered picturesque bell tents for some of the guests to stay in, which also doubled up as an amazing backdrop for photos (taken by the supremely talented Rob Tarren). After a couple of canapés and a few glasses of Elderflower Prosecco and Caipirinha’s, it was time to be seated for food (we were planning on doing speeches before dinner but the Groom was too busy chatting to guests, so it was left until after!). The meal was very relaxed; chicken and steak strips with new potatoes and goats cheese salad, followed by marshmallows and brownies (which were out of this world!). Everything (including the canapés and evening pizza) were all cooked in a wood fired oven in the back of a converted Land Rover which made for an interesting talking point! The bar was made by my very talented brother, the alcohol provided my very generous Dad and the expert barmen were friends of ours, who kept everyone very happy with cocktails on request. A funk/soul band from our hometown of Bristol kicked off the evening entertainment after the first dance, and then Alex and his friend took it in turns to do DJ sets which proved popular!! The beauty of having the party on private land (with very understanding neighbours) meant there was no end time to the party, so the evening continued until the very early hours with Prosecco around a campfire watching the sunrise – a perfect way to end a perfect day with the most amazing friends and family, and to toast the start of a new life together as Mr & Mrs Pope.