Today I am thrilled to share this glamorous and creative Gloucestershire Castle Wedding with stylish red, white and black details.
Images were captured by Paola de Paola Photography.
Paola De Paola is a creative, fun, but totally unobtrusive London wedding and same-sex photographer.
She has always been a passionate artist. After her degree in Fine Art, she worked as a professional photographer for music magazines and record companies.
She consequently moved to work for Getty Images as a high-end digital retoucher, more precisely for Contour Celebrities by Getty images.
During this time Paola was able to build a very deep understanding of the photographic industry.
Fifteen years experience with Getty UK has proved invaluable. As a natural progression Paola De Paola Weddings was born.
Paola says of the couple and their Gloucestershire Castle Wedding day…
I first met Rosie at a wedding fair in London where I was exhibiting – Chosen in Islington.
It was very exciting speaking to her about the big day, it sounded so interesting, with many incredible ideas, and so out of the ordinary!
Their couples day was a modern fairy tale with many quirky details and at the centre a beautiful princess, wearing Christian Louboutin classic red sole shoes and black leather!
The venue was a real castle, Clearwell Castle, in the forest of Dean, and it was definitely a dream event to photograph with so much going on.
Rosie is very creative and kind, and she spent a lot of energy thinking about the little details, making sure that everything was completely bespoke and very personal to them.
The guests were full of fun and the day was spent playing games in the Parkland, exploring all the activities that the couple organised, from gigantic chess outdoor to an escape room in the basement.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Rosie to hear the couples love story…
How did you meet?
We met when I helped organise a group holiday to a villa in Greece, and Jake ended up being one of the people going.
Tell us about the Proposal…
It was on our 4 year anniversary of dating, in the evening on a private beach at Spiaggia dell’ Elefante, near Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, North-East Sardinia.
We spoke about shooting stars being astronaut poo just before he proposed.
Tell us a little bit about your wedding planning…
We found it a little difficult at times, especially with some of the guests.
Chasing them, people asking ridiculous questions, people having ridiculous demands and making ridiculous assumptions, complaints… you would have thought it was their day.
Last-minute drops outs also have no understanding of the cost implications.
But good bits outweighed the bad and at the end of the day, we found as long as you and your partner turn up… everything else is just a bonus!.
Any special touches/DIY?
There were so so many things done by yourselves.
We had Cake toppers in the form of Harley Quinn and Archer, magazines with puzzles in them, an escape room and karaoke.
We made confetti from crushed rose petals from flowers Jake gave me over the time we were together, and we had a book filled with mementos.
Our invitations were made from scratch, and chose a friend who was a registrar to perform the ceremony was a friend.
Our rings were made by our Maid of honour, and my hair and makeup artist was done by a friend from my Film and TV days.
To conclude our table plan designed by me and table name round also made by my dad.
What was the theme/colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme for our Gloucestershire Castle Wedding was just stuff we like to make it a really personal experience!
The colours we chose were red, white and black which was why we had white Callalilies and red roses as part of the styling.
What was the most enjoyable part of your wedding day?
For me, it was walking down the stairs, getting ready to walk down the aisle and then walking towards Jake. And probably walking back down the aisle as a married couple too.
For Jake, it was all the fun on the dance floor.
If you could, would you change anything on the making of your wedding day?
For me probably a videographer to capture all the moments I wasn’t able to witness.
For Jake, “I would have read the notice about not drinking the tap water…”
Any advice you would like to share with new couples planning their wedding?
Concentrate on what matters most to both of you.
Personalised touches do make the day more meaningful, but I will pass on the best piece of advice I was given by one of my bridesmaids who recently got married before me… “No one remembers the centrepieces!”
It made me realise that I should only concentrate on the important things that meant something to us and that all the extra stuff is forgotten, the meaningful things are what matter and are what’s remembered.
Venue – Clearwell Castle
Photography – Paola de Paola Photography
Wedding Dress – Benjamin Roberts at Annie Laurie Bridal
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaid Gowns – Chi Chi London (red off the shoulder dresses)
Cake Maker – Dunn’s Bakery – Crouch End
Florist – Bouquet – Roots Floral Design – Bristol / All other Flowers – arranged by friend Anna – bought the flowers from a market and made them the day before the wedding.
Rings – Maid of honour Nicky (hey look like the ones from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet but with a Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones quote inside of them. On Grooms it says “I drink…” and in Brides, it says “…and I know things!)
Stationery – DIY by couple
Makeup/Hairstylist – Roo Maurice for Bride/Brides Mum / friend Hazel did the bridesmaids
To Contact Paola De Paola Photography
Phone: 07966 191977