Today I am delighted to share this amazing Cotswolds Winter Wonderland Wedding with Christmas at its heart.
Nikki Kirk is a multi award-winning wedding photographer who captures elegant, creative, thoughtful, documentary style wedding & portrait photography and is based in the Cotswolds.
She says of the couple and their day…
When I first met Leonie and Richard and we chatted about their plans over tea and cake at our Country Studio I just knew that this wedding was going to be spectacular and I wasn’t wrong – what a wedding to finish the year on!
I absolutely love Christmas as my Team and friends will tell you and it seems that in this lovely couple I’ve found Christmas kindred spirits!
Leonie and Richard had carefully researched and planned the wedding day of their dreams following a magical winter wonderland theme with Christmas accents.
They had thought of everything; and as a photographer who loves detail I was in heaven all day.
They had chosen Wyck Hill House because of its link to their families over generations.
This country house in the heart of the Cotswolds wraps itself around you like a warm blanket on a cold winters day with roaring fires and elegant surroundings.
Mixed with low lighting and candles the softness of the depths of winter was brought into the wedding day.and we were transported to a winter wonderland.
This forward thinking couple had even hired in a snow machine to ensure that we were able to take their dream wedding photographs with snow!
I hand over to Bride Leonie…
How did you meet?
We were childhood sweethearts who grew up on the same street.
Tell us about the Engagement..
Richard proposed to me while backpacking together around South east Asia for five months.
One evening when staying in a deserted Cambodian island in the Thai Gulf Richard had secretly organised a candle lit dinner at the end of a jetty.
He led me blindfolded down the sand from our beach hut down the shoreline to the jetty at sunset.
The jetty was lined with candles, and there was a beautifully set table with a bottle of bubbly an Michale Buble playing in the background.
Once I was seated, Richard got down on one knee, presented the ring and popped the question.
Tell us about your Wedding inspiration / theme…
We both love Christmas so that was a natural theme choice with festive red as a colour palette.
We chose the Venue as it was very sentimental to us with my family having had 40 years of special occasions celebrated there.
Richard has been there to celebrate the last 12 years.
We did a lot of DIY for our day to add that homemade personal element.
What was your favourite part of your Wedding Day?
We loved all of it.
What advice would you give to couples planning their day?
Don’t rush it.. take all the time you need with your planning.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Wyck Hill House Hotel
Photography : Nikki Kirk Photography
Dress: Anne Sorrano
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Suit Hire: Youngs Hire
Cake: Marks and Spencer
Entertainment: two acoustic guitarists
Hair and Makeup: Abi Andrews Hair and Make Up
Rings: H Samuel
Favours: Homemade candy canes plus a Christmas cracker containing a engraved tree decoration and a Fererro Rocher