Olivia & Tom’s Church Wedding at Pauntley Court
“Choosing a wedding venue is laced with excitement but also fraught with anxiety. But we knew Pauntley Court was the place for us on our first visit. The gardens had been frosted with snow and the Country House had a winter glow. We had been romanced.
 
What absolutely clinched it? Olivia and I have always wanted to be married in a church. Having a beautiful Norman church within walking distance of the Court was more than we could hope for.
 
Recently we received our wedding photos, which transported us right back into the day. We simply could not imagine being married anywhere else. We’re forever grateful to Melissa and her team for all their help and wise counsel.”
 
It has already been a whirlwind of a year here at Pauntley Court (even if we are only a few months in), and a very busy wedding season is already upon us! It brings us so much joy to be able to share Olivia and Tom’s church wedding day that took place last September with you on the Pauntley Post today. A huge thank you to Emmy Shoots for capturing their utterly gorgeous celebration on-camera...
 
Pauntley Court is a charming weekend wedding venue in Gloucestershire, offering plenty of space for you to relax and unwind surrounded by your favourite people. And that’s exactly what Olivia and Tom wanted to do, so they kickstarted the weekend by hosting a lovely, intimate Friday evening dinner in the Flower Room.
 
As the sun rose on Saturday morning, Olivia and her bridesmaids had the glamour squad in to do their hair and make-up in the Owl and Pussycat bedroom. This elegant room looks onto the tipi – which only added to the excitement and buzz of the morning! Meanwhile, Tom and his groomsmen chose to get ready in the John Masefield bedroom.
 
 
After a pampering session, the bride-to-be then headed into the Dick Whittington bedroom to put on her beautiful wedding dress, where her mother helped her with the veil. The bridal party’s reaction to Olivia was truly special and such a memorable moment to document. Here at Pauntley Court, our staircase is rather iconic and promises the perfect backdrop for photographs. Olivia chose this as the setting for her ‘first look’ with her father before they headed over to our church for their ceremony, which is just a short walk from Pauntley Court.
 
A mid-September wedding, the sun shone as guests made their way into the church to take their seats. Warm, bright florals adorned the front porch, offering a subtle nod to the change in seasons. Beth, our onsite Wedding Co-Ordinator transferred the flowers from the front entrance to the tipi during the wedding – showcasing just how versatile and sustainable blooms can be!
 
After they had said, ‘I Do’, the newlyweds left the church by the West Door (with its Norman arch that often leaves guests in awe). The team at Pauntley Court adore a fabulous confetti moment and Olivia and Tom’s was no exception. Guests walked back to the gardens for drinks and canapés under the stretch tent, making the most of the soft September sunshine. Every corner of the grounds at Pauntley Court will bring you oodles of photograph options as well as the opportunity to steal a few moments together on your wedding day.
 
 
Java Tipis provided the incredible rustic tent which was positioned on our flat terrace in front of the sunken gardens. From here the couple and their loved ones were spoilt with the idyllic views down the lake. Within the tipis (which really do have the wow factor), Olivia and Tom wined and dined with their friends and family at long wooden trestle tables. They then spent the evening dancing the night away under the stars to a DJ and saxophonist.
 
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Olivia and Tom to bring them a happy, love-filled celebration with their friends and family.
 

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'We couldn't have imagined a more perfect place to get married than Pauntley. The first time we went we both instantly knew it was the right place for us, it has a special feel about it as soon as you arrive. The house is amazing, decorated beautifully throughout with so many nice touches. The gardens are incredible, and we loved that there are so many different areas to use within it over the weekend. We loved having the venue for the whole weekend as it meant we were able to celebrate with friends and family on Friday and Sunday too which made the weekend even more exciting. 

We really wanted our wedding to be as personalised to us as possible, and we were able to achieve this so easily - choosing our catering company/bar company/where we wanted different aspects of the day to take place etc. This all meant that our wedding had a bespoke feel to it and we loved how our day was different to all others before. 

We were lucky enough to have amazing weather on our wedding day and had our ceremony outside on the ceremony lawn. It truly felt like we were at a destination wedding due to it being such a beautiful venue and location - so many guests said they felt like they had been transported to Italy or France!  Melissa the owner is so lovely and always happy to help. Rachel the housekeeper is an amazing asset to the team and definitely saved the day at one point! We had Holly as our wedding coorindator and she was absolutely incredible, she made me feel so calm and comfortable on the day knowing it would all run smoothly in her safe hands. We couldn't recommend getting married at Pauntley enough - thank you so much.'

 

June 2023

Bride & Groom

- Laura & Tom