Idyllic Stone Barn Wedding in the Cotwolds
Prepare yourself for plenty of pretty as Jessica Davies Photography shares the Idyllic wedding of Ale and Andrew! Here she is to tell us all the details – “Nestled away in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, Aleksandra and Andrew’s wedding day was the epitome of intimacy and style and was one of my favourite weddings of the year! Ale, who began her day alongside her closest family and friends in a private yoga class , made the most beautiful and relaxed bride. Stepping into her exquisite Jesus Peiro dress, she told me, ‘I could never be nervous, I am only filled with so much love and happiness’. Andy’s mother’s pearls, a belt with a handmade charm from a friend, and a pair of sparkling Jimmy Choos competed Ale’s classically elegant look.
Ale and Andy’s colour palette of soft greens, white and palest yellows, ran through the design of the day and was embodied beautifully by the bouquet and floral designs of The Great Little Flower Company. Natural foliage was used to embrace the changing seasons and bring a sense of the outside into the stone barn at Merriscourt. Delicate macaron favours, adorned with a handwritten name tags, awaited guests as they sat down to their meal. The cake, also by The Sparkling Spatula, provided a stunning talking point and a delicious and original flavour experience, with a bottom half of white chocolate mud cake with pistachio buttercream and a top half of raspberry ripple sponge with mascapone buttercream!
One of the biggest considerations for Ale and Andy was to find a way of honouring the traditions of her Polish heritage, particularly as so many of her family were able to travel from Poland to the wedding! This was done so thoughtfully and seamlessly, starting with gorgeous pastel green hand-lettered invitation suites, by Merrie & Bright, written in both English and Polish. Ceremony readings were also shared in both languages, with Ale and Andy’s mothers reading, and, later, speeches were beautifully, and often hilariously, translated between the two languages – the result of which was a true sense of the ‘coming together’ of two families and two cultures.
The sharing of salt and bread, a central tradition in Polish weddings, was a new experience for myself and many of the English guests. Ale’s parents presented the couple with the most beautiful handmade bread, representing the symbolic hope that they will never go hungry; while the salt into which they dipped into the bread, served to remind them that their joint life will have its difficulties but none that cannot be overcome.”