This Worton Hall wedding was rustic, elegant and a whole load of fun! From the beautiful ceremony at St Bartholomew’s Church nearby, to the funky dancing in the evening, this was a great wedding with two of the nicest people you’re ever likely to meet. Check out Amy and Charles’ wedding day below.
First names: Amy and Charles
Ages: 28 and 26
Wedding date: 30/09/2017
Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church and Worton Hall, Yarnton
How did you guys meet?
Charles and Amy met on the stairs of Thames Rowing Club in Putney, in September 2013. Charles was taking a year out to row and Amy was doing a Masters, so they spent a lot of time together at the club and became close friends; even helping each other get dates initially! It was only the following summer that they became an item, but they’ve been inseparable ever since.
How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?
After two and a half weeks of travelling and volunteering in Tanzania (where Charles had somehow managed to hide the ring despite sharing bags!) they arrived at a beautiful AirBnB on a secluded beach in Zanzibar. That evening, Charles asked Amy for a walk and as the sun came down, without anyone else around, he tried to steer the conversation to their future- but Amy was having none of it, and nearly spoilt the plan multiple times as she continuously reached into Charles’ pocket (where the ring was hidden) for his phone to take photos! Eventually, many selfies later, Charles surprised an oblivious Amy, got down on one knee and asked Amy to marry him…and then the planning began!
What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many?
Our first choice was which country to get married in, as Amy and most of her family are from South Africa. It soon became clear to us that the guests were the most important element of the day, so knowing that Amy’s family would travel, we chose to hold the wedding in the UK, with as many people there as possible. Amy went to Uni in Oxford and we both love the area. We looked at a few venues but loved Worton Hall’s large, modern barn that could easily seat our 150+ guests. There are also two beautiful cottages on site (with a pool) which could hold all 22 of our bridal party and partners,and that sealed the deal!
What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
We didn’t have a set theme as such, it just developed as we went! It has some rustic touches, is hessian heavy, and is essentially a smorgasbord of everything we fell in love with in the planning process…but fingers crossed it all looks good coming together! We both love travelling, and have done a fair bit of exploring together, so a travel element shone through, and we rolled with it. Our framed maps, of places we’ve been to, were our table names and centrepieces, and are our favourite decorative idea!
What is your first song and why?
Josh Turner’s ‘Would you go with me’
Very early on into our friendship, we went to a house party where Charles got hold of the music and played this song. We were the only two people in the place who knew it, and sang along, and we bonded over our love for country music. Josh Turner has a gorgeous, low voice and the song makes us smile; it still holds a special meaning for us.
What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t be afraid to DIY elements- and let your family and friends help. We were incredibly fortunate to have a lot of assistance and helping hands! Just a few examples…Charles’ mum and gran made our wedding cakes and favours, some of the bridesmaid’s parents made confetti, jewellery and bunting, Amy’s mum helped us put together the flowers and get crafty with our decorations, a friend cut down wood for centrepieces, and Charles’ aunt incredibly made the wedding dress! Everyone really loved getting involved and helped pull the day together, we could not have done it without them!
Check out Amy and Charles’ Worton Hall wedding below.
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Other Suppliers at this gorgeous Worton Hall wedding.
Hair stylist: Hannah Ingles
Make up artist: Hannah Ingles
Brides dress: Made by the groom’s Aunt, Anne
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Hawes and Curtis
Florist: lavender from Mayfield lavender
Cake: Home made by Mother and Grandmother of the groom
Caterer: Nyama Catering
Stationary: Home Drawn Calligraphy
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