Friday 26 April 2019

Real wedding: A beach-themed celebration in the Cotswolds

A beach proposal and a love of the great outdoors provided inspiration for Carolyn Savill and Richard Jupp's summer wedding, with a reception at De Vere Cotswold Water Park and a surprise choreographed first dance.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Carolyn Savill, 32, a primary school teacher and Richard Jupp, 37, a mechanic, both from Highworth, near Swindon.
Wedding date: Saturday 25 July 2015
Ceremony venue: St Michael’s Church, Highworth
Reception venue: De Vere Cotswold Water Park
Wedding theme: St Martin’s Island in the Scilly Isles.


The suppliers

Photographer: Jamie Dodd Photography
Flowers: Highworth Floral Arts Society
Dress: Brought at Cariad Bride, London and was altered by Fairytale Occasions, Highworth.
Bridesmaid dresses: Sarah Belle Bridal, Swindon
Groom’s outfit: Tuxedo Junction, Cirencester
Cake: Brenda Savill, mother-of-the-bride.
Catering: De Vere Cotswold Water Park
Transport: Function Cars of Purton, Swindon
Stationery: Designed by the bride and groom
Chair covers and background drop: At Any Event
Entertainment: DJ from Top Hat Entertainment, Swindon; photo booth by Geekpod, Swindon; sweet cart by Freja’s Sweet Boutique
Favours: We paid money to the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan. The Alzheimer’s society provided little Forget Me Not badge pins and Macmillan provided little bags of love mist seeds.
Hair and beauty: Hair was Karoliina Saunders Hair Design Salon, Highworth; make-up was Lisa Murphy, Faringdon.
Rings including engagement ring: Beaverbrooks


The details

When and how did you first meet?

We knew each other from the local pub, King & Queen Inn in Highworth. Our different group of friends started socialising with each other and our friendship blossomed in April 2009!

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

Carolyn remembers: ‘Richard proposed in August 2014 in Great Bay on St Martin’s Island in the Isles of Scilly. We went off for a walk around the island and we stopped at Great Bay for a swim and a picnic when Rich got on one knee and proposed.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

It took us 11 months.

Why did you choose your venue?

During the start of our relationship we went to De Vere Cotswold Water Park for dinner and drinks. We also took both our parents and sisters there to meet for the first time and have a Sunday roast together. The hotel was also one of Rich’s favourite places; he loved the idea of being married near the lake and seeing the stunning views.

Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?

St Martin’s island in the Isles of Scilly. The table names and decorations were all linked to St Martin’s. Carolyn grew up having her summer holidays there and has family there, as well as many friends. Rich’s proposal also meant it was fitting for the islands to have a main part of our day.

What made you choose your photographer?

Jamie Dodd is an excellent photographer and came highly recommended. He was the bride’s sister’s photographer so we had seen his work beforehand.

How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?

Jamie took just under 700 photos for us which captured it from start to finish. With many beautiful photographs of every part of the day, nothing was missed out.

Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?

Most of it was DIY, however, Lisa Barbieri, who was our wedding co-ordinator at the hotel, was an amazing help and gave us great advice which pointed us in the right direction.

Did you make, design or create anything yourself?

We designed the wedding invitations ourselves using a photograph of the beach where Rich proposed.

Tell us about the wedding dress

It was an ivory, strapless, floor-length gown with vintage lace, rhinestone and beads.

What did the groom wear?

A grey suit with tails, blue cravat and ivory waistcoat. All the men had matching shoes and personalised cufflinks.

Did you incorporate any special family details or heirlooms, for example?

We choose to donate money to two charities for our favours. The Alzheimer’s Society as both Carolyn’s grandmothers have suffered with Alzheimer’s and Macmillan as it has played a big part in Rich’s family.

Carolyn also organised for the two older pageboys to carry things down the aisle. Casey held a sign saying ‘Uncle Dickie Here Comes Your Girl’ and Benjamin carried a copy of the Yellow Pages from the year we met; Rich is shorter than Carolyn so added a bit of humour!

Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?

Carolyn explains: ‘My something borrowed and old was my sister’s veil, blue were the bridesmaid dresses and new was my garter which was designed by my bridesmaids using blue material from their dresses.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

The organ playing ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ by George Frederic Handel.

Did you have any special readings during the service?

Rich’s sister Kelly read ‘An Ocean of Love’ by Lovelyn Layon, a bible reading from a close friend and a prayer written by Carolyn’s uncle.

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

We had broccoli and brie tart, with salad leaves and chutney to start; roasted chicken breast with creamed potatoes and red wine jus that was served with seasonal vegetables; and for dessert we had profiteroles, with chocolate sauce.

What kind of cake did you go for?

We had two types, a fruit cake, and a cherry, almond and amaretto one.

What was your first dance song?

We had a very special and unique dance. It started with Adele ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and then turned into a mash up of songs including ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’, ‘Gangnam Style’, ‘Wipe Out’ and ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rumble’, which each had a special memory for us.

We had special dance moves choreographed by two of Carolyn’s work colleagues and it took about two months to learn. It was the best kept secret!

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

The whole day was amazing, it’s hard to pinpoint a favourite part. Having all our friends and families together in one room was perfect as was hearing the comments from our guests about how much they were enjoying everything. Plus their reaction to our first dance!

Did everything go to plan?

Yes other than timings. We were late leaving the church which meant everything else over ran. However the hotel was very accommodating and it didn’t seem to cause any problems.

Where did you spend your honeymoon together?

We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for 12 days and then we spent a week on St Martin’s with friends and family.

And finally, what advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Plan ahead. I loved the fact that on the morning of the wedding I was relaxed and didn’t worry or stress about anything. And make sure on the day that you take five minutes to yourselves as it allows you time to look at everything and everyone, and see each other.


If Carolyn and Richard’s summer wedding celebration has inspired you, see De Vere Cotswold Water Park for more details.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 28 October 2015

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