Saturday 20 July 2019

Real Wedding: A relaxed celebration at The Greenway Hotel & Spa

Tying the knot at the beautiful Greenway Hotel & Spa in Cheltenham, Ceri and James opted for a relaxed celebration with their nearest and dearest.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Ceri Schofield and James Schofield, both 32 and both teachers who live in Cheltenham
Wedding date: Sunday 21 October 2018
Ceremony and reception venue: The Greenway Hotel and Spa
Wedding theme: There wasn’t really one, we just wanted something relaxed and classy.

The suppliers

Photographer: Rebecca Hanman Photography
Flowers: Leaf and Blossom
Dress: Wed2b
Bridesmaid dresses: Debenhams
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros
Cake: Bridesmaid, Hannah Williams and cake topper, Catherine Barrell
Catering: The Greenway Hotel & Spa
Stationery: We did all our own, with invites from Sarah Wants
Hair and beauty: Cotswold Wedding Hair
Favours: Welsh cakes, made by a friend Katy Coleman
Rings including engagement ring: Groom's from H. Samuel and bride's from Mann Jewellers

The details

Real wedding at The Greenway Hotel & Spa

Real wedding at The Greenway Hotel & Spa

When and how did you first meet?

We met at Cleeve school as we both started our first teaching job at the same time.

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

James proposed on New Year’s Eve 2017 following a lovely night out with a meal and trip to the cinema. When we arrived home, James said there was one more present under the Christmas tree that had to be opened at midnight.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

Not very long! From engagement to wedding day, it was 10 months. However, we had most of the important things organised by Easter.

Why did you choose your venue?

Having looked at a few other venues as soon as we walked through the door, we loved the atmosphere and the staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful. The Greenway hotel is a stunning venue and we loved the fact we could have the whole day in one place and it’s so close to our own home.

Real wedding at The Greenway Hotel & Spa

Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?

Not particularly, but we did have a navy blue colour scheme which was based partly on the idea of James having a waistcoat made in the tartan of his mother’s family name, which is Elliott. Also, we wanted to have a link to Wales as we are both proud to be Welsh so our stationery and table favours had a Welsh theme.

What made you choose your photographer?

After initial communications with a few people, Rebecca was by far the most friendly and flexible with our budget and what we wanted from the photographs of the day.

How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?

She was a very unobtrusive presence and captured lots of natural shots of people throughout the day.

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

We were very lucky to have Alex Jones-Cook, from The Greenway, as our wedding planner who sorted everything about the venue from food to rooms to the structure of the day. She made sure the day ran smoothly and listened to everything we wanted as well as providing her own thoughts and experience. For the entertainment, flowers and dresses, we organised them ourselves.

Did you make, design or create anything yourself?

We made the invites and the stationery.

Tell us about the wedding dress

I bought the dress from Wed2b in Swindon. I’d tried on seven or eight dresses before trying it on. As soon as I put it on, I loved it and knew it was the one.

What did the groom wear?

He wore a charcoal grey suit with a burnt orange cravat and the waistcoat made in the Elliott tartan.

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

James wore his grandad’s old cufflinks and Ceri wore her gran’s gold necklace.

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

The bride wore gran’s gold necklace (old), mum’s bracelet (borrowed), wedding dress (new) and a blue sapphire wedding ring (blue).

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

‘The One’ by Matt Johnson

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

To start, we had Ardennes pâté with artisan bread, for main we had Gloucester Old Spot sausages with creamy mash and onion gravy and, for dessert Sicilian lemon cheesecake with raspberry sorbet.

What kind of cake did you go for?

We had a three-tier wedding cake made by Ceri’s bridesmaid and friend. The bottom tier was fruit and rum cake, middle was Madeira and the top tier was lemon drizzle.

What was your first dance song?

‘Something about the way you look tonight’ by Elton John.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

Having all my favourite people in the world, all in one place, to celebrate our wedding.

Did everything go to plan?

Yes it went perfectly, including the weather which was stunning.

What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Be organised but don’t worry about the small things. The most important thing is having the people you love there to share it with you.

Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?

Start practising smiling for a long time because your cheeks will hurt but the end of the day as you are so happy.

And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?

We had a mini break to Geneva but we have or proper honeymoon to look forward to in Easter 2019. We are going to South Africa on safari and then onto Mauritius.

For more information about The Greenway Hotel & Spa, visit directly.

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Thursday 10 January 2019

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