A touch of colour

Ali and Tudor's spring wedding featured bold blooms and a vintage tractor.

Ali Benson married Tudor Jones at Cripps & Co Stone Barn in Cheltenham on 5th May, 2018.

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As we entered Stone Barn, we knew instantly that this was the place we wanted to get married. Tudor's parents still talk about how we were both beaming as we walked around it for the first time.

 
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The venue is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by yellow rapeseed fields. It's rustic and authentic and flexible enough for us to hold the entire event in it.

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We both loved the ring of flowers suspended from the ceiling of the barn. We stood underneath this to exchange our vows.

 
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Our florist did an incredible job of filling the barn with lots of colour and natural-looking spring flowers.

 
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Our favours were individually wrapped coconut marshmellows for our guests to toast in the firepit later on in the evening.

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We displayed our table plan on an easel. It featured vintage travel images of all the places we have been to on holiday together.

 
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Our centrepieces (along with the sharing feast of food!) were wild flowers displayed in a mix-and-match collection of jars, bottles, crates and pots. We wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the tables. We also had the table name along with photographs of us enjoying our adventures together there.

 
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Our dear friend Gemma made our cake. It was a beautiful three-tier, semi-naked chocolate cake that tasted incredible. The top tier was gluten-free and vegan in a lemon, poppy seed and white chocolate flavour. The middle tier was chai and salted caramel, and the bottom tier was honey mixed with pistachio.

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We also hired a vintage coach, which our bridal party loved!

 
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Our venue came to life in the evening with candles, fairylights and lanterns.

 
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Tudor wore a bespoke green herringbone tweed waistcoat and matching checked trousers. He teamed it with an ivory shirt, yellow knitted tie and some Welsh gold cufflinks, which were a gift. He chose his outfit with his parents and kept it a surprise for the day.

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My dress was called Elayne by the designer Kate Halfpenny.

 
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Our bridesmaids wore full-length, floaty chiffon dresses in a pewter shade. We didn't want brightly coloured dresses because their flowers were bold, so the pewter made a lovely backdrop for their blooms.

 
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The groomsmen wore the same shirt and tie as Tudor with green tweed waistcoats and blue chinos. They all looked so smart.

 

Ali and Tudor's contact book


Bride's dress
Ellie Sanderson
Tel: 01865 558 444
www.elliesanderson.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
David's Bridal
www.davidsbridal.co.uk

Catering
Cripps & Co Stone Barn
Tel: 01451 888 142
www.crippsstonebarn.com

Confetti
Shropshire Petals
www.shropshirepetals.com

Entertainment
Matt Bee Bristol Wedding Singer
Tel: 0783 815 4144
www.bristolweddingsinger.co.uk

Entertainment
Mister Kanish
Tel: 07912 424 554
www.misterkanish.com

Favours
The Marshmallowist
www.themarshmallowist.com

Florist
Go Wild Flowers
Tel: 01285 720 195
www.gowildflowers.com

Groom's outfit
Walters of Oxford
Tel: 01865 241 848
www.walters-oxford.co.uk

Hair and make-up
Lips & Locks
Tel: 07376 258 501
www.lipsandlocks.co.uk

Photography
Cotswold Weddings Photography by Jane and Oli
Tel: 01242 251 978
www.cotswoldweddings.net

Stationery
Meticulous Ink Fine Stationery
Tel: 01225 333 004
www.meticulousink.com

Transport
Alexcars
Tel: 01285 653 985
www.alexcars.co.uk

Venue
Cripps & Co Stone Barn
Tel: 01451 888 142
www.crippsstonebarn.com

Videography
Babalu Films
www.babalufilmscornwall.co.uk

Wedding rings
Cred Jewellery
www.credjewellery.com