The Rectory Hotel wedding – Victoria & Anthony’s Cotswolds crafty wedding
The Rectory Hotel wedding – Victoria & Anthony’s vintage, hand crafted and family oriented wedding.
The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell in the Cotswolds is a lovely old country house hotel, and was the ideal setting for Victoria’s and Anthony’s family and friends centered wedding. Since Anthony’s family live in Australia, the couple first had a blessing ceremony over there before tying the knot back in the UK.
As a talented hair and makeup artist who has worked with me on several shoots, Victoria’s creative streak and attention to detail is second to none. Family was a big focal point for their wedding, and since Victoria and Anthony had free rein over The Rectory hotel, they could really inject their personalities into it’s decoration. They filled the living room and communal areas with framed family photos, to give guests the feeling they invited into their family home for the weekend. It was lovely to wander all the rooms and view all the pictures. There was even a cute “family tree” decorated outside which showed several generations of families. The whole venue was a just delight for me to photograph, and I spent a fun time just shooting the beautifully laid out dining room, all hand made and decorated by Victoria. In fact, many elements of the you’ll see of the wedding was made by Victoria, including bouquets, buttonholes, all dining room decor, living room decoration, seating plan, signs….I could go on!
Victoria dressed with a hint of vintage style, and was given away by her Grandfather who also later made a heartfelt speech toasting the couple. We had a chat for a bit during the day and he told me he also used to photograph weddings – since he used to only shoot church family portraits, he’d knock out at least three or four weddings in one day!
The day was a stunningly warm and sunny beautiful one, sandwiched between two very soggy days – I arrived at my hotel down the road the day before wearing wellies! A very big thank you to Victoria and Anthony for having me for their Rectory Hotel wedding – if you love Victoria’s hair and makeup here as much as I do, be sure to check her out on my Little Black Book page as a trusted wedding supplier!