11th September 2012 . Real Weddings Weddings

A Real Wedding: Vintage Splendour at Exeter College, Oxford

Hello Uttersons, and welcome to a new week on The Utter Blog.  ‘Tis truly autumnal today, but to warm us up I have a very special treat for you in the form of a real wedding at Exeter College.  Oh yes- too exciting, I know!

That poser beauty on the left?  That would be my step-sister, Charlotte.  And the dashing chap on her right is her brand spanking new husband, Colin.  With Colin recently completing his PhD at Exeter College, Oxford, they were lucky enough to use the chapel and stunning surroundings to get married, and a truly wonderful, emotional day was had.

I’ll let Charlotte take it from here…

All images by Viveash Photography.

“Colin and I met at University, both studying the same course, and then became best friends after living and studying together in Paris.  Once we got home from Paris we started going out.  Colin proposed seven years later; he surprised me with tickets for the Eurostar one weekend, and proposed in front of our University there.

My dress was Femea by Cymbeline.  I chose it in one afternoon as it is the most beautiful dress I have ever seen, and for some reason seemed to suit me!

“We had a four-person choir from Exeter College. The music was as follows: ‘If ye love me’, by Tallis for the Introit; the opening to ‘Zadoch the Priest’ by Handel for my walking down the aisle; ‘Sheep May Safely graze’ by Bach for signing the registers. (I can’t remember the name of the music we had to leave the chapel!)  We had a reading from ‘Song of Solomon’, and were lucky enough to have a poem especially written by our favourite poet (who also happens to be one of our dearest friends), George Knott.

The day was always meant to be a celebration of love, and friendship; a bringing together of all the amazing people we are lucky enough to know. We wanted to create an atmosphere where our family and friends would feel comfortable, happy and loved. In terms of the aesthetics, we didn’t have to think an awful lot; the venue did that for us! 

We made our own beautiful table flower decorations using hired vessels and flowers from Green and Gorgeous (DIY brides section); they also provided my beautiful bouquet, wrist corsages, buttonholes and a pedestal for the chapel.  We hired a marquee from Cascade Events and used bunting from Beautiful Bunting to decorate it. We also bought an old typewriter for people to write their messages to us.

“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day; getting ready was really fun, the ceremony was touching and empowering and wonderful; the speeches were perfect; the dancing was fantastic. Every time we looked round, we saw all of the people we love smiling, chatting, dancing, and having fun, which was amazing!

Of the planning process I loved choosing the flowers from Green & Gorgeous, as they’re grown in such a beautiful garden; the pre-wedding shoot with Becs Viveash (our amazing photographer); spending time with the lovely people at Blackburn Bridal, especially my lovely seamstress, Jan, who just made me feel so special and is such a wonderful person (she even sewed my late mum’s locket into the fabric of my dress!).

My advice for other couples would be enjoy the planning, and being engaged, and everything. The decor is really a minor detail, so if you stress about that, you might miss out on what engagement, and marriage, is really all about. Take time during the day itself just to look at all the people you love and enjoy them all being gathered in one place.”

Sage advice, Charlotte.  And as a guest and bridesmaid, I would second the beautiful flowers and setting, AMAZING speeches (both funny and incredibly touching), and some serious dance moves- mainly by Charlotte and her dance partner, Andreas.

Thank you for sharing your oh-so-happy day, Mrs Clark!

Any words for this lovely wedding, dear readers?

Sama x

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    • Lucy

      Gorgeous! I LOVE the typewriter idea! Maybe i ought to start a notebook now, for one day in many many years to come! 😉

    • RuthJane

      I know this is a very personal question, and feel free not to reply, but my partner and I are looking at getting married here (he is a BPhil Student) and would like to know a rough estimate of the cost to hire the chapel, dining hall and possibly the marquee. My email address is rutholoughlin@hotmail.co.uk if your step-sister would be willing to send me a guide.
      Also, beautiful pictures =)


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