A winter's tale

Josephine and Sean's decadent wedding unveiled a rich colour scheme with seasonal touches

Josephine and Sean met during their first year at university and started dating during the last one. "We were friends to begin with," Josephine tells us. "Our relationship blossomed from there."

The couple lived in Asia for a period of time where they decided to get married. "It was a mutual decision," Josephine explains. "Once we had decided to do it, we didn't want a long engagement. We moved back to the UK permanently and married within eight months."

Here, Josephine tells us more about their seasonal wedding that followed a decadent theme.

A winter's tale: Image 1 We wanted a winter wedding so needed a venue that felt warm and intimate. We loved the atmosphere at Upton Barn and the large windows that filled the room with natural light. It was the first venue that we visited and we cancelled all of the other viewings and booked our date straightaway!

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We chose to have a wild floral arrangement displayed on our ceremony table.

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We had a red Persian rug lining our aisle, fairylights draped above it and coloured lanterns suspended from the ceiling.

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My sister created our amazing blue ombre cake. It was adorned with red roses and other seasonal blooms and tasted as good as it looked!

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We gave our guests black crackers with their names written on in gold as the place settings and favours combined. Inside were miniature bottles of Scottish Whiskey and crayons for the children.

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Our centerpieces were plaster skulls painted red and blue and decorated with a gold leaf pattern. They were surrounded with brightly coloured dinner candles, cut oranges and pomegranates and finished with butterflies that also surrounded our pin board table plan.

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I had always wanted a non-white wedding dress so chose a red gown made for me by a designer in London. I teamed it with a pair of embroidered boots and my large, wild bouquet that finished my look perfectly.

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Sean wore a blue tailored suit with a custom-made red waistcoat. His glitteryboots gave his look the wow factor!

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The groomsmen wore similar navy suits teamed with redsilk waistcoats.

A winter's tale: Image 6 Our bridesmaids wore their own blue dresses and brightly coloured shoes. Their elegant velvet jackets and bouquets pulled everything together really well.

A winter's tale: Image 7 We entertained our guests with a ceilidh band, disco and sparklers during the evening reception. Despite some of our guests being Scottish, we all failed to dance to the band properly!

Josephine and Sean's contact book


The Lucy Lastic Band
Tel: 01884 258 892

Bride's dress

Wall & Jones


Peter Mundy
Tel: 01398 331 822


Retro Disco
Tel: 07989 411 760


Darling Buds Florist


Louise May Photography
Tel: 07738 278 020

Pizza van

Travelling Pizzeria


Streets Coashways
Tel: 01271 321 343


Upton Barn
Tel: 01884 38302