A Romantic, Bridgerton Inspired Wedding at Cowley Manor

Bride and groom kissing outside a church doorway decorated with a broken floral arch.

Oh the joy captured in these photographs! When Sophie and Adam tied the knot on 30th September 2023, they wanted to bring their loved ones together for a celebration of bold colours and Bridgerton inspired romance.

The couple chose Cowley Manor to get married – a luxury hotel and spa, located in the heart of The Cotswolds, and appointed County Marquees to the provide the space to host their beautifully styled reception.

The bride wore a puff sleeve gown by Suzanne Neville, which she discovered at the legendary Miss Bush bridal boutique, located in Ripley, Surrey and chose The Springles to document their day in imagery. I love everything about this and hope all the joy captured lifts your spirits.

Bride and groom exiting in a flurry of confetti. The bride wears a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridal boutique.

We fell in love with Cowley Manor as soon as we saw it. We wanted a venue that was a country escape with a bit of personality and not too far from London.

Entrance to Cowley Manor wedding venue in The Cotswolds. September wedding so Autumn leaves falling to the ground.

Bridal Beauty & Accessories

My best friend works for the amazing Fernando Jorge and she was able to lend me some beautiful sequence drop diamond earrings, which were the perfect touch of sparkle. My mum also lent me her sapphire ring that had been passed down to her from my nani – it was my something blue, borrowed and old, which I loved.

I went to Christian Dior’s Collection Privee scent room in Selfridges to find the perfect wedding scent! I opted for La Colle Noire which is the perfect mix of rose entwined with spices. I loved the meaning behind the vision of the perfume: the fragrance discloses a unique and secret vision of the flower to which the Couturier-Perfumer vowed a unique, everlasting love.

My hair was styled by Hair by Charmaine and my makeup artist was Mike of Makeup by Miki.

As mentioned above I’m a big fan of elevating any look with the perfect accessory, mine was all about the hair! I wore a cathedral length veil from Miss Bush – I kept it pretty plain and simple so that I didn’t distract for the fabulous dress. My hair bow was from Gigi & Olive – I then swapped that out for a rhinestone party headband for the dance floor. And as I really went out there with the hair accessories, I ended up finding the perfect pink heels from New Look.

Bride in a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville wedding dress, standing by a window and bathed in window light, and carrying a colourful wedding bouquet.

The Dress

I wore the Hailey gown by Suzanne Neville which I discovered at Miss Bush – I can’t speak highly enough about the team there.

Smiling happy bride in a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville wedding dress.

They were an absolute dream to work with, they made me so comfortable throughout the whole process, the dress fit perfectly and they really brought the additional sleeves that I added into real life.

Mother of the bride buttoning her daughter into her Suzanne Neville wedding dress.

I also bought my veil from Miss bush too, they have an amazing veil service and ensure your veil is perfectly made to complement your dress length.

I would advise any bride if you live in the Surrey/London area – GO there! Make the journey! You won’t regret it.

Happy bride with her father, she wears a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville wedding dress and bright pink shoes from New Look. She carries a colourful (pinks & pastels) wedding bouquet.

My three bridesmaids wore dresses by Maids to Measure and pink floral headbands from Clementine & Mint.

Bridesmaids in pink Maids to Measure bridesmaids dresses.

Bridesmaids in pink Maids to Measure bridesmaids dresses, standing with the bride in a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville dress buy a church door decorated with colourful flowers.

The Ceremony

My fab dad walked me down the aisle to the traditional wedding song. I was pretty nervous and my dads humour kept me nice and relaxed and smiling! Thankfully no ugly crying!

We had a traditional church ceremony which Adam and I had always dreamt of. Both of us just love a church. The wonderful Reverent Janet officiated the wedding and she was fantastic, as we were getting married outside of our local parish we actually had to attend services quite regularly in Cheltenham so we got to know her pretty well.

Bride and groom holding hands during their church wedding ceremony.

Our two fantastic friends did readings throughout the ceremony. Zak one of my university pals read a beautiful bible passage – we knew he’d take it seriously enough and deliver it perfectly. Petros who used to work with Adam and I when we first met wrote the most beautiful reading about love, friendship and it really had everyone feeling all the feels. They both were amazing!  

One extra thing I’d love to mention is during the signing of the official wedding document. Our very dear friend Joanne Gray and her singing partner Mike sang my favourite song – The Prayer by Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli – It had people in tears and it was the perfect tough of drama and surprise to our ceremony.


After extensive research, we chose The Springles as our wedding photographers – as we loved their modern and intimate take on weddings.

They really captured the love and fun of the day, we wanted a photographer who felt like a friend on the day and we really loved the whole process with them – being relatively awkward in front of the camera they made us feel so relaxed.

We would highly recommend booking them, we also added the second shooter as we have over 130 people, it meant all angles were covered and we managed to have pictures of both of us getting ready. We’d also highly recommend if you don’t go with a videographer to add the second shooter.

Bride and groom kissing outside a church doorway decorated with a broken floral arch.

How They Met

We both met at work in London, and nearly seven and a half years later, Adam finally proposed at a beautiful vista just outside of Falmouth in Cornwall on a gorgeous sunny day.

It was actually the queens diamond Jubilee weekend, so it was nice to get my own diamond too.

Bride in a puff sleeve Suzanne Neville wedding dress and veil.

We loved planning the wedding and were engaged just under a year and a half before our wedding day. 

Adam wore a fan favourite, the sartorial range from Marks and Spencers! The perfect navy suit

I really wanted a romantic vibe but with super bright colours, think Bridgerton on a budget. I obsessed over Pinterest for months which I think ever bride does.

Wedding reception table with cross back wooden chairs, pink taper candles and a floral table centrepiece of bright & colourful, late summer flowers.
Colourful lanterns hanging within a wedding marquee. Round tables with cross back chairs and colourful floral table centrepieces.

The Reception

Jenna of Bloom Street Florals is the dream, I searched high and low for the perfect florist and from day 1 I just loved working with Jenna.

She really did bring our vision to life, she checked in all the time throughout the process and felt like a mate that I could bounce ideas between!

Bride and groom walking up the steps in the gardens of Cowley Manor in The Cotswolds.

Flowers were a big thing for me and I felt like she really made it look gorgeous. Another thing I loved with working with Jenna was that she was so pro re-use, we used all our ceremony flowers which dressed the church and utilised these for our table settings. 

Bride and groom sitting at the top table with pink taper candles, a colourful 'long and low' floral arrangement and chinking their champagne glasses.

We had custom matchboxes made from Etsy with our names on and a little crab! A little homage to Cornwall where we got engaged and Adam’s love of Rick Stein. 

Apart from marrying the love of my life and getting to spend the most perfect day dancing and partying with our incredible friends and family – I also loved that Mike performed an incredible set after our main courses.

Bride and groom cutting the cake. There are 4 pink, heart shaped cakes with frilly retro style icing.

He sang all the big classics and also rolled in ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ as Adam is a massive west ham fan. He had everyone up in the marquee dancing, even my grandparents!

Bride and groom making peace sign gestures with her hands, wearing heart shaped sun glasses and a puff sleeved Suzanne Neville wedding dress. She wears a Gigi & Olive bow in her hair.

Evening & Dancing

We hired The Mojo Band for the evening and chose Mariah Carey’s ‘Fantasy’ to dance to.

Maria is one of my favourite artists and we really wanted something fun and upbeat! The perfect 90s classic.

Words of Wedded Wisdom

My words of wisdom would be, there is a lot of noise from every angle when you’re planning your wedding. Make sure you stay true to your vision, and push for the things that you really want. Adam and I both had 2/3 non negotiables, these were things we each really wanted and we weren’t going to budge. Set these out at the beginning and don’t feel the pressure to shift from outsiders opinions. 

Another thing would be to ensure you have people who are going to make you feel relaxed and laugh in your room when getting ready. Don’t be afraid to keep it to a small group and potentially offending people. 

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.