Cotswold Celebrant Elegant Wedding in Stunning Formal Gardens with Natural Decor

Fliss and Steve's real wedding along with their dog joined their guests at Pauntley Court, Gloucestershire enjoyed countryside views as they said I do

Pauntley Court is an exclusive wedding venue having formal gardens, ceremony rooms and accommodation - wedding conducted by Celebrant of Distinction Amanda-Louise Knight

The Couple's Story

Fliss and Steve are professional couple living in Essex found my Celebrant services via google search. Steve is a police officer so we had an instant connection as I have a former police background, but we didnt spend too long talking 'shop'!

Our planning meetings were conducted via zoom due to the distance, where we got to know each other and I listened carefully what was important to them to include in their ceremony, as well as offering ideas how to make it unique and personal to them as individuals.

They choose this venue as was nearby to their parents home, and had thought the venue fitted their needs perfectly. They wanted the formality as well as stunning views, and a laid back day so everyone could relax. I asked them In 3 words to describe their vision - they said - romantic, not cheesy, informal and enjoyable wedding -okay thats more than 3 but we are not counting!

The Dates

The couple choose the date of 15th September as it was on that day 14 years ago they met in LA while they were both on an organised camping trip. Mind you, after that it took Fliss ages before she contacted Steve again, in spite of him giving her his email and telephone numbers!

They got engaged 11 years later - again on 15th September during their holiday in Thailand in their hotel's restaurant on the top floor overlooking some fabulous views. Steve asked Fliss if she wanted to upgrade her girlfriend status!

So they wanted to have their wedding on 15th September too. There is no reason why they shouldnt forget their anniversary in future years!

Order of the Day presented on Wooden Easel

The Colour Schemes

Beautiful pinks, coral and pastels were chosen for this wedding. This was seen in the floral displays.

Before the Ceremony

I always arrive in plenty of time to wedding ceremonies I conduct, and this was no exception. I popped in to see Fliss getting ready, to say hello and reduce any nerves!

Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight pops in to say hello to bride Fliss before the ceremony

The wedding service was planned outside in the formal gardens, and the weather was sunny as you can see from the photos. After spending time with the bride, I made my way out to the gardens to spend time with the Groom Steve before the arrival of his bride.

The bride wore an off the shoulder long wedding dress and the groom wore a blue tweed suit with pink tie and matching handkerchief. Didnt they look amazing?

Groom Steve waits patiently with Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight before start of ceremony

The Ceremony & The Music

keyboard musician plays live music as the bride walks down the aisle

Bride Fliss walked up the aisle accompanied with her father whilst the musician played Pachelbels Cannon, and met groom Steve at the top of our backdrop of archway.

Backdrop to our wedding ceremony

stunning summery flowers decorate the wedding arch

They didnt want any religion weaved into their ceremony, but did wants lots of laughs and to express their banter of each other along with some traditional elements. Their vows were made up of promises to each other, and they both exchanged rings. After that the couple choose to have handtying as liked the idea of handfasting of 'tying the knot' within their service. They choose colours which represented personal things to them, rather than the spiritual choices. They also took advantage of having my ceremonial certificate to sign during their wedding service.

Wedding Readings

The couple choose ‘Guess how much I love you’ written by Sam McBratney and ‘These I can Promise’ written by Mark Twain


This couple dont take life too seriously. As well as their heartfelt loving promises to each other, the groom said when he looks back on their 25th wedding anniversary, he would wonder 'how the hell did she put up with a crotchety old git like me for that long'?!


The couple choose baby blue colour ribbon to represent the only colour shirt Steve wears - well he is a serving police officer! Green was chosen to represent their house colour scheme. Purple they choose because it reminded them of a poem of an eccentric lady who wears purple and black symbolising their collie dog Raven colouring. These ties were then bound around their hands before they stepped back and tied their knot. I presented the couple with their knot as a keepsake of their wedding.

Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight prepares the ceremony table with the wedding certificate and vows

The Wedding Dog!

It was important to them to include their beloved dog called Raven, a black collie, in their wedding ceremony, so Raven was their ring-bearer and sat obediently with the guests during the service.

Bride and Groom with their Ring Bearer dog Raven with Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight

The Wedding Reception

After the wedding ceremony, family and friends joined the happy couple in another part of the gardens where champagne was poured and toasts given to honour the couple.

Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight and Bride Fliss

All the guests enjoyed the extensive gardens, and stunning countryside views

stunning grounds at Pauntley Court enjoyed by the wedding guests

Afterwards everyone retreated inside for their wedding breakfast held in one of the ceremony rooms

Wedding breakfast held inside

The couple opted for a naked cake with flowers that matched their decor.

naked wedding cake awaits the bride and groom to make the first cut

Cheers to this fabulous couple, may your lives be filled with happiness, love and of course an abundance of laughter x

Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight Toasts the happy couple

What Did the Couple Say About Using Amanda-Louise Knight's Celebrant Services?

Groom Steve wrote:

'COVID forced us to have a split wedding(21/3/20) and reception(15/9/21). When it came to the reception we required a celebrant to pull things together. We were both stressed and had little idea how to proceed. My wife came across Amanda Louise. What a find! She instantly took hold, guiding us as to the available options and filled us with confidence pulling together a bespoke ceremony that was perfect on the day. On the big day, she arrived well-presented and in good time. A true gem.'

Great Working Alongside Wedding Suppliers

Venue - Pauntley Court

Florist - Honeysuckle Flower Company

Photography - John Colson

Celebrant - Amanda-Louise Knight

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Trained, experienced and has lots of imagination, ceremonies are written from the heart with the right balance of sentiment. Amanda-Louise makes the process from booking to delivery easy and smooth, and offers lot of advice. But she importantly listens to her clients to understand their vision. As a public speaker for over 30 years, trained by the BBC, she knows how to engage with everyone so they feel involved in the wedding.

So what are you waiting for - contact Amanda-Louise today to discover how she can make your words lift off the page by calling or emailing - you are in a safe pair of hands, award winning, fully insured and someone with bags of personality that can adapt to suit your style!

Written by
Amanda-Louise Knight

Amanda-Louise Knight is an experienced Celebrant and Toastmaster associated with ICPC and Celebrant Circle. BBC trained and public speaker for over 30 years. She is an Independent Marriage Proposals, Weddings & Events Planner and creates unique personal days for those who want to celebrate special moments in life. Her business also includes Somerset Wedding Day Dog Chaperoning so the dog comes too. Her mission is to encourage everyone to make the most special occasion in life better than imaginable. She is based in Somerset and covers the UK. Amanda-Louise can be contacted on or 07879 220046.

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