Jazmin & Atsushi’s wedding day took place at Tetbury venue The Great Tythe Barn. This stunning & idyllic venue is nestled within the Cotswold, with plenty of grounds and overnight accommodation for guests. The entire vibe of the place was super warm and homely, which made for a lovely atmosphere. They chose The Great Tythe Barn for its “beautiful location” and so that the “family could stay close together.”
This sweet couple tied together both their English & Japanese traditions – English from Jazmin’s side and Japanese from Atsushi’s. The day began with the couple getting ready just a stone’s throw away from one another, both surrounded by their nearest & dearest. Atsushi wore a Japanese wedding hakama – a traditional kimono worn only at weddings. Jazmin meanwhile wore a beautiful, romantic, off-shoulder, long, white gown, finishing the look with a classic up-do and pretty veil.
The ceremony was a beautiful and touching affair, as the loving couple read handwritten vows to one another. After it finished, everyone gathered outside to form a long confetti tunnel, ready to shower the newlyweds in dried flower petals. Soon after everybody was enjoying flutes of Prosecco and hand-rolled sushi canopies. We took some group photos on the garden underneath the shade of a big, leafy tree, before Jazmin, Atsushi & I went for a walk around the grounds for couple photos.
Back inside the ceremony room had been transformed into a stunning wedding breakfast area. Jazmin & Atsushi wanted to combine aspects of British and Japanese traditions, so there were nods to both cultures here. The table centrepieces featured beautiful English flowers. Meanwhile there were senbei (a kind of Japanese rice cracker) and personalised sake masu (a wooden box used for drinking Japanese rice wine) wedding favours for each guest.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast, the food with which again tied together both English and Japanese culture. Afterwards came the speeches, which were all so touching and emotive. To really celebrate their tying of the knot however, the newlyweds participated in a Japanese tradition called Kagami Biraki. This is an old and traditional act of breaking open a sake barrel to signify the start of something new. They poured sake for all of their guests one-by-one and had a huge group ‘cheers’ at the end. This was a wonderful way to begin the evening’s celebrations, as for the remainder of the day everyone had a great time, dancing, mingling, drinking and just partying the night away.