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Caswell House Cotswolds Wedding

Gemma and Tom’s Caswell House Cotswolds wedding was held in the autumn of 2020 and so was subject to the pandemic Rule of 15 for their guest list. Nevertheless, as this West Oxfordshire business is an ‘exclusive- use’ wedding venue, there was a wonderful feeling of warmth and togetherness among those who were allowed to attend.

The Wedding Venue

Managed by the family who have lived at the house for decades, Caswell House is quite unique. Dating back to the 15th Century it is steeped in history. The estate was once part of Caswell, a deserted medieval settlement. Various remains of the settlement have been found but only Caswell House itself, and the barns, are still in existence. Any Caswell House Cotswolds wedding, big or small, is seriously worth considering. With original honey-coloured stone buildings, an ancient orchard, 14 sumptuous bedrooms for those who wish to stay, this exclusive-use venue offers dream surroundings for weddings, whatever time of year.

If you are planning to marry in this area, and still searching for the right location, then take a look at these other Oxfordshire Wedding Venues.

Caswell House Outdoor Ceremony

Set in 300 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, complete with secluded walled gardens and a picturesque moat, Gemma and Tom’s Caswell House Cotswolds wedding ceremony was held in the open. Couples can take their vows in the beautiful barns, with flagstone floors and authentic oak beams, or, as Gemma and Tom did, enjoy an elegant outdoor ceremony, exchanging rings under the ancient archway of the Loggia. 

They made full use of access to the landscaped courtyards for drinks and explore well tendered gardens and grounds for the all-important wedding photos!

Caswell House Cotswolds Wedding Breakfast

Three medieval barns are available for receptions, the cake cutting ceremony and dancing. The barns are beautiful. As part of the festivities, Tom and Gemma’s family and friends showered them with confetti, under exposed beams and high galleried ceilings.

Clearly, it has been difficult for many living through a pandemic, without the extra worries of planning a micro Caswell House Cotswolds wedding, together with the restrictions that come with it. This bubbly couple, however, took it all in their stide, and put on an intimate and romantic day we all thoroughly enjoyed.

I have photographed several weddings which have been subject to Covid-19 restrictions. In each case, the wedding had a charm an uniqueness of its own. Elspeth and James, for example, had just two invited guests for their church ceremony but, nevertheless, none of the magic was lost.

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