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Your Wedding in the Roaring Twenties – at the Delectable Daffodil

By Claire

Sometimes a breathtaking wedding venue can set the tone for your entire wedding day. If you book The Daffodil in Cheltenham you’ll be whisked right back to the art deco era, as Duncan and Natalie found, much to their delight!

Setting the scene... the beautiful art deco detailing inside The Daffodil

Setting the scene... the beautiful art deco detailing inside The Daffodil

I was completely bowled over by this incredible wedding venue and the beautiful ambience Duncan and Natalie created for their wedding reception.

Inside The Daffodil - beautiful art deco styling

Inside The Daffodil - beautiful art deco styling

Duncan told me, “We love The Daffodil and it sort of dictated the theme, being an art deco cinema. We encouraged fancy dress and were delighted with the effort that everyone went to.”

Vintage art deco inspired bride Natalie - she looks stunning

Vintage art deco inspired bride Natalie - she looks stunning

Enjoy the gorgeous images by Photoglow’s charming and talented wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins and be inspired by the amazing look of this wedding day.

The bar at The Daffodil, Cheltenham by Jonathon Watkins

The bar at The Daffodil, Cheltenham by Jonathon Watkins

The sophisticated style of Natalie and Duncan’s day is so perfect for the venue and the vintage setting. If you’re near The Daffodil then it’s definitely worth considering as one of the area’s most unique wedding venues.

Wedding tables at The Daffodil

Wedding tables at The Daffodil

About The Daffodil wedding venue

Wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins told me, “The Daffodil really is an unusual and good-looking building.

“It was built in 1922 in the art deco style as Cheltenham’s first purpose built cinema. Romantically it also had the country’s first ‘kissing seats’. The original protectors are still parts of interior. The kitchen is placed where the screen used to be right at centre stage!

Wedding guests on the balcony at The Daffodil, Cheltenham

Wedding guests on the balcony at The Daffodil, Cheltenham

“The restaurant is very striking and especially so when many of the guests were dressed up in 1920s style costumes. There are many beautiful details in the restaurants which were great fun to photograph.

Wedding guests in vintage art deco costumes

Wedding guests in vintage art deco costumes

Inside The Daffodil wedding venue

Inside The Daffodil wedding venue

A gorgeous wedding venue for a vintage wedding

A gorgeous wedding venue for a vintage wedding

Wedding guests on the balcony

Wedding guests on the balcony

The gorgeous interior of the 1920s cinema

The gorgeous interior of the 1920s cinema

Jonathon told me, “There is a beautiful sense of light and contrast in the daffodil. Large windows at the bar let in bright daylight, while the more subdued lighting of the balcony gives it a real period feel.”

Inside The Daffodil

Inside The Daffodil

the wedding tables - simply decorated and looking lovely

the wedding tables - simply decorated and looking lovely

Wedding guests dining at The Daffodil

Wedding guests dining at The Daffodil

Wedding tables and the splendid lighting

Wedding tables and the splendid lighting

The wedding speeches

The wedding speeches

The best men making their speeches

The best men making their speeches

I love how the mirror shows a reflection of the wedding guests!

I love how the mirror shows a reflection of the wedding guests!

“We had tequila instead of champagne for the best man toast, as a surprise for all.”

Natalie and Duncan - the bride and groom

Natalie and Duncan - the bride and groom

Duncan explained, “Natalie’s head-dress was made using an old brooch found in an antique shop, and her dress was off the rack at monsoon.” I think she looks fantastic: Who needs thousands of pounds when you have such a brilliant imagination and creative flair!

Natalie and Duncan: vintage inspired bride and groom

Natalie and Duncan: vintage inspired bride and groom

Wedding guests enjoying the speeches

Wedding guests enjoying the speeches

“Instead of a wedding cake we made individual luxury chocolate brownies, which went down so well one of the Daff’s waitresses contacted us for the recipe for her wedding and she subsequently shared the recipe with one of the Daff’s chefs.

The staircase at The Daffodil

The staircase at The Daffodil

I love this photo of wedding guests in vintage outfits - credit to photographer Jonathon Watkins for capturing a great moment!

I love this photo of wedding guests in vintage outfits - credit to photographer Jonathon Watkins for capturing a great moment!

Guests at the vintage wedding

Guests at the vintage wedding

Duncan and Natalie hired a local 8 piece funk band called Fink, who they say really made the evening unforgettable.

Check out their website: Fink’s main priority is getting as many people on the dancefloor as possible. They are passionate about what they do and this makes for an excellent party atmosphere. www.finkfunctions.co.uk

Bride Natalie looks gorgeous in her vintage dress from Monsoon and her own headdress

Bride Natalie looks gorgeous in her vintage dress from Monsoon and her own headdress

Art deco styling inside The Daffodil

Art deco styling inside The Daffodil

A gorgeous photo: setting the scene with drinks

A gorgeous photo: setting the scene with drinks

Thanks to Duncan and Natalie for sharing their wedding story and for kindly allowing me to blog about their wedding. I’ve loved the spirit of their day since the first moment I saw it, and I hope it’s inspired you too!

The Daffodil - art deco wedding venue.

The Daffodil - art deco wedding venue.

Thank you also to Jonathon Watkins, wedding photographer from Cheltenham. Jonathon’s official website is Photoglow: please check him out if you’re getting married this year as I believe he still has some availability. I love these images – he has such an eye for light and beautiful spaces, and I’ve saved my favourite image of The Daffodil for last!

Beautiful curved banister and window - The Daffodil

Beautiful curved banister and window - The Daffodil

The Daffodil is an exquisite wedding venue and is licensed for civil ceremonies – their website is www.thedaffodil.com and tells you all about the history of the cinema from its opening in 1922 to the present day.

No matter where your wedding day will be, I hope Natalie and Duncan’s wedding will give you some great ideas: sometimes one little detail can create a fabulous theme to run through your day. What will yours be?


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