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It’s all Bright-On the Horizon

Luke and Kelly's Wedding dayIt’s been a busy year for Luke Brighton not only did he become Estimating Manager back in March but last weekend married his fiancée Kelly Ann at St. Mary’s Church at Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds.

Unlike the name suggests the setting is very picturesque and is a focal point for tourists and the Manor House within the Church grounds provided the backdrop for the wedding breakfast.

In the planning for over 2 years Luke has been fastidious in his approach to the whole event leaving every detail to his fiancée and “management team” consisting of Kelly’s mom Gill and Luke’s mom Erica.

Having recently moved into a fully renovated home Luke has been carefully watching the pennies and has saved hard for this exquisite event, following his double stag event, to Prague and Madrid.

luke 9“Having heard from the best man Dan, that Carl his future farther-in-law had let the cat out of the bag on the previous stag, I wasn’t going to let on that we were going to Dusseldorf as agreed! and remained impassive when he said we were going to Madrid. Imagine my surprise having packed Jumpers, coats and wet gear when I arrive at Birmingham airport to be greeted by shorts flip-flops and sunglasses…. Apparently, he wasn’t joking when he said Madrid…”

Simon Lamb, MD.

St Mary's Church

The service and wedding ceremony was conducted at St. Mary’s Church which was rebuilt in 1867 and is a grade II listed building and sits in the heart of the village named after the brook that runs through it.

St. Mary’s was designed by English architect Benjamin Ferrey who also carried out much of the restoration work at Wells Cathedral. There has always been a church on the site since 13th Century and certain aspects of the original church have been retained including the 13th century arches.

luke 4The stain glass windows are memorials dedicated to the Whitmore family who lived in the manor house next door and provided the setting for the wedding breakfast.

The wedding ceremony was a traditional affair with the odd splashes of modern touches including a gospel choir, readings and poetry accumulating in the ringing of church bells dating back to 1450.


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The 100 plus guests were able to celebrate in style and be entertained during the festivities accumulating in live music, drinking and eating into the early hours.

“The Cotswolds is a magical place and I know Kelly and Luke chose this picturesque place with lots of care. It has provided a fantastic venue for friends and family to celebrate their wedding…”

Simon Lamb, MD

Luke and Kelly’s marriage seems to have brought families very close together with both Kelly’s Father Carl, and Luke’s Father Mike becoming good buddies on and off the golf course. Both families are incredibly supportive of Luke and Kelly and like them everyone at Makers wishes them every happiness for the future.

Luke and Kelly are looking forward to their honeymoon early next year where they plan to visit some exotic parts of the world, and give time for Luke to save up!!


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