Dilini and Will Shepherd enjoyed an autumnal Cotswolds wedding with Sri Lankan influences

Doctors Dilini and Will met in medical school, but it wasn’t until seven years later that they ended up as colleagues – and then a couple! It’s not every girl who can say she had a surprise flashmob proposal, but that’s exactly what Will organised for her in St Bart’s Square in London where the couple attended medical school.
The couple chose The Matara Centre for their ceremony and reception as it was the perfect blend. “Will was brought up in Gloucestershire and I’m originally from Sri Lanka,” explains Dilini. “We loved The Matara Centre as we felt it fitted with both of our backgrounds and personalities well.” This beautiful Cotswold venue has an Asian influence, including an exquisite Japanese garden with a pagoda. Dilini and Will also loved the stunning Regency house on the site that they hired for the weekend for the wedding party.
Nods to Dilini’s heritage were found throughout the day. Dilini accessorised her strapless and tiered skirt La Sposa dress with Sri Lankan jewellery to match her Sri Lankan blue sapphire engagement ring. Guests enjoyed a tasty Sri Lankan dinner, made by chefs at the Matara Centre, and in the speeches Will expressed his love to Dilini in Sri Lankan.
Fireworks were a definite theme of the day – even the cake, a delicious buttercream creation made by Cut Above Cake, was festooned with them! Guests gathered in the Japanese garden to serenade the couple with sparklers before the dancing started. The fireworks were also the perfect accessory for a November wedding.
Kevin Belson Photography was on hand to capture the day, and the couple were thrilled with the final results. “Kevin and Carol were a pleasure to work with,” enthuses Dilini. “Our wedding photographs were fantastic. They showed real commitment and enthusiasm planning and carrying out the pre-wedding shoot. On the wedding day they were present throughout until the first dance and didn’t seem fazed when things went on slightly longer than anticipated.” Just what you want from a wedding photographer! The rain also didn’t faze Kevin and Carol, who used it as an opportunity to think creatively. “One of the advantages of shooting on a day like this is that you avoid the clichéd shots. We had to use our creative wedding photography skills to find some other places to shoot inside, but I think we managed to nail it!”
The couple loved celebrating their relationship with their close friends and family, and succeeded in having the intimate and cosy wedding that they both wanted. And with an extended honeymoon to Zanzibar and Tanzania to look forward to in the New Year, the celebrations continued a bit longer.


Ceremony and reception venue The Matara Centre, Kingscote Park, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YA T: 01453 861050 W: www.matara.co.uk
Photography Kevin Belson Photography, 159 Drove Road, Swindon SN1 3AQ
T: 07582 139900 W: www.kevinbelson.com
Bride’s dress Once Upon A Time Bridal, 73 George Street, Hove BN3 3YE
W: www.onceuponatimebridal.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Ted Baker W: www.tedbaker.com
Flowers Rowan Blossom T: 0203 719 8122
W: www.rowanblossom.co.uk
Cake Cut Above Cake Old Common, Minchinhampton GL6 9EH T: 07913 300373 W: www.cutabovecake.co.uk