You are most definitely in for a treat with this real wedding, so I suggest you pop the kettle on and have a cuppa, while you’re at it treat yourself to a chocolate hobknob as you have been invited to peruse a romantic intimate countryside wedding, so romantic that the sun shined down on them all day. So sit back and enjoy…
On 8th September 2012, Rob and Rachael got married at the church that sat just round the corner from where she grew up followed by a relaxed afternoon tea reception at The Bull, Long Melford. Taking inspiration from the afternoon tea idea, Rob and Rachael were able to personalise their wedding to be a traditional countryside wedding garden party feel, bunting, cupcakes and hand made invitations followed by a fabulous evening with a live Jazz band and buffet!
So Rachael, tell us all about the proposal…
The proposal was completely unexpected. Rob took me to a lovely little pub just round the corner from us, we managed to get a lovely quiet little table in the corner and he just pulled the ring out – I was taken completely by surprise and could only manage an ‘okay’.
We left the planning for a couple of months after getting engaged and starting to think about it at the beginning of the summer. Rob was involved right from the beginning – we wanted it to be ‘our’ day. We did discuss a few ideas before arriving at the decision of what we actually wanted to do. We found going to a few wedding fares really useful.
We used a lot of people we already new for things such as flowers, cakes, music, cars, make-up and we designed and made the invites ourselves. We are very lucky to know a lot of people who are extremely talented at what they do and who were happy to help us organise and be part of our day.
Our photographer, Kerrie Mitchell Photography, was one of only a couple of photographers we had in mind from the beginning. We knew that Kerrie would offer us the friendly, professional and high quality pictures we wanted to remember our wedding day by and we have not been disappointed. The whole experience, including the engagement shoot she offers as part of her wedding package, was fun, relaxed and we now have the most wonderful pictures of our day. We felt at ease the whole time with Kerrie – we would and have recommended her to anyone who asks.
Tell us about the dress…
My dress was everything I had in mind, as soon as I put it on I felt like a big weight had been lifted. I had tried on a few before that which gave me a good idea of what I did and didn’t like – I actually found this really helpful as there are so many out there! My dress was just the combination of everything I had decided that I liked up to that point and it was just wonderful. I got some lovely open toe shoes from Monsoon and my accessories, a tiara and jewellery, I got from the same shop as my dress.
I helped choose my husband’s suit. We went to a couple of suit appointments together and it was lovely to see him looking so smart. He looked so proud when he walked out of the dressing room! This was probably one of my favourite bits of organising the wedding.
With the little things and the details on the day – we made all our own stationary, including the tags for the favours. We tried to incorporate the afternoon tea idea into the day, including the flowers, the wedding cars and decorations. Even the readings were personal to us and chosen because they meant something to us. For favours, we had little packs of bite size brownies made as favours made by the same person who made our wedding cake.
We have a couple of most memorable parts of the day. The first being when we came out of the church after the ceremony and we were able to say hello and chat to everyone who had come. It was lovely – it was such a lovely day, beautiful weather and it was so lovely to relax and talk to everyone.
The second was when Rob drove us from the church to the reception venue in an open top car after the wedding and we got to spend some time together. We really appreciated that half an hour together. It can be hard to spend time together on the day to just talk.
Our first dance was to Wonderwall by Ryan Adams.
We went to Cornwall for a week immediately after the wedding but are off to Rome for our official
Honeymoon in January 2013.
Well, that was gorgeous! I love how everyone in the photographs just looked so happy. I always get a bit soppy when looking at newlyweds photographs… We wish you a beautiful marriage, Rob and Rachael and a big thank you for letting us feature your special day. Have a utterly gorgeous time in Rome… *swoon* – Italy is sooo romantic!
So, tell us what you liked about Rob & Rachael’s wedding, we would love to hear from you!
Until next time xxx
Credit Where Credit’s Due…
Photography: Kerrie Mitchell Photography www.kerriemitchell.co.uk
Venue: The Bull, Long Melford