Rachel and Richard filled their day with colour, love and truly personal touches – reflecting them both as a couple as well as representing their cultural influences.
The RMW team are especially in love with the rich jewel hues of the maids dresses and florals – we adore a bit of vibrancy…..
And if anyone is interested in tasting some of the most divine cupcakes ever made then bride Rach bakes them 😉
Mixing It Up
We sort of had a theme – I’m half Indian, and we wanted to include that into the day, so we went with lots of colour for the girls. Their dresses were from Dessy, and we went with the same dress but in a different shade of purple or pink for each. They all looked stunning, and the mix of colours was really effective.
As a gift for them, I asked a colleague who makes jewellery www.kcdesigns.co.uk to design a set of jewellery for each girl matched to their dress colour.
For my maid of honour, I actually asked her to make up a necklace based on RMW’s Rebecca’s double stranded necklace, and it looked perfect with the low back of the dress.
Our flowers were done by Heather Blackmore, who does the flowers for the chapel normally. She was brilliant – and very patient, putting up with lots of chopping and changing! We went with her to buy the flowers a week before the wedding, and she really helped us bring our ideas to life whilst sticking to our strict budget.
We wanted lots of colour in the marquee and we had a mix of tall vases and goldfish bowls, with underwater lights and clear cellophane in the water, which looked like cracked ice – cheap but very effective.
We just wanted to use our favourite flowers where possible, so Rich went for cream calla lilies for his and the boy’s buttonholes. For the bridesmaid’s bouquets we used one big head of green hydrangea with some gorgeous spray roses. For my bouquet I asked for a hand tied bouquet of white freesia, purple hydrangea, white and fuchsia phalaenopsis orchid, cerise roses and pink and cream spray roses.
It was just gorgeous, and smelt amazing.
Not Just A Photographer
We loved her style from the start and she understood exactly what we were after – relaxed, informal shots with a few non-stuffy formals. I can’t say enough about how great she was in the run up and on the day. From going on a coffee run in the morning to helping with hair and make up in the final frantic minutes to staying on late for surprise fireworks, she was an absolute star. So professional whilst being like one of our friends. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
A Great Love Of Food
Food is very important to us! We decided to have a big Indian feast for our meal, and our caterers, Sapna were excellent. We had dishes of curries, rice and naan served on each table and it was a really fuss-free way of serving everyone. The food was delicious, and all our guests told us how much they enjoyed the meal. I wish I’d had more!
Our cake was unbelievable. Rich’s Aunty Sue makes the most beautiful wedding cakes, and we were so lucky that she made ours for us. It was a four tier cake with marble sponge, carrot and fruit layers with the most realistic sugar flowers I’ve ever seen – honestly, no-one could believe that they weren’t real! It was absolutely delicious! Again, I wish I’d had more!
Simple D.I.Y Decor
In the chapel we only had one simple white hydrangea and foliage arrangement on the altar, and no other flowers as we felt the chapel didn’t need any other adornment. Instead we had all the candles lit inside and the effect was just magical.
In the marquee we had fairy lights strung from the ceiling along with some DIY Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms that we made (spotted on a very early RMW post!), and that my mum and dad hung from the roof of the marquee – they looked fab!
Because the wedding was at Winchester College, we decided that we would do the seating plans on blackboard and name each table after a school subject, so we painted some chipboard with blackboard paint and then asked my lovely sister-in-law Jo to write on everyone’s name with chalk – they looked brilliant.
We opted for both a band and a DJ, as my brother Jonathan is a very talented guitarist and plays and sings in a band, and we were so pleased that they played a set for us on the day. My other brother Andrew also plays guitar, and joined them for a few songs, and it was really special to have them playing for us. After that, we just asked the DJ to play lots of motown and disco to get everyone dancing.
My brother Jonathan and a very good family friend entertained us all while the drinks reception was going on by playing show tunes and rat pack classics on the guitar and piano – they were superb.
We were going to have a first dance, but to be honest we didn’t feel that comfortable about it, and knew we would feel really nervous, so in the end we decided not to have one – and we were so relieved! We did manage to grab a few dances together though which was lovely.
Making It Yours
There were so many things that made our day so special. I can’t even describe how thankful we are to our parents and families for organising and planning the most brilliant day, especially my mum – how she managed to juggle organising our wedding and a demanding full time job I will never know, but I suspect her crazy planning charts helped! They even planned an AMAZING surprise firework display for us as they know how much we love them – they kept the secret so well, and we didn’t have a clue!
We have many friends and family who live abroad, and we were so lucky that so many came to be with us from all over – New Zealand, America, Canada, Australia, India….the list goes on! We felt so lucky and so honoured that we were able to share our day with all of our loved ones. I remember looking round at everyone and thinking how blessed we were to have the support and love of so many wonderful people, and how joyful everyone looked. When I think back on our day, that’s what stands out.
My advice to other brides would be this: don’t sweat the small stuff! On the day there were some things that I forgot to do that I swore I needed to do, such as throwing the bouquet etc, but who cares?! I certainly didn’t!
Our ceremony was the most special part of our day and was very emotional, and I’m so glad that we spent a lot of time thinking about what to include. This is the really important part of the day, becoming husband and wife, so don’t lose sight of that.
Take time to look around you and to speak to as many people as you can. I felt like I was constantly talking to one person after another, but I wouldn’t change that for the world – it’s the one time in your life you will get to see all your family and friends in one place, so make the most of it. And don’t forget to really enjoy it all – all the planning beforehand and the day itself.
I wish we could have our day all over again, it was truly magical.
And it looks truly magical – that last image is a beaut.
Big Vibrant Love