Siobhan & Rich got married in their local church, a stones throw from Siobhan’s childhood home, with a gorgeous rustic marquee reception held after at Rectory Farm in Madingley.
Siobhan wore the most beautiful fishtail Justin Alexander dress, and looked absolutely incredible! Her complimenting lace hair piece was tailor made by Botias, who also did her hair and make up. She looks like a 1940s starlet!
Rich’s son, Reggie took pride of place next to his Dad as the Best Man, and it looks like things got a little emotional during Reggie’s speech (too cute). After the speeches the Bride & Groom & both parent’s took part in an epic game of Mr & Mrs – The Paddle Round, but I won’t tell you how that ended, it’s a goody!
Siobhan The Bride: My Mum and I went bridal shopping on our own,just to be nosey, and ended up buying my Justin Alexander dress within an hour and a half! I tried on a second dress but nothing compared. I then took my Sisters and best friend back to Shades of White to see it and we all chose the veil together.
I left what suit Rich wanted up to him. I kept dreaming of a cream suit that he had threatened me with, but with my Dad by his side, I knew they would make a fab choice! I never knew what suits they were wearing until the wedding day and the boy did good! Especially little Reggie, looking every inch like his Dad.
Richard and I drove past the Rectory Farm countless times and with an appointment booked, my parents, us and Reggie visited it together and they all fell completely in love with it like I had. It was simple, we had only visited one previous but I didn’t want to look anywhere else.
We never wanted a colour scheme or to feel pressured to find everything in a set colour. I had an idea of what I wanted – classic vintage pastel coloured venue with little details. After countless day trips and evenings/weekends with my Mum, I am extremely proud that we can say ‘hey, we did that.’
We were lucky to have a florist in the family! Jenny did my cousins wedding and it was stunning, so, I left it all to Jenny. I told her the colours and she picked the flowers. I told her ideas on the centre pieces and boom – she had it all in mind! It was a breath of fresh air having Jenny. Also, what people don’t know, is I have a teddy that I sleep with (yes, at the age of 25!) and can’t bare to be without. His bell was wrapped in ribbon and put on my bouquet! (it was special to me!)
Wedding Party Fashion
The girls dresses were hard. We had sent back 4 -5 designs, and then we finally found their dresses in Coast, all in the sizes that matched the girls frames! All their jewellery I brought from Debenhams and gave to them as a present on the morning of the wedding.
Reggie (Rich’s son) was the best man (he even did a speech – which was amazing!) and wore the exact same suit as his Dad. The Groomsmen all had matching ties to my bridesmaids.
My Sister, Jessica, did a reading that she had written – I now have it framed in our bedroom – it made me cry and I couldn’t believe she had written mine and Rich’s love and compassion for each other down on paper, just by knowing us. It was a special moment that I will treasure and thanks to Hannah we have the photos. My Sisters are my best friends and it was amazing that we shared that moment together, along with the rest of my family and friends.
As part of the entertainment, Rich’s brother, Sam, came up with a game for us to play after the speeches (competing against my Mum & Dad!) It was hilarious! Sam would ask us a question, with us sat back to back, and we’d have to hold up the colour card for the person that we would think is the answer. It was silly questions such as “Who is the messiest?” and it went down a huge hit with all the guests too! We also had another round where we had to write down the answer we thought our partner would say. I remember the question Rich was asked, “If Siobhan was deserted on an island, who/what would she want with her?” He answered “Me” when I had in fact said my Mum! His face was priceless!
For the evening, we had a band called The Cassettes and they were amazing! After emails and phone calls, the band knew exactly what we wanted and they were so professional and lovely. It was a delight having them play for us! We still get asked who they were for friends of friends weddings!
The food was spot on, we were so chuffed. The cake was made my Carol Banks Popple, a friend of my Mums, and she doesn’t even do it as a profession! She has so much talent and it was chocolate truffle (insane!) My friend Yasmin Sheik made everyone their own wedding cupcake for when they arrived – which everyone enjoyed and all they looked so lovely! Everyone thought it was such a nice touch (who doesn’t love a cupcake at 2pm at a wedding before dinner!)
In the evening we had a cheese board by Harriet at Dixies Deli. One of our guests from Germany even had cheese shipped to his house 3 weeks after the wedding! They were amazing!
I found our photographer Hannah May through RMW and I never would of dreamed of the girl behind the camera. Not only was she the best thing (to me)
about the wedding day (including Nicki – Hannah’s lovely second photographer!), she has also become my friend. We talked non stop towards the wedding, and me and Rich even modelled for a workshop shoot that she ran for 10 people! We still talk constantly about the wedding and our lives. Not only did she give me the greatest memories of the best day of our lives in photos, she continues to make me smile. She will never know what them photos mean to me but I will continue to tell her how amazing she is, personality wise and photographer wise.
Having a photographer and posing at your wedding is scary, not really knowing them, but for me it was just like having a friend. We laughed and smiled all day! She was a complete treasure and I’ll recommend her for as long as I live!
The only advice I would offer is to enjoy it. It goes way too quick, and try (try!) to grab a moment with your new husband to take it all in. I tried but mine was doing Jägermeister’s with my Dad! At 3am, we laid back on our bridal suite bed and went ‘that was the best. day. ever.’
I am so jealous of every single bride out there, esp. all the mixed emotions of nerves and excitement. I wish I could do it all again and bottle that feeling up. It truly is the best day, and I wish you all a lifetime of happiness!