The lovely Rachael contacted me on Twitter about her July 2010 wedding and when I saw a selection of photographs I couldn’t wait to share it with you. The bright pinks and blues make the perfect summer wedding, I love it!
How did you come to choose your wedding venue and date?
I chose my venue by wanting something completely vintage, off the normal ‘wedding’ market and in the middle of nowhere! I wanted elegance but somewhere just breath takingly beautiful and I got that at Columbine Hall in Stowupland, Suffolk. A beautiful barn set in acres of someone’s private estate, with cows and donkeys in the field, a mile long entrance surrounded in arch way trees, set in award winning gardens and a moat around the whole house and barn, beautiful! The date was 24th July 2010 and it was due to be hot, I wanted a hot, summery wedding and it actually turned out to be the hottest day in 2010!
Tell me all about your outfit
I want to die in my dress! My husband to be and I picked the dress, yes I know, squashing the idea of it being a surprise, but he didn’t then see it til the day! It was tight fitted on the top, with a mermaid, fishtail bottom. Made in white satin and covered head to toe in lace. It laced up at the back too. It was quite heavy and due to loosing 3 stone before the wedding, it needed alot of taking in! I brought it….wait for it…..online direct from China and had to send them 35 measurements of me, then they made it to size, and shipped it back all for under £100! I had my hair done at Robinsons, by Sophie who did beautiful plaits in my hair. One other little thing – my pants on the day were zebra print with pink lace – I wanted something different!!
And your bridesmaids…?
My bridesmaids were my best friend Claire (Maid of Honour) and Erin (my brother in law to be’s girlfriend). They were fab and they wore white knee length strapless gowns, zipped up at back which puffed out at the bottom for a beautiful yet vintage style look! With bright pink bows round the middle and pink lips and accessories (shoes from NEXT) they looked amazing! Fake tan was applied 2 days in advance so we all looked sunkissed!!
Did you have a specific style in mind for your wedding?
Vintage chic! From the bottle centre pieces, daisies in the bouquets, sweet table, tea cups filled with roses and general ambience being a country wedding, it looked amazing! I spent hours finding tea cups and bottles and hours making sure the favours (cupcakes) and general decoration (including lavender soaked rose bud hearts) looked and fitted in with the handmade bunting and handmade polka dot canvas bags for the kids filled with sweets and toys to keep them occupied, allowed the day to be chilled!
Tell me a little bit about your flowers and décor
I had daisies and big cream roses, beautiful pink gerberas and little sticks of lavender. My idea for the flowers throughout was that it needed to look like I had gone into a meadow, grabbed a bunch of flowers and thats what I got! Fab and stunning, by Susan Jayne May. Decor was vintage and country style, I could have gone a bit more country but didn’t want to go over the top! The barn had high ceilings and all wooden, and the whole day was just so chilled out and calm.
Did you have any favours for your guests?
Yes! We had heart shaped lolly pops and also cupcakes made by Cupcake Occasions. We also had a huge sweet table with little pink and white candy striped bags and a sign with ‘Love is sweet, so take a treat’ on the table. We had a bit picture of us for guests to sign which we have in our living room too.
What was your first dance song?
It was ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow/Its a Wonderful World’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and we nearly forgot it! We were all so chilled and dancing already to the DJ we hired, we suddenly got tapped on the shoulder and told we missed our first dance! So we grabbed each other and swayed to the music to lots of cheers and claps!
Have you planned your honeymoon?
No! We want a honey moon at some point, but with costs of the wedding, getting Rob’s son (my now step son) back to America (he lives there with his mum) AND me falling pregnant after the wedding, we haven’t done it yet, but we will!
Tell me all the little things that made your wedding day yours…
Just the general funny amazing time we had. We got married in a registry office in Stowmarket and then took everyone on a bus to the local pub for a pint. Our rings are very different too – mine a flower shape of diamond and sapphire and my partners engraved with our wedding day and ‘My Jigsaw piece’ as he said I am the only piece that will ever fit him! We then went to the barn around the corner and had lots of champagne and canapés provided by Mike Keen at the Brewery Tap in Ipswich. We ate a huge bbq with homemade chutneys, salads and quiches (all by our mums) then did speeches and ate our fab wedding cake (a tower of profiteroles!) we then ensured the kids were busy with beautiful hand made canvas bags (polka dot) that were filled with sweets, games and toys and we also had a Glitter Tattoo Lady come and give everyone glitter tattoos. We also had a young Psychological Magician going around and playing tricks on people, and in the evening, we had a Casino (Roulette) for a few hours and get the guests going! It was a hot day, and we ended up having two of our friends go skinny dipping in the moat as they were so hot! We had a pianist also, Ben Groom and he was amazing, he played slowed down versions of the latest hits (Lady Gaga) by ear (he is a amazing) and people were commenting how they ‘knew that song’ and he also was causing lots of smiles!!
We danced until way past midnight and then provided transport for everyone to get home. We had a free bar all day and night, lots of sweets, lots of fun and generally the best day ever! Everyone still talks about it today and says they can’t believe we made our wedding so calm, chilled but amazing! From my ‘I Do’ diamantes on the bottom of my shoes, to the bright pink pants the groom had on, we pulled the pink theme through the day. We also had handmade ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ Towels made for the bathrooms by Jane Hamerton and left hand cream, perfume and extra bits in the toilets to ensure the guests could freshen up during the day! Everyone brought flip flops to ensure they could dance all night, and we had mini fish and chips and deep fried cheese as the canapés!
I loved my day, including the special ‘Wedding Day’ scrabble art I made to go on the table. Hence now I do lots of scrabble art for other couples and help plan their day to go smoothly, calm and as chilled out as mine.
Photos – by Shana Yarnell, a friend of the bride and groom.
Such an amazing fun filled wedding and a joy to share. Many thanks to Rachael and Rob – Rachael, you looked stunning. I wish you all the happiness in the world for your future together as Mr and Mrs Gordon! You can see Rachael’s fab Scrabble Art site, Cutsie Cutsie here.