What’s one of the big fears for your wedding day? I bet it’s rain. Rachel and Matt saw plenty on their big day, but it didn’t dampen a thing. Here is their gorgeous wedding, and it’s proof that your day will be incredible even if it does tip down. You just have to go with it and smile! Photography is by the wonderful Nicki Feltham.
The beautiful bride, Rachel, described her day to me as a quintessentially English country garden reception, with a slight twist. The slight twist being an impromptu pool party! The couple had a first swim instead of a first dance, which saw family and friends join in the fun very quickly. Perfect way to say ‘we don’t care!!’ to the rain!
Rachel and Matt were married on August 24th, 2013, at the beautiful and historic St Mary’s church Hartfield, with the reception following at Rachel’s grandparents’ home in Upper Hartfield.
We chose the church and venue as my parents were married there 29 years before, and had the same marquee style reception! In fact, they had guests swimming in the pool at their wedding, too! We loved the sense of connection to the past.
Matt proposed just before Easter, with a surprise candlelit trail, flowers and picnic, then snowy stargazing in the countryside to follow.
The DIY/thrifty bits
I had lots of fun with DIY elements, from a picnic basket cardholder, to hanging butterflies in the marquee. Other elements included the table decorations, which were vintage books clustered with candles and unique flower arrangements for each table, designed by my friend Katy Gaunt, who also created the dreamy bouquets. Another favourite touch was the fairy lights that were hung from paper shades on trees in the garden. I also loved the last-minute greenery in the marquee as we had some left over from the flowers.
I had a bit of a wobble when the heavens opened and it rained almost all day! But the marquee was so beautiful, and it cleared up for the evening, and the fairy lights went on before we jumped into the pool, which was magical.
- Include friends and family as much as possible, but also make sure that you have clear boundaries with what you want
- Ask opinions, but make it obvious that the final decision is yours
- Our motto was ‘keep it simple’
- We tried to be as lighthearted as possible with the preparations and enjoy it all.
A refrain written by Misty Edwards called Just a Little While Longer. It was performed beautifully by our friends Jon Davies and Rachel Hall.
Any advice for married life that you’ve learned so far?
I think it’s all about having grace for one another. To really love your spouse more than you love yourself is something that takes a lot of practice and determination, but is completely worth it. We’re having so much fun in married life!
Photography – Nicki Feltham Photography
Bride – tea-length dress by Sharon Bowen, veil borrowed from friend, shoes from TK Maxx
Bridesmaids – Joy
Flower girl – Monsoon
Groom and ushers – Marks and Spencer