This real wedding looks like a set from a period drama, complete with country garden style and cornflower blue… Rhiannon and Will got married in July 2010.
WHO: Rhiannon and Will
WHERE: All Saints Church in the village of Preston
WHEN: July 2010
PHOTOGRAPHER: Caroline Alexander
“It was a random Thursday evening out and I was already suspicious because Will let me choose anything I wanted off the menu, and I didn’t have to share with him!” laughs Rhiannon. “At first, I was really excited, and even questioned a bulge in his pocket (it turned out to be his wallet!), but soon relaxed and enjoyed the evening, watching The Lion King at the theatre. When we got back home, he made me wait even longer while he set up candles, and then he popped the question in our living room!”
The bride’s real wedding outfit
Looking like a gorgeous, modern-day Tess Of The D’Ubervilles, Rhiannon won our hearts with her delightful country-girl chic. “I was quite particular about what I wanted, and had even compiled a scrapbook of images, to give me lots of ideas. The dress I chose from Johanna Hehir felt amazing. Like something I might find in my Grandmother’s attic, and I just loved that vintage feel. I was so nervous about getting too excited in case it was out of my price range – and it was, but by that point it was too late, I was smitten and didn’t care!” smiles Rhiannon
“The bridesmaids’ dresses were so lovely – I had to buy one for myself!”
“The dresses for my beautiful girls were from Anthropologie in New York,” explains Rhiannon. “I went out there to visit my chief bridesmaid, Amy, with the mission to organise stationery that she was designing for me, and buy dresses! The ones we chose were originally white, but as Amy works in the fashion industry, she used her contacts to have them dyed blue. My other secret is that I also bought one, and kept it for myself!”
The groom’s outfit
Will looked dashing in his bespoke suit from A Suit That Fits.
The suit had a light-grey, bird-eye print, in a mohair wool material. All the groomsmen wore cornflower-blue ties and a Liberty-print fabric hanky. “I thought he looked cute and smart in his suit. I couldn’t wait to meet him at the altar,” recalls Rhiannon
Was a traditional wedding service at Rhiannon’s local village church. The ceremony included two bible readings from Solomon and Colossians, as well as an extract from Your Laughter by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. “I had spent quite a lot of time in Chile, and Will and I also travelled there together, so Neruda was a natural choice. Plus, the laughter element sums up Will and I – we were giggling throughout, hoping we wouldn’t be told off by the minister!” says Rhiannon
The real wedding blooms were made by Olga from Bloomers. The bouquets included scabious, cornflowers, asible, beargrass and mint – which smelt devine all day long
“The pieces – including escort cards, table numbers, table settings and invites – were all handmade by my best friend Amy, and her partner Ryan Letter from Brooklyn. It must have taken them hours, but everyone commented on just how beautiful it looked,” smiles Rhiannon
“I’ve always wanted to have my reception at the home where I grew up. Sadly, our garden isn’t big enough to fit a marquee, so I spoke very nicely to a local farmer, who kindly agreed to let us use his field,” remembers Rhiannon. Their marquee was hired from Elegant Marquees and Rhiannon’s Mum made bunting to decorate. The couple also hired retro crockery from Vintage Me for their real wedding.
“I spoke very nicely to a local farmer who allowed us to use his field…”
“We always knew we wanted to have a barn dance, however, we struggled to find anyone free because there was a big festival the same weekend as our wedding. Eventually, we stumbled across Hetty Pegglers Trump who were wonderful. They looked like they were having just as much fun playing as we were dancing!” smiles Rhiannon
The real wedding favours
Were little pots of mint imperials with Liberty-print fabric lids. “A wise friend once told me; ‘never refuse a breath mint’ – and I’ve taken this as sound advice,” explains Rhiannon
The happy newlyweds jetted off to Lombok in Indonesia, staying at the Quinci Villas.