Rachel & Michael
BLUSH PINK FLOOR LENGTH BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | TED BAKER SUITS | DIY DETAILS | HAND GROWN FLORAL TABLE PLAN | TROPICAL COLOUR FLOWERS |
Michael met Rachel in 2009 when Rachel joined the fire station. Two years later they went on an idyllic first date to a local pub and to see the sun set over Lake Windermere. Romance continued to blossom for the couple who describe their relationship as being “fun loving, cheeky, full of laughter and passionately in love.”
Michael popped the question on Rachel’s birthday in 2014 and, despite letting his intentions slip on New Year’s Eve, it came as a surprise to Rachel. “Mike took me to the Inn On The Lake at Ullswater for my birthday. He kept me waiting all day and night until we were back in the room and surprised me just before I was going to get ready for bed when all my hopes had faded!”
Rachel wore an exquisite gown from Eternity by Nina in Barrow in Furness that featured lace appliqué and sparkles on the bodice. She accessorised with jewellery from Debenhams and sparkly gold Kurt Geiger heels. “I wanted a pair I would wear again,” says Rachel.
The two-tone bridesmaid dresses for Rachel’s sister Laura and best friend Katie also came from Debenhams, boasting simply stunning embellished necklines, white bodices, and dusty blush floor-length skirts.
The groom and his two best men, John and Andy visited Slaters in Manchester for their Ted Baker suits. The groom stood out by adding a waistcoat and choosing a gold tie to contrast the charcoal ties worn by the best men.
The couple tied the knot just down the road from their home at Chequers in Dalton in Furness. Rachel’s dad had the privilege of walking her down the aisle to Ray Lamontagnes’ ‘Shelter’. After saying I do and sharing their first kiss of married life, the new Mr and Mrs walked out to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’.
The reception was also held in a place close to Michael and Rachel’s hearts, with Urswick Village Hall being near to Rachel’s family home. The couple hired a marquee from PSR Marquee Hire for the reception and evening do. It was a truly handmade family affair when it came to the wedding preparations. “It was all hands on deck to get the marquee up and the venue decorated in fairy lights, flowers, plants, ivy, bunting and drapes. Mike’s mum did the invites for us and my friend Amy handmade our table plan,” Rachel tells us.
“The tables were decorated with log slices cut by my uncle and plants and flowers grown by my sister and dad’s girlfriend, Anna.” The couple also introduced a personal touch through their wedding favours which were donations to St Mary’s Hospice in memory of Rachel’s mum. “Everyone got a sparkly blue flower pin which was perfect because blue was Rachel’s mum’s favourite colour and it gave Rachel her something blue,” explains Michael.
Rachel’s sister baked their wedding cake and Bob In Café did the catering, providing a delicious range of Greek dishes for the reception and night do. The charmingly rustic wedding flowers were supplied by Brocklebanks florist, Flowers by Aimee. They partied the night away with friends and family, with the entertainment provided by Moon Coyn Ceilidh band.
The couple’s wedding day highlights were suitably romantic. “Seeing my beautiful wife coming down the aisle was my best memory of the day,” says Michael, while Rachel’s was “marrying my husband! And sharing the day with all our family and friends, it was just the best day and so much fun but it went way too quickly!”
Mauritius was their honeymoon destination. The newlyweds even got to swim with a wild pod of dolphins which made for an unforgettable start to married life.
VENUE | Chequers Hotel, Dalton in Furness RECEPTION | Urswick Village Hall DRESS | Eternity by Nina, Barrow in Furness GROOM | Ted Baker at Slaters, Manchester BRIDESMAIDS | Debenhams CAKE | Rachel’s sister FLORIST | Flowers by Aimee, Brocklebanks ENTERTAINMENT | Moon Coyn Ceilidh PHOTOGRAPHER | Darren Athersmith