The family farm provided the perfect setting for Rachel and Rob’s rustic wedding in the countryside, complete with friends, family, flowers and fish ‘n’ chips.
How they met
Childhood sweethearts Rachel and Rob have known each other since their school days. “We were friends for a few years before we actually went out,” says Rachel. “I was eventually invited along to watch Rob play rugby for his local club, followed by a meal out. Unfortunately, our dinner date ended up as a takeaway on Rob’s parents’ sofa after his nose was broken during the match – and he never invited me to watch him play again!”
Rob and Rachel had planned a weekend walking in the Lake District, but woke up to torrential rain. “I thought it would be much better to make use of the hotel’s hot tub and the pub next door, but Rob was adamant that we were going for a walk,” Rachel recalls. “Halfway round, he dragged me up a hill, promising me a spectacular view. I was quite grumpy about it, but at the top, he proposed to me overlooking Rydal Water. I was so surprised that on our descent, I slipped on the wet grass and rolled halfway down the hill!”
The bride’s outfit
Petite bride Rachel envisaged a classic and elegant lace wedding dress for her big day. “But because I’m quite small, a lot of lace gowns felt far too heavy on me,” she explains. Eventually she found what she was looking for in a satin and lace True Bride design with a ruched tulle bodice, which she wore with a lace bolero. “It was really important for me to be comfortable, and it felt amazing – not too heavy, tight or structured,” Rachel says. “I knew it was the one when my sister, mum and I all burst into tears.”
The groom’s outfit
Rob wore full Highland dress, including a kilt in the family’s Gunn tartan. “Rob runs a decorating business so it’s rare that I see him without splodges of paint everywhere,” Rachel laughs. “I didn’t see his outfit until the wedding day – it seemed only fair, as he wasn’t allowed to see my dress – and I couldn’t believe how smart he looked.
Rachel had three important criteria for her bridesmaid dresses. “They had to be from the high street, short so they could be worn again, and feel comfortable,” she explains. The bridesmaids found the perfect style in a V-neck navy blue dress from Monsoon with a silver beaded waistband, worn with chic nude patent shoes from Marks & Spencer.
The bride arrived at the gorgeous St Bartholomew’s Church in a beautiful maroon and ivory Bentley. “It was a lovely sunny day, so my dad, bridesmaids and I stood outside for a few moments before the ceremony started,” Rachel says. “It was exciting knowing that everyone was inside, waiting for us.”
The stunning flowers for Rachel and Matt’s big day were a family affair. “Rob’s dad grew an abundance of sweet peas, and my mum and gran made our table decorations and took charge of growing the best petunias I’ve ever seen for our whisky barrel planters,” Rachel says. The bouquets and floral arrangements were created by Jennifer Ord, using hydrangea, peonies, roses, sweet peas and Scottish thistle.
Rachel and Matt held their reception at Rachel’s parents’ farm, and opted for a country fayre menu to suit the relaxed feel of the day. The buffet featured cold roast ham, beef, whole salmon and salads, followed by an array of delicious options for dessert.
The reception had a rustic country garden theme with a pink and cream colour palette. “We made use of lots of reclaimed items, like watering cans, jam jars and an old garden trestle, which formed the basis of our table plan,” says Rachel. “My dad is a beef farmer, so Rob even made cute cow-shaped chalkboards for our reception table names!”
The couple served a tasty cheese cake from The Cheese Shop as part of their buffet.
Rachel and Rob spent their honeymoon in the South of France, staying at a boutique-style guest house, enjoying a wine-making course and canoeing on the Dordogne.