Rachel & Lewis
NEW YEAR’S EVE | WINTER THEME | SPARKLY ACCESSORIES | IAN STUART GOWN | ROSE PETALS AND SNOW SPRINKLES
Rachel and Lewis’s love story began when they were teenagers, working part time together. “We both knew there was something special about each other, but we had been friends for about one year before Lewis finally asked me out. It just felt so right, we were so happy to be boyfriend and girlfriend!” gushes Rachel.
The proposal came 11 years later, while the couple were still in the maternity ward with their first son, Zackary. “He was on Rachel’s chest and everyone had left the room so I knew this was my moment to pop the question,” says Lewis. “Even though we had been together for 11 years I was totally surprised and wasn’t expecting it at all. It was a very emotional day! I had become a mummy and a fiancée in the space of an hour!” Rachel remembers.
After such an idyllic romance and proposal, it was only fitting that the couple chose to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve in a beautiful wedding with a winter theme.
Rachel bought Wedding Ideas every month for big day inspiration, falling in love with Ian Stuart gowns that she saw in bridal magazines. The bride drove an hour and a half to her nearest Ian Stuart stockist, Limelight Occasions, and chose the third Ian Stuart dress she tried on. “I had my wow moment and I just knew it was the one! My mum said I came out completely differently than I had in any other dress before. There were lots of happy tears and champagne of course!” The gown featured a fitted silk bodice decorated with rolled silk roses and intricate hand beading. A romantic soft silk skirt completed Rachel’s dream dress. “I felt so confident and just very excited for my wedding day!”
She accessorised with a headband and cathedral veil embellished with diamantes, also from Limelight Occasions, as well as her something borrowed and blue which was a ring given to her mother by her grandparents on her mum’s 21st birthday.
The groom and his groomsmen went to Greenwoods to hire their suits. “Lewis wanted to stand out so he had a platinum waistcoat and cravat while the other groomsmen had ivory. Our two sons Zackary and Finley were our pageboys. We bought their suits from Debenhams and they were matching with their daddy.”
The couple also had two bridesmaids and flower girls. The bridesmaids wore Sorella Vita dresses in lavender while the flower girls wore ivory dresses with beading around the waist, handmade by Busy B’s. “I had fallen in love with the dusty lavender colour and it worked beautifully alongside my dress. The bridesmaids tried on several designs but they both fell in love with the dress they wore. It had a lovely back and they were both very happy.”
Rachel and Lewis opted for a civil ceremony and reception at Charlotte House with a winter theme. “With it being winter time we felt it would suit us better to get married and have our wedding breakfast all in one place. My mum walked me down the aisle, I was truly honoured to have her by my side as I walked towards my husband to be,” smiles Rachel.
A highlight of the day for Rachel was her son Zackary entering first carrying a sign he decorated himself saying ‘daddy here comes our girl’. “The ceremony room erupted in lots of cheering and clapping, it totally melted my heart.”
For their wedding breakfast the couple chose a selection of breads and oil and baked camembert to start, followed by roast blade of beef with all the trimmings and a trio of desserts. Later on, guests tucked into hog roast, mini fish and chip cones and freshly popped popcorn.
To bring their winter theme to life, Rachel enlisted the help of Make My Day to set up the room beforehand using a combination of handmade and hired decorations. Candles, birdcages and rose petals lined the aisle, while the reception room was filled with more candles, rose garlands, crystals and snow sprinkles. “As you entered the room we had a pre-lit Christmas tree with logs covered in snow and a reindeer on either side.”
Adding a personal touch, the tables were named after superheroes. “Lewis and the boys both love superheroes so it added a special touch for the groom.” Guests also received miniature black label whiskey bottles in memory of Lewis’s dad.
Talented family friend Linda made the cake as a wedding gift to the newlyweds. “We told her what we were after and she created a gorgeous cake!” Bluebells supplied the wedding flowers, from the bride’s rose bouquet to the flower girls’ floral star wands and the groomsmen’s buttonholes.
When it came to stationery, Rachel used Wedding Ideas to find her supplier, Funky Fairies who made all the invitations. For other stationery like the table plan and place names the bride-to-be got crafty with friends and family. “We had a craft making day which was so much fun! We even had a production line going!”
Rachel and Lewis’s top tip for keeping your wedding in budget is to create two spreadsheets, one for the essential expenses and the other a wish list. “Get all your must-haves first, then look to see if your budget can spread to your wish list too.”
VENUE | Charlotte House Hotel, Lincoln
DRESS | Limelight Occasions
GROOM | Greenwoods
BRIDESMAIDS | Busy B’s Bridal, Grantham
CAKE | Made by friend, Linda
FLORIST | Bluebells, North Hykeham, Lincoln
ENTERTAINMENT | Jo Manning
PHOTOGRAPHER | Paul Massey Photography