Rachael and Christopher’s classic cream and navy big day in Wellington, Somerset was full of both traditional and personal touches.
Happened on Rachael’s birthday in June 2012. “Chris works away during the week so this birthday I didn’t expect to see him. But, he surprised me by arriving completely out of the blue at my work and waited on the grassed area right outside my office window. He then silently held up three laminated A3 signs that said ‘Rachael Smith… Will you… Marry Me?’ I ran outside, and he got down on one knee and asked again. Of course my answer was ‘yes!’. He then asked me to cross over the grass and wave my arms, which I did and both our families came around the corner with Champagne and confetti, and we all celebrated together. It truly was perfect,” beams Rachael.
The bride’s outfit
Beautiful bride Rachael found her heavenly gown at a local boutique in Wiveliscombe called Aisle Altar Hymn. The dress was ‘Laurel’ by La Sposa for Pronovias. “Despite being completely different to the dress I’d pictured getting married in, I loved it as soon as I put it on, and felt amazing,” smiles Rachael.
She completed her look with a stunning ‘Shearer’ headpiece from Flo & Percy, which she found at the National Wedding Show, and ‘Tomea’ shoes by Rainbow Couture.
The groom’s outfit
Christopher hired his navy tails and grey striped trousers from Astaires in Taunton. “On the day he looked absolutely gorgeous,” says Rachael.
Were the bride’s sister Becky, her friend Katie and Charli-Mae as her flowergirl. They wore Dessy dresses in midnight blue, while Charli-Mae’s was from Debenhams.
Was held in Wellington School Chapel. Rachael’s cousin Liam read The Gift of Love from Corinthians 13 and their friend Joseph read Song of Solomon 2V 10-13. “My favourite memory was definitely standing at the altar with Chris knowing we’d soon be married,” smiles Rachael.
“All our flowers were from Bloomin’ Lovely in Wellington. Michelle and her team are fantastic and provided everything we wanted and more. My mum, sister and I made the napkin presentations, and Michelle slotted flowers into each one on the morning,” explains Rachael
Took place in the Great Hall at Wellington School. Rachael and Christopher served up mouth-watering choices for their wedding breakfast. Guests had a choice from starters of chicken, bacon, apricot terrine with Sheppy’s Cider chutney and watercress, or Salmon Timbale with king prawns and lemon and sumac dressing. Main courses included braised beef or breast of chicken, served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and dessert was white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake or strawberry and blueberry Eton mess. Yummy!
“Because the Great Hall is usually used as a drama theatre, drastic measures were needed to make it look like a wedding venue,” says Rachael. “We used Essential Events Hire, who are based in Bridgwater, to completely drape all the walls and ceiling – it looked magnificent. We also hired ice chairs from them along with crystal candelabra, which we used as our centrepieces,” she adds.
The couple’s glamorous stationery was created by Claire from Request Your Company.
“We were crafty when it came to the cake,” explains Rachael. “Karen Davey, a very good family friend, iced a polystyrene mold and made some stunning navy flowers, which were positioned on the edge of each tier. The catering team at Wellington School then made us a gorgeous traditional fruit cake to cut. I don’t think anyone could tell, until the cake was served and our ‘cake’ still stood tall on its display,” adds Rachael.
The couple gave each of their guests a good luck wallet containing a lottery ticket for that evening. They also created a yummy sweet buffet for their guests.
“We hired Groove-a-licious who are a 12-piece funk, soul and disco band. They were perfect and had the dancefloor packed. We also had Floor Fillerz DJ Jon Hendy who is a good friend and a great DJ,” says Rachael.
The couple honeymooned in Chris’s aunt’s villa in Spain for a week.