We love a good castle wedding! We spoke to bride Rachael about her wedding to Matthew with its lemon and daisies theme…
How did Matthew propose?
A surprise getaway to New York. We go to Centre Parcs every year and I thought that’s where we were off to – I had no idea that everyone apart from me know that I was off to New York. I only found out the destination when we turned up at Heathrow airport and was handed a ticket! I still didn’t expect a proposal from Matt, as my Mom and Dad pretended to not know anything about it, and since Matt has always said he would ask my Dad first I didn’t think any more of it.
When arriving in New York, the taxi driver asked if we was ready for some snowfall. I had no idea we were in for the heaviest snowfall in about 10 years! Matt’s initial idea was that he was going to propose in Central Park, but the snow ended up being up to our knees, so that was out of the question! The snow gradually got worse and we ended up being snowed into the hotel, so he actually asked me in our room with some fizzy wine – and of course I said yes.
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
My dress was an A-line lace David Tutera dress, brought from Isaac Charles Bridal House in Birmingham.
What accessories did you wear and where were they from?
I didn’t have many accessories, but I wore a bracelet that Matt bought me for my 30th from Links of London and a necklace that was given to me on the morning of the wedding. One of my beautiful friends that did my flowers also attached a picture of my late Nan to my bouquet, which was definitely a tear-jerking moment.
What did the groom wear?
Matt wore a King and Allen suit, which was bespoke.
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
I have never felt so calm and excited all at the same time. It was truly one of the best moments of my life. I think I almost dragged my Dad down the aisle too quickly!
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
I had my two best friends Lisa and Becki, my cousin Amie, Matt’s sister Hollie, and Lisa’s three daughters Lacie, Madison and Ashleigh, plus my cousin’s daughter Madison. Their dresses were from a shop in Wednesbury town centre that Lisa works in called Simone’s Bridal.
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
Some of the theme was based around flowers as the tables were names of flowers. We wanted on our tables a flower that reminded us of the ladies that couldn’t make it to the wedding, and they went into a beer bottle of some sort that reminded us of the men that couldn’t make it. The rest of the theme was about lemon yellow colours and daisies, which was something we both fell in love with.
What was the highlight of your day?
It has to be seeing all my friend and family together. We have big families that it is so hard to get them all together at the same time, we had the most amazing celebration. It was the quickest day of my life but the best by far!
What was your best buy?
Without a doubt it has to be the photographer Clive Blair, as without him we would not be able to keep looking back at our memories. Each time we look at the picture I seem to notice something new about the day and that is truly magical.
What’s your saving tip?
Look around and try to find a good price on wedding stationery, as we tried to do it ourselves and it actually ended up costing us more money in the end what with hidden costs of paper and additional ink.
Date: 8th September 2017
Venue: Rowton Castle, Shropshire rowtoncastle.com
Photographer: Clive Blair cliveblair.co.uk