Bride Rachel shares the story of her beautiful, traditional wedding in somerset…
What dress did you wear?
“I bought my dress from Cardiff Bridal Centre, who were fantastic. I thought I had an idea about what kind of dress I’d like, but I had a completely open mind, too. As it happened, I fell in love with the second dress I tried on! It also happened that it was a sample dress in the sale, so it was bought for an amazing price too, and knowing that was the actual dress I would be wearing also felt amazing. Cardiff Bridal had it cleaned and stored it until the big day, too. I bought the dress eleven months before the wedding, and it didn’t require much alteration either, so it was obviously meant to be!”
What did Jim wear?
“He wore his British Army Number 1 uniform for the wedding. As he is a Warrant Officer Class One he wore an Officer’s dress, which came with a sword – that he was very excited about at first but I think he found it very annoying by the end! Much later on in the evening he changed out of his uniform and wore a blue suit from Moss Bros, matching his
best man, father and his two ushers.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My Matron of Honour was my good friend Sharon, who was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Hereford 14 years ago. My two bridesmaids were Jess and Sarah, who both got married last year, and were a huge help leading up
to the big day. Both ladies were originally friends of Sharon, but over the years they’ve become lifelong friends, too, having enjoyed many a night on the town when we were all single! They wore pistachio dresses from Cathedral Belles of Worcester. Our beautiful flowergirl was Chloe, who was Jim’s best man Owen and wife Julie’s daughter, and she was an absolute star.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“There were so many highlights I’m not sure I could pick one! Amongst them would be the amazing speeches from my husband, and also Dave, my father-in-law. My Matron of Honour gave a speech and obviously Jim’s best man Owen,
did a brilliant job. The first dance was also incredibly emotional, in fact the whole day was. One night, months before the wedding, we’d drunkenly decided it would be a good idea to use a friend from the village, Graham, and his tractor to take me and the bridal party to the church, and it was the best decision ever! It was huge fun and meant we all got to the church together. Another highlight was seeing old friends, and Jim meeting up with many old army friends from near and far. It was a real village affair – it felt like a royal wedding!”
Date: 24th August 2019
Venue: Ceremony at St. Margaret’s Church, Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset, followed by the reception at the Crown & Victoria Inn, Farm Street, Tintinhull
Photographer: Who Is Benjamin whoisbenjamin.co.uk