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Real Wedding: Rach & Rob

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Hello everyone, today I have a real wedding for you that has been submitted to me by the wonderful photographer, Annemarie King.

Rob, an Applications Specialist for Siemens Medical, and Rach, a Diagnostic Radiographer, met at York Hospital (where Rach still works) in 2004, when Rob came as a student (he initially trained as a radiographer). They got together in the summer of 2005 (at 5 years Rach’s junior, Rob is a toyboy!)

The couple got engaged on 27th April 2010 (the day after my wedding anniversary, coincidentally!). Rob arranged a mini-break in the Yorkshire Dales, which is a favourite place of theirs. They were staying at Yorebridge House, which later became their wedding venue, when Rob arranged breakfast on a private terrace in their room- after they’d eaten, Rob popped the question with a beautiful Trilogy diamond ring. Rach obviously said yes, and the couple then enjoyed a walk with their pet dog, Molly, before having a picnic that Rob had preordered from The Wensleydale Heifer, one of their favourite restaurants- what a lovely man!

Rob and Rach got married on 1st October 2011, at Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, and Rach tells me ‘We can’t praise the staff enough, they were all fantastic and made sure everything went smoothly’.

Rach’s bridesmaids were her sister, Emma, her best friend Becky, who came all the way from Australia to be there for Rach on her big day, and Ali, who is Rach’s closest work friend. Rob only had a best man, Payam, who is an old school friend.

Rach’s hair and makeup were done by the fabulous Visage Hair & Beauty, making her look even more beautiful and showing off that beautiful veil perfectly!

Rach got her Alan Hannah dress from Brides of York, and her Benjamin Adams shoes were from The Bridal Rogue Gallery in York. Rach’s absolutely amazing veil was handmade by Brides of York. They used two flowers (one provided by Alan Hannah, and the other from the dress when alterations were made) to make a fantastic and striking birdcage veil, which Rach says was ‘very quirky and very me!’

Rach’s necklace was a wedding day gift from her mum, and her bangle was a wedding day gift from Rob, which came from Porta Dextra in York. Her bracelet was a gift from her sister which came from Sacred Earth, and was her ‘something old’.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were by Impression and came from Brides of Harrogate. The bridesmaids wore their own shoes- Rach’s only stipulation was that they had to be silver. Rach bought them earrings as a gift from Lilly Shambles.

Rob’s suit was made by Upper Ten, and was a three-piece lounge suit with a lining to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, and the wedding date embroidered inside (how sweet is that?!). The best man and both fathers wore simple lounge suits with waistcoats which they hired from Plush Bridal.

The couple’s stationery was handmade by Joanne Friend at Little Box Room Designs. Rob and Rach were able to customise one of Joanne’s existing designs, so they had very beautiful and unique invites as a result.

The flowers were by Angels & Roses, with Rach’s bouquet being a mix of pink roses. The bridesmaids had small posies of pale pink Avalanche roses, and the best man and both fathers had a buttonhole of a pale pink Avalanche rose to match. Rob’s buttonhole was a pink Cezanne rose to match the ones in Rach’s bouquet.

As well as the beautiful bouquets and buttonholes, Angels & Roses created a beautiful large heart wreath for the front door of the venue, and some displays for the main ceremony/reception room, the bar, and the guest book table. Table centres were birdcages (hired from Plush Bridal) filled with roses, and the couple asked their florist to also provide loose petals for confetti, and loose roses for each place name, and to decorate their ‘Rob & Rach’ letters on the mantlepiece. Guests were given confetti-filled cones, each with a romantic phrase on them, from The Wedding Fairy.

Rob & Rach played their own CDs during the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Rach walked down the aisle to Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, and the couple walked back down the aisle as man and wife to ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Candi Staton. During the drinks reception and early part of the evening, entertainment was provided by Holly Taymar, who is an acoustic guitarist and singer- she was able to make the most of the unseasonably beautiful October weather by performing outside during the day. Evening entertainment was provided by Rob’s brother-in-law, who used to be a DJ.

The couple’s gorgeous cake was made by Helen Scott, an old school friend of Rach’s. The cake was actually a two-tier heart shaped cake, with the third tier being fake! The cake had one tier of chocolate sponge and another of lemon, and was decorated with pink and white icing and covered in hearts- so adorable! It was topped with a mini replica of Rach, Rob and Molly the dog.

Catering was provided by Yorebridge House, and the couple were lucky enough to be able to offer their guests a choice of three dishes for each course, as well as canapes. For the drinks reception, guests were offered beer, fruit punch, or ‘Winter Pimm’s’- this was meant to be served warm, but due to the unseasonably hot weather, it was served chilled instead!

The couple’s favours were themed depending on the table- all the tables were named after something or somewhere that is special to Rach and Rob. The gardening table were given seed favours, the Scotland table had Loch Ness monster and bagpipe player marshmallow lollies, the Molly table (named after their pet dog) had spaniel finger puppets and chocolate, the walking table had a walk route and a mini picnic hamper full of sweets (each sweet was food-shaped, making up the picnic!), and the French table had mini pails full of bonbons. The top table was the Dales, and each guest was given chocolate.

Rob and Rach’s first dance was ‘Make You Feel My Love’, which was performed by Holly Taymar.

Rach’s friend Denise made bunting in the wedding colours, which she embroidered with their names and wedding date. Rob and Rach also placed a Polaroid camera with the guest book. Rach says ‘guests really enjoyed playing with the camera, and it made for a most memorable guest book!’

Rob also made their very own wedding website (which is still live, here). This is a fab way to pass on information to your guests without filling up the invitations! The couple included directions, places to stay, and things to do in the local area, along with a form that guests could fill out to submit a song to be played at the reception! What a brilliant idea!

Rob and Rach spent a lot of time hand-making many of the details for their wedding, including their table plan, which was made from two heart-shaped photo holders and interspersed with photos of them which linked to their table names and themes.

Rachel broke with tradition and gave a speech after the others were finished, to say some lovely words about her gorgeous groom. In another break with tradition, single men were also invited to try to catch the bouquet!

Supplier List:

Venue- Yorebridge House

Photography- Annemarie King

Hair and Makeup- Visage Hair & Beauty

Dress- Alan Hannah from Brides of York

Shoes- Bridal Rogue Gallery

Veil- Brides of York

Bracelet- Sacred Earth

Lingerie- Kathryn Rolfe

Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Impression from Brides of Harrogate (or another website here)

Bridesmaids’ Earrings- Lilly Shambles

Rob’s Suit- Upper Ten

Best Man & Fathers’ Suits- Plush Bridal

Stationery- Little Box Room Designs

Flowers- Angels & Roses

Birdcages- Plush Bridal

Entertainment- Holly Taymar and Rob’s brother-in-law

Catering- Yorebridge House

Confetti Cones- The Wedding Fairy

So, what does everybody think? Would you have thought of having a veil made using flowers from your dress? Would you have a giant wreath on your venue’s front door? Let’s hear your opinions!

Lots of Love,

Mrs AZ x


Real Wedding: Tania & Andrew

Hello all! Today, I have a lovely real wedding for you, photographed by the wonderful Andrew Dobell

Tania, a makeup artist, and Andrew, a firefighter, originally met at college when Tania was 17 and Andrew was 16. They dated for around 8 months, before going their separate ways. In 2002, they got back in contact via Friends Reunited, and they arranged for Tania to pop down to see Andrew when he was playing volleyball near her house- and the rest, as they say, is history!

Andrew proposed on New Year’s Eve 2008, when the pair were watching Jools Holland and drinking champagne! He presented Tania with a huge marquise diamond ring, so naturally she said yes!

They decided to get married in July 2010, and Andrew managed to get a copy of his shift pattern for that year so they could set a date. Planning the wedding this far in advance also meant that friends in other fire brigades had plenty of time to book their leave. The couple knew that they didn’t want a religious service, and that they would like a venue where they could hold both their ceremony and reception, within their local area. Tania came across Wotton House, and found that they could marry outside in the grounds. They went to visit Wotton House in March 2009, and immediately fell in love. The venue was very accommodating, even agreeing for the couple’s dogs, Ash and Skye, to be present for the service.

Tania found her ‘Caprice’ by Maggie Sottero dress in From This Moment in Ewell, and paired it with shoes by Rainbow Couture. Tania, being a makeup artist, did her own makeup, and her hair was done by Ruby True. Having worked with Ruby on photoshoots, Tania knew how good she was, so there was no contest for who would be doing her hair on her big day! Tania made her and her bridesmaids’ hair accessories, as she couldn’t find what she wanted.

Bridesmaids Laura and Jaqui wore the ‘Vicki’ dress in black by Ebony Rose, while their shoes were from Pink at Paradox and Dolcis at Barratts respectively.

Andrew, best man Mark and usher Dave are all firefighters, so all wore their dress uniforms. (Lucky Tania!). Dave was sporting a broken wrist under his uniform, having gone over the handlebars of his mountain bike on the week of the wedding!

On the day, Andrew’s friend Chris stood outside the walled garden with the couple’s dog Ash, who was to be their ringbearer. As had been practised, Dave the usher went out to put the ring box in Ash’s mouth. However, Ash didn’t recognise Dave with his fireman’s cap on, and refused to take the ring box from him! Luckily, he was happy to take the box from Chris. When Andrew blew his whistle, Ash ran past Dave and dropped the box, before charging in to see his dad, leaving Dave to follow behind with the box (in his mouth… let’s hope he wiped it first!). Andrew did manage to get Ash to pass the ring box over to the registrar, which she thought was absolutely adorable!

Following the ceremony, guests were served a barbecue, complete with picnic blankets dotted around for them to sit on! The couples’ cake was a small cake and lots of lovely pink cupcakes, made by Cartlodge Cakes

The couple gave out Welsh Love Spoons as favours- all made by Tania’s clever dad, who is an ornamental blacksmith! (He also happens to be Welsh, hence the choice of gift). Tania attached a tag to each spoon to tell the recipient what the gift was, and its significance- she also had this information translated into Welsh on the reverse of the cards.

During the speeches, the couple gave the bridesmaids each a metal rose, which was handmade by Tania’s cousin Rhiannon and her dad (who is Tania’s dad’s brother, and also an ornamental blacksmith!). Rhiannon and her dad brought the roses all the way over from the USA in their luggage!

The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was to ‘Endless Love’ by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie- it was ‘their song’ when they first met!

Supplier List:

Venue- Wotton House near Dorking, Surrey

Photography- Andrew Dobell

Hair-  Ruby True

Makeup- DIY

Dress- Maggie Sottero from From This Moment in Ewell

Bride’s Shoes- Rainbow Couture

Hair Accessories- DIY

Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Ebony Rose

Bridesmaids’ Shoes- Pink at Paradox and Dolcis at Barratts

Menswear- Dress uniforms

Flowers & Chair Covers- Lisa’s Florist

Venue Dressing- First Class Events

Cake- Cartlodge Cakes

Favours- Tania’s dad

Bridesmaids’ gifts- Tania’s cousin & uncle

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my first ‘Real Wedding’ post- as always, I’d love to hear your feedback, and if you have anything you think will interest me, feel free to contact me at theazwedding {at} gmail {dot} com

Mrs AZ xxx

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