Rachel & James’ wedding day and reception at the Barn Brasserie in Great Tey, couldn’t have been much more removed from their engagement session weather wise. The last time I had photographed them it was a beautiful sunny day at Hylands House, on their wedding day we played dodge the rain!! We always knew there was a strong possibility of that as they were having a winter wedding, so we had a couple of plan B’s in place, particularly for the group shots that they wanted and I was incredibly lucky to have their fabulous verger Rex to help me move chairs at St. John’s Church on Moulsham Street, whom I got a lovely hug off as I left, which made my day. Normally most of my couples opt for one of our packages that include an album, but Rachel & James went for the files only choice, which means 1) James has to find the time to design something himself (good luck James!!) and 2) As I don’t know exactly which are their favourite photographs I’ve chosen some of mine to accompany Rachel’s answers!
St John’s Church, Chelmsford and onto The Barn Brassiere in Great Tey for the reception. We chose the church as this is where I was christened when I was younger and the church I used to attend with my parents. We chose the reception venue as it had a nice cosy feel to it yet was still a nice size and was perfect for our winter wedding – and my husband was impressed at the Whiskey and Brandy selection at the bar! Did you have a theme for your wedding? What was your colour scheme?
We didn’t really have a theme as such but I wanted it to have a Christmassy/wintery feel. Our colour them was navy blue and red – my bridesmaids were in Navy blue with white roses and I had red roses. Tell us about the process of choosing your dress? Was it the first one you tried on or did you change your mind numerous times?
It was actually the second one I tried on. I fell in love with it straight away, but continued to try on about another 10 dresses (across 2 days). It just made me realise how perfect my favourite dress was as none of the others came close. Where did your groom get his morning suit?
I kept it quite simple – my 2 bridesmaids had a bouquet of white roses and I had red roses. My 2 flower girls had a basket each with 3 red roses. It worked perfectly for us What are your wedding rings like? Did you have any other special jewellery?
My ring is platinum with diamonds embedded and my husband’s is palladium. The size difference between them makes me laugh – I have ridiculously small fingers so my ring next to James’ looks more like a toe ring! Due to their age and the distance they live, my grandparents were not able to be there on the day so I wore my grandmother’s pearls. I also wore my great grandmothers engagement ring which was passed down to me on my 21st birthday. What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
I wasn’t disappointed with any of my suppliers – they all provided me with a great service and all helped to make my day all the more special.
Do you have any advice for future brides?Keep track of dates on everything that needs to be done/paid by. I’m a bit of an excel geek and devised a spreadsheet so I could keep on top of everything. Also, delegate jobs to parents/bridesmaids – they love to be involved and feel needed.
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
It was a photo taken of James and I during the best man speech and the photo captured the moment perfectly – we both look so happy. I would definitely recommend having the photographer stay during the speeches.