Mellissa and Nick said "I do" on a bright June day in Yorkshire - and included sporty touches in their decor, befitting their golf course venue! Rachael Munro-Fawcett was there…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 4, 2007
28th July 2007
We met at university. Nick was a 2nd year and showed me and my Mum to my room on my first day!
I’m 25, Nick’s 27
Nick told me we were going on a weekend away, but wouldn’t tell me where. The night before he told me it was to Venice. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel overlooking the Bridge of Sighs and he proposed on a candlelit gondola. It was very romantic!
Yes, I went to Center Parcs for a relaxing weekend and Nick had a weekend down in Bournemouth, doing the usual stag things!!
He was great. He was interested and helpful, but basically let me get on with it!
Yes. The forums were so useful for support and ideas.
I wore Maggie Sottero’s Celeste in Diamond White, with her Paris jacket and a cathedral length veil. It was an absolute dream dress and I felt so special. It was bought from Bridal Gowns at Jodi, in Tunbridge Wells.
We had my best friend from school, an old family friend and Nick’s sister. She uses a wheelchair so we chose dresses that would suit her and the other girls. They were Dessy fitted long dresses, with floor length sashes in Posie (hot pink).
The boys wore traditional morning dress with cravats, hankies and buttonholes to match the bridesmaids.
We had a religious ceremony.
St Mary’s Church, Hadlow
In a marquee in my parents’ garden, by the river. We were so lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy drinks on the lawn.
We had an amazing pair of white horses and carriage. The guests used a vintage bus and we decorated our cars to transport the wider wedding party.
About 130 for the day and 20 more in the evening.
It was a traditional country wedding, with lots of white and a hint of pink.
We had beautiful high flower arrangements, hand written place names and white linen.
Yes, small organza bags filled with mint imperials.
Our florist was Wendy Andrade, who did a superb job. I had an amazing shaped bouquet of roses, freesias and other flowers, with metal work woven through it. The bridesmaids carried hand tied arrangements of roses and grasses. There was also a beautiful arch of ivy woven over the church gate.
Cuisine Studio did a superb job with the catering. We had a wide range of delicious canape starters, followed by tender beef, mixed salads and new potatoes. Dessert was a trio of mini puddings-lemon mousse, strawberry shortcake and chocolate pudding. We had many compliments about it-but I couldn’t eat a thing!
We had a round three tier cake of sponge, chocolate and fruit, from Confection Perfection. It was displayed on a swan stand, decorated with flowers.
Friends sang John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth and the Flower Duet during the ceremony, which were incredible. A singer/pianist played during the drinks reception and we had a fantastic band, Happy Daze, in the evening to get everyone dancing
It was with John Lewis.
Our first night was at The Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells. The honeymoon was spent on the Oriana, going back to Venice and Greek islands, with P&O.
The whole ceremony was amazing. I think having my class (I’m a teacher) throwing confetti was pretty memorable. Also our first dance, Michael Buble’s Everything, was something I’ll never forget.
The marquee flooded in the run up to the day, but the family were brilliant in sorting it out!
Take your time planning the day. It really extends your enjoyment of it as, as everyone says, it flies by on the day. Also, try not to book your honeymoon for the day after the wedding-we loved those few days afterwards.