Rachael and Adam’s Real Life Wedding

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Rachael and Adam

19/05/2007 – All Saints Church, West Parley, Dorset
Parley Manor, Parley, Dorset

Rachael and Adam's wedding photos

How and when did you meet?

We met in a nightclub on my sister-in-law’s birthday! We actually went to college together, but hadn’t seen each other for 3 years. When I first spotted him in the club I thought he’s nice, oh, I know him, I’ll go and chat to him. So I nudged him and said, ‘Hi!’. He said, ‘Hi Rachael and I said, ‘Oh hi Blythe!’ Only he wasn’t Blythe, that was his best mate at college – lucikly for me he didn’t take offence! We swapped numbers, started texting, realised we had a lot in common and 5 yrs down the line here we are!

How old are you both?


Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

He proposed to me on Christmas day, not what I expected at all! We were laying in bed opening all our presents, after opening them all, he said, ‘oh, I have one more special present for you – only something small’. I opened up the present and it was a Christmas decoration. He said that every year he was going to buy me a special Christmas decoration. It was a little fairy on top of a gift box. I put it down and was about to get up to make a cup of tea! Then he said, ‘Look inside’. I opened the box and there inside was a gorgeous platimum diamond ring – so down on one knee he went and popped the question!

Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?

My hen do was a horse ride in a part of the New Forest and then in a limo went to Rubyz(drag queen cabaret restaurant!). Adam had a limo as well and went for a typical male curry and beers!

How did your groom help with the wedding planning?

He came up with the save the date card, invitation and order of service theme, as well as made them with me! He made joint decisions with me on things such as the church, venue, honeymoon – even down to the favors we had! He even went to church almost every sunday for a year, so we could get married where we wanted to!

Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?

Yes – used the tools and forum for ideas.

Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?

Yes – Confetti for table decs

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it

Bought it from Confetti and Lace in Salisbury. I went to a wedding fair and they were the only company to invite me to come and try some dresses on, so off I went with my mum and Adam’s mum!! I only thought I’d be trying on dresses to see what suited – next thing you know I found the ONE! It is ivory with black detail, it has a massive train and requires a really big hoop to fill our the dress! I love it!

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

I bought the bridesmaids outfits with my mum! They were a long black skirt, ivory bodice with a black bolero jacket.

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

Pinstripe trousers, ivory waitcoat and cravats with black 3/4 tails.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?

Religious CoE ceremony.

Where did you hold your ceremony?

All Saints Church, West Parley, Dorset

Where did you hold your reception?

Parley Manor, Parley, Dorset

Did you have any special wedding transport?

A Merc S500 limo for me and a red ferrari for Adam.

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

70 in the day and 130 total by the evening.

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

Black and Ivory – full of flowers and sparkle!

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

White table linen and chair covers, black organza table runner and bows on chairs. We had 1 meter vases which had black material around the lips of vases – vases contained 3 arum lillies, bear grass plaited, aspididrum leaf and more bear grass hanging down with lack and clear beads. Also had dove confetti. Lastly had white candles on guest tables and black candles on top table.

Did you give your guests favours?

Yes – heartshape fragranced soaps. Black soaps in white organza bags for the men and white soaps with black organza bags for the women.

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

Adam’s mum was our florist. I had a beautiful shower bouquet with calla lillies, orchids and roses. My bridesmaids had cream roses in a bear grass plaited holder. We had an 12ft garland around the church door, an arrangement on the font, big pedestal at the front and smaller arrangements in three church windows. At the venue, we took the font and pedastal to use in pre-reception area. We had black sequin cones lais on their side with foliage and flowers falling out for pre-reception and then buffet table at night. We had the tall 1 mtr vases as described above on guest tables and three long rose arrangements on top tables. We had two three tier arrangements on the bar. The extra special final touch was Adam’s mum made two swans which sat on pedestals with foliage and flowers handing down as if it was in the nest – they symbolise love and were at the entrance on our marquee!

What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?

A caterer at Parley Manor served us. We had either prawns and salmon, mushroom soup or pate for starter. Main: chicken with brie and mushroom, lamb shank (which everyone went for!), salmon or roasted squash tart for veggies! We then had a hog roast and BBQ fo the evening.

What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?

A little old lady made my cake for £90! We had a beautiful three tiered heart shape cake, which was ivory with black and ivroy rose and feather detail.

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

Band during the evening.

Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?


Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

Wedding night we went home – as no one can cook a fry up like my husband! We then stayed in a hotel night before flight – went to Grand Cayman (Caribbean). I booked my honeymoon through Caribbean vacations.

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

Walking in the church and my dress making an awful ripping noise as it got caught on the door! Seeing Adam for the first time and reading our vows, our choir singing an amazing prayer which brought tears to my eyes – oh just everything!!

Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?

Not at all – I’m more stressed out now trying to change my name!

Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?

Weddings are not hard to organise, just focus on what you want, set some timelines on when things need to be done – the more you can get done sooner, the better! Stay relaxed, if you get nervous, you will not remember your special day!

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