Rosie and Rhys were childhood sweethearts. Rosie went to the girls' school and Rhys to the neighbouring boys'. Rosie remembers: “Rhys asked me out over MSN Messenger. Not particularly romantic, but that was the thing back in 2007!” Ah, so true! Rosie had no idea that Rhys had been harbouring a crush, but she did have the feeling that things would either go terribly wrong or last a very long time. “Now, here we are, more than 11 years later and married,” she smiles.
The pair were on holiday in Mauritius, celebrating their 10th anniversary, when Rhys popped the question. On the way to dinner one evening, they passed a wishing tree. The idea of which is that you write your deepest wish on to a piece of paper and hang it from the branches. Rhys drew to a halt and suggested they take a look at some. “Why on earth would I want to read someone else's wishes?” Rosie wondered. As time went on, poor Rhys started to look a bit flustered. It materialised that, bless him, he'd popped out earlier in the day to write his own wish and pin it to the tree – “Will you marry me?” Except he couldn't find it! But where there's a will, there's a way. He wrote a new note, and when Rosie turned around, he was on one knee.
Here the bride shares more memories of their big day…
To fit in with our pastel colour scheme, we opted for little bottles of rhubarb gin. Each had a note attached, saying “let the party beGIN."
We chose fresh, rustic, large loose meadow blooms, light in colour with pops of pastels. The flowers surrounded lanterns and candles to form our centrepieces.
Fresh flowers also decorated our semi-naked four-tier wedding cake. The flavours were strawberry and champagne, chocolate, and carrot. It really fit the rustic theme, and the flowers tied it in with the rest of the décor.
The place names were pastel in colour, with guests' names penned in gold calligraphy. The fairylight motif mirrored the venue's ceiling, and they matched our invitations to keep the theme running through the day.
I arrived at the venue with my father in a Beauford 1930s-style open Tourer, which was absolutely gorgeous.
The dress was quite simple at the front with a detailed low back, so I kept accessories to a minimum to show it off. I did have some forgetme- not lace blossom hair pins from Liberty In Love, which complemented the back perfectly.
I based our whole colour scheme on my shoes! My something blue, they're called “Jool” from KG by Kurt Geiger.
I wore Nadia by Sassi Holford. I found it at a sample sale, and it was only the third dress I tried on, but it felt perfect. It was actually the first thing I bought for the wedding.
Our band, Dirty Weekend, was awesome and performed festival-style sets that had everyone up on the dancefloor.
During the day, we had go-karts and croquet out in the garden, which brought out the inner kids in our guests!
Leanne Clark Hair Design
Laura Parsons Beauty
Hayley Rose Photography
Finest Wedding Cars
Pangdean Old Barn