Gareth Edwards took long-time love Rachel King back to the school yard where they first met for a proposal with a difference.
“He proposed to me in the school grounds by the big oak tree where we used to meet for lunch,” Rachel, 28, explains. “Friends of ours had decorated around the tree with fairy lights, candles and lanterns – it was so beautiful.”
A week later the couple had booked their local church and the planning began for their rustic wedding. Rachel, who had recently opened her own hairdressing salon, got through a jam-packed to-do list with the help of her clients’ advice.
The Reading pair married at St Mary’s Church, Burghfiled, Berkshire on August 16, 2015 in front of 92 guests. Eighty-five guests stayed on for the evening celebrations at Ufton Court in the venue’s glorious Tudor barn.
Hanging lanterns and gorgeous blooms in recycled jars looked at home alongside the exposed beams and rustic interior.
Rachel and Gareth, 28, say their special day was the perfect combination of emotion and fun.
“We had the most perfect wedding day from the fun morning getting ready with the girls to the band in the evening,” Rachel says.
“The whole barn looked beautiful, all our guests noticed the little touches and said what a romantic, fun day it was.”
Photos courtesy of Benjamin Stuart Photography.
The beautiful bridesmaids looked the part in blush pink dresses to match the pastel roses in the bouquets.
“I love everything about Gareth from his caring loving side to his hilarious sense of humour,” Rachel says.
The newlyweds spent their first night together as husband and wife at The Swan At Streatly.
Bomboniere: Pic 'n' Mix / Brides Accessories: Ivory & Co., Jimmy Choo, Anna Mcdonald / Brides Gown: Justin Alexander / Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Rainbow Club / Bridesmaids Accessories: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bride To Be / Cake: A friend / Caterer: Total Hospitality / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church / Entertainment: The Quotes / Flowergirl Dress: Next / Flowers: Green Parlour / Grooms Attire: Simon Downing Basilica, Gucci / Grooms Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen Attire: French Connection / Groomsmen Shoes: Dune / Hair: Bobbie Needham / Honeymoon: Mexico / Invitations: Jen Townsend / Lolly Buffet: Kerry, Sweet Treats / Makeup: Beata Thompson / Pageboy Attire: Next Retail Ltd / Photographer: Benjamin Stuart Photography / Reception Venue: Ufton Court / Rings: Studio 35 / Venue Decor: Green Parlour, Oakwood Events, LulaBee / Wedding Night Venue: The Swan At Streatley / Wedding Planner: Ufton Court