Rachelle and Rory head outdoors for fun-filled festival wedding

Content Team
Updated on: March 17, 2022

Rory McQueen waited to meet Rachelle Wilson’s entire family before popping the question.

“We bought our first house together in 2014 and shortly after the move, had a wonderful holiday to the Philippines to relax and to introduce Rory to my family over there (my mum is from the Philippines),” Rachelle, 33, says.

“On day three of the holiday we were enjoying some cocktails, when Rory asked me to walk onto the beach, where out of nowhere he got down on one knee and surprised the life out of me! I was ecstatic.”

The Hadleigh, Essex couple returned to the UK to begin planning their festival wedding.

“We had always loved the idea of having tipis for our reception, as we didn’t want anything too grand, and have always had a love for their natural rustic charm. Next was to find a venue to suit. Just our luck there is a lovely little church around the corner from us, a beautiful small venue made of Scandinavian pine, surrounded by trees and with its very own field – it was just perfect,” the bride says.

Rachelle and Rory, 36, wed at St Michael and All Angels Church at Daws Heath, just five minutes from their home on August 1, 2015 in front of 150 family and friends.

“The ceremony was beautiful and intimate, with smiles all around. When signing the register, a choir sang from the balcony and surprised everyone. Sneaky Rory! A lovely surprise,” Rachelle says.

“The weather was warm and sunny all day, we had drinks on the field and took our seats in the tipis for our wedding breakfast of sausage and mash. Once the evening guests arrived we took our first dance to In my Life by The Beatles. We then partied long into the night to my brother’s band. Truly the most perfect day.”

Photos courtesy of Lyndsey Goddard Photography.

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