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Follow Your Heart. A Bespoke Scarlet Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding In Nottinghamshire – Rachel & Will

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s Real Wedding is full of heart and soul.  From home made food to DIY decorations – not to mention her bright red wedding dress and the fact that the groom arrived by canoe – Rachel and her new husband Will made sure that their wedding was all about one thing: having fun.  And isn’t that exactly as it should be?

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Rachel says:  We got engaged at the top of Cairngorm Mountain on New Years Eve 2011. Will disappeared when we got to the top and then reappeared with a ring in the box. It was so windy I was scared to take the ring out the box!

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We got married on 1st June 2013 at Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts then a marquee in the village of Bathley where we live as our friends lent us the use of their field.  I lived in Kelham from when I was born to 18 and my Dad still lives in the village so it holds lots of memories for me.

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The theme was red (very red!), and the idea was to have fun!

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I wanted a red wedding dress & found a perfect dress in white from a local dress shop called Eternally Yours, Newark. They made the dress for me in scarlet red with a few personal touches.

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Will and his groomsmen wore morning suits with grey jackets chosen by Will. These were from the dress shop, Eternally Yours.  I had the bridesmaids’ dresses made by a family friend, Sandra. They wore strawberry print 1950’s style dresses.

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We hired a horse & cart for the bridesmaids and I to get to the wedding, then for us to go to the marquee.

Will and 15 friends canoed to the wedding, a 6km trip including a weir to navigate down. They did get changed before the ceremony but all wore their Sunday best for the canoe.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses created by my bridesmaid Hayley, Will’s sister.

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I loved the whole day but had a great time with my new husband when we were travelling to the marquee in the horse and cart, with a bottle of champagne waving to the cars going past.

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We made all the food ourselves with family & friends & sourced local meat and bread from Newark for the BBQ.

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Grandma, Mum & I created many decorations: bunting galore, material flowers and hangings to dress the marquee. 

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We made our own cake. I made the fruit cake and Will iced it into a mountain scene with Will & I in our ice climbing gear plus a few sheep on the lower tier!

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For the daytime entertainment we hired a bouncy castle, crazy golf course & a giant twister.

In the evening we had DJ Jason Parnell from Mansfield & then a friend’s band that played rockabilly.  They were a big hit and had everyone dancing. 

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After the wedding we spent two weeks in the South of France, touring around in a hire car. We spent one week in the Pyrenees mountains, we did a trek to a mountain hut & via Ferreta, then a week near the beach looking round markets & drinking wine!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to follow your heart, not many people thought I should go red on the dress but it was the most amazing choice.

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Congratulations Rachel & Will!

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