How did you meet?
We first met at school 19 years ago, but reconnected 2.5 years ago via the help of a dating app.
How did he propose?
Edd proposed to me whilst we were on holiday in Bali (April 2016) on our private terrace overlooking the rainforest.
What Wedding Venue/s did you choose and why?
We had our ceremony, reception and accommodation at Bressingham Hall and High Barn. We chose this location because of its beautiful gardens and convenience of having everything in one place.
Did you have a theme or colour scheme for your wedding?
Having our wedding in a barn meant that we carried on the rustic, country vibe throughout. The flowers were very seasonal, grown on a flower farm near where we live in Suffolk, consisting of freshly cut roses and peonies in whites, creams and blush pink, with lots of lush foliage. The bridesmaids wore pale grey floor length dresses from Rewritten and the men wore their own suits in navy blue with grey ties, to match Edd’s bespoke royal blue suit from Dapper Fox in Bury St Edmunds.
What source did you use for wedding inspiration?
If you could turn back the clock before planning started, what advise would you give yourself?
Try not to stress about the small things, no one will notice and you will still have the best day of your life. Don’t leave things to the last minute!
What was your favourite photograph from the day?
We love them all! But if we had to pick one, it would be the shot of us being covered in confetti as we, and all of our guests, look so happy.
What song did you choose for your 1st dance?
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran – it’s one of our favourites.
Was “Gary Derbridge Photography” the right photographer for you?
Yes, definitely the perfect choice! Gary puts you at ease straight away and captures the happiness of the day, without being intrusive. We love all of our photos!
Venue: Bressingham Hall and High Barn nr. Diss, Norfolk.
Caterers: Chopping Block.
Wedding Dress: “Adair” – Blush by Hayley Paige, from Lavender and Jude in Stradbroke, Suffolk (who made it fit like a dream!)
Groom’s suit: Bespoke double breasted royal blue suit from Dapper Fox, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Florist: Suffolk Seasons Flower Farm, Cratfield, Suffolk – the talented Liz made the bouquets, button holes and beautiful spray. We also had buckets of seasonal blooms from her farm that we arranged in jam jars.
Cake: We had a semi-naked lactose-free (as Rachel is lactose intolerant) three tier vanilla, lemon and chocolate sponge cake decorated with fresh flowers from Sassa’s Bespoke Cakes, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk.
Hair: Sharron Wratten at Elegant Hair and Beauty.
Make-up: Bride: Elegant Hair and Beauty; Bridal party: Mk Professional Makeup and Beauty.
Videographer: Chris Tuck Media, Southampton.
Band: The Walks, via Alive Network (a really amazing band!)
Tree Hire: The Romantic Garden Nursery, Norwich, Norfolk.
Bressingham Hall and High Barn Wedding Photographer
I have now shot at Bressingham Hall again, for the wedding of Roua and Matt. I have also wrote a blog post about their day which can be found here.