I thee Wed – Rachael & Alexander
It’s time to escape to Derbyshire with a beautiful rural wedding in the heart of the peaks. Here’s the lovely bride Rachael to tell us more;
“We were married in St Peter’s Church, in the village of Edensor, which is located on the Chatsworth Estate within the heart of the Peak District National Park. Edensor is a quaint little ‘chocolate box’ village, with a fascinating history and stunning architecture, bursting with character and a really welcoming congregation. As a child, I undertook many walks around the Chatsworth Estate with my family, and so had a special link with Edensor from a young age. Having my fairy tale wedding at St Peter’s was, therefore, a dream come true and it was a huge bonus to show how beautiful the area was to the Groom’s friends and family, all of whom were really impressed.
Our reception venue was Thornbridge Hall, Great Longstone, a large private country house with beautiful gardens, Grand Hall and charming Music Room, which we used for reception drinks and canapés. We used the amazing Carriage House for our wedding breakfast, complete with its own stage and dance floor for the live band, with evening food served in the adjacent courtyard. Once the live band finished, the Carriage House even has its own secret underground bar for those who had the stamina!
I wouldn’t say we followed a particular style, but we wanted to achieve a look that felt both timeless and traditional, with some quirky additions to reflect our personalities, such as ushers in bowties, fun icebreakers on the table and a handmade seating plan which I painted. Music was also an important part of our day, with my sister’s piano teacher on the church organ, a very interactive and entertaining jazz band during the reception drinks, the father of the bride playing the first few bars of the first dance and an awesome live band for the party.
I tried on over 40 dresses, and I hated wedding dress shopping by the time I actually found ‘the one’. We lived in London at the time when I was looking, but every shop had the same old thing that I’d seen before. I wanted something different, a little boho, but grand enough for our church and reception venue and totally timeless. I eventually found my dress in Kula Tsurdiu’s Lace Market Bridal Boutique in Nottingham. It was the second dress that I tried on in the shop, and the first dress that Kula ever designed.
It was absolutely beautiful. Medium in skirt with a lace tuille and individual lace flowers hand sewn which crept up the shirt. Very Grace Kelly in terms of style which nipped me in around the waist with a strapless top half with tiny buttons down the back. I designed the headdress myself with the help of Kula who hand made it for me – it really completed the look. Some brides sell their dress – I would never dream of selling mine.
Where possible, we wanted to use people that were as local as possible, so the evening food was a hogroast prepared by New Close Farm in Bakewell, our florist being the amazing Sophie Fletcher from Beau Blossom in Great Longstone and the musical entertainment during the reception drinks and wedding breakfast being the locally renowned Robert Ludlums band. Thornbridge Hall used the amazing Mike Sharratt from Larkspur St James as the catering manager and wedding planner, who helped make our day run very smoothly. Everyone commented on how amazing the food was, with lots of clean plates evident when we ‘worked the tables.’ For the main band we stumbled across The Beatfactor on a generic bookings site, who were simply fantastic and really forthcoming with our first dance requests and song choices.
Our photos were taken by Ed Godden, who was a really friendly, down to earth but highly professional, photographer who took lots of amazing snaps. We travelled slightly further afield for the wedding car, Dennisson Classics in Mansfield, who were again really friendly and organised. We of course used our friends talents and skills where possible, to save a little on the cost, with Rebecca Horn making us her first ever wedding cake, which was simply stunning and Nick and Victoria preparing our wedding video. For wine and fizz, being lucky enough to live relatively close to the Kent coast, we took the Eurotunnel to France and stocked up at the Calais Wine Superstore. Although only having a mini available, we needed two trips to get enough drink to keep our guests suitably topped up! Finally, for the Groomsmens outfits we used Dickies in Crawley as this was close to where most of the boys lived and they all looked very dapper.
You only do it once, so keep calm, have a ball and try and enjoy every minute of it”.
Thank you to Rachael & Alexander for sharing their beautiful, timeless and classic wedding day with us.
All images courtesy of Ed Godden Photography