RACHEL KENNEDY NICK BOWDEN
Rachel, Nick and their son Sam celebrated their love with an autumnal wedding at the New Place Hotel, Southampton, Hampshire
WE GOT engaged on Christmas Day and married the following November, so we had quite a quick turnaround. We also have a son, Sam, who was 18 months old at the time, so a lot of the planning revolved around him.
I was surprisingly nervous just before the ceremony but then I saw one of my friends peeking through the door, who gave me a big smile and a wave and I realised everyone was there to celebrate with us and relaxed completely.
The ceremony was one of my favourite parts of the day; our registrar created a light-hearted atmosphere but it also felt really intimate. Sam joined us at various parts of the ceremony, which was really special. The rest of the time he was being expertly managed by his grandma – my mum, Maureen.
We were both apprehensive about having photos taken but our photographer, Nisha Haq, put us at ease and made it fun and we have so many beautiful photos of the day.
We had the most incredible weather for November and the autumnal colours look fantastic on our photos. The sunshine meant we could all be outside for most of the day as well, which we hadn’t expected.
Nick’s brother-in-law, Simon Evans, designed our table plan and table numbers and together with our cake, made by our friend Polly Demetriou, the whole room looked perfect. Our evening reception was so much fun and the dancefloor was never empty thanks to our DJ. ♥
♥ I was so apprehensive about dress shopping and having all eyes on me on the day but felt amazing in my dress so I knew it was the one. I went dress shopping with my mum, on just one day. I tried on about 15 dresses before settling on my perfect gown, designed by Annasul Y and exactly what I was looking for.
♥ We viewed a few venues before we settled on New Place Hotel but as soon as we saw the house and grounds and met the team we signed up there and then.
♥ Our colour scheme was quite neutral; my bridesmaids wore navy and our flowers were whites and greens.