RACHEL KENNEDY NICK BOW­DEN

Rachel, Nick and their son Sam cel­e­brated their love with an au­tum­nal wed­ding at the New Place Ho­tel, Southamp­ton, Hamp­shire

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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. ♥

THE DE­TAILS

♥ 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.

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