Your are the best thing

Rachel and Maurice celebrated their big day with a red, midnight-blue and silver colour scheme.

Rachel Meadows, 35, married Maurice Edward Collins, 31, at Warwick House on the 28th January, 2017.

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We chose Warwick House mainly because of its lovely atmosphere. It's a gorgeous building with a lot of history, the décor is beautiful, and we really wanted exclusive-use. Plus its local to where we live, met and fell in love.

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I wanted something different for my wedding dress and it took me ages to find Khaleesi by Hayley Paige. In all honesty I was starting to find the process less than enjoyable and wondered if I would ever find the one. I accessorised with red Manolo Blahniks, which my amazing mum bought for me! For my something old, borrowed and blue I wore my grandmother's engagement ring. My mum had it resized ready to give to me on the morning of the wedding – it was the perfect finishing touch.

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Maurice chose his own handmade dark-blue suit along with a tweed waistcoat and red tie, and the groomsmen were allowed to wear whatever they wanted, although as it turned out they all wore blue as well!

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It's hard to express in words the emotion we felt on the day. Nervous, but mainly so unbelievably happy. Walking down the aisle I was overwhelmed with just how much I loved the amazing man standing in front of me, and how very lucky I was. The ceremony went better than even we could have anticipated.

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Our florist did an absolutely fantastic job! A lot of people commented on how lovely the flowers looked, both on the tables and the wedding party flowers, which matched our colour scheme.

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My bridesmaids all wore midnight-blue coloured dresses, and I let them choose their own style so they each looked slightly different. I really wanted them to feel comfortable and confident on the day. We all wore red nail varnish to match my mum, who wore red.

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The groom, best man, master of ceremonies and my mum's partner Eddy wore red ties and buttonholes. The rest of the groomsmen wore midnight-blue ties to match the bridesmaids, and had buttonholes that matched our colourful bouquets and my mum's wrist corsage.

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Our centrepieces consisted of lots of different sized candles, and flowers in a variety of vases. I spent a lot of time looking in second-hand shops and charity shops searching for old candle holders and different sized vases and found some lovely pieces.

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We had one of Maurice's oldest friends as our master of ceremonies, which was a great touch. He was brilliant and it just helped to make it a really personal day. He introduced the bridal party into the wedding breakfast and it was a great way to make sure everyone knew who was involved in our day.

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Sadly, both my husband's parents and my dad have passed away, so it was an emotional day in more ways than one. We all knew the speeches were going to be particularly moving, and my mum was nervous but she did amazingly well. Maurice was next, followed by his brothers – they each spoke about their parents, which wasn't easy, but they did an amazing job. The best man definitely stole the show though – his speech was incredible and he had everyone laughing while saying some lovely things.

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We had a live band called Wildcard for our evening reception and they were awesome! We asked for a lot of Motown, along with some rock and indie. They even sang our first dance for us, Ray LaMontagne's You Are The Best Thing, which sounded fantastic.


Rachel and Maurice's contact book


Bride's dress
Coco & Kate Atelier

Bride's hair
Bridal hair Warwickshite by Lucy Davidson

Bride's make-up
Rowena Wilson

Bridesmaids' dresses
Bea's Bridal Studio

Jacqueline The Florist

Groom's suit
Tailor Store

Andrew Craner Photography

Feel Good Invitations

Warwick House