Carol’s Real Wedding Blog

Our resident bride-to-be finally ties the knot

Carol and Rich Wedding blog

So that’s it, it’s all over! The wedding was amazing – as was the honeymoon – but it all went so quickly, I just want to do it all again.


The rain clouds parted and the sun was shining on the day, which meant we could get married in The Meadow at the Reid Rooms (thereidrooms.co.uk).
 I had my final dress fitting just days before, and was over the moon. The seamstress at Mia Sposa (miasposa.co.uk) in South Woodford did a great job for me, it was just as I wanted it.

On the day, I got ready in the Reid Room’s Farmhouse, which is where my family and a lot of my friends stayed, but I made sure no one saw me before the ceremony.
 James Ruane (jamesruane.co.uk), our amazing photographer, was there taking shots while I was having my hair and make-up done by Emma Carvell (emmacarvell.piczo.com).

Before long, it was time to make the journey to The Meadow. Little did my guests know they would be taken by trailer, decorated in wedding garb, pulled by tractors – in keeping with the farm theme. 
I wish I could have seen their faces as they climbed aboard, the photos look great, and it was something people are still talking about today.

My three bridesmaids (my sisters) and our page boy (my nephew Callum), were taken to The Meadow before my dad and I made the journey.
 I was excited on the way there, it was only a five-minute drive, but it seemed to take ages! I was almost breathless with nerves, but that could have just been the corset-style dress.

When we pulled up, our classical singers, Martha Benyunes-Nockolds and Alexandra Roger, performed The Flower Duet as I walked down the aisle on my dad’s arm towards Rich.

We had three readings, one from my brother-in-law, Glyn, another by my sister-in-law Noemi, and a final reading made up of seven of my best girlfriends, each reading a few lines from Always.

After the ceremony, Rich and I (despite the huge dress!) got into a small boat, which took us along The Meadow to where our guests were waiting.
 They all travelled back to the Reid Rooms for canapes, champagne and Pimm’s served by our caterer Magpie Catering (magpiecatering.com).

While everyone was chatting, we posed for our scenic shots. James chose various scenarios, which gave us some fantastic alternatives to the usual poses. 
And he had brought an assistant (at no extra cost to us), who was taking photos of our guests to make sure every angle was covered.

Then it was time to make our way into the wedding breakfast room. 
We chose Sweet Tree By Rivera for our centre pieces (sweettreebyrivera.co.uk) – the three-foot-high edible trees were made out of Maltesers, marshmallows and lollies.

We also hired a vintage typewriter for our wedding book from Vintage Style Hire (vintagestylehire.co.uk) and my sister bought us a ‘wedding fingerprint tree’.

Magpie Catering prepared and served our Moroccan-style platters to start, followed by a fish, chicken or veggie option with flavoured mash. 
For dessert, we ate our wedding cake from the English Cheesecake Company; (englishcheesecake.com), a four-tiered cheesecake topped with chocolate brownies and strawberries.

The speeches were amazing. My dad had everyone in tears of laughter, as did the best man, while my best friend Anucyia, who flew over from Malaysia for the wedding, made a lovely speech which made everyone sob!

After, it was time to hit the disco for our first dance. Ali Robertson was DJing and started to play our record, Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours.
 As we began to dance, Rich pulled away, saying to her: “wait, wait; it’s the wrong version.”

Ali hunted around and began to play a DVD – a complete surprise. It was an American acapella group called Straight No Chaser. We had seen them support Katherine Jenkins in concert last year and I loved their version of the song.

Rich had been in touch with them and they had recorded a version especially for us (see video here). It was amazing!

The rest of the evening was a whirlwind blur of laughing with our guests and dancing to great music. It was such an amazing day and I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who made it extra special. The next day we were off for a Balinese adventure, staying at the stunning Alila resorts – the perfect way to end a magical day and to start our married life together.


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