Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Couple
School teacher Natasha and doctor Richard met at mutual friend’s BBQ. After ‘much to-ing and fro-ing’, they got together a year later. Richard proposed after five and a half years, by writing a note and attaching it to a ring which he presented to Natasha.
“I loved the note as he had written one of my favourite sayings on it,” she remembers. “I said yes straight away and we had champagne and phoned all our friends. My cousin emailed the Eurovision song contest and our names came up on the screen!”
Photography: Marianne Ford
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The big day
The big day
The couple married at a civil service in September 2007 at Warwick Registry Office, with their immediate family present. The following day, they held a humanist ceremony and a reception for 103 people at a friend’s house in the country. “My friends Lizzie and Sorrel had decorated the surrounding trees with pink bunting, pink lanterns, flowers and ribbon,” says Natasha.
“The house and gardens are situated by a beautiful lake and it was the perfect place for us to get married. I wanted to get married in Australia but it wasn’t possible, so my friend’s house was the only other option as far as I was concerned!”
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Ceremony
“I thought I would cry but I managed to keep it together,” recalls Natasha. “In the middle of our ceremony the sun managed to make an appearance which made it just perfect.” Before, during and after the ceremony a two-piece steel pan and guitar band (firstname.lastname@example.org) played some of the couple’s favourite songs, and as Natasha walked up to the gathering they played ‘Annie’s song’ by John Denver.
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – And the bride wore…
And the bride wore…
Natasha chose an Amanda Wakeley wedding dress, with a hair vine from Pronovias at Harrods and shoes were from Filippa Scott. “I was with my friend Susan and I only tried on about five dresses before deciding on the one I wore,” Natasha explains. When I saw it on the hanger I didn’t really like it, but Susan persuaded me to try it on. I loved it when I put it on as it was really flattering, simple but unusual.” She accessorised with a friend’s diamond earrings and a sapphire ring her father had given to her mother.
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Flowers
Pink gerberas, pink roses and eucalyptus made for an unusual hand-tied bouquet prepared by Red Ginger Flowers in Warwick (email@example.com) – although Natasha was unable to find her favourite frangipani. This flower scheme was carried through to the marquee (Good Intents, firstname.lastname@example.org), with pink gerberas, pink roses and eucalyptus on the tables in ‘simple but effective’ glass bowls
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Reception
The reception had a pink theme and was planned by Natasha and her mum, with lots of help from Richard and the rest of the family. “I made all the place names using pink handmade paper that my sister bought me from Thailand,” says Natasha. “Each table was named after a favourite place we had travelled to, with a blown up photo of that place.”
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Catering
Guests enjoyed a variety of canapés and champagne on the lawn, before tucking into vegetable Provençal tart, fillet of beef with vegetables and choux pastry swans on raspberry coulis for dessert, all prepared by Take Two Cooks (email@example.com).
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – The Cake
Natasha’s mum made the two-tiered fruit cake, which was then decorated by another of her relatives.
“I was really excited about everything,” says Natasha, when asked what were her favourite moments. “It was great to see so many friends and family there. The setting was just perfect, and during our photos two swans swam into the background.
I felt very lucky to have such great friends who let us borrow their garden.” As for Richard, he remembers his bride appearing. “My favourite moment is difficult to pick out, but Natasha appearing from the trees on her way to the ceremony stands out, and having so many friends and family together at one time, many of whom had made great efforts to be there.”
Natasha & Richard’s Humanist ceremony – Contacts
Marquee – Good Intents
PO Box 43, Ledbury, Hereford, HR8 2YN
Catering and Waiting staff
Take two cooks
Phone: 01926 612417
Jane Markham and Pam Coulston
Red Ginger Flowers
Phone:01926 624259/01789 840828
Dominic Grant – Guitarist
Mavericks Hair Design
3-5 Evesham Street, Alcester, B49 5DS
01789 766 222