A wedding by a river.

A wedding by a river.

Every wedding I photograph has a wonderful love story behind it but not many of them get to be “published”. This one has, so I thought I would share it with you.

The tale was told in Bride magazine published on 20th April 2018. Written by them, they approached me as they wanted to use some of my images to help tell the story. Naturally I was happy to help. I hope you enjoy reading about it.

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Bride and Groom by the River Orwell, the scene of so many important moments in their love story.

Rivers have played a huge role in the lives of Rose and Andrew McMullan. They met by a river, Andrew proposed by a river and – you’ve guessed it, they celebrated their wedding next to a river. Read this romantic story of a Suffolk countryside wedding.

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The happy couple on their wedding day.

Fish and chips in a Suffolk pub turned into a romantic red letter day for teacher Rose Thompson. It was the night that boyfriend Andrew got down on one knee and proposed.

Two days before Christmas 2015, the pair were getting ready for an evening out at the Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill, the scene of their first date some five years earlier. However, Rose felt something wasn’t quite right.

She explained: “We were spending Christmas with my family, and that particular evening Andrew was acting a bit funny. I put his odd behaviour down to him missing his parents, who were on holiday in America.

“Anyway, he suggested we head down to the river before going to the pub. I thought it was a bit odd to be going for a wander as it was quite cold, and I was a bit reluctant to go. But, I’m so glad I did – when we got there, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so emotional, we both cried.

“Afterwards, we headed back to the Butt and Oyster for fish and chips and it gave us a chance to have a chat before we broke the news to our families. Andrew asked me if we wanted to wait a few years but I said no, I wanted to do it as soon as possible.”

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The Bride and Groom with “their” river in the background.

A river runs through the story of their love.

Rivers play a large part in the couple’s lives. They met at the Shipwreck pub, which is in Shotley marina where Andrew was working at the time. He grew up in Burnham on Crouch in Essex, also by the river. They held their reception by the River Orwell.

“As we met, got engaged and married next to a river, rivers feature highly in our lives. My dad made a lot of references to rivers in his speech!” said Rose – now Rose McMullan.

They briefly thought about booking a fancy restaurant for the big day but didn’t feel that would reflect their personalities. Instead, they set about planning their Suffolk countryside wedding using Rose’s multi-talented family to pull it all together.

“I’m very lucky to have a large group of aunties and friends who all pitched in to help. My auntie made the bunting, my grandmother made the wedding cake, and my bridesmaids and I made our own bouquets – which was great fun. Also, Andy’s sister made personalised jewellery for the bridesmaids.

“We spent the day before the wedding with family and friends, decorating the church and the barns at the reception venue with hundreds of colourful flowers.

Rose drew the line at making her dress, though, and had an “amazing time” choosing her gown at David’s Bridal in Stratford, London. Her ivory dress had blue hues, echoing the colour of her wedding car.

The couple were married on August 12, last year, at the village church in Shotley where Rose grew up. She arrived in a vintage baby blue Cadillac, courtesy of her uncle – a classic car enthusiast – and left in a horse-drawn carriage organised by her mum.

“I was a bit confused when I came out and saw a horse and carriage outside the church. I thought it must have been for someone else. Apparently, you have to get all sorts of permissions to bring it across the fields, and it was all done while we were in the church.”

The couple held their reception at Orwell View Barns, Hill House Farm, for 120 guests. “Our reception was laid back – everyone sat around in the sun eating pizza and paella and gorgeous local ice cream from Alder Tree.”

In the evening they and their guests moved to a marquee overlooking the River Orwell where they tucked into a ploughman’s-themed buffet, with music performed by an acoustic guitarist. From eight to midnight, disco music provided by a DJ friend of the couple filled the air.

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The day draws to a close.

The celebrations lasted through the night and beyond.

The party didn’t stop there. “After midnight my husband had organised a silent disco which went on until nearly 4am. One of the channels contained a playlist of 70s, 80s and Abba music, while the other channel was all drum and base. It was really funny watching people dancing to the different styles.

“Everyone said what a great party and celebration it was. As we stayed overnight at the venue with our families, we all enjoyed the next day together, when we had a barbecue and ate the wedding cake.”

As for the engagement ring, it could almost have been a deal-breaker.

“I like vintage jewellery, opals and sapphires and Andrew knew this, but the ring he chose was a plain Tiffany-style diamond. He said he wanted me to have something classic and, in his defence, he did take his mum along for advice.

“I had the last word, though. I made sure I chose a vintage wedding ring!”

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It’s all about the ring!!

To finish off, you can find the original on Bride magazine

http://www.bridemagazine.co.uk/articles/couple-headed-to-pub-after-proposal-by-river

5 top tips for an enjoyable wedding day.

 

5 top tips for an enjoyable wedding day.

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The big day has arrived so it’s time to have some fun!

Having worked in the wedding biz for a few years now, my wife Michelle and I have learnt so many things from our couples and families. The ‘what to do’s’ and ‘what not to do’s’ on the big day.

The stressful last minute issues and how to make sure the happy couple are blissfully unaware of them and the little things that just make the day run that little bit more smoothly…

I don’t want to wax lyrical for hours and I’m sure you don’t have hours to spare anyway so, in conjunction with my wife at www.mtaylorcelebrant.co.uk, we have compiled our absolute top 5 tips to help ensure your big day goes wonderfully.

We hope they help. Let us know! Oh…and have a fabulous day!


THE BIG 5 !

Congratulations your big day has arrived!

The scene is set. The seating plan, having been revised and revised again, is finally drawn up. The flowers have arrived, as has the amazing cake. The suits and dresses are hanging ready to slip on once hair has been coffered possibly even make up applied… So what else do you need to think about?

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Everything is set for your big day!

1. Hydrate & eat!! Chances are you will have been too excited to get a full night’s sleep so it’s important, whatever actual time your wedding is scheduled for, to eat breakfast and perhaps a light snack before your ceremony.
Ladies, trust me… your dress WILL still fit!

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Please eat sensibly on the morning of your big day. Your dress will still fit!!

Eating something on your wedding day isn’t going to cause you to gain 7lbs in a nanosecond!

I don’t want to scare anyone but I have known it for the Bride to pass out half way through her vows because she chose to ignore this advice. You have been warned!

And you need to stay hydrated, it’s good for your skin, helps prevent tension headaches and gives your hands something to do!

By all means have a little tipple to calm nerves and just start the day in a celebratory mood, but don’t overdo it. Your officiant might not be able to marry you! (And you’ll be bursting for a pee halfway through the ceremony if you’re not careful!)


2. During the prep take a moment out to look around and take everything in, who is doing what and where. Don’t keep worrying about what you have got to do next and spend your big day clock watching! You have hired others to watch the clock for you ( your photographer for one! ) and make sure everything runs to schedule so live in the moment and enjoy it!

You know your day is going to go in a blur so lock those memories in! We followed this bit of advice and can still remember some of the minute details of our big day.

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Sometimes the morning can be really hectic. Step back for a moment and take in what’s going on.

3. Don’t stress, all the hard work is done. Relax, enjoy, the day will be what it’ll be. Seriously don’t sweat the small stuff & don’t try to micro manage!
It never, ever works when you do AND it will just end up stressing you out!

So you realise just how important this is, I’ll say it again. Don’t try to micro manage!! Trust your team of suppliers… after all, you’ve picked some pretty awesome ones… right?


4. Make sure to get your ‘maids’ or your ‘men’ to assist you when you need it. They aren’t there just for the free lunch, it’s a working day for them!! They are your support for your big day after all. Don’t be afraid to ask them to perform little tasks when you need them. (Ladies if you need help with your frock when visiting the loo, make sure your girls are available … check out the bin bag tip on the old Internet too – from Michelle).

Allocate your ‘tribe’ some tasks, when they all know what they are doing and pull together it makes an amazing day just that bit more awesome…THIS is why you are friends with this lot! They have your backs!

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Get your tribe to join in with the fun!

5. Take 5 minutes time out during the reception to wander off with a glass of something chilled and your new spouse… Sit, talk and take in the moment…
You did it!! You’re finally married after all those years or months of organisation. Admire how your rings sit on your fingers, how beautiful or dapper your other half is looking.

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You did it!! Take five minutes out to let it all sink in.

Go for  little stroll together away from the crowd, time to just enjoy each other’s company for a little while.

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Go for a little stroll, just the two of you.

If you can, take a walk around your wedding breakfast area before you guests come in. No doubt a lot of thought, time and effort has gone into making it just perfect, so have a look around and take it all in.

Near the end of the day take time out to just enjoy some peace and just “watch” for a while, before getting back into the fray and throwing some funky moves on the dance floor!

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End the day with a few funky moves on the dance floor!