Rachael & Rhys - Tilstone House, Cheshire
*Edit - an update on Tilstone house. Unfortunately not long after I wrote this blog Tilstone House was badly damaged in a fire - luckily no one was injured. Sending lots of love to all of the team at Tilstone, everyone I met was so lovely and friendly and cared so much for their couples.
I visited Tilstone House a few months prior to Rachael and Rhys' wedding. I always try my best to visit venues I'm booked for if I haven't had the opportunity to work at them before. I met Lin who runs Tilstone House, I had a tour and we chatted about the venue and it's history. Pictures do not do this venue justice. I just fell in love with the gardens and knew we had to make the most of them especially with no guarantee of good weather on the wedding day itself. So I suggested to Rachael and Rhys about using Tilstone House as their pre-wedding location. I'm so glad we did! Both Rachael and Rhys are so lovely and natural together and really didn't need a lot of direction. We spoke about their wedding and the plans they had and just walking and talking with this sweet couple I could just tell they are just meant to be together. Scroll down for their pre-wedding photos and more on their beautiful wedding day and photos...
Arriving at Tilstone House for the wedding and I could feel an excitement around the venue as the finishing touches were being made downstairs. After a quick chat with Lin , she's so lovely and is always happy to help, I headed up to Rachael. Rachael was in the gorgeous Bridal suite with the most stunning, spacious prep room. The girls from Honey Blush were working their magic with make up while Clare was working her magic on hair. Everything was calm and Rachael and her lovely bridesmaids were chatting away. I moved into the bedroom to photograph Rachael's beautiful dress from The Bridal Lounge, I was blown away with the stunning detail on the back. I captured all the little details from rings and shoes to stunning flowers (by the wonderful Mayflower Bloom!) and perfume.
I headed over to Rhys where he was getting ready with his groomsmen. I walked in to a room full of very smart, happy guys putting the finishing touches to their suits. We headed down for a few photos before they set off to the church. I re-joined Rachael to capture her lovely sister and maid of honour, Hannah help her into her dress. The rest of the bridesmaids all lent a helping hand and you could just feel the excitement build with a couple of tears too.
As we left Tilstone House the rain started and the umbrellas came out. When Rachael and the bridesmaids arrived at the church, St Judes, the groomsmen helped to shield them from the rain, one by one helping them into the church. Such gentlemen! The service was beautiful and a friend of Rhys' blew everyone away by singing a beautiful Welsh song. It's hard not to get emotional in services like these, Rachael and Rhys are so meant to be and you can feel the love they have and with their family and friends surrounding them.
We were very lucky the rain had stopped when we left the Church and headed back to the gorgeous Tistone House. The guests arrived to the wonderful Ed Alexander playing a lovely white baby grand piano. After drinks and canapes the guests were seated and the new Mr & Mrs Edwards were introduced. Rhys, maid of honour Hannah and the two best men, James and Owain made fab speeches before enjoying the wedding breakfast.
The evening started with the cake cutting, then on to the first dance where the guests didn't hesitate when invited up to join Rachael and Rhys on the dancefloor. We snuck outside and with the help from Ian from The Big Fire Work Shop we had a go at a love heart sparkler photo, it took a lot of sparklers but we got there - sorry for arm ache Rachael & Rhys! Shortly after the guests were in for a surprise of fireworks from the lovely team at The Big Firework Shop before heading back in to carry on celebrating with the new Mr & Mrs Edwards!
Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness! x
Venue - Tilstone House, tilstonehouse.co.uk
Hair - Clare Jones, www.facebook.com/Clarejones_hair-358622637979623
Make up - Honey Blush, www.facebook.com/HoneyBlush-243465622708151
Dress- The Bridal Lounge, www.facebook.com/thebridalloungeworld
Flowers - Mayflower Bloom, www.facebook.com/Mayflower-Bloom-598563903684065
Pianist - Ed Alexander, www.facebook.com/EdAlexander.Pianist
Cake - That Cakes The Buscuit, www.thatcakesthebiscuit.co.uk
Fireworks + Sparklers, www.thebigfireworkshop.co.uk