Philip and Rachel met through the love of football of all places. They shared a couple of looks across the stands and got chatting before exchanging numbers. Their first couple of dates were in the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire where they shared a picnic and watched the sun set together.
Philip grew up locally in Fordingbridge, meaning they were able to use his local knowledge to check out possible venues. They fell in love with the beautiful murals and country theme of Woodgreen Village Hall and it is a stones throw away from where they had one of their first dates together. St Mary's Church at Breamore is a scenic drive away and was too beautiful to be ignored by them to have their wedding ceremony there, as well using a local farm (Burgate Farm) just down the road where Rachel and her Bridesmaids got ready.
Philip and Rachel always knew they wanted a laid back, countryside themed wedding with a rustic feel. They loved the murals on the walls of the village hall which have paintings showing country life and they picked out some of the main colours from this to use as their colour scheme of sage green and pale pink.
They tried to use local suppliers for their wedding as much as possible which meant their wedding felt very personal and authentic. They are quite into music having been to festivals a few times so a live band was a must to add to the fun feel of the day. The finishing touches were provided with love and care from family members, with both mums doing a stellar job of making metres and metres of bunting!
Getting Ready venue: Burgate Manor Farm Holiday Cottages
Church - St Mary's Church, Breamore Reception Venue - Woodgreen Village Hall, Hampshire
Marquee - South Coast
Flowers - Arcade Flowers, Ringwood
Catering (including cake) - Swine Waiter
Entertainment - The Cheers
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses - Ava Louise, Southampton
Bride and Bridesmaids' Hair and Make Up - Shannon Webster (via nwmake-up.co.uk)
Vintage Bus - Mervyn Coaches (Via First Choice Wedding Cars)
Brides party transport - Lyn Hool (Via Premier Carriage)