Real Wedding: A romantic wedding at Warwick House
After falling in love at first sight, Rachel and Jamie Peace tied the knot within the picture-perfect setting of Warwick House, with their big day captured by Nikki Kirk Photography.
The happy couple: Rachel Peace, 26, a showroom receptionist, and Jamie Peace, also 26, a car sales executive, living in Warwick
Wedding date: Sunday 11 February 2018
Ceremony and reception venue: Warwick House Southam
Wedding theme: Romantic
Photographer: Nikki Kirk Photography
Flowers: Clare from Regency Flowers in Leamington Spa
Dress: Brides of Solihull
Bridesmaid dresses: Monsoon
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros in Leamington Spa
Cake: Jamie’s mum made the cake
Catering: Warwick House Southam
Hair and beauty: Face Perfect by Jodi
Favours: Handmade, mini bottles of the couple’s favourite spirit – tequila!
Rings including engagement ring: Ernest Jones in Leamington Spa
When and how did you first meet?
We met at our place of work (Toyota Stratford); Jamie started a month after I did. It was love at first sight.
Who popped the big question and how did they propose?
Jamie proposed on a beach at sunset in Fuerteventura.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
We were planning our big day for just over a year.
Why did you choose your venue?
We fell in love with Warwick House straight away; it was only the second venue we had been to see. We just loved how intimate it was. We knew it would be exclusively ours for the day which was important to us. Not only is it beautifully decorated it has such a warm homely feel and we loved that.
Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?
Our big day was only three days from Valentine’s Day, we wanted it to feel and look romantic with deep clarets and burgundy colours. We had hearts everywhere from the invitations we sent out to our beautiful wedding cake.
What made you choose your photographer?
Nikki Kirk and I have been great friends for years. I (Rachel) have worked with her since we met in 2012. I have modelled for her many times, we have a lovely close friendship. She is so talented and I knew she would be my rock on our wedding day
She has such an indescribable presence, her talent and fun, bubbly personality go hand in hand to having the best photographer experience imaginable! She has exceeded our expectations with our photos, they not only made us emotional but our guests too!
We can’t thank Nikki Kirk enough for giving us those memories that will last a lifetime
How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?
Nikki just got us! She knew exactly what style we wanted for our photographs, relaxed and romantic. She captured every single detail of our day. Nikki is a perfectionist and this really shows in her work. Our photos were perfection. Our guests have even said they felt like they were back there when they viewed them.
Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?
It was a DIY affair. Jamie and I did everything ourselves. We loved getting stuck into the planning.
Did you make, design or create anything yourself?
We made our favours, which were mini bottles of our favourite shot – tequila! We had little personalised stickers printed that we put on them ourselves and tied little burgundy colour ribbons around them.
Tell us about the wedding dress…
My dress was a beautiful fishtail shape. With heavy ivory lace, Bardot-style off the shoulder with a beautiful train. A cathedral style veil with lace trim set it off. I loved my dress the minute I saw it! It was the first one I tried on, I had to have it!
What did the groom wear?
Jamie wore a lovely charcoal grey, three-piece suit with tails. With a burgundy cravat and pocket square.
Did you incorporate any special family details or heirlooms, for example?
As my something borrowed I carried a brooch in my bouquet passed down to me from my mum’s mum. It was very special to have such a beautiful heirloom, I felt my Nan was there with me.
Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
My something old and borrowed was my nans brooch, my something blue was a tiny blue bow in my bridal garter and my something new was my ivory satin open toe heels.
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
I wanted to walk down the aisle to Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’, but came across a beautiful piano version by The Piano Guys. It was such a lovely piece of romantic music.
Did you have any special readings during the service?
Jamie’s Aunty Jane read a beautiful poem called ‘On your Wedding Day’ just before we exchanged our vows.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
To start we had chicken liver and brandy parfait with red onion confit. The main course was roast loin of pork with crispy herb potatoes and seasonal vegetables. We also had a parsley and dill crusted salmon fillet for the guests who weren’t a fan of pork; both dishes were beautifully tasty. For dessert, we had rich chocolate mousse with Irish cream.
What kind of cake did you go for?
We had a four-tier cake. Bottom layer was traditional fruit, whilst the three top tiers were double chocolate fudge cake. Beautifully made with royal icing and cut-out icing hearts.
What was your first dance song?
Kodaline ‘The One’. This has been mine and Jamie’s song since we met; it’s so special to us and sums up our relationship perfectly.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
A special moment for us was being pronounced husband and wife. We had really looked forward to that moment after having dreamt of it and finally being a married couple, that was our favourite part.
Did everything go to plan?
The weather not so much! It was sleeting and snowing but we didn’t let that get to us. We still managed to get some beautiful night-time shots with Nikki.
What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?
Try not to stress too much. I’m the biggest worrier but I tried to concentrate on the fact that at the end of the day we were going to be husband and wife and that’s all that mattered.
Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?
The day itself goes so fast! I wish I’d taken more opportunities to really savour every moment.
And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?
We are flying out to Riviera Maya Mexico in three weeks and we can’t wait.
For more information about Nikki Kirk Photography visit nikkikirkphotography.com directly.
Wednesday 02 May 2018
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