“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles and leaps fences to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Quite apt for a couple who met at Cheltenham Racecourse! Richard and Rachel are perfectly matched to go the full course. They know what they want and work together to achieve it. This is the couple who threw a house move into the same period as their wedding!!!
The couple chose the exquisite Greenway Hotel and Spa in Cheltenham as their venue, an award winning, luxury hotel in Gloucestershire.
Richard arrived in style and was soon dressed in style to match. The purple ties gave a clue to the colour theme of the day, and were set off perfectly by cream jacquard waistcoats and grey suits.
The men arrived in plenty of time for some formal and less formal group photographs... ...the boys not needing any encouragement to head to the bar!
Meanwhile upstairs in one of the suites the girls were getting prepared. The bride had the company of both mothers, Richard's twin sisters, her four bridesmaids and Poppy their dog. It was a hive of busy laughter and fun. The ladies opted for similar hairstyles, which were beautifully created in a mist of hairspray!
The views from The Greenway are stunning. Unfortunately it had started to rain, so the twins opted to watch out for the florist's arrival.
The beautiful Rachel's hair was topped with a veil and, after a moment of contemplation, it was time to get her into her dress.
Rachel had chosen a slim fit gown with lace top; elegant and fitted, but with an amazing train. It looked absolutely beautiful...
...and she looked radiant...
...and very classical.
Her lovely maids had gathered outside and they, and then her father, had a first look. The reactions said it all. <3
The lovely ladies were given gifts from Rachel, each card had a personal message from her and resulted in more tears! They all have a special place in each other's hearts.
Rachel had chosen two shades of purple for the bridesmaids dresses and they looked perfect.
A knock at the door meant that it was time for Rachel to meet the celebrants. Downstairs Richard and his parents took their places in the ceremony room...
There may have been a serious look on Richard's thoughtful face as he waited, but there was still a sense of fun at the foot end!
Rachel made her walk to her groom and, after a heartfelt shake of hands between Richard and Rachel's father, the couple could look into each other's eyes as they said their promises...
As if it were meant to be there was a short gap in the rain, just long enough to get the group photographs taken. We couldn't resist capturing the rings in a few drops though.
Back inside the hotel, we got our first peek at the room all ready to welcome the guests to the wedding breakfast. Each guest had a wee dram as a thank you favour, whilst the tables were elegantly dressed in purples. The cake provided the perfect centre-piece...
...and even the champagne came in two different colours for the ladies and gents!
Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Coley!
After a gorgeous three course meal worthy of The Greenway's reputation, we stole a few moments in the rain; first with the boys and the celebration cigar...
...and then with the couple themselves.
Before it was time to simply party!
We wish them every happiness together.