Speed (way) dating

Rachel and Luke shared their special day with loved ones at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Rachel Eldridge, 26, married Luke Bowen, 31, at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, on 10th July, 2016.

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I'm not over the top with make-up so I went for a soft, natural look with some false lashes and wore my hair up to show the open back of my dress.


Speed (way) dating: Image 2I tried on around 10 different dresses but this one felt perfect as soon as I stepped into it. I loved the shape of the skirt and the vintage lace detail.

Speed (way) dating: Image 2b I had roses for my bouquet in avalanche and ocean song shades, which were decorated with diamantes. Our bridesmaids carried ivory gerberas with yellow middles.


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My sister Shannon, childhood friend Ronnie and family member and friend Andrea wore blush pink knee length bridesmaid dresses with a diamanté belt. They were all really happy with the choice and looked gorgeous.


Speed (way) dating: Image 4We had a print from our pre-wedding shoot framed for guests to sign as well as the traditional guest book. This created a gorgeous keepsake and it takes pride of place in our house – we love it.

Speed (way) dating: Image 4b For our centerpieces we had matching flowers that were stood in champagne and martini glass vases and placed on mirrors. Our grandparents have passed away and robins remind us of them, so we placed small birds amongst the blooms.


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Luke, his groomsmen and our pageboys Alfie and Charlie each wore grey slim fit suits with a blush pink tie and handkerchief while Luke wore a cream waistcoat to differ slightly.


Speed (way) dating: Image 6For our tableplan we used a mirror in a vintage cream frame with our guest's names written on cards that were decorated with bows.

Speed (way) dating: Image 6b Guests posted their cards in a vintage-inspired post box, which was personalised with our wedding details and decorated with a lace bow.


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We loved the atmosphere around the venue and the fact it's a 17th-century barn that's full of character and charm with the added bonus of beautiful surroundings.


Speed (way) dating: Image 8Our sweet display and photo booth went down a treat with our guests.

Speed (way) dating: Image 8b Our cake was iced in similar colours to our flowers and we displayed it on a log to add a rustic touch.


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The reception room's already decorated with drapes along the wall and is so pretty we didn't need to over-dress it. We had white table cloths and chair covers with blush pink sashes.


Speed (way) dating: Image 10I stayed at the venue the night before with my mum and we had a meal with my bridesmaids, which was lovely. Luke travelled with best man, ushers and his parents in a limousine.

Speed (way) dating: Image 10b Our photographer, Dan, did us proud. He made us feel really at ease and spectacular. Everything worked exceptionally well and went just as we'd wished.


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We had a DJ in the evening who got everyone up dancing and enjoying themselves, and giant LOVE letters lit up the dancefloor.


Rachel and Luke's contact book

Bride's hair and makeup
Attitudes Hair and Beauty

Bridesmaid dresses

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Ceremony and reception venue
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Steve Hannes
Tel: 07596 328 617

Daisie Chain Florist

Groom and groomsmen outfits
Clifford Burr

LOVE letters
David Thirst
Tel: 07917 182 916

DSB Entertainment

Daniel Adams Photography

Post box hire
The Secret Garden Florist

Hatton Garden

L. A. Limos