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Mat and Rachel’s Luxury Family Weekend Wedding

Rachel Evans

Mat proposed on the cliffs of the battlefields in Normandy. I was 12 weeks pregnant and we knew straight away that we wanted to get married before our baby arrived so we immediately had a pretty short deadline.

Our priority was spending the day and evening with our closest friends and immediate family, including my nieces and nephews who were mostly under 5 at the time. We decided to rent a luxury house for the weekend so we could spend the evening celebrating while the children slept.

I knew as soon as I walked in that The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh was the right venue for us. The rest of the planning followed pretty quickly and we booked our ceremony at Okehampton Register Office.

Okehampton Register Office
Okehampton Register Office

The Old Rectory was definitely my perfect venue – it has a big central staircase, large double bedrooms for everyone, luxurious sofas and beautiful gardens, as well as a swimming pool, croquet lawn and games room.

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

As I was going to be quite pregnant at the wedding, choosing a dress was a little stressful. Of course I still wanted to look amazing, but the choice of maternity wedding dresses was slim so I ended up having my dress made. I was lucky to come across Claire The Dressmaker and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made as it was such a lovely process, I got the dress I wanted and felt wonderful on the day.

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh
The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

We didn’t have a theme or a particular style – it was a very intimate day, with just our closest friends and family so it was super relaxed. We played croquet, had a sweepstake on the Grand National and even swam in the freezing cold pool.

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

Everyone chipped in with making the day special. My mum did the flowers, my mother-in-law did the catering and made the cake and my sister-in-law did the table decorations. There was definitely a job for everyone!

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

Ruth Garner was our photographer. She’s so calm and easy to be around that it felt totally natural and the photos speak for themselves.

Tips/Advice

We got engaged in January and were married on 5 April so if you want to organise a wedding in a couple of months, just go for it. It worked out perfectly for us.

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh
The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh
The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

The Old Rectory, Chulmleigh

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