For those lusting after warmer weather days, this real weddings feature is the perfect remedy. Rebecca and Paul married at Rowton Castle, the ideal pairing for this sophisticated couple.
This edit is wedding day bliss and utterly swoon worthy – enjoy gorgeous photos from Cheshire based duo Madison Picture and details from the couple themselves.
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Notes from the Couple
We were blown away by the idyllic countryside setting of Rowton Castle, it is a hidden gem with the most beautiful landscaped gardens. The castle itself is a sophisticated and elegant building with all the amenities you could ever need for the perfect fairytale wedding.
We planned on having a relatively small day for 50 of our closest friends and family, so we wanted a venue that felt intimate, romantic and elegant with exclusive use for our guests. For us, Rowton Castle was just that.
Following our initial meeting with the team at Rowton, Paul and I were really impressed by the level of service we received. It was an anxious and busy time for us as we had less than 8 weeks to pull everything together and we wanted so much to ensure that nothing was missed. The team at Rowton were fantastic at helping us to organise everything, nothing was too much trouble and we were left with the impression that our wedding day would run like clockwork as everyone seemed to be very on top of things. We were right of course!
Our wedding day was truly the happiest day of our lives. We were both very emotional throughout the day and overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who helped make it so special.
Although I know it’s a slight cliché, we actually met at work when Paul took on a role at the same company I was working for in Northampton, which is over 100 miles from his hometown in South Yorkshire, so if he hadn’t taken the job the chances are our paths would never have crossed. Fortunately for us fate had other plans!
The proposal happened two years ago when I was six months pregnant and we were away for a long weekend in Tuscany. We had just enjoyed the most magical evening in a charming little restaurant in the city of Lucca and we were on our way back to our hotel. Paul proposed down a cobbled little side street, in the rain. It was pretty special.
My dress was a mermaid style ivory gown with delicate lace beading and a sweeping neckline and Paul wore a three-piece suit in royal blue; both were tailor made for the occasion. My shoes were crystal embellished ivory satin sandals from Badgley Mischka and Paul wore brown brogues from Barker. I wore my hair down and wavy on the day. I used a local hair stylist called Louise Price and did my own make up.
Our wedding took place in July, so we wanted a very pretty pastel summery theme. We opted for blush pink as the main colour. Our florist was a lady named Wendy Shaw who is one of the preferred suppliers at Rowton (with good reason, as she is fantastic!). We opted for a classic candelabra floral arrangement on each of the tables. The flowers used for the table arrangements, my bouquet and the pillars of the gorgeous Linden Belvedere were a mixture of avalanche roses, peonies, gypsophilia and eucalyptus.
We had a drinks reception after the wedding ceremony, this was then followed by the wedding breakfast. We had a savoury souffle to start, chicken with chorizo, red onion and mozzarella as the main course and a sumptuous white chocolate cherry parfait for dessert. In the evening we opted for an outdoor BBQ with a firepit and toasted marshmallows. There were vegan and vegetarian options available to those who needed them, of course!
Amazingly, a friend made our wedding cake for us. It was a simple three tier buttercream filled cake covered in white icing. It was then decorated with cascading pink roses by florist, Wendy.
We had a beautiful string quartet (Toscana Strings) who played during our ceremony and drinks reception, and a four-piece pop band called The Talking Bird Collective who played during the evening reception. Our first dance song was “Yours” by Ella Henderson.
We chose a Cheshire based photographer and videographer duo called Madison Picture (Nick and Paul). We wanted a relaxed and informal documentary style of photography rather than anything that was staged or too traditional. We were delighted with the result; both the images and the video capture the magic of our day perfectly and we are so pleased we chose them.
Best Part of the Day
There were so many magical moments BUT one of my favourites just has to be the ceremony itself. Walking down the aisle whilst our talented string quartet played their beautiful music and exchanging our vows in front of our nearest and dearest were unforgettable moments we shall cherish forever.
Advice for Future Bride and Grooms
Try not to stress too much over the smaller details or the things you cannot control, like the weather for example (it rained on and off throughout our wedding day!). Focus instead on enjoying every moment as it will be over before you know it.
Venue Rowton Castle
Photography Madison Picture
Bride’s Dress & Groom’s Suit, Custom Made
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Shoes Barker
Hair & Makeup Louise Price Hair Design
Flowers Wendy Shaw
String Quartet Toscana Strings