Rachael and Kevin Chapman tied the knot at an intimate wedding in Bath
Kevin clearly remembers the night he met Rachael at a student house party in Bath. “I was blown away by how stunning she was. I managed to grab a dance with her later in the night and was utterly amazed that this gorgeous girl was smiling at me and showing me signs of interest. I didn’t see her again that night but met again soon after and we really hit it off.” It turned out, however, that Kevin didn’t make such an impression on Rachael at that party. “She doesn’t remember me being at that house party, which sums us up really: Rachael, gorgeous, the sort of girl who steals the attention of a whole room when she walks in; Kev, pretty unimpressive!”
Luckily, the path of true love ran a lot smoother after that, and it was on their seventh anniversary that Kev proposed to Rachael over dinner in their new house. “I like that fact that it was at our new home, which made it very intimate and emotional. It was a complete surprise though, which made it even more special,” says Rachael.
Even though they no longer live in Bath, the city holds very special memories for the couple and so they decided to hold their ceremony at the Guildhall, followed by a reception at the Green Park Brasserie. “We wanted something fairly unique, a little quirky, and not too ‘weddingy’, and knew that the Brasserie did great food and was just about big enough for our relatively intimate wedding of fewer than 60 guests,” explains Rachael. Located in a former 1870s railway booking hall, this stylish restaurant also fitted Kev’s desire for a laid back and informal day.
Rachael’s stylish ankle length dress was a Louise Bentley design from Kate Walker Bridal in Honiton, where she also bought her jewellery. “I loved the service I had from Kate,” enthuses Rachael. “There’s always fizz and cake!” Kev wore a French Connection suit but for him, it was always about the shoes, which were a pair of smart tan-coloured Loakes.
One of Rachael’s wishes for the wedding was to have beautiful flowers, and she was thrilled with the bouquet and table decorations that White Row Farm Shop Florist created for her, which included white roses, ferns and ranunculus. “They really understood what we wanted and captured my dream wedding flowers!”
Due to Rachael working away from home, Kev was in charge of sorting out the majority of the day. “We were both fairly laid back about it, though, and there weren’t any arguments over the planning, and I didn’t have to make too many decisions by myself, fortunately!” Their tips for other couples? “Keep it simple and enjoy each step of the planning,” says Rachael. Kev adds: “Don’t stress and worry about the little things — just get the big ones sorted early on and the rest will fall into place. And don’t listen to everybody who tells you that you ‘have’ to do things a certain way – just do things the way you want.”
The day was expertly captured by Phil Webb from Reward Photographics. “He was great – professional and skilled, but he also clearly enjoyed what he was doing,” says Rachael. “To have a photographer who’s as enthusiastic as you are really helps!”
For Kev, “the day was less emotional that I thought it would be, in a good way, in that there was a fantastically relaxed atmosphere, no stress – bar maybe a few nerves waiting for Rach to arrive! – and no drama.” Rachael had a slightly different experience, however. “I found it an emotional whirlwind of excitement, love, nerves and joy!” While the couple may have experienced the wedding in different ways, they’re both in agreement that it was everything they had hoped and planned for. “It was the best day of my life,” says Rachael. Sounds like the perfect wedding to us!