real wedding: a daisy-filled do {rachel & peter}

Hello! Welcome to another beautiful Wedding Wednesday!

Rachel and Peter’s wedding is classic in style, but full of fun and pretty personal touches.  Their love of music inspired their Save the Dates and favours for their guests, and daisy details filled the reception venue.  Captured by Rebecca, of Rebecca Wedding Photography, the images are light and love-filled, showing their natural love and the informal and relaxed atmosphere of their day.

Today, we’re hearing from the groom, Peter about their wedding ~

We met in January 2004 when working for the same company in St Albans. They say that relationships that happen in the workplace are generally a bit dangerous and to be avoided, but there was no stopping us! I realised very quickly that Rachel was the girl that I was destined to marry.  I proposed to Rachel on her 30th birthday in December 2008, which we spent in Windsor. After a lovely meal in the evening, we walked onto Windsor Bridge, which adjoins Windsor and Eton, and while huddled under an umbrella in the pouring rain, I asked Rachel to marry me! It was actually pretty romantic!

We viewed a number of possible venues across Hertfordshire (where I come from) and Cambridgeshire (where Rachel comes from). In the end we settled upon Harpenden House in Hertforshire.  Harpenden is the town in which I grew up and it meant a great deal to my family and me that Rachel and I were able to tie the knot there.

We really wanted to put our stamp on the occasion – for our guests to come to our wedding and think ‘Yep, that’s Pete and Rachel alright!’ That is why we put a great deal of thought and effort into the little personal touches such as the wedding favours. Ultimately though, we wanted to create an atmosphere that was relaxed, fairly informal, and more than anything, a lot of fun for everyone involved!  Our venue was very classic and elegant, so we wanted to compliment it with classic features such as candles, a traditional colour scheme with lots of gold and ivory.

As well as the traditional aspects, we also wanted to bring our own personalities to the day which is why we decided to create caricatures of ourselves to include on things like invitations, orders of service and the favours. We are both quite musical people, so music was always going to be an important theme. As well as having an excellent singer/guitarist performing during the reception and the wedding breakfast, followed by a brilliant DJ for the evening reception.

For our ‘Save the Dates’, we personally designed and sent to everyone CDs with a selection of our favourite Christmas tunes, although the heavy snow that fell in December last year almost meant that our guests didn’t receive them in time for Christmas! We followed this theme with our favours, again personally designing CDs with all of our guests’ Number 1 song in the charts on the day they were born.  Within our families and closest groups of friends, there are many with young children, so it was important for them to be there and for them to be suitably entertained, so underneath their chairs at the breakfast we put goody bags down for them with Lego, colouring books and a few sugary treats!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

My Baby Just Cares For Me’ by Nina Simone. We love this song, it is very loving and endearing but there is also an element of fun which meant we were able to entertain our guests with an upbeat yet very heartfelt first dance.

Any advice for future brides?

Firstly, you should definitely get as organised as possible as early as you can! Secondly, try not to get bogged down with the ‘nitty gritty’ detail, as it is unlikely that your guests will notice all of it! However, you should ensure that there are some personal touches which reflect you both. My last tip would be to make sure that you and your partner make some time, maybe a couple of weeks before your wedding, to go on a date and spend some time remembering how and why you came to this moment. We did this and it gave us much-needed break from wedding planning and enabled us to have a lovely evening to ourselves.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful day!

Rebecca is a wedding photographer and hopeless romantic based in Hertfordshire.  She loves to capture the emotion, love and detail of your wedding day, the moments that truly make the day your own, find out more here.  You can also see Rebecca’s latest shoots and real weddings on her blog.



Dress – Honey Cole Bridal

Shoes – Dorothy Perkins

Veil & Accessories – Alice band from Accessorize, and a single pearl necklace borrowed from mother-in-law

Bridesmaid’s Dress – Debenhams

Stationery – caricatures designed on, invitations printed by I.O.S.

Venue & Catering – Harpenden House

Flowers/Décor – Aura Floral Design

Groom’s Suit – Moss Bros

Music –Ben Smith (Guitar player), Amplified Disco’s (DJ)


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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