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Rob and Rachel's Story

03 / Feb / 2020 - Category: Weddings News

Last October, we hosted the beautiful wedding of Rob and Rachel Nicholls. A few months on, we caught up with them to reminisce about the whole event, from popping the question to how they went about deciding on those all-important details of the day.

A bit about the happy couple... 

Rob and I have been together for eight years. We met through our local cycling club as we are both very passionate cyclists (see our bike theme below).  Rob is a builder and I work for Malvern Hills District Council, encouraging local people to become physically active. We have a Jack Russell called Fletch who is nearly five years old and completely bonkers! 

Popping the question... 

We were on a cycling holiday in the Pyrenees in September 2018. We love exploring new places and returning to do iconic climbs, one of which is the Col de Tourmalet. It’s a long, lung-busting 17km climb with an average gradient of 7.4% - not for the faint-hearted. It was a hot day, so we stopped about 5km from the top for a well-deserved beverage before heading up. When we got to the peak we celebrated with some cake and coffee, then took some obligatory photos next to the iconic bike and admired the view. As were taking in the scenery, Rob got down on one knee. The best proposal two cyclists could dream of.   

The big day... 

We got married on the 19th of October 2019 at Malvern College. The weather had been pretty terrible (lots of rain) in the few weeks leading up to the wedding and the day before was torrential rain, but luckily for us, the sun shone on our special day. The autumnal colours were stunning and the grounds of Malvern College looked especially amazing at that time of year. Together with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, we couldn’t ask for a more special place for our big day. As we are both cyclists this had to be the theme for our day, starting with a post bike (for cards), a rickshaw (the photo booth), bike biscuits (the favours) and miniature bikes (the place name holders).

Memorable wedding day moments...

We both fell in love with the Memorial Library when we first came to look at the College as a potential wedding venue. The room certainly didn’t disappoint on the day, it’s stunning with a beautiful backdrop and a lovely warm feel about it. The room captures a lot of natural light, so it’s beautiful for photos. Welcoming all our family and friends to share our special day there was truly memorable and walking out as Mr and Mrs Nicholls down the stone steps was magical. 

Choosing the venue... 

We knew we wanted to get married in Malvern but weren’t quite sure what we were looking for. We love a traditional setting and both love the outdoors, as well as Malvern itself. Malvern College offered all of these things and so much more. The grounds are amazing with so many different options to suit your special day. The staff here were invaluable in helping us to plan our wedding, as well as making sure everything ran smoothly. 

Saying yes to the dress (and suit)…

Rob has always loved Harris Tweed and his suit had colours to match our autumnal wedding - a rusty mustard colour with hints of orange and a herringbone finish. He found a shop online based in Edinburgh that sent samples of what he liked which were then tailor-made to order for him and his best man.   

I had saved a number of different dress styles on Pinterest before trying a range on in various local shops. Funnily enough, the dress styles I had saved didn’t suit me and the one I fell in love with was not at all what I had imagined. My dress was Boho lace, ivory and champagne in colour with off the shoulder sleeves, fitted and flared at the bottom and a sweetheart neckline. I took my three bridesmaids along with me when I went shopping for the dress which was great fun. My dress was from Perfections in Worcester, they made me and my friends feel so welcome and let us try on lots of different styles.  

The wedding prep… 

We are blessed with some amazingly creative friends and family. Rob’s sister did our flowers and we have two friends who are keen bakers, so one made our beautiful bike biscuits for favours and the other made our wedding cake. Another friend of ours designs wedding invitations as well as all the other details that helped to give the décor at our wedding a personalised feel. We knew we wanted a bike-themed wedding, so we managed to decorate the bikes we used by ourselves. Rob’s used his creative skills to help us create the photo booth rickshaw we were after. Jim, our photographer, from Dearest Love helped to capture our day perfectly.  

Advice for brides/grooms-to-be… 

When choosing your venue, look at a range of different options and be prepared to be flexible and ask to see it decorated similar to how it would be on your wedding day. Be open-minded when it comes to the food - we had our heart set on a hog roast but also wanted something different. Sally, the Wedding & Events Manager, suggested the horsebox pizza oven which happened to be on-site at one of our meetings - we sampled the pizza and were sold. It’s worth splashing out on the photographer - meet some different photographers and get a feel for how they will engage with your guests. You want someone who will capture the special moments but also blend into the background. The decor doesn’t have to cost a fortune, so unlock your creative side and utilise other people’s skills too. Be relaxed about timings on the day - things can change but go with the flow and it’s ok to move things around. And finally, enjoy some special moments together alone on your day. This was the best piece of advice we were given.  

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