The wedding of Stephanie Rudge and Nathaniel Thomas
PUBLISHED: 15:39 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 February 2013
The Herefordshire Wedding
Stephanie(Steph) graduated in Biology from Exeter in the summer of 2010. She grew up at Ballingham in Herefordshire on her parents farm. Nathaniel (Nat), from Whitecross, is a student at Loughborough University studying Management Sciences. The newlyweds now live in Eastleigh, Hampshire, where Nat is doing a university placement year and the couple will move to Loughborough in September while he completes his degree.
Henry and Esther Rudge and Robert and Hilary Thomas.
Harriet and Ginny Rudge, brides sisters. The flower girl was Gabrielle Stuffins.
How they met
Nine years ago at their church, Ballingham Chapel.
Both the wedding ceremony and the reception were held in a clear-ended marquee provided by Good Intents, at Stephs home, Ballingham Court. The marquee had views down to the river. Says Steph: We wanted somewhere that was personal to us so where better than your own house?
The gown, Harriet, by Maggie Sottero was bought from Satin and Silk in Hereford. It was a diamond-white, one-piece, strapless gown with a corset closure. Its asymmetrically-draped, A-line silhouette and the duchess organza created an airy lightness. Lovely embellished lace motifs decorated the bodice, skirt and train and it had a heart-shaped neckline.
Nats classic tail suit with a silver waistcoat and purple cravat was hired from Bill Child, Hereford.
The bridesmaids wore plum-coloured Ronald Joyce dresses from Amore Bridal Wear in Hereford. They were made of chiffon with asymmetric draping down to diamond detailing and had heart-shaped necklines.
The bouquets included purple lisianthus with a combination of white calla and Oriental lilies with some white roses. The bride had a large shower bouquet, the bridesmaids had a small shower bouquet and flower girl had a flower basket. The flowers were arranged by Stephs aunt, Sue Rudge, a professional florist.
The wedding had a very homely feel and the photos were taken in the farm barn. Special touches included home-produced apple juice on the tables and home-made ice cream served after the service made by aunty Liz (the best cook in the world). Steph says: For us the most important part was to share it with family and friends in the
presence of God.
The whole event took place in the marquee, which after the service was changed to provide a dance floor. As a Christian couple we worked hard to convey the central importance our shared faith in the wedding ceremony and throughout the day. We were extremely blessed to be able to have friends and relatives lead all areas of the service; the vows; a relevant address from Habakkuk 3:17-19; music and readings, says Steph.
The food was provided by Sisters Catering who did an amazing job. The main course was lamb shank with redcurrant jus. The pudding, or should I say puddings, were a help yourself event, with a mixed berry pavlova and chocolate roulade on each table.
In the evening we had a photo booth so people would have silly photos in groups, then stick one in the guest book with a comment and keep one for themselves. That was great fun! We also had a band, Avalon, from Bridgend a great duo.
The couple spent their honeymoon in a little cottage in County Wexford, Southern Ireland.
Stephs memory is: Everyone sitting down together with great food listening to the speeches. Massive thanks to all my family and friends who put in
so much effort to make the day happen. It was a very personal, faith-centred, family wedding, on my home farm featuring my cat and the beautiful setting of the Herefordshire countryside.
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