Rachel Forbes-Pyman (née Livermore). Age 27. Home town Colchester. Now lives in London. Enjoys friends, baking, cocktails and being outdoors.
A bit about the Groom…
Jolyon Forbes-Pyman. Age 27. Home town Colchester. Now lives in London. Enjoys anything sport related.
Wedding date 14th September 2013
I have known Jolyon longer than I care to remember! He used to go to cricket coaching with my cousins. As he reminded everyone during his speech his first memory of me is as a 6 year old when my Dad was combing through my hair in order to tie it back for a Gymnastics class.
We then parted ways until we were at Secondary School. Although we were good friends we never dated. We remained close friends through our time at University and then one fateful summer we both seemed to have a movie moment and realise that we wanted to be more than friends. Jolyon then hounded me until I agreed to go to Southampton for a weekend to visit some mutual friends. We went out for dinner, and the rest is history! I fell in love with him almost immediately.
The proposal… We both very much enjoy being outdoors and often go to my Step-Mum’s holiday home in Wales. It was whilst on a holiday there that I realised that Jolyon was the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. We were there again for a long weekend in February and were out on a long hike. We reached the summit and stopped for a picnic and to enjoy the beautiful views. As we were packing up to carry on I turned round and Jolyon was on one knee! I was so shocked that I shouted ‘No!’ in disbelief. Obviously tears and a ‘yes’ quickly followed this!
Jolyon had remembered that one of my old work colleagues husband’s designs and makes engagement rings so we then had a very fun day looking for ideas followed by a day with Lea and multiple stones to choose from.
What shopping at Abigail’s Collection / The Groom’s Room like…
We are both very glad that we decided to shop at Abigail’s.
I booked in for an appointment and from the moment I arrived the team were helpful and welcoming. The delicious cake in the reception area helped! Having been to a couple of other shops it was so nice to meet Katie, who genuinely cared about the sort of dress that I wanted. The dressing rooms are beautiful and individual. Katie is very talented and when I was unable to choose between two dresses, she was able to help design additional touches so that the dress I chose included the elements from the other dress that I also loved.
Jolyon also decided to use the Groom’s room for his suits. Rob was excellent and managed to co-ordinate suits for all of our bridal party. He also managed to source material for Jolyon’s cravat so that it exactly matched the colour of our bridesmaid dresses.
The wedding venue…
We got married at All Saints Church in Great Horkesley and then had the reception at Dove Barn in Groton. We chose to have a peach and mint green theme. Jolyon even arranged a surprise green camper van to take my Dad and me to the Church. We decorated the venue with ribbons and home made pompoms. Susan May created the most stunning flowers and was able to wire in green succulents so that I could recreate a beautiful and unusual bouquet that I had seen online. We had an old Polaroid camera so that guests could write a message under their picture for the guest book. I also made activity packs for the children to use during the speeches and there was a small room at Dove Barn where they could play. Gemma Haining provided the most delicious food and we are still having requests to find out where she got the cheese from for her Suffolk cheese board.
Most memorable moments…
– Having a fabulous morning of bubbles, giggles and make up (Thank you Blush Studios)
– Walking down the stairs in my dress so that my Dad could see me for the first time.
– Having some of our guests sneak past me to run down the aisle as they had arrived late.
– Kissing Jolyon as we became Mr and Mrs
– Doing the Bolt and Mobot as we walked out the Church
– Taking a time out for some photos at Dove Barn (Thank you Lewis Cabuche)
– The speeches.
– Having EVERYONE on the dance floor for our ‘Power half hour’ of favourite songs.
– Sophie catching the bouquet (not that it was planned) and then Steve popping the question a few months after the wedding.
Advice for Brides to be….
– Don’t lose sight of reality; there is no excuse for being a bridezilla.
– Learn to love Pinterest other wise you may forget some of your best ideas.
– If you so wish plan to the second in the weeks preceding the wedding, but on the day, let it go!
– Everyone says it, but it's true. The day goes in the blink of an eye. Step back and take some time to appreciate what is happening.