Cheshire Bride cover star: The bride who wore FIVE wedding dresses

02 Jan 2019

Bucking the ‘two wedding dress’ trend, social media influencer Rachel Ward from Cheshire wore a total of FIVE gowns which spanned both her Maldives ceremony and UK wedding

UK wedding images: Beth Alderson Photography

Featured in Cheshire Bride magazine, international social media influencer Rachel Ward’s Cumbria wedding will inspire future couples marrying in the region – particularly when it comes to her array of wedding dresses.

Rachel married her fiancé Thomas Cottrell on the island of Kurumba in the Maldives with 25 of their closest friends and family before exchanging vows again in Cumbria and enjoying a larger celebration on home soil at Irton Hall.

Rachel says: “Because of all the inspiration I was getting on Instagram, I actually had five dresses. I wore two for our Maldives wedding – one for the beach and one for the evening. I actually left my dresses with the hotel for them to donate to a Maldivian bride as the staff were so lovely. Then at Irton Hall I wore a Nicole Spose design for the legal ceremony – from Eternity Bridal Ltd in Warrington – and later, two by Jadore Evening – one in the afternoon and one for night-time.”






Drawing on the talents of a host of North West wedding suppliers, Rachel Ward and Thomas Cottrell’s UK wedding was a spectacular affair filled with love and laughter.

The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Church in Irton, Cumbria, before the reception at Irton Hall – the groom’s family’s former stately home which dates back to the 12th century. Thomas, a hotelier who is used to co-ordinating large-scale events, even took the reins when planning the day.

Despite a late start due to the Rolls-Royce wedding car failing to arrive on time, Rachel and Thomas’s ceremony at St Paul’s Church in Irton ran smoothly and the couple exited to the sound of the church bells ringing. The celebration that followed was one to be remembered, with a hearty wedding breakfast that comprised arancini balls or vegetable soup to start, roast beef or chicken for the main course, and sticky toffee pudding or cheesecake for dessert.




The speeches left not a dry eye in the house and wedding perfomer, Howard Wing, got the party started by getting guests dancing on the chairs and participating in a conga line.

Details included vandella roses used throughout the floral arrangements by The Bespoke Florist in Wokingham and a lemon sponge for the wedding cake by Julie’s Cakes Cumbria which featured a replica topper of the bride and groom.  

Rachel says: “The day was so much fun with family and friends; it was just one big party and I had an amazing day marrying the man of my dreams.”


See more of Rachel and Thomas’s stunning wedding pictures and find a full supplier list in the 2019 edition of Cheshire Bride magazine, which is available to read online. Alternatively, pay a visit to Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park from February 2-3 2019 and you can pick up a copy of the magazine for FREE.  

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