Wedding of the Week: Raechel Turner and Danny Pooley
08 May 2017
Rustic details and a Goonies theme made this Norfolk wedding unique in so many ways
We visited a tiny chapel built into the side of a cliff on holiday in Cyprus; while in the gardens outside, Danny dropped down on one knee and asked me to be his wife with a ring that he’d designed himself.
I started my search online for wedding dresses and fell in love with everything Mori Lee, with one in particular that I adored. I went with my mum and tried on the dress – I bought it there and then (two weeks after the proposal). I’d always heard brides say that you’ll just ‘know’ when the dress is the one but it wasn’t until I tried this one on that I understood what everyone meant; we were both crying and it just felt magical.
We got a list of all the places in Norfolk you can marry and that’s how we found Hunters Hall. When we walked into the main barn I started crying and we were shocked by how beautiful it was and it gave us the rustic, country charm that we were looking for. It also helped that Matthew and Jenny, the owners, are lovely people and were so excited with us from that first meeting.
The colour scheme
We had a rustic burnt orange, brown and hessian colour scheme. But we also had a Goonies theme as it’s Danny’s favourite film. This took over the table names, table centres and there was even a treasure corner with lots of golden coins ready for hungry pirates.
Both of our sisters are gorgeous so we picked simple, burnt orange floor-length dresses that had a touch of detailing on the top part of the dress.
Our groomsmen’s ages ranged from 12-65 so we picked something that complemented everyone; speckled blue three-piece tailored suits, with the groom and the dads having tweed brown waistcoats to differentiate from the rest of the group. The page boy wore a three-piece tweed brown suit that matched the groom’s waistcoat.
We wanted to keep the flowers minimalistic, so the my bouquet incorporated hand-tied orange calla lilies with bare grass loops and a hessian wrap; the bridesmaids had hand-tied avalanche roses and the groomsmen had a single orange calla lily in their buttonhole.
To go with our rustic theme we had a three tier naked cake; the tiers were lemon, carrot cake and Victoria sponge. We also had an engraved wooden love heart as the cake topper and lots of mini-engraved love hearts scattered around the cake stand.
The ceremony was perfect; walking down the aisle filled me with so many emotions and I couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear while Danny was at the front trying to hold it together. My dad gave me away and we had two readings, one from our sister-in-law and one by my best friend. She wrote her reading herself and it was so personal and heartfelt. We had a family friend conduct the wedding and this managed to get rid of any nerves right from the start.
With it being a November wedding, we knew the weather would be touch and go. I felt like the Queen being ushered into the barn with a plethora of groomsmen holding umbrellas above my head. The rain managed to pass for long enough to get some photos outside.
My dad and Danny’s speeches were so lovely and thoughtful. The best man’s was hysterical – it involved a laminated photo of me and Danny, a piece of toast and an oversized hat.
We had the Matt Straford Wedding Duo as our evening entertainment and wow, they were incredible. They had the whole room dancing from the start of the night right until the very end.
The first dance
The band performed Michael Bublé - Close Your Eyes as our first dance – it was very special but my favourite part was afterwards.... Danny surprised me by sauntering onto the stage and singing ‘A Thousand Years’ to me in front of all of our family and friends.
A few days after the wedding we flew to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico for a two-week all-inclusive five-star break and it was just perfect.
Top tips for brides-to-be:
- Stay calm – even when you’re going crazy worrying yourself about every minute detail. It will all be perfect on the day and will you really notice if the placement of the name cards is not ‘quite’ right?
- Take it all in and remember it’s your big day – yes, you’ve got guests, but they’re all there to watch you enjoy yourself and take the first step in the rest of your lives together. Enjoy it.
Steal their style:
Photography: Kiff Photography, www.kiffphotography.co.uk
Registrar: Laura White, www.norfolk.gov.uk
Venue: Hunters Hall, Dereham, www.huntershall.com
Dress: Mori Lee from Unique Castle Rising, King’s Lynn
Accessories: Aurora Designs, www.auroradesignsdirect.com
Wedding rings: Fraser Hart, Norwich, www.fraserhart.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Little Mistress, www.little-mistress.com
Hair: Jenna at No. 4, King’s Lynn
Make-up: Bellamie Make-up, King’s Lynn
Groom’s outfit: Slaters, Norwich, www.slaters.co.uk
Flowers: Flower Corner, King’s Lynn, www.cornerflorist.co.uk
Cake: Laura Peech, Caketastic
Catering: Hunters Hall
Venue dresser: Fairytale Finishing Touches, www.fairytalefinishingtouches.co.uk
Transport: Family friend
Videography: Impact Videos, www.impactvideos.co.uk
Entertainment: Matt Strafford Wedding Duo, Cambridge, www.mandrweddingband.co.uk
Love Letters: Lou Lou Loves, Norwich, www.loulouloves.org.uk
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