Tell us your love story … always an interesting question because you never quite know what answer you are going to get. When you think of meeting someone, settling down, living together and becoming awe think we have it all planned out and know exactly who we want!
However, you never know who or what is around the corner! Weddings are a celebration of love and commitment and we have the privilege of sharing with you a true love story between two love birds that make the perfect pair! Cass and Rich, you could say were a match.com made in heaven! Browsing the internet dating scene one fine day and they came across one another, it really was love at first type, as they were both one another’s first and only online date, so it really was meant to be!
The thing with internet dating is you are never 100% sure, at first, where the person that you are ‘chatting’ to is located. In this case, Rich was in Nottingham and Cass in Sheffield, but love still prevailed, just short of a year after they ‘met’ Cass packed up and moved to Nottingham to be with Rich, and the rest as they say was history!
The couple were on holiday with Richs’ daughter Evelyn when she almost gave the game away that daddy was going to propose, she managed to keep it a secret for 5 days but I think Rich proposed in the nick of time before she spilt the beans.
The couple were swimming in Corsica, enjoying a little diving in the sea, when all of a sudden a very excited Rich emerged from under the water clutching something very, very tightly and Cass still had no idea! Rich presented a beautiful blue sapphire and in her own words, Cass recalls, ”there were tears, kisses and a YES, I will!”
The wedding was hosted on Friday 5th June 2015 right in the centre of London itself. It was an intimate affair and the couple were joined by their most nearest and dearest. Firstly, the couple held their civil ceremony with just 11 guests in the Rosetti Room at The Old Town Hall, Chelsea, followed by a traditional English afternoon tea party celebrated in the Clarence Room at Claridges.
The floral decor very much matched the less is more minimalist yet romantic wedding theme, intimate. With the couple living in Nottingham and getting married in London, they put their faith in a supplier they did not know and without recommendations, and they choose well. The florist was Amanda Austin of Chelsea, and even if we say so ourselves, they did an absolutely stunning job. There were huge blooms of pale blue and white hydrangeas with soft pink roses, for the table centres and also the brides bouquet.
With all eyes on the bride, Cass wore a stunning silk number by David Fielden, a London designer based in Chelsea a moments stroll from where the couple tied the knot, and the fabulous round toe small heeled shoes were Rainbow Club, style ‘Lucy.’ Rich boasted a fabulous three piece blue suit by designer Jaeger, looking every bit the gorgeous groom with complimenting brown cut out design lace up brogues by designer Jeffrey West style name ‘Dexter,’ with, of course matching blue socks!
The bride complimented her smooth silk gown and gorgeous round toe heels with a romantic and flowing hairstyle by Gill at Renee Aubrey, whom opened especially early at Cass’ request for her to continue with all her other preparations on the morning of the wedding, that’s what you call service! Cass decided to go for a natural look with her make up using her own Laura Mercier cosmetics and applied her own make up.
Keeping the personal and intimate theme of the wedding flowing, the engagement and wedding rings were from one of Nottinghams oldest family jewellery businesses, Trinity Smith. They design bespoke rings in house, and it could be said that maybe, as great minds think alike, the bride was seen a few months prior in the exact same jewellers perusing the beautiful jewellery that they had.As the wedding was a small affair the guests were simply very immediate family, which is just how the couple always wanted it. The bride says: ”It felt like an informal family gathering so there were no nerves and no worrying about numbers, timings or the usual concerns of a big wedding.” This made it even more individual, a small intimate affair in the centre of a big bustling city.
When we asked the couple what were their most memorable and special moments, of course they could not give us one nor two, nor three, but simply the comment that the whole day was a dream come true. There were certain moments that will never be re lived and so made them even more memorable, such as Richard getting his daughter Evelyn ready to be flower girl – a pretty big ask as he had sole responsibility for hair, nails and clothing and the registrars special sense of humour. She entered the Rosetti ceremony room before the bride had arrived to announce to them ‘The Bride has had a change of heart…’ poor Richard’s heart nearly stopped as he thought Cass had got cold feet.
There were no ‘real formalities’ of their wedding day as they very much wanted to embrace the essence of the love and commitment they were making and taking advantage of being able to have all of their nearest and dearest friends and family together to celebrate their union. The entire wedding party were seated together on an oval table and there was no such thing as a first dance, because they wanted everyone to be involved in everything!