Rachel Tizzard and Mikey Parsons first met when she started working at his parents' coffee shop in Southsea. As they started talking more and more, Mikey asked Rachel out on a date. “I found him really funny, happy and down-to-earth,” says Rachel. “And I really liked her personality and thought she was beautiful,” adds Mikey.
Two years later, in August 2014, he swept her off on a romantic trip to Paris where he popped the question. “It was a total surprise,” remembers Rachel, “he'd secretly organised a horse and carriage ride around the city and then we had a picnic by the Eiffel Tower.” As the sun began to set, he put Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud on and got down on one knee. It was an unforgettable moment, not only because she said 'yes' but, unbeknown to Mikey, it was also the anniversary of when her grandad passed away. “We had our first kiss as an engaged couple just as the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower started to come on. It was if my grandad was watching over us, which made it even more perfect and magical,” Rachel adds.
They tied the knot on 16th March, 2018 at Hampshire's Old Thorns Hotel and opted for a floral theme with a pink and purple colour scheme. Read on for Rachel's account of their big day...
We chose Old Thorns because it's such a beautiful setting, the views are amazing and the friendly staff's attention to detail really attracted us to it.
I loved the train and beautiful detail on my Mark Lesley gown.
Mikey wore the same colour suit as his groomsmen but with a waistcoat and different style floral tie to stand out.
As soon as I found the dresses for my three younger bridesmaids I had a vision in my head of what our day would look like and it sparked the whole theme.
The bouquets were a mix of different flowers in ivory, pink and purple shades.
It was lovely having our photos taken on the golf course.We had a buggy to chauffeur us around and it gave us the chance to spend time together to take everything in and enjoy the amazing views.
Our little boy Hudson was pageboy and he was so good, he made us both very proud.
We used a rustic ladder for the table plan, decorated with frames and lights to add extra detail.
Our centrepieces were simple but worked well with our theme and colour scheme.
We used purple sashes for the chairs and table runners and scattered the aisle and guestbook table with petals.
To make the top table stand out, we decorated it with little jars of flowers and candles.
Our guests loved the chalkboard place names and most took them home with them as keepsakes.
We had a photo booth for the evening reception which everyone really enjoyed.
Creatiques Bridal Boutique
Julie's Creative Cakes
Lily Lupin Floral Design
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Hair and make-up
Bridal Dreamz Wedding Services
Scott Gladwish Photography
Table decorations and chair covers
The Little Details Company
All Executive Travel