Rio and Mike’s intimate wedding at The Secret Garden was just perfect. This really was such a fun and relaxing day, for such a lovely couple, and it was an honour to capture their big day.
As with most weddings at the moment, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many wedding postponements, with Rio and Mike no exception, having had to re-organise their big day three times! However, with guests numbers currently limited to 15, they went ahead and it ended up being such a great decision. The day was spent with their nearest and dearest, proving how wonderful a wedding can be, even through this current pandemic. Check it all out below.
First Names: Rhiannon & Michael (Rio & Mike)
Ages: Both 29
Wedding date: 24.10.20
Venue: Secret Garden, Ashford
How did you guys meet, tell me all?
Although we grew up in the same town and had many mutual friends we had never met before going to university. We both got into Portsmouth Uni and needed a house to live in. A mutual friend put us in touch and we lived together in a shared house. We started dating after 3 months and ended up living together the whole way through Uni. The rest as they say is history!
How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?
We got engaged in Portsmouth, having gone there for a long weekend in June 2018. Mike had arranged for us to go to the top of the Spinnaker tower (a tall viewing tower by the harbour). Whilst on the top floor of the tower Mike got down on one knee and proposed. With the immediate response of “O, God!” followed by “Yes”. The following day, without my knowledge, Mike had arranged for our parents to join us for dinner in Portsmouth as a surprise and so ensued more happy tears as we bumped into them along the sea front.
What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many?
2020 has been a particularly interesting year and we initially chose East Quay shortly after getting engaged but Covid had other plans! We were forced to look elsewhere when they decided not to go ahead with any weddings and that’s when we found Secret Garden. The beautiful gardens captured us and it immediately felt like the perfect place for an intimate wedding. We also love the rustic and cosy feel we got when we looked around.
What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
We wanted a wedding without the fuss so we didn’t want to theme it. We felt like the day is just about celebrating love and making it through the madness of this year!
What is your first song and why?
We love listening to the classics and I love soul music. When it came to choosing a song we were instantly drawn to Sam Cooke’s ‘Bring it on Home To Me’ and we knew this was the one for us. It was probably one of the easiest decisions we made.
What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t plan a wedding during a global pandemic! More importantly, remember what is important and don’t stress the small stuff. Ultimately all that matters is getting to marry the person you love.
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The photography: All images captured with two Fujifilm X-T3 cameras.
Lenses: Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 R WR, Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4 R, Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 R and Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2.
Hairstylist: Kim- She Said Yes Bridal Hair
Makeup artist: Lydia Rae
Brides dress: Christine K Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS
Suits: Lapel Mens Hire Maidstone
Florist: Anemone Blue
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