Hayley’s Engagement Diary – Rushton Hall Wedding

Hayley first asked me to be her wedding photographer last December, exactly one year before her wedding at Rushton Hall. Hayley, fiancé Nathan and I met at the start of summer for their pre – wedding photography shoot in the village she grew up in, near Corby. Working with Hayley & Nathan before their big day gave us a chance to get to know each other, and we really clicked!

So, without further ado, meet Hayley! She is going to tell you about how she met Nathan, how they got engaged, and some invaluable wedding planning tips. I must be looking forward to their winter wedding as much as their guests, bring on December!

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HOW DID YOU AND NATHAN MEET, AND HOW DID YOU GET ENGAGED?

Nathan and I met back in May 2008 by chance. I tagged along to a birthday party with a friend, I had no idea whose party it was, and still don’t to this day. After being there a while and feeling like a spare part, I started talking to this lovely guy. It turned out he had come with a friend and also had no idea whose party it was. We ended up spending the whole night talking and the rest, as they say, is history. 

We started dating in June, and after 5 years together in 2013 Nathan asked me to marry him. It was midnight on our anniversary. I had been out that evening and came home to find the house in darkness. I turned on the kitchen light to see the table full of red and white roses. Nathan is an amazing baker, and he had baked my favourite cake (carrot and walnut with lime cream cheese icing). Sat in the middle in a cupcake case was a little black box with the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. It was such a brilliant surprise, very private and personal. It turned out that Nathan had been nervously waiting for almost 2 hours for me to get home!

THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BEAUTIFUL EMERALD ENGAGEMENT RING…

My engagement ring is emerald and diamond in a gold band. My favourite colour is green and I had wanted an emerald ring for years. My Grandmother has an emerald and diamond ring, and I have always been in love with it. My sister went with Nathan to look for my ring, so she pointed him in the right direction. He walked into the shop and picked it out straight away. It is perfect, I couldn’t have chosen better myself. 

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Hayley’s beautiful emerald engagement ring

WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING ARE YOU PLANNING? IS IT DIFFERENT TO WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD HAVE BEFORE GETTING ENGAGED?

My family are really big on Christmas, it’s a really special time of year where we all get together. We love all of the beautiful decorations and getting cosy when it’s cold outside. We thought it would be perfect to get married in December and bring some of that magical atmosphere to our wedding. As green is my favourite colour, we decided to base our theme around my engagement ring, and we thought green and gold would be perfect at Christmas time. I’ve tried to capture the style of old Hollywood glamour in our theme. I love the elegance, big lights and sparkle of that era. 

Although we are not getting married in a church, our wedding is still quite traditional. I always knew that I wanted my wedding to have a classic feel, but hadn’t thought much about the other details. I knew, however, that I didn’t want it to be very girly (or pink!) which I think Nathan was quite happy about!

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Hayley designed this glamorous 1920s invite

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIT OF BEING ENGAGED?

My favourite bit about being engaged is that it instantly made our relationship feel more solid. We had been together for quite a while and had talked about marriage but getting engaged felt like a real promise to each other for the future. Although I still haven’t gotten used to calling Nathan my fiancé!

HOW HAVE YOU CELEBRATED YOUR ENGAGEMENT?

The day we got engaged, 1st June 2013, was also my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, so it was quite a big day for our family! We had a big family meal to celebrate and the weather was fantastic. It was a really lovely day. 
My hen do was last week, 20 of my closest friends hired a big cottage in the country for a weekend. All I knew before was we have a cocktail making class, but other than that I wasn’t allowed to know any other details. It was fantastic!

Keep your eyes peeled for the second part of Hayley’s engagement diary in the run up to her big day!