The wedding of Lucie Ray & Mark Barrett
The intimate Warwickshire wedding of Lucie Ray & Mark Barrett
St Mary the Virgin in the picturesque village of Haseley in Warwickshire was the perfect setting for the marriage of Lucie Ray and Mark Barrett on Saturday 7th July.
The couple, who met whilst camping in Newquay, chose the pretty church, built in 1100, for their intimate wedding in front of 52 family and close friends.
The bride and her father, Bernie Ray, walked down the aisle to the traditional Bridal Chorus sung by soloist Lorraine Payne. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Canon Anthony Gardner.
Two 1948 vintage coaches transported guests, the groom and best man, Greg Berry - who flew over from Vancouver for the occasion - from Warwick town centre to the church, with the newlyweds joining them for the return journey to the reception at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.
Arriving in the Courtyard to the sounds of acoustic guitarist Stuart Toogood, guests enjoyed Pimms and canapés while the happy couple posed for photographs in the Master’s private gardens.
A wedding breakfast in the Great Hall, which was beautifully decorated with a purple theme, preceded the speeches and the cutting of a savoury cheese cake.
Having been a couple for 13 years and engaged for 12, Lucie and Mark appropriately chose ‘At Last’ by the late Etta James for their first dance.
The Whole Caboodle band provided the evening’s entertainment of Celidh dancing and contemporary live music with the couple leaving the reception just before midnight to fly off on their honeymoon to Ecuador, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.
The bride wore a stunning San Patrick gown with intricate lace and embroidery detail and a long train, complimented by a simple veil and trailing bouquet. She also went with the tradition of ‘something borrowed’ with an antique diamond tiara from friend David Johnson of Rex Johnson & Sons and her mother’s blue garter and white bible.
Lucie’s elder sister, Katie, was her only bridesmaid. She wore a beautiful purple dress purchased on a family trip to Berlin. Katie’s boyfriend, Justin Webb was the groom’s only usher.
Mother of the bride, Heather Ray, wore a pink and orange dress with matching accessories all from boutiques in Marbella.
For the exchanging of rings, Lucie chose diamonds set in platinum, handmade in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Mark opted for a traditional gold band.
Flowers were by Jacq of Derby. Images by Cassie Craner Photography.