Inspired by their friendâ€™s amazing honeymoon in both Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Rachel and Sirak Soloman chose to follow in their footsteps with an exciting stop-over to explore the jungles and wildlife of Sri Lanka before heading to the Maldives to discover the incredible marine life on its coral reefs.
Oh it was gorgeous! I was in London for a few days with Kate, an old school friend. On our drive back to Liverpool Kate was texting a friend of hers called Ben all the way home. I wondered who â€˜Benâ€™ was! It was in fact Sirak under a different name, messaging and planning my arrival back in Liverpool. As soon as we got home, Kate said in a rather giddy voice, â€œSirak, weâ€™re home!â€ beeping the horn. I laughed. She was actually warning him that we were back. I walked into our home that we had recently moved into and it was FULL of candles with â€˜our songâ€™ playing in the
background. Thatâ€™s when I saw him suited up the end of the garden. There were candles all down the sides of the garden and on the fences. He stood in front of a table with our initials written in tealights. I actually panicked at this point, still not realising that he was going to propose and said: â€œWhat are you doing? Kateâ€™s here!â€ He laughed and replied: â€œI know itâ€™s part of the planâ€. He then told me to turn around and there were a couple of close friends smiling like Cheshire cats. This is when I knew. Iâ€™m extremely emotional anyway so started to sob. He then gave a gorgeous speech, but I was too emotional to take in what he was saying! All I remember was that he got down on one knee and said: â€œWill you marry me?â€ Obviously I said yes!
Tying the knot
We got married in our church where we met, Bethel Church in Liverpool. It was a lovely ceremony, everyone involved (right down to the registrar) were friends we knew, most from church. Then went to a hotel in town for the celebrations! We had such a special wedding. Everything was home made, personal and just so us!