This real wedding couple know how to do vintage chic and purple in Essex… Rebecca and Billy got married in May 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Rebecca and Billy

WHERE: Leez Priory

WHEN: May 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Avanti Photographics



The proposal

Billy showered his childhood sweetheart with a whole weekend of surprises. “We had the day off work together and he took me to Windsor castle. There, we were greeted by a horse and carriage, which took us to an old oak tree. Then, Billy proposed with the Tiffany engagement ring I’ve always wanted,” beams Rebecca. “I was also treated to some spa treatments at the hotel, and a night out in London,” she adds. What a lucky girl!

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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We heart this bride’s sublime, vintage Ian Stuart gown. “My sister bought my vintage real wedding dress for me,” she explains, “I am so, so grateful to her, she helped me save so much money and I will never forget that.” The perfect dress to fit in with the couple’s vintage theme

The accessories

Rebecca glistened in her selection of Swarovski accessories, including her necklace, bracelet and crystal-embellished tiara. Even her exquisite veil was beautifully adorned with Swarovski detailing. We love Rebecca’s vintage real wedding look!

The groom’s outfit

Billy and his best men hired their dark-grey tails from Austin Reed. “Billy looked so good,” gushes Rebecca. “He doesn’t often wear a suit, so to see him all dressed up looking so smart and handsome was amazing,” she adds

The bridesmaids

These four knock-out girls wore fabulous full-length dresses from Coast. We also can’t get enough of their furry boleros also from Coast – keeping warm never looked so vintage glam! She was also joined by a flowergirl and little pageboy

“My sister bought my wedding gown as a gift. It was such a lovely and thoughtful present…”

The ceremony

“Our real wedding service took place outside, under the Leez Priory, Essex tower,” remembers Rebecca. “I walked down the aisle to Kissing You, from the movie Romeo and Juliet. The song means so much to Billy and I,” she adds

The flowers

The couple’s beautiful vintage real wedding blooms were arranged by Bailey’s in Essex. “I explained that I wanted a vintage theme, with pastel roses to match my dress, and they really did me proud,” smiles Rebecca

The sweet treats

The breathtaking Croquembouche profiterole tower was made for the couple specially by the chefs at Leez Priory, Essex. Take-home treats for the guests were wedding-shaped cookies on lollipop sticks

The honeymoon

In October this year, the newlyweds jetted of to the exclusive Sandals resort in Antigua for the trip of a lifetime, with Champagne on tap!