This gorgeous summer wedding had a vintage theme with touches of sparkling glamour! Exactly what newlyweds, Rebecca and Steve, had always wanted…
Rebecca and Steve first met through her cousin Nina, because she was dating one of his friends at the time. It wasn’t until six months later that they met again, they finally exchanged numbers and as this beautiful bride says, “he hasn’t been able to get rid of me since!”
Their first date was to the cinema to see Casino Royale – Rebecca was nervous but thankful that she obviously didn’t have to talk and embarrass herself. But one of Rebecca’s favourite memories was the proposal, when Steve took her away for her 25th birthday to Mexico. When they got there Steve kept saying there was an excursion he really wanted to do! After some persuasion Rebecca caved and they ended up on a coach journey to the Mayan pyramids – Steve asked the tour guide to take their photo… as Rebecca turned around to face the camera there was Steve down on one knee with a ring in his hand!
Rebecca was flicking through a bridal magazine while at work – a whole year before becoming engaged – and spotted the Justin Alexander dress she wanted! The sweetheart mermaid lace and tulle dress featured embroidery with a mandarin neckline and sleeveless lace and tulle jacket – simply stunning, so when Rebecca found it in bridal shop Bell’amoré she was thrilled!
The bride was attended by four bridesmaids and niece Olivia was flowergirl. They wore soft mint green dresses in various styles to suit them from JARLO, and Olivia had her own handmade dress by Flower Girls Couture purchased on Etsy.
Steve wore a duck egg blue three piece suit with baby blue lining and waistcoat from Moss Bros, adding a blush pink linen bow tie with matching pocket square. Their civil ceremony was short and sweet, not even having any readings as they didn’t want to put people under pressure. The bride walked down the aisle with her dad, Ian, to Shania Twain’s From This Moment and she could tell it was a proud moment for him from the photographs!
Rebecca and Steve opted for Afternoon Tea served in the garden area, while photos were being taken and then had a light and summery wedding breakfast to tie in with their June wedding – even choosing freshly picked strawberries and cream for dessert. This couple decided to do the speeches before the wedding breakfast as Steve was so nervous, ignoring some of the jokes he said at Rebecca’s expense he did brilliantly and said some lovely things about his bride. Rebecca’s best memory from the day, though? Marrying her best friend, “it truly was the best day of my life!”
Rebecca knew she wanted the theme to be vintage with a touch of glamour, as she loves ‘sparkly things’. There was also some pastel colours thrown in for the bridesmaids and groomsmen as the wedding was in Summery mid-June. Their favourite part of wedding planning was decorating their venue, the first time she saw it she knew exactly how she wanted it to look. Her mum used to be a florist which really helped them decorate the venue – they arranged some flowers in jars which looked really effective for the vintage theme.
Beautiful crystal beaded tea light chandeliers hung from the marquee and real wood slices were the rustic centre pieces for each table. The three tier cake was created by Christine, a recommendation from one of Rebecca’s friends, and had different layers of fruit, lemon sponge and finally chocolate! Favours for their beloved guests were retro sweets in handmade boxes that the bride had decorated with lace and buttons – a lovely token for everyone to keep!
Ceremony: Frasers of Coldharbour Barn
Dress: Justin Alexander from Bell’amoré
Groom: Suit from Moss Bros
Bridesmaids: JARLO London
Stationery: Sweetheart stationery
Entertainment: DJ Gareth Walton
Honeymoon: A lavish 10 nights in Maldives and four nights in Dubai
Photographer: Hollie Carlin