Fairy wings and pumpkins gave this autumn wedding a touch of fantasy!
Tom asked for Rebecca’s hand in marriage as they were getting ready to see the romantic musical Love Never Dies in London. “It was a natural progression, as we already owned a house together and had our first child,” says Rebecca. “My dad had passed away the previous year, so Tom asked my mum’s permission to marry me instead.”
The bride’s outfit
Rebecca’s stunning Jane Austen-inspired dress was made by Laura Callard. The chiffon gown featured an empire line bodice and a subtle polka dot pattern. “Because it was made to measure, it felt absolutely fantastic,” Rebecca says. She teamed her dress with a head-turning cropped velvet jacket, with tails made to look like fairy wings, and statement purple heels from Irregular Choice.
The groom’s outfit
The groomsmen’s dark brown tailcoats were hired from Formal Affair. The gents teamed them with ivory waistcoats and pink and olive-green silk cravats, made by Rebecca’s dressmaker. “We chose the suits together, and Tom looked amazing in his – even if he did look a little nervous!” says Rebecca.
Budget-conscious Rebecca managed to kit out all five bridesmaids for around £150. “Their Monsoon dresses were preloved, and the children’s shoes came from Sainsbury’s,” says Rebecca. The younger bridesmaids – Rebecca and Tom’s daughters and niece – looked perfectly adorable with their co-ordinating fairy wings, handmade to order in Canada.
Rebecca and Tom’s civil ceremony was a feast of music and words. Rebecca made her entrance to Avril Lavigne’s Alice from the film Alice in Wonderland, and afterwards the newlyweds walked out to Royksopp’s What Else is There?. “Our two readings came from children’s books – No Matter What and I Love You as Big as the World,” Rebecca says.
Inspired by the season, Rebecca and Tom chose an autumnal theme, rich with colour for their wedding reception. “We had flowers and pumpkins as table centres, Halloween party bags to keep the children entertained, and a Jamaican rum cake shaped like a pumpkin carriage, made by Daisycake. We also had four flavoured cakes to serve in the evening to guests. The cake nearly fell off the table when we tried to cut it!” says Rebecca.
Rebecca and Tom honeymooned child-free in Edinburgh, where they visited the famous castle, went on a ghost walk and enjoyed a couple of rare lie-ins!