After going through the whole of school without saying a single word to each other, Edward plucked up the courage to ask Rebecca for her number at the end of a school trip to Prague in their final year. After a cinema date and a summer hanging out together, the pair had fallen head over heels for each other. “I've never enjoyed someone's company so much in my life,” she says. “I felt happy, excited, relaxed, secure and in love! My feelings remain the same, if not stronger, now.”
Nine years, four months and one day later – not that Rebecca was counting – Edward finally popped the question. “I almost gave up on the idea of marriage, but the love of my life proposed to me with a ring he'd designed himself by the 'Lake of Love' in Bruges,” explains the bride.
A year later, the couple tied the knot at Gaynes Park – the first venue they visited. Their nuptials followed a rustic theme and flowers made their celebration a showstopper. Here, Rebecca shares more about their big day…
Our table decorations were kept simple so they didn't distract from the beautiful floral candelabra centrepieces. Hand-written place names were displayed in gold spray-painted pinecones and each guest received homemade sloe gin and blackcurrant jam as favours.
“We had eight round tables for our 80 guests – I didn't want a long top table as I wanted the wedding breakfast to feel social and intimate for everyone. – Rebecca “
I wanted a lace wedding dress with shoulder detailing and found Laura by Diane Harbridge in Clifford Burr. I then had a fantastic seamstress that transformed the dress into my dream gown.
We had a four-tiered fruitcake decorated with ivory icing, pearl-drop piping and cherry brandy roses, made by the mother-of-the-groom.
Mediterranean Occasions, the venue's stylists, provided lighting, ivory chair sashes and a golden easel for the table plan, which was created by The Card Lab, who also designed our invitations.
From my bouquet and the ceremony garland to the centrepieces and scattered vases, our wedding depicted floral beauty and creativity.
PianoDJ provided all the entertainment at our wedding; from a pianist during our ceremony and wedding breakfast, to lovely ambient music in the barn, and a DJ in the evening – our white LED dancefloor was full all night!
Our photographer provided a bespoke photo booth in the evening – the photos are perfect proof of how much fun our guests had at our wedding.
Bride's dress and bridesmaid alterations
Bride's hair and make-up
Essex Wedding Hair & Make-up
Sweet Pea Flowers
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Justin Bailey Photography
The Card Lab