Forever friends

Rebecca and Tom shared their big day with loved ones at High Elms Manor

It was over 10 years ago at university in Birmingham that Rebecca and Tom first met. They had the same group of friends and became great mates before things turned to romance, “We saw a lot of each other and used to natter a lot on the free inter-room phones in halls,” Rebecca says. The duo didn't want to ruin their friendship so it took a while before a 'proper' date was arranged but eventually the day came and they went to the cinema – using their student discount!

Nine years, numerous house moves and lots of studying later, Tom proposed, “We'd gone to Cornwall to visit family and went for a walk along the coast. I turned round and he was down on one knee, it was a lovely surprise,” says Rebecca. The bride-to-be got straight into planning mode and loved every minute, “We were really excited that the venue let us serve Tom's brother's beer. It was really important for us to add our own touches.”

Here she tells us more about the big day…

For my hair, I wanted something simple that went with my veil and I loved the finished result.


We didn't want tails so Tom wore a blue slim fit suit and his tie matched the bridesmaid dresses.

Our bridesmaids Sarah, Olivia, Nicole and Nicola wore bright Art Deco-style dresses that were modern and fun.


Best man Robert and ushers Ben, Richard and James all wore their own suits for a relaxed vibe with bright coral socks to match the theme.


To decorate the venue we scattered jars finished with glitter and coral and blue fabric around the room, each holding tea lights in them. They went really well with the venue's fairylights.

We had a gorgeous arrangement of matching blooms on the registrar's table during the ceremony.


Our bouquets were really pretty and didn't look too formal. I'd seen the ones I liked online and our florist recreated the look perfectly.


My dress was totally different to what I'd imagined, but it's the only time I'd wear such a glamorous gown so I thought I'd go for it!

We had a pianist during dinner that played a mixture of film and Disney songs and a band played a great set of '80s though to modern music for the evening party.


The single coral flower in our bridesmaids' hair looked great alongside the dresses.


We loved the room layout at the venue, it was intimate but guests weren't squashed and there was lovely outdoor space for them to enjoy.


Rebecca and Tom's contact book

Royal Blue

Bride's dress
Marshmallow Bride

Bride's hair
Ashleigh Stephenson Hair Design

Bride's make-up
Ali K: MUA

Bride's shoes
John Lewis

Bridesmaids' dresses

Anna's Kitchen

Ceremony and reception venue
High Elms Manor

Amy's Flower Booth

Groom's outfit

Julia and You Photography

Ian Riley

Baker Brothers