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…
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.
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.
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.
Ashleigh Stephenson Hair Design
Ali K: MUA
Ceremony and reception venue
High Elms Manor
Amy's Flower Booth
Julia and You Photography