Rebecca and Lewis met at the University of Reading. “It was freshers' week,” says Rebecca. “I saw Lewis from across the room and thought he was gorgeous. Two weeks later, I plucked up the courage to approach him, and we hit it off right away.”
Lewis popped the question during a holiday to Mauritius in 2017. “He proposed in our villa by recreating our first meal together; half a piece of toast and a hot chocolate,” shares the bride. “He got down on one knee in a circle of candles and flower petals and asked me to be his wife. It was a complete surprise, and we couldn't have been happier.”
Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...
Lewis and I decided to have our wedding at Northbrook Park in Farnham. We visited a few months after we got engaged and fell in love with it. It's perfectly situated between Sussex and Buckinghamshire, which meant all of our family could attend but what really sold it to us were the on-site peacocks, guinea fowl and quaint cottages.
Aside from the usual nerves, Lewis and I had the unexpected arrival of the Beast From The East. The weather caused the odd hitch, but we said that as long as we were together, exchanging our vows, then nothing else mattered.
For our centrepieces, we chose pillar candles surrounded by white gypsophila and twinkling tea lights.
Our flowers were from Buds Floristry. The focal point for the service were large interwoven hydrangeas, ivory roses, ranunculi, anemones, gypsophila and mixed eucalyptus. Later in the day, we moved the blooms from the ceremony area to the reception room and used them to decorate the top table.
Designer Cakes by Elle created a bespoke four-tier white cake that tasted amazing. We wanted a minimalist design with a perfectly smooth vanilla buttercream finish. When it came to flavours, we were spoilt for choice. In the end, we opted for salted caramel, red velvet and Victoria sponge.
Our daytime caterers Tapenade Exclusive Cuisine were unbelievable, especially in the challenging weather conditions. For the drinks reception, we had a selection of canapés, and at the wedding breakfast, we opted for individual mezze-style platters. We were blown away by the vegetarian options available, and everything was delicious.
We had fairylights nestled into the vines in the orangery and twilight trees lining the aisle.
Lewis and the groomsmen chose three-piece suits from Debenhams. The thick material was perfect for the snowy weather, and the colour was a sharp contrast to the soft peach ties and matching pocket squares from Ties R Us. He completed the look with a white made-to-measure shirt and brown shoes.
The bridesmaids opted for gorgeous dresses from Marks & Spencer. I had them saved as inspiration on my phone for almost a year, and I happened to stumble across them in a store by coincidence. The shop didn't have the sizes I wanted in stock, so I purchased as many as I could and took them to a tailor to be altered.
My dress was a Pronovias Dracane design from Teokath of London. I knew I wanted a traditional floor-length dress with Bardot sleeves, and when I saw my gown I fell in love instantly. It was made from ivory lace with a fitted fishtail and an off the-shoulder neckline. For my hair, my stylist Butterfly Hair & Makeup recreated a style I'd seen online, which included hairpins and gypsophila. I accessorised with a pair of Prada feather mules, but luckily I packed a pair of boots for the outside photographs though it's not something I ever saw myself wearing on my wedding day!
Instead of hymns and readings, we decided to stray away from tradition and include a sing-along during the service. We provided lyric sheets on every chair and played two of our favourite songs. It was the first time that our nerves really subsided and the snow falling outside created a magical atmosphere.
On the morning of the wedding, our string quartet had to pull out due to the snow. Lewis' younger brother, Harry, created a playlist of instrumental songs. It was at this point that we knew we'd picked the best people to have around in a crisis.
For the evening reception, we hired Farnham Sound & Light to keep everyone entertained.
The weather conditions couldn't keep our guests away. I remember watching the cars slowly arrive from the suite where I was getting ready. My jaw hit the floor when I walked into the ceremony room and saw that every chair had been filled. We were so touched that our friends and family had gone to such extreme lengths to be with us on our special day.
For our honeymoon, we to the Maldives. The whole trip was unbelievable, we spent six days riding around on bicycles and exploring the island.