A winter warmer

Rebecca and Jake's rustic wedding included a festive nod to Christmas

Rebecca and Jake met online and the attraction was instant. "We both love the outdoors and travel and our common interests made conversation easy," recalls Rebecca. After getting together as a couple, Jake popped the question on a beautiful spring evening in the bluebell woods at Itteringham, near Norwich. "It's one of my favourite places," says Rebecca. "We'd planned to take our dog Willow for a walk there, which we've done every year since we've been together, as the wood is covered in a carpet of bluebells. The proposal was a complete surprise though and I was lost for words. Afterwards we popped into or local pub to celebrate and start planning our wedding." Read on for Rebecca's account of their big day...

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Singer Lee Vann performed before, during and after the ceremony and he was fantastic. It added a really lovely feel to the wedding.

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I was christened at Horsford Church and it has strong family connections, so getting married there meant a lot to us.

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My Donna Salado silk gown was embellished with gems, pearls and beautiful embroidery and it sparkled beautifully in the winter sun.

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My bridesmaids wore mauve floor-length dresses from ASOS with grey faux fur capes and carried simple posies of gypsophila.

Winter warmer: Image 3 Jake wore a herringbone tweed Harry Brown suit. His son Charley, who was eight at the time, was best man and he had a blue suit with the same pocket square and bow tie as his dad.

Winter warmer: Image 4 The reception was held at the Lord Rosebery where Jake and I met and had our first date, so it was an easy choice for us.

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We went with a Christmas theme and named the tables after Santa's reindeers, including Cupid for the top table, of course!

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We had candy canes with wooden snowflake favours which were personalised with the wedding date and each guest's name so they doubled up as place settings.

Winter warmer: Image 6 The tables were decorated with hessian and lace table runners with centrepieces which I made from jars filled with candles, lights, pearls and gypsophila.

Winter warmer: Image 7 Our cake was made in keeping with the seasonal theme and not only looked stunning, but was by far the best we'd ever tasted. We even took some on the plane with us the next day, en route to Iceland, our first honeymoon destination; second stop, the Maldives.

Rebecca and Jake's contact book

Bride's dress and veil

Prima Donna Bridalwear
www.primadonnabridal.co.uk

Cake

Ceremony music

Lee Vann
www.leevann.com

Ceremony venue

Horsford All Saints' Church
www.horsfordbenefice.org.uk

Flowers

Sweetbriar Wholesale Flowers
www.wholesale-flowers.co.uk

Hair and make-up

GirlyGlam Make-up Artistry
www.girlyglammake-upartistry.co.uk

Magician

Sean Goodman
www.simplymagic.co.uk

Photography

ICEYphoto
www.icey.photo

Reception music

Reception venue

The Lord Rosebery, Norwich
www.lordrosebery.co.uk