Sometimes it’s hard to spot things even when they’re right in front of your eyes! Matt and Rebecca finally got together after a great deal of nagging from Matt’s brother and Rebecca’s good friend who both thought they’d make a great couple. “We eventually decided to go on a date and quickly realised we had loads in common including the same immature sense of humour, similar interests in film and music, a passion for travel and visiting new places as well as aspirations and goals,” Rebecca reveals.
The relationship took off and in September 2017 they jetted off to California, hired a convertible and road tripped along the West Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles before heading to Las Vegas. On the way, they stopped off for the night at the coastal city of Monterey. "We went for a meal in the evening, shared a bottle of wine and then walked back to our hotel along the beach under the light of the moon where Matt got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a night we'll never forget," remembers Rebecca.
They opted for a spring wedding with a coral and navy colour scheme and a church ceremony. "We knew we wanted to get married in church but didn't want to have to travel far for the reception," explains Rebecca.
Hengrave Hall ticked all their boxes. Rebecca explains,"It's a beautiful Tudor mansion with a Medieval church less than 20m from the hall. Set in gorgeous landscaped grounds, with plenty of accommodation on site, it was absolutely perfect for what we wanted."
Shopping for her dress at Fairytale Gowns in Stalham, Norfolk, proved to be an unexpected pleasure for reluctant shopper Rebecca.
"Louise was so patient and helpful, it made my dress buying experience so much more enjoyable than I could have imagined, as I don't usually enjoy shopping for clothes!" she says. "The dress had a nude-tone base with a cream lace overlay which made it really distinctive compared to many I'd tried on which were typically a single colour."
The diamant waistband added sparkle and she completed the look with a pearl embellished veil, lace-finish shoes from Monsoon and diamante jewellery from Glitzy Secrets for the finishing touch.
Sharron, my hair and make-up artist was amazing. Despite having an afternoon ceremony, we had to start getting ready at 6.30am as there was not only me and my mum to do, but my four bridesmaids as well.”
Matt wore a navy three-piece suit from Next, a coraltie and pocket square and he and the groomsmen all had coral flower buttonholes to match the bridesmaids' bouquets.
"I really wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident in what they were wearing, so I asked them to pick their own dresses from the Dessy range to suit their body shape, all in the same navy colour as the groomsmen's suits," adds Rebecca.
"We both had the jitters about having so much attention on us for the entire day, but on the whole, we were just so excited!
We'd been together for 10 years and had been planning our wedding for 18 months and couldn't wait to say our vows and spend the rest of the day partying with our loved ones."
When it came to the décor they let the hall and church take centre stage. "They're both incredibly beautiful buildings, so as far as possible, we let the architecture speak for itself. We hung lanterns and fairylights outside so people could enjoy being in the grounds after dark. Inside, we had beautiful flower arrangements combining coral and white blooms with grey/green foliage on the tables. In the church we had candles and flowers on the windowsills to soften the stone walls," explains Rebecca.
Friends and family come from as far away as China, Switzerland and Cyprus to celebrate with them. Hengrave Hall provided garden games on the lawn including giant Jenga and Connect 4 to entertain people during the reception drinks. "We put a disposable camera on each of the tables with a list of moments to try and capture which our guests really loved," adds Rebecca.
"Having our photos taken after the wedding breakfast during the golden hour as the sun was setting was really special. It was nice to have that private time while capturing some beautiful images. The evening party was fantastic too. We picked most of the music and chose songs that reminded us of certain memories, people or times during our relationship. Having dance offs to those songs was great fun!"
Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses
Groom's and groomsmen's suits
Hair and Make-up