Reece popped the question to Rebecca in their new house on the 30th June 2017. She says, “I opened the door and started walking around not knowing Reece was on one knee in the doorway. I was so shocked I didn’t even give him an answer, but he knew I would never say no.”
Their wedding date was set for September 21st 2019, and this is how they celebrated this new chapter in their lives...
When it came to finding the perfect wedding location, the couple had visited multiple venues but couldn't find the one. That was until they saw Beamish Hall during a wedding fayre and instantly fell in love with its stunning grounds and intimate locations. Rebecca says, "The décor was very much our style and I wanted to bring our guests on a journey with our theme and create an emotional rollercoaster."
The pair had white and blush lanterns hanging from the ceiling, a light curtain behind the top table and pillars dressed in ivy and lights to incorporate their desired look. Each centrepiece consisted of tall vases with twigs and orchids sat on a mirror with three tealights and clear crystals hanging down to add to the romantic atmosphere. The table plan, table names and place numbers were all supplied by the venue.
The couple love dogs and decided to donate to the Dogs Trust, each guest received a pin badge with a sticker saying, 'With love and thanks to Mr & Mrs Kay 21.09.2019'. All the children received a colouring book, a game and some bubbles.
The flowers looked incredible and included eucalyptus, phalaenopsis, passionflower, white roses and flowering jasmine. Rebecca adds, "We had two huge vases with the same type of flowers in at the top of the aisle, which was then placed either side of the top table. We also had loose foliage, eucalyptus and white flowers along the table."
The couple made sure that guests didn't go hungry and offered a grazing station which included bread, cheeses, mini pies and chutneys. Rebecca says, "For the wedding breakfast, we had an Asian chicken salad with beetroot and goats cheese tart for vegetarians to start. The main was braised daube of beef or vegetable wellington and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and a vegetarian gin and tonic cheesecake were served for dessert."
The three-tiered semi-naked cake looked beautiful and the flavours included sticky toffee pudding, passionfruit and strawberry champagne. "The bottom tier had a blush and navy hued watercoloured-wash with a ribbon around the base. I had eucalyptus and a rose on the other two tiers and rose gold icing dripping down the cake," says Rebecca.
When it came to finding the perfect dress, the bride picked something the complete opposite to what she envisioned. She says, "I originally didn't want a fitted dress or anything with lace on it, but I instantly fell in love with the Laura dress by Enzoani as soon as I tried it on – no one was expecting me to wear a dress like that."
She accessorised the look with a tiara, veil and blush and white coloured sandal heels. The jewellery was kept minimal with a bracelet given to her by her mother, and sapphire earrings as the something blue and something borrowed from her nan. Rebecca comments, "I felt emotional when I saw myself on the day, everything just felt right. Before I walked down the aisle, I felt so nervous to the point where I thought I was going to pass out!"
The groom wore a navy tweed suit with a blush-coloured textured tie, waistcoats and dark brown shoes. He had an orchid buttonhole instead of hydrangea like the groomsmen to stand out. The bridesmaids wore made-to-measure pink/rose gold multiway dresses, which fitted perfectly with the colour scheme and they all carried hydrangea bouquets
The pair had a magician after the wedding breakfast to keep guests entertained. Paul Lytton The North East Magician was a massive hit with guests, Rebecca adds, "His work is immaculate and had all of the guests crowded around participating and getting involved in the magic."
There was also a DJ, two casino tables and a photo booth during the evening. "Our DJ sent me a link for our guests to pick songs for the night to add a personal touch. His set-up was smart, it's so modern and everyone commented on how amazing it looked and how professional he was," Rebecca adds.
Rebecca and Reece both felt overwhelmed on the day, although they felt so happy after the nervous vanished. A moment that stood out to Reece was seeing his beautiful bride-to-be walk down the aisle. Rebecca says, "The ceremony was our favourite part; a funny moment was when we exchanged rings. I went to put Reece's ring on and it wouldn't fit – I think he was so nervous and sweating his finger had swelled up, but we eventually got it on!"
Other memorable moments included the best man Matthew's unexpected and funny speech that filled the room with laughter. The bride continues, "Another great moment was our pageboy Ollie dancing on his own on the dancefloor to kick off the night – there are some great pictures of him showing off his moves!"
The pair jetted off for a multicentre trip to Thailand; their first destination was seven nights in Khao Lak followed by Phuket for another week. Rebecca says, "Reece is very active and gets bored quite easily, so the typical Maldives honeymoon wasn't for him. We planned it all ourselves so this way we got to relax for the first part and then be more active for the next part of the trip. The whole experience was amazing and we did so much including bathing elephants, snorkelling, trying amazing food and spending time on the most tranquil beaches while watching the sunset every night."
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