Romance and roses

Rebecca and Alexander said "I do" at All Saints Church in Hollingbourne, followed by celebrations at Oad Street Food and Crafts

Rebecca and Alexander had been close friends throughout their school years. In fact, Alexander had harboured a crush on Rebecca for some time without her knowledge. So it was, as they left school, they began the next chapter of their lives together as a couple. Roll on eight years, and the pair were away together, skiing in France with a group of friends. Rebecca remembers: "We all went to the top of a mountain and took it in turns to have photos taken. When it was our turn, Alexander said he had a surprise for me, and in a split second he was down on one knee proposing!" He'd managed to keep his plans from everyone present, as the only other person who knew was Rebecca's dad, who had been asked for his daughter's hand. Join us as the bride shares her account of their big day…

Romance and roses: Image 1 We chose Oad Street Food and Crafts because it's my family business and was a perfect location in the countryside and has a direct route from the motorway, ideal for family travelling to the wedding. The marquee was a blank canvas so we could create the look we wanted.

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My bridesmaids wore two styles of dress from Jarlo London and ASOS.

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I'd always wanted to get married in a church, and Hollingbourne is a lovely cute little village church, perfect for us and only a 10-minute drive from our reception location.

Romance and roses: Image 3 Alexander wore a black velvet jacket with matching suit trousers and a bow tie, with the groomsmen all dressed in black suits.

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My dress was by Riki Dalal. It took me ages to find the one, as I knew exactly what I wanted: a long-sleeve gown with lace detail. So once I found this beauty, I knew it was for me!

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My family are musicians, so we had our ceremony music played on the violin and guitars, which was an incredibly romantic sound. We chose James Vincent McMorrow's Higher Love to walk down the aisle and Latch by Sam Smith for the signing of the register.

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We used luggage tags for the place names and tied them to the chair backs. We numbered the tables and put a selfie kit on each one.

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DJ Josh Carvalho played chilled house music outdoors during the day. Everyone was dancing in the sun and having drinks from the bar while the photos were being taken. It felt like we were in Ibiza – it was amazing!

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I designed the table plan and got it printed on vinyl, which I then stuck to an antique mirror.

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Our centrepieces were large glass pillar vases filled with twigs and white hydrangeas.

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The flowers were kept simple to work with the theme. My bouquet was a mix of white roses to complement the top table display, and the bridesmaids had three simple roses with greenery.

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We have a lot of keen bakers within our family and circle of friends, so we issued an open invitation to bake our wedding cake and dessert. We labelled each with the baker's name, how they knew us and what the cake was.

Romance and roses: Image 8 Our favours were Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The individual boxes were cute and looked great on the tables.

Romance and roses: Image 9 Make your day personal to the both of you in every detail. On the day, just go with the flow, don't worry about anything and enjoy every moment because it's over so fast. Also, get someone to record the speeches as I regret that I didn't.

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We used fairylights and outdoor festoon lighting to decorate the marquee. I also had a French dresser, which we painted white and placed wedding photos of both sets of parents on. It was a lovely personal touch and a great place for cards and presents to go.

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We had canapés as a starter followed by a barbecue buffet for main course. For dessert, we ate our homemade cakes. In the evening, we served pulled pork buns and guests could choose their own topping.

Romance and roses: Image 11 My friend owns an old Mercedes SL and drove us to the venue in it. We ended up driving into a field with it later to get some fantastic couple shots.

Romance and roses: Image 12 We had a DJ inside the marquee in the evening, which really got the party started.

Rebecca and Alexander's contact book

Bar

Shack Events
www.shackevents.co.uk

Bride's dress

Riki Dalal Haute Couture
www.rikidalal.co.uk

Bride's make-up artist

Bridesmaid's dresses

Jarlo London
www.jarlolondon.com

Bridesmaids' make-up artist

Makeup by Avril
www.avriljarrett.co.uk

Catering

CBH Catering
www.cbhcatering.com

Catering

Pork and Co
www.porkandco.co.uk

Groom's suit

Marks and Spencer
www.marksandspencer.com

Hair Stylist

Michael Gray Hair
www.michaelgrayhair.com

Honeymoon

Pettitts Travel
www.pettitts.co.uk

Lighting

Silver Pines Sound and Light
www.silverpinessoundlight.co.uk

Marquee

Maypole Marquee
www.maypolemarquee.co.uk

Photographer

Matilda Delves Wedding Photography
www.matildadelvesweddingphotography.com

Venue

Oad Street Food and Crafts
www.oadstreetfoodandcrafts.com