Rebecca and Andrew: Sail away with me

Rebecca and Andrew had a beautiful wedding at St John's Church and Wyresdale Park

Rebecca and Andrew met at their local church. "We were friends for four years before we started dating," says Rebecca. "He invited himself round for coffee a few times, and we hit it off. One night we went out for some food, and he told me that he liked me and we got together soon after. We enjoyed lots of time together eating cake, drinking prosecco, travelling and watching box sets."

Andrew's elaborate proposal, unfortunately, didn't go to plan. "He wanted to plan a memorable and romantic proposal," shares the bride. "He recruited our two friends, Simon and Tori, to help. He booked for us to go on a balloon ride, followed by a sunset picnic on the beach. We arrived at the balloon site, and Simon and Tori were hiding ready to take photos when suddenly we looked over at a large family who were also waiting to take off in the hot air balloon! As we greeted the pilot, he dropped his head and admitted he'd double booked us! We left the site feeling disappointed and settled for an evening at home with a KFC. A few weeks later, we went to Formby Point while the sun was setting. We sat on the dunes with a blanket and Andy got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We left the beach, and video called our family who were delighted."

Sail away with me: Image 1 "We looked at various venues and were struggling to find something that was both stylish and relaxed," says Rebecca. "After visiting the wedding barns at Wyresdale Park, we knew it was the perfect place for us." The couple chose a rustic theme for their big day. "We both love the shade mulberry, so we decided on our colour scheme quite early on," shares the bride."For the table plan, we got an old palette from Andy's work, cleaned it up and varnished it. We then used some old and borrowed picture frames and stuck them to the wood. Andy loves Oasis, so we decided to usesome of the band's songs as table names."

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The lovebirds incorporated flowers into their décor from Heyes Floral Design. "I had a natural bouquet that included lisianthus and gypsophila," Rebecca explains. "Our centrepieces were tree trunks with different sized jars placed on top filled with blooms." Andrew and Rebecca decided to have a naked cake provided by Julia Bass. "The design was covered in buttercream and decorated with flowers," says the bride. "We placed it on an old wooden barrel with afairylight backdrop that looked stunning."

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The catering was supplied by The Wedding and Event Food Company. "We went against tradition and chose steak, Lancashire cheese or chicken and mushroom pie," says Rebecca. "For dessert, we had white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Carol did a wonderful job of making it all look and taste amazing. In the evening, we had a buffet followed by lots of handmade cakes from family and friends."

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The couple's nearest and dearest made the day perfect. "Our loved ones helped us make a lot of our decorations," explains Rebecca. "Andrew's mum made all the bunting using hessian and lace.

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Our friends from Switzerland volunteered to make our favours which were small jars filled with different sweets. Andy's best man created the wedding invitations, and the bridesmaids worked together to varnish wooden boxes."

Sail away with me: Image 4 Rebecca and her mum couldn't wait to start looking at wedding dresses. "To say I tried on a lot is an understatement," says Rebecca. "I started to wonder if I'd ever find a dress until we arrived at Susan Craig. Susan was amazing, and I finally decided on a Maggie Sottero design called Carrie. It was an A-line design with beautiful lace detail on the back. I accessorised with a veil, pearl drop earrings and a silver band around my waist." Andrew and the groomsmen opted for grey suits from Slater Menswear and Next. "They all wore mulberry socks with different polka dots," Rebecca explains. "They swapped one with each other, so they all had odd designs on. They also had mulberry ties and brown shoes." The bridesmaids chose gowns from Dorothy Perkins.
"They were a simple yet stylish gown with silk ribbons tiedaround the waist."

Sail away with me: Image 5 "To keep our guests entertained, we purchased games and an old-fashioned sweet stall," Rebecca says. "In the evening, we had live music from a Ceilidh band called Kilt Pin Fling. They were incredible, and everyone got up and had a good laugh learning how to do the different dance moves."

Sail away with me: Image 6 "After months of planning and organising we were both excited to finally tie the knot," explains Rebecca. "While I was getting my hair and make-up done, I suddenly remembered that we had forgotten to decorate the cake!I grabbed one of my bridesmaids, and we stole some flowers from the tables and used them to decorate it." The happy couple's loved ones made the day evenmore special. "My brother drove my dad and me to the church, and it was a journey I'll never forget," shares the bride. "I was so nervous, but we were able to laugh all the way. I couldn't have felt prouder, walking down the aisle with my dad by my side and seeing Andy waiting at the bottom of the aisle waiting for me. We loved the involvement from our guests. Some had travelled from Scotland, Switzerland and Australia to be there. Everything went to plan and our suppliers were fantastic."

Sail away with me: Image 7 "We went to the Dominican Republic," says Rebecca."It was glorious sunshine the whole time, and we felt sorelaxed. We enjoyed a variety of activities which made foran all-round enjoyable holiday. It was the perfect way tode-stress after a busy few months."

Sail away with me: Image 8 "We went to the Dominican Republic," says Rebecca."It was glorious sunshine the whole time, and we felt so relaxed. We enjoyed a variety of activities which made for an all-round enjoyable holiday. It was the perfect way to de-stress after a busy few months."

Rebecca and Matt's contact book


Bride's dress and accessories

Bridesmaids' dresses

Dorothy Perkins



The Wedding and Event Food Company

Ceremony venue

St John's Church


Kilt Pin Fling


Heyes Floral Design

Groom's and groomsmen's suits

Groom's and groomsmen's suits

Slater menswear

Hair stylist

Make-up artist

Jen Horton Makeup Artist


Fish 2 Photography

Reception venue

Wyresdale Park


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