"We saw lots of venues, but after viewing Silverholme Manor and its impressive views across Windermere, nothing else compared," shares the bride. "We've always loved the Lake District and have had many wonderful breaks there. We wanted somewhere that was beautiful and elegant but still relaxed and informal. We could really make the space our own, and the day after our wedding, we hosted a barbecue for all our friends and family."
The happy couple wanted to incorporate tropical touches into their décor. "After having travelled to South America, we loved the Latin style and decided to incorporate influences into our big day," explains Rebecca. "We had four long tables where guests could chat easily, that we decorated with gold, pink and pastel candles. Each table was named after our favourite places, including Rio, Lima, Valparaíso and Mompox."
Brackens of Bowness provided the beautiful flowers. "We had a stunning hanging installation in the marquee with tropical, rich green foliage and ferns," says the bride. "On each table, we had a range of blooms, including orchids and pink flamingo calla lilies."
"We had a dessert table rather than a cake, filled with home-made treats and gorgeous pastries from my friend's business, Popty Conwy Bakery," shares Rebecca. "For our catering, we had sharing plates of Harissa chicken kebabs, aubergine, spinach and feta tart and Brazillian sausages with sides including salads and roasted potatoes from Karen Rhodes Weddings & Events. In the evening, guests were treated to fish and chips from the amazing The Hip Hop Chip Shop."
"It took me a very long time to find a dress that I loved, much to the pain of my best friend and family who had to accompany me," explains Rebecca. "The fact I was pregnant with a growing bump added to the pressure and meant I couldn't decide between a big dress and a fitted one. In the end, I selected a beautiful strapless fishtail dress by Pronovias called Epico and a gorgeous blush gown by Monique Lhuillier for the evening."
Justin and his best man opted for navy suits with yellow ties and grey waistcoats
"I knew I wanted my four bridesmaids to wear different styles but still look similar," recalls the bride. "I chose a gorgeous design from Whistles, and each of the girls wore a different version."
"We had lots of children at our wedding, so we hired Bluey and Baloo to ensure they were entertained," explains Rebecca. "For the ceremony, we had the fantastic Echo Strings play. One of our guests commented that hearing Stay by Rihanna on strings was the most beautiful thing he'd ever heard."
For the evening entertainment, the couple hired Serae Dj'ing from Festival Wedding DJs. "He played a mixture of genres to keep both of us happy," says the bride. "We also had an amazing moment in the evening when our loved ones were brought outside with their sparklers to watch a firework display from Pyroartistry. It was a surprise for the guests and Justin, and everyone loved it."
"Getting married is an incredible experience," recalls Rebecca. "One thing we wanted was to ensure everyone felt relaxed and that we had fun with all our friends and family, and we definitely did that! It really was the weekend that I had hoped for, and I wish we could relive it over and over again. Walking into the ceremony room with the string quartet and seeing my husband-to-be and all our loved ones was truly amazing."
The lovebirds had their new baby as their adorable page boy. "During the ceremony, when the registrar asked if there was any reason we couldn't be married, our three-month-old son decided to pipe up and complain," laughs the bride. "The day was perfect. The service was incredible, our first dance was a hit, the speeches were brilliant, and the fireworks were a moment we will never forget. My mum's speech was particularly beautiful and moving. There wasn't a dry eye in the house."
"One thing that did make the day extra special was the weather," shares Rebecca. "The weeks before had been grey and rainy, and we'd prepared ourselves for a wet wedding day, but the whole weekend was absolutely stunning and extremely hot. Silverholme Manor has views like nowhere else and the most incredible outdoor spaces, so having a weekend filled with sunshine made the whole event."
The couple hired amazing suppliers to help bring their dream wedding to life. "Our wedding planner, Weddings by Annabel, was wonderful and made sure the whole day run smoothly," explains the bride. "She made us feel as though we could relax and knew we were in safe hands. We couldn't have done it without her. Our caterers, florist and DJ, were also amazing and ensured everything was perfect. My make-up artist, Kate Valentine, and hair stylist Georgia from Salon144 were brilliant to have around in the morning. Not only were they both super talented, but they transformed me while also keeping me calm. Lastly, our photographers, Pixies in the Cellar, were two of the loveliest people who captured our whole day in the most stunning pictures. We were very lucky to have such great suppliers working to make our day perfect."