It was 10 years ago to the season that Rebecca and Alex first met while working as temps; Rebecca was saving before returning to university to study for an MA while Alex had just got back from snowboarding in Whistler for six months. Their first date was a casual affair, with a stroll to Talkin Tarn just outside Carlisle, followed by dinner at a local pub. Their proposal followed a similarly laid-back vibe, as Rebecca explains,
“On Christmas Eve, 2014, we'd bought each other festive PJs – very cheesy I know – and opened them together. Alex then said he had another present I could open, rummaged under the tree, and the next thing I know he was down on one knee with a ring. I love Christmas and I'm quite shy so the fact that it was low key and private was perfect.”
Eight months later, after evenly contributing to all the details of day, the pair tied the knot with a celebration that incorporated dusky pink and green hues and reflected their love of the great outdoors.
Here, Rebecca shares all…
Alex wore a three-piece tweed suit with a liberty-print bespoke tie and pocket square with brown brogues. He couldn't decide on a best man so he had four ushers, his brother Oliver and secondary school friends John, Neil and Jono, who all wore their own suits to keep the look relaxed.
We chose to have 4.30pm nuptials, as what we both dislike about weddings we've been to is all the waiting around. We didn't need daytime entertainment but we had a ceilidh band to get everyone dancing. They were excellent!
My bouquet was a mixture of dried and preserved roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus leaves and some wheat to match Alex's buttonhole. We foraged for grasses and our family collected flowers for us – Alex's mum is part of a flower club so she had an array of beautiful dried blooms. I wanted them dried as the colours mute down and look very autumnal.
After trying on around 10 dresses, I went back to the first gown I put on. It was just simple and elegant. Sarah from Mia Bridal was great, she didn't pressurise me and had fabulous ideas when I wanted something added to make it more flattering. My hair and make-up artist Lucy Pearson achieved a vamped up version of my usual make-up style and incorporated a gorgeous dried flower crown into my hairstyle.
My bridesmaid Emma's daughter Lily was our flowergirl and my nephew George was our pageboy – we knew we wanted them to be involved in the day.
Dried hydrangeas and roses were also used on the tables, chairs along the aisle, bridesmaids' hair combs and my headpiece.
The setting of New House Farm is beautiful; it's a total blank canvas. We had the house and barn to ourselves for the two days so it felt really homely, and we could have our springer spaniel with us, which sold it for me.
We served our guests afternoon tea so there were plenty of big-day bakes without a main wedding cake.
We had dried leaves for the place names and these worked really well with Alex's table name cards.
I love to collect vintage home and kitchenware so each of the tables had a selection of bottles and tins with blooms and grasses.
Our sloe gin favours came with a card on how best to enjoy the tipple and I saw lots of guests had taken our recommendation and mixed it with their prosecco.
We had 'LOVE' and 'R' and 'A' signs made from willow and dried flowers on the walls. To decorate the barn, we had fairylights, floral displays, tea lights in glass jars and lanterns.
My sister Andrea, Alex's sister Jenna, Alex's sister-in-law Sam and my best friend Emma were my bridesmaids. They all wore different dresses – I knew from the start that I didn't want them matching so they wore a mixture of colours and prints. Their posies were dried hydrangeas.
Our photographer Jess' style was perfect for us – she has really beautiful informal shots. We couldn't recommend her enough, she's so friendly and relaxed.
We chose to have a first look shoot as we were walking down the aisle together and we decided to have our photographs taken before the ceremony so we could spend more time with our guests.
The Macaroon Ceilidh Band
Bride and flowergirl's dried flower crowns and bride's bouquet
Mia Bridle, Carlisle
Bride's hair and make-up
Groom's tie, pocket square and pageboy's bowtie
Jessica Reeve Photography
New House Farm