August 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite outdoorsy theme to today’s real wedding between Rebecca and Jason with willow hearts dressed with roses, festoon lighting draped over huge logs and gigantic blossom trees aplenty.
But before we submerge ourselves in the gorgeous details of their wedding, we must jump back in time to shine a light on the elaborate proposal Jason cooked up that put the wheels in motion for this gorgeous day. To engineer a proposal ‘event’ that involves all the members of staff on a cruise ship specially togged out in traditional Vietnamese dress for that very occasion shows some serious confidence that the woman of your dreams is going to say yes! Thankfully for Jason, Rebecca was on board (pardon the pun) and these seasoned travellers were on course to plan their greatest adventure together to date.
Their stunning choice of venue provides the perfect backdrop to their rustic celebrations which featured beautiful seasonal blooms, moss, foliage, bark and log slices, helping to bring the glorious outdoors, in!
We’re also head over heels for the super pretty bridesmaid gowns and Rebecca’s wonderfully elegant Mon Cheri dress, with delicate button detailing down the lace illusion back and a frothy train for a truly dreamy silhouette.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged in January 2017, in Vietnam whilst on a cruise around Ha Long Bay. The boat was docked in the middle of the bay for the night and Jason had arranged for all the staff to get involved in the proposal. They all dressed up in traditional Vietnamese dress and I was called up to the main deck (I was downstairs squid fishing with two Australians we had met). I walked onto the deck and noticed that everything was quiet and everyone was looking at me. The staff surrounded me and held up signs each saying “Will you marry me?” I turned around and Jason was on one knee!
We got married on 15th June 2018. It was honestly the only day available for a summer wedding the following year! We held our ceremony and reception at Owen House Wedding Barn. It’s classy, shabby chic, laid back, rustic, farmhouse – basically everything I had envisioned my venue to look like. It’s sensational, so we would absolutely recommend it. The owners, Dan and Vanessa, do everything and anything to make your day perfect. Nothing is an issue and the staff are amazing. It makes you feel so much at ease and stress free. I thoroughly enjoyed my day as I had nothing to worry about. If you’d love something different with character and style – yet rustic, classy and also sublime – then this is the place for you. You’ll walk in and instantly fall in love.
When it came to choosing a theme, travel was a big thing – our table names were based on travel, as Jason and I have visited some amazing places in the world. We also had huge blossom trees, lots and lots of candles and nature – we had flowers, bark and wood features. We are outdoors people but we still kept it classy and neat!
For the colour scheme, we chose very neutral shades of creams, blush, copper and wood effect.
I wore a Mon Cheri dress. It was chosen for me; I would never have tried this type of dress on, so I was pleased I trusted the lady at the boutique! She insisted I tried it on after a failed attempt with six others prior to this. I knew it was the one once I tried it on; I felt amazing in it. The detail on the back is beautiful and very elegant. I’m normally seen in trainers, so it’s a far cry from my usual self!
Jason wore a Next three-piece suit in grey. He looked so handsome. His groomsmen also wore Next suits, although in opposite colours to Jason.
My bridesmaids wore TFNC dresses from ASOS.
To do our makeup we had Lydia Crosse MUA and Prettify MUA. Our hair was styled by Hayley Mills Hair.
Our photographer was Lee Brown, who we would absolutely recommend. He listened to our ideas and created them! He caught natural, relaxed shots, which was important to us as we wanted the day to have a relaxed feel about it.
Our videographer was Big Adventure Wedding Films. We’ve yet to see the film but we’ve seen previous work and they really are awesome. They’re also two of the coolest-looking people you’ll ever meet!
Our flowers were created by Black Eyed Susie Floral Design. We chose baby’s breath, cream roses and seasonal green flowers and eucalyptus too!
To decorate the venue, we booked I Do Venue Dressing. We had six-foot blossom trees on the tables, a copper framework with hoops dressed in cream flowers behind the top table, copper candle holders and moss – it was very rustic. I Do Venue Dressing were a sensational supplier. They have the most amazing ideas and, if they don’t have what you want, it’s no issue and they source it and recreate it better than your imagination could! Take our cake for example, which was a semi-naked cake made by my mum’s amazing friend Claire – I wanted moss, candles and wood effects all around it and it truly did look fabulous. The copper framework was something I had envisioned with the flower hoops and they created it amazingly.
When it came to the favours, we gave the females handmade scented candles and the males bottle openers.
Our caterers were Vanilla In Allseasons. We wanted fresh, summer foods to complement a summer wedding, so our starter was chicken liver parfait and, for the main, we had chicken breast with garlic aioli, sharing bowls of cous cous, beautiful fresh Greek salads and new potatoes with onions and tomatoes. The desserts were his and hers flowerpots: a carrot cake or lemon posset, which looked exactly like a flower in a terracotta pot!
In the evening, we had wood-fired pizzas in a mobile converted horsebox pizza oven, which was towed by a bright orange defender!
For our entertainment, we had a band. They were all Manchester boys, too, which was apt considering all my family are Mancs and it’s a little joke of ours as Jason is Scottish marrying into a huge Manchester family!
My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I loved walking down the aisle lit by hundreds of candles and seeing my gorgeous husband waiting for me. It was wonderful making my promises to him and completing our little family.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is that the day doesn’t go that fast, so don’t convince yourself it will! We headed to the pub for half-an-hour on our day. This was an amazing occasion where my new husband and I could have a drink in peace and actually talk. You are normally super busy entertaining people or thanking them for coming!
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Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!
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