Sharing their first dance together against a captivating woodland setting with just a handful of guests nearby sounds like true wedding day goals to us, and something that newlyweds Becky and Simon will most certainly cherish forever. And that’s before we even mention the glorious bluebells!
Like many couples in recent months, the couple had to re-think their whole day due to Covid but that didn’t spoil things one bit. In fact, they crafted a beautiful celebration complete with rustic styling touches and a dreamy peachy pink palette. The bride’s stunning butterfly-sleeved gown looked every inch the perfect ensemble for swishing around this picturesque outdoors setting!
The couple loved their venue-to-be in Loversall so much that they plan on holding their 5-year anniversary there instead, and hope to bring some of their original wedding day plans to life. Sounds like a plan to us! Until then, here’s Becky to tell us more about their fabulous day.
Becky says: We got engaged while in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote in March 2018. It was a beautiful Tuesday morning, just us two, in our room at the hotel. Simon had become so nervous about asking that he completely abandoned the idea of proposing on the beach (“Literally, how can you keep a ring box a secret without wearing a jacket! It was roasting!”) and opted for a more personal and private moment. I’ve always been grateful for his change of plans. It was perfect.
Our original wedding date was 1st August 2020. It just seemed like the perfect date. I can’t really describe why, we just knew.
We did have two other dates planned for late July (which ended up being double booked) and then 14th August 2021, nearest our original date, but we honestly couldn’t predict what was going to happen and we just wanted to be married at this point so… our actual wedding date was 28th April 2021. Not as romantic or intuitive. We simply wanted to get married but also wanted our vicar and photographer to be free. It turned out more perfect than I could have hoped and I have no regrets.
Our reception venue actually came about by accident. I happened to ask my sister if she knew a place with X, Y and Z and as fate would have it – another mum at school drop off had mentioned Unique Occasions the day before.
We fully intend on re-booking that venue for our 5 year anniversary – we hope to have the reception we would have had, had Covid not messed it all up!
We went for rustic, soft pinks and peaches, which all just felt very us. Romantic, chilled, but beautiful.
Simple but beautiful, with a flowing skirt and butterfly sleeves and a hint of sparkle in the upper body. Absolutely gorgeous. The detailing was perfect. It was originally bought with the fantasy of being able to just float between my guests. I could imagine the whole day being comfortable and ‘me’ in this dress.
The groom wore the Southwold blue wool blazer, waistcoat and trousers from Vintage Suit Hire. The best man wore the same as the groom.
My bridesmaids wore the ASOS Dusky Pink, sequined, short sleeved maxi in ‘Maya’.
Our lovely best man came and picked me and my parents up in a Lexus. (My partner and his boss exchanged cars for the day so I didn’t have to go to the church in a Hilux!)
Our photographer is (and always will be) Hannah Brooke Photography. We actually met her at another friend’s wedding so we got a very good idea of her presence, which was perfect! We didn’t know her at all back then but she made us feel so welcome and calm about the overwhelming idea of a big wedding (can you tell this was pre covid?!). We loved her so much that in the four times we rearranged our wedding date, she was the only professional part of our wedding that HAD to be free! Luckily it all worked out. She’s such a lovely woman. Someone we now see as more of a friend and we will be booking all of our family shoots and special occasions with her from now on.
Melanie from Passion Flowers Doncaster supplied a beautiful bouquet of pale pink roses, pure white hydrangea and lovely little gypsophila. I had to put my complete trust in the process as we were not allowed to meet to discuss. She didn’t disappoint. They were gorgeous!
We originally chose a three-tiered naked cake with iced flowers, plus vanilla buttercream and jam in the centres. When our ‘reception’ became our first family gathering and BBQ since Covid began, we changed it to a two-tiered chocolate feast!
We plan to do our 5-year wedding anniversary at the venue, including all the food we would have had on our original day – this includes the original cake.
When all our plans changed, we decided to have our post-ceremony photographs taken as a couple in the woods behind our home. Having been such a God-send during lockdown for our family’s mental health, we had our pre-wedding photos here on our original wedding date, so we wanted to do it again. Re-create it for our actual wedding day. This time around, just in time for the bluebells – just gorgeous!
Even though we didn’t end up using Unique Occasions, we’d recommend the venue! Because it is an absolutely beautiful place to get married and the owner, Stephanie, was always a huge help throughout. All the changes were seamless and it made us, as a couple, feel a lot happier and we still intend to book our anniversary celebration there.
I would also like to mention Daydreamer Creative Studio who made an absolutely beautiful banner with the words “It’s always been you”. She’s an absolute dreamboat of a person and so lovely to buy from. It’s all bespoke and personalised to you.
All of it. Being so much shorter than planned, I tried to remind myself, ground myself and really take the whole thing in because we had waited for so long, not only for the wedding but also the opportunity to spend the day with our loved ones.
I must say though, having our first dance in the woods with only a handful of people knowing what our first dance song was, feels pretty special and romantic.
Make a couple of seconds, frequently, throughout the day to ground yourself if you get nervous like me. Remind yourself to breathe it all in because, honestly, it does go so unbelievably quickly.
A practical tip would also be to thoroughly check terms and conditions (especially when it comes to refunds!) with everyone you decide to hire because life happens.