Real Wedding: A Cosy Burgundy Themed Big Day in Cumbria
The couple adorned the rustic venue with fairy lights, creating a sparkling wonderland that tied in beautifully with the decor, making their cosy wedding a day to remember.
The bride wore a beautiful Ronald Joyce dress with delicate off the shoulder sleeves, accessorised with a crystal trim veil for an extra special touch.
Photographer | Christopher Ian Photography
How they met
In a thoroughly modern fashion, Rebecca and Stuart met on dating app Tinder.<br /><br />"Before Tinder got weird, though!" Rebecca hastily adds.<br /><br />"We both hadn't been using the app for long, and after Stuart swiped yes for me, I accidentally swiped yes to him too! But here we are now, married!"
Stuart proposed to Rebecca on a luxurious holiday to Barbados.<br /><br />"We rented a private villa with an outdoor pool - a total luxury!" Remembers Rebecca. "We'd been together for two years, and Stu tells me he'd been planning to propose for ages, he had even asked my mum for permission."<br /><br />"He proposed to me by the pool while we were drinking Mount Gay rum cocktails and watching the sun go down - it was perfect!"
Rebecca and Stuart tied the knot at <a href="http://www.skitby.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Skitby House</a> in Cumbria, opting for the venue for it's cosy and homely feel. <br /><br />"Their converted barn style building was just what we were looking for," says Rebecca. <br /><br />The exposed beams adorned with cascading flowers, complemented by draped fairy lights added to the warm and welcoming feel of the wedding and perfectly fitted the wedding colours of burgundy, plum, dusky pink and gold - an autumn wonderland if we ever did see one!
Wedding chair covers
Stuart and Rebecca decorated their rustic venue with plum and dusky pink bows on the chairs, complementing the wood effect beautifully. <br /><br />Glittering baubles hung from the ceiling, while twinkling fairy lights were entwined among the branches, creating a fairytale feel to the whole day.
The table plan
Rebecca designed and made all of the wedding stationery, from the save the date cards, to the wedding invites, to menu choices and the RSVP card.<br /><br />"I made the table plan myself too, with the same design as all the other items," she explains. "The design was inspired by a watercolour painting of a flower in our wedding colours, which I used as a base design for allover the stationery."
"Each table had a large gold vase in the centre, filled with flowers," Rebecca explains.<br /><br />"This was sitting on a wood round with small succulents and heathers in rustic concrete style pots dotted about too, accompanied by tea lights in gold candle holders."<br /><br />"The table number cards were sitting in tree stumps which Stuart had carved for the place cards to slot into."
The place settings and favours
Each place setting came complete with a gold leaf personalised napkin, and a little bottle of Mount Gay rum as a favour, making homage to Stuart's exotic proposal.<br /><br />The nine children in attendance missed out on the rum (!) and instead received a gold box filled with sweets, bubbles, crayons and activity sheets to keep them occupied. <br /><br />Each table also had a disposable camera on it, for guests to snap the day from their point of view.
Stuart and Rebecca provided cute cones of dried petals as confetti for their guests to shower them with as they made their first walk as man and wife.<br /><br />The petals were in beautiful burgundy and ivory hues to tie in with the wedding colour scheme.
The wedding dress
Rebecca's Ronald Joyce dress came from the Victoria Jane collection, purchased from <a href="http://www.kokoabride.co.uk/Kokoa_Bride/Welcome.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">KoKoa Bride</a> in Carlisle. <br /><br />The beautiful flowing dress had a beaded waist line with delicate tulle pleating, and an off the shoulder capped sleeve. <br /><br />The skirt had many tulle layers to give it princess-style volume, completed with a tulle overlay with lace detailing towards the bottom of the skirt.
Rebecca complemented her gorgeous gown with a short veil, adorned with crystals along the hem. She had beautiful flowers woven into her hair in shades that matched her wedding theme for the ultimate in chic coordination.
The bridesmaids' dresses
Rebecca's bridesmaids wore three quarter length soft pink <a href="http://www.asos.com/women/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASOS</a> dresses, with grecian inspired sleeves, designed to match Rebecca's dress. They accessorised the dresses with dusky pink kitten heels courtesy of <a href="http://uk.monsoon.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Monsoon</a>.<br /><br />Rebecca also had a two-year-old flower girl, who wore a tulle white dress from Monsoon with pink embroidered flowers.
The wedding cake
The striking wedding cake was created by Jo at <a href="http://www.cutiepiecakecompany.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cutie Pie Cake Company</a>, and comprised of four layers - vanilla on the bottom, followed by chocolate cake, coffee cake and a fruit cake on top.<br /><br />As a keen baker, Rebecca had wanted to make the cake herself, but with so much on her plate she opted instead to exclusively create the sugar craft decorations to adorn it. She crafted roses, lilies and poppies, among others to turn the cake into the masterpiece it was. <br />
The cake was accompanied by chestnut and chocolate truffles, which Rebecca's mother and sister created. They sat alongside the cake as an extra sweet treat for guests.<br /><br />"We even made a secretion of vegan truffles for the vegan guest we had," adds Rebecca.
Wedding day sparkle
Rebecca and Stuart provided sparklers for their guests to make sure their wedding day came to a glittering end.
Advice for fellow brides
"The advice I'd offer is relax, have fun, and write lots of lists," suggests Rebecca.<br /><br />"Also, buy lots of magazines, even if your fiancé says you've have enough - you can never have enough bridal magazines!"