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Elegant military wedding with a fabulous cake

Becky and George, Rhinefield House, New Forest

Becky and George – The Proposal

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Becky and George met at a wedding (needless to say, not their own). After making eye contact for a few hours, George started chatting to Becky and there was an instant spark between them.

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A month after they met, George, who’s a Royal Navy pilot, was posted overseas for six months, which made them realise they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. George proposed in January of the following year and the couple chose to have a romantic wedding at Rhinefield House near the New Forest.

Becky and George – The Flowers

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The couple had their ceremony in the Grand Hall of Rhinefield House. “I had a red carpet down the centre of the room with ivory covered chairs on either side,” says Becky. “At the end of the carpet I had two amazing pedestals and on the register table I had five small clear fishbowls with a single floating rose head in each one. I felt these captured the elegant, romantic atmosphere I wanted,” added Becky.

Becky and George – the bridesmaids

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Becky had her two sisters, Katie and Abigail, and three friends, Isabel, Gemma and Maria as bridesmaids. “For their outfits, I chose an ivory corset with a sage green sash and flower, and a long sage green satin skirt from Coast,” says Becky. “I then picked matching tiaras and necklaces by Linzi Jay.”

Becky bought the same necklace for herself in ivory and gave her bridesmaids Swarovski crystal earrings as thank you gifts.

Becky and George – The Shoes

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Becky’s shoes were from Dune’s wedding collection. “They were ivory stilettos with diamante detailing across the front,” Becky says.

Becky and George – The Cake

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The cake was made by Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and had three tiers of handmade white chocolate roses with a Belgium chocolate truffle cake filling. “I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to have it!” says Becky. After the main course, Becky and George cut the cake with George’s navy sword, which is an old military tradition. “It was great fun.”

Becky and George – The Fishbowl (flowers)

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Becky was very happy with her fishbowl centrepieces, which were created by Natalie Gardiner at Flowers By Design. “I asked for three fish bowls of different sizes with floating rose heads, clear pebbles and green grass strands wrapped around the sides to be placed on top of each other,” she says. Becky then placed the centrepieces on large round mirrored tile along with some loose Swarovski crystals, which reflected the light fantastically. “I was thrilled at how they turned out,” she says.

Becky and George – Groom with military personnel (friends)

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Becky and George didn’t have a dress code for guests, but Becky was impressed by her guests’ outfits. “All our guests made a real effort to dress up and George’s military friends looked really smart in their suits!” she says.

Becky and George – Bride and Groom (with military personnel)

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Becky wanted her wedding day to be brimming with romance and elegance. “I tried to create wow factor so our guests would be inspired by the day and remember it for a long time afterwards,” she says. “I definitely achieved everything I wanted – and lots of our guests told me they had an amazing time too.”