Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The Couple
Photography: Jodi Hinds Photography Studio
Rebecca Wallace and Mark Coles met in 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. “Mark was working for Barclays bank and I was on my sandwich year from university,” says Rebecca. “We were in a bar and Mark thought I was German or Swedish so he asked his German friend to come over to ask for a lighter. We became friends from then on. My boyfriend at the time had been travelling and dumped me, so Mark came round with a bottle of red wine and the Bridget Jones DVD to cheer me up. We had our first kiss that night. I returned to the UK to finish university and Mark followed not long after.”
After four years together, Mark proposed to Rebecca while the couple were on holiday in 2006. “We were on a boat trip and the sea was very choppy and a bit scary,” she says. “Most of the passengers were feeling sea sick – including me! Mark said something along the lines of “Times like this make you think about life so… erm how about it. Marry me?’ I thought he was joking at first so I just laughed it off. Then he asked me again and obviously I said yes.”
Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The Ceremony
The couple were married on 24 August 2007 at St Peter’s Church in the Peak District. “The church is located within the estate of Chatsworth House stately home, a location for the filming of Pride & Prejudice,” says Rebecca.
“We filled the church with over 200 candles and decorated it with flowers including hydrangeas and roses. Initially I was a little overwhelmed to see everyone in the congregation, but as soon as I got to the end of the aisle where Mark was waiting, I forgot about everyone else behind me.”
Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The Outfits
The bride’s ivory silk gown was by Posh Frocks Couture and she found it at Ivory Bridal Collection in Barton upon Humber. “It had a strapless boned bodice with a shaped neckline and pleated detail,” she says. “ The back was the real focal point, with a fabulous bustle with a pleated waterfall train. I had my dress customised with additional layers added to the train.” She completed her look with a Cathedral-length veil (also from Ivory Bridal Collection), a tiara from Strides Bridal (01246 209808) and an antique pearl bracelet from an antique fair. The groom wore traditional black tails hired from Grooms of Hoole.
Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The Bridesmaids
Rebecca chose her cousin and three childhood friends to be her bridesmaids. “They all wore ivory prom-style dresses from Monsoon that we customised with a large blush-pink silk sash around the waist,” she says.
“Everyone commented on how beautiful they all looked. I have always wanted my bridesmaids to wear ivory as I think it looks classic and elegant. My flowergirl, aged 11, wore a dress designed to complement the adult bridesmaids, made by a family friend.”
Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The Reception
The newlyweds held their reception at Thornbridge Hall. “When we visited the venue, we fell in love with it as soon as we walked in,” says Rebecca. “The décor is contemporary yet elegant, and the gardens were also stunning.”
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn at Thornbridge Hall and were entertained by a jazz trio (thevernonsisters.com).
“Our wedding breakfast was in the Carriage House which has recently been converted and offers a very contemporary and stunning venue, with exposed stone walls, glass roof and even an underground bar/club!” says Rebecca.
“Throughout the meal, The Roving Artist entertained guests, and in the evening we had a live band called The Flames, a chocolate fountain and a fabulous firework display!
After the fireworks, we carried on dancing to the live band and the wedding finished at midnight. Our guests lined the driveway of the venue and held sparklers for us to exit in style – I had actually seen this idea in a real-life wedding feature in You & Your Wedding and had to replicate it.”
Rebecca and Mark’s picturesque party – The First Dance
“Mark forgot the CD with our first-dance song on it, so the live band had to improvise – but actually it was far more memorable that way,” says Rebecca. “They played Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight.”