Becky, an English and Drama teacher, took her love of books, plays, and all things literary, and incorporated them into her whimsical storybook themed wedding day. Looking beautiful in Mikaella Style 1755, she said 'I Do' do her high school sweetheart, Aiden, as they wed in the English town of Fleetwood.
We caught up with Becky to hear more about her special day:
How did you know your dress was "the one"?
Becky: It's funny because people say you "just know!" I was beginning to think I'd never have that moment because nothing that I'd tried on so far had REALLY excited me. I did see one dress that I'd liked in a previous shop and I remember telling a friend about it. She asked me why I hadn't bought it there and then. I told her that I still wanted to keep looking. I remember her saying to me, "It isn't the one then. You wouldn't walk out of the shop and leave it if it was." And she was right. When I tried on my Mikaella 1755 dress, admittedly I did try on others in the same shop afterwards, but I just kept on going back to that. I tried it on a second time, added the veil and....burst into tears. It was the simple dramatic finish I had been looking for. I tried it on and voila! It was the one! It was the first dress to move me in any way shape or form. My mum was also in tears, we hugged and without batting an eyelid, we paid the deposit there and then. There was NO way I was going away to think about it. I wanted it right at that moment. One piece of advice, if it doesn't make you cry and if you do contemplate "looking elsewhere" before going back for it- keep looking. Your dream dress is STILL out there and that isn't it.
How did he propose?
It was my birthday. Aiden had gone on and on about how big my present was off him and how he didn't know how to wrap it. I kept thinking what on earth it could be. Anyway, on the morning of my birthday, Aiden took me into the kitchen of my parent's home- where we lived at the time. Not long before we got engaged, my dad died very suddenly. The day he died, he was about to sign for a new kitchen in our house- he had designed the kitchen himself and all that was left to do was to sign for it. Unfortunately, he never lived to do so, and so obviously, the plans were put on hold. A few years later, me and my family decided to bring his plans back to life and to have the kitchen built in his memory, just as he'd planned. Knowing how special the kitchen was to me (and I know it probably seems a random place to anyone else- hence the explanation) he lit the kitchen in fairy lights and had my dad's ipod playing on the docking station with one of mine and Aiden's favourite songs on. Anyway, I saw the HUGE box in the corner, I took the lid of it and tons of balloons floated out of it up into air. I then looked in the box to realise nothing else was in there. With that, I turned around to look at Aiden confused, and there he was, down on one knee with the beautiful ring in it's box. THIS time (unlike when he asked me out), he DID ask me the question properly!!!
Tell us about your wedding day theme. What was the inspiration?
Our theme was a Whimsical Storybook theme. I am a Drama/English teacher and I love books, plays, quotes and all things literary. So it just seemed perfect. I spend evenings trailing the internet reading inspiring quotes and I wanted our wedding to be filled with quotes about love. I also have an obsession with old fashioned books, the big chunky ones with gold edging on the pages. My house is full of them, and so we transported these to the wedding venue and filled the room with them. The reception room was literally filled to the brim with flowers, bows, vintage tea cups, fairy lights, candles, quotes, hearts and old books. I walked in and it LITERALLY took my breath away. I also loved how the simplicity of my dress looked against the busy room that was filled to the brim with detail. Our invitations were little story books that had our love story inside. Our favours were handmade bookmarks with our favourite quote on from Emily Bronte, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." And instead of table numbers, we had chapter numbers, and each chapter (table) had it's own literary quote on. And the day really was a whimsical fairytale.
What was your favourite moment?
It's so difficult to pick. I absolutely adored walking down the aisle and meeting my husband to be. But there was one moment during my day, where I was left utterly speechless. Before my dad died, he had been renovating an old MG car. It had failed it's MOT and was, quite frankly, ruined. When he died, it stayed in the garage, rotting, getting older and even more ruined. We had thought about what to do with it many a time, but with wheels missing and the engine failing to start, it stayed there ever since. Unbeknown to me, my amazing mum, sister and neighbour had began renovating his MG for the wedding. It was to take Aiden to the church on the morning, and then be revealed to me later. I had literally NO idea about it. After the speeches, my mum asked everyone to gather outside and I was to walk out with my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, my guests, parted down the middle, and behind them was my dad's car, all shiny and new! The moment I saw it was truly beautiful. It was not sad or depressing, it was the most special moment of my life. I don't go on about my dad's death in a depressing way, I very much keep my dad alive in everything I do now. The fact Aiden arrived to marry me in my dad's most precious possession, meant to me, that my dad took Aiden to marry me that morning. Obviously I'd have my dad here any day if that was possible, but in the circumstances, I could not wish for anything more than for his car to have taken Aiden, my husband, to the church on our wedding day!
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Credits // Photography: John Boswell Photography