Rebecca & Graham’s Real Wedding

After meeting online 10 years ago, Graham and Rebecca celebrated a decade together by tying the knot! They followed their fuchsia pink wedding with a romantic cruise honeymoon around Spain and the Canary Islands.

After meeting online 10 years ago, Graham and Rebecca celebrated a decade together by tying the knot! They followed their fuchsia pink wedding with a romantic cruise honeymoon around Spain and the Canary Islands.

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Graham and Rebecca’s Fuchsia Pink Wedding

Graham and Rebecca met online in 2005 and got talking. They started to talk on the phone for a couple of weeks before meeting up in person. The spark was instantly there and the pair fell in love. They dated for two years before getting engaged, and then bought a house together and moved in in 2008.

Graham had planned to propose to Rebecca during a romantic holiday to Barbados, but as they sat on the plane on the way there, he realised he’d left the ring at home!

The next month the couple had a weekend away in Blackpool so rather than propose in Barbados, Graham popped the question in Blackpool. They were walking back to their B&B and Graham got Rebecca to sit down on a bench before getting down on one knee and proposing.

They’d already discussed getting engaged and had bought the ring together, although Rebecca was so sure of his taste that she knew she’d have loved what he picked anyway. The couple were engaged for eight years and had their wedding booked for 2009 but sadly Graham’s dad passed away exactly one year before, so they decided to move the date. They had a cruise booked in October 2015 so they decided to transform it into a honeymoon and get married just before.

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Rebecca’s Bridal Beauty Regime

Rebecca had her makeup done by Claire Thomas, a local makeup artist. She doesn’t normally wear a lot of makeup, so she explained this to Claire and the look she created was perfect. Rebecca had never felt as pretty as she did after being made over by Claire.

The bride timed her makeup trial so it took place on the day of her hen party – a savvy move that meant she was beautifully made up for her hen celebrations and her wedding!

Her hair was done by her friend Stuart who owns Stuart Michael’s Salon – he’s been doing her hair since she was in her teens so he knew exactly what she likes. Rebecca’s hair is normally long and straight, so Stuart expertly curled it and pinned half of it away from her face in a classic half up, half down bridal hairstyle. A tiara and an elbow length veil added a dose of glamour to the style.

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Graham and Rebecca’s Wedding Attire

Rebecca wore an A-line ivory gown by Sonsie at her wedding. The dress had straps and embellished detail along the bust and on the hip. It also had a traditional train.

The bride bought her gown from a specialist plus-size bridal retailer called Curves and Couture in Essex. She found there wasn’t much choice in local shops so Rebecca and her mum drove three and a half hours to try on dresses in Essex – it was worth the journey though as she found her dream dress there.

Rebecca’s Sonsie gown made her feel happy, comfortable and pretty – it was the exact opposite of what she imagined herself in, but she loved it!

Graham and his best man wore matching charcoal grey suits with fuchsia pink ties to match the wedding colour scheme. Graham wore an ivory waistcoat too. Rebecca went along with the two men to help them choose their suits – without her they would have definitely ended up with blue ties!

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Civil Wedding Ceremony

Both Graham and Rebecca’s wedding ceremony and reception took place at Morley Hayes.

Before walking into the ceremony, Rebecca’s proud dad burst into tears. She’d always said she wouldn’t be a crier, but as soon as her dad welled up, it set her off. Graham was very surprised to see her at the end of the aisle crying tears of joy!

The bride’s bridesmaid and oldest friend Ruth did a reading which perfectly described the couple’s relationship, and they arranged for Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ to play as they signed the register, which had Rebecca welling up again.

The bride and groom exchanged rings which they’d bought from H Samuel in Blackpool – it made sense for them to buy their rings in the place they got engaged in.

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Morley Hayes Wedding Venue

When planning their wedding, Rebecca and Graham looked at all local venues and Morley Hayes was the last one they viewed. Rebecca knew they’d be getting married their before she even viewed it – the setting was stunning, the staff were fantastic and the couple were confident they’d have a great wedding there.

They loved the picturesque setting and the excellent food – they had vegetable soup to start, roast sirloin with duck fat roasted potatoes and Yorkshire puddings for main with profiteroles for dessert.

The wedding venue was decorated with a fuchsia pink and white colour scheme with lots of butterflies. Butterflies featured throughout the wedding planning – the invitations were on white cards with pink sparkly butterflies and it went on from there, with the table numbers and table plan on the day following the same theme and colour scheme.

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Special Touches

Rebecca made the centrepieces for the wedding reception herself. As Graham loves things that light up, they decided to use white, pre-lit branches draped with crystal garlands and glittery butterflies. They were placed on round mirrors on the tables, which were covered in pink and clear crystals. For a bit of fun, Rebecca placed butterfly topped bubble blowers on the tables too.

The wedding favours were little white boxes tied with a fuchsia pink and silver ribbon, filled with custom M&Ms, in pink obviously! They had the couple’s names printed on them.

There was also a sweet buffet, which Rebecca made herself. She filled glass jars with lots of different sweets and tied them with fuchsia pink ribbon. The sweet buffet went down a storm with next to nothing left at the end of the night.

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Pink and White Wedding Cake

Rebecca and Graham decided on a classic three tiered wedding cake. They had a Victoria sponge layer, a chocolate fudge layer and a lemon drizzle tier. The cake maker made the lemon drizzle sponge pink as a surprise for the guests, which confused some people!

The delicious cake was made by Rebecca’s friend Natalie and was decorated with bright pink bows and sparkly butterflies. The bride and groom provided personalised cake bags so guests could enjoy the cake on the night but also take some home if they wanted to.

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Happily Ever After

The couple asked their friend Tom to DJ at the wedding. Rebecca knew he had great taste in music and was an excellent DJ, and she was right – the dance floor was full all night.

As a surprise for Graham, Rebecca organised a starlit dance floor as she knows how much he loves light up things. This was the perfect setting for their first dance, which took place to ‘I Love the Way You Love Me’ by Boyzone. It’s her all-time favourite band and the words of the song fit their relationship perfectly.

After their wedding, the couple headed off on honeymoon the next day. A chauffeur driven car took them to Southampton where they boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for a two week cruise around Spain and the Canary Islands.

The couple love cruising so it was the perfect way to begin their married life.

Graham & Rebecca’s supplier list
Wedding Dresses by: Sonsie by Veromia
Bridalwear Shop by: Curves & Couture
Photography by: Jinx Photography
Venue by: Morley Hayes

Interlude: A Thousand Years by: Christina Perri

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First Dance: I Love the Way You Love Me by: John Michael Montgomery