Real wedding: A glamorous, sparkly winter party in dusky pink with a Badgley Mischka gown
It came as a complete surprise to Rebecca when David popped the question. "We'd both been married before, and I wasn't sure whether we would take the plunge for a second time," she says. "We were on holiday in India and David proposed at the Taj Mahal. It was such a breathtakingly beautiful setting, and he managed to find a quiet spot away from all the other tourists."<br /><br />The couple took just three months to plan their glamorous winter wedding. They chose Michael from My Beautiful Bride to capture the day. "I loved Michael's style and his use of colour - classic shots with a fashion photographer's eye!"<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mybeautifulbride.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Photography: My Beautiful Bride</strong></a>
As an events producer with <a href="http://www.covetedevents.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Coveted Events</strong></a>, Rebecca has seen her fair share of stunning wedding venues. In the end, Herefordshire country house <a href="http://www.dewsall.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dewsall Court</a> won her heart. "I loved the idea of having everything in one place and being able to spend the whole weekend with our wedding party."
The wedding weekend began with the couple signing the register to become legally wed on the Friday night, with just the wedding party watching on. "My dad is a retired vicar, so we desperately wanted him to do the ceremony, and to have the freedom to structure this as we wished," explains Rebecca. "With the formal part out of the way, my dad could host a very personal ceremony on the Saturday, including the reading of our vows."<br /><br />Rebecca's dad structured the ceremony around the couple's favourite piece of art, Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, and giving a postcard of the painting to every guest. The couple also lit a candle to symbolise the joining of two families and exchanged vows they'd written themselves.
The ceremony took place in the tiny chapel in the grounds of Dewsall Court. The couple kept the decor simple, using candles to cast a romantic glow.
The couple used an Art Deco-inspired colour palette of dusky pink, grey and black, with sparkling metallics, to create an elegant yet welcoming atmosphere. "Dewsall is such a beautiful setting that we needed very little decoration - we kept to flowers, candles and lanterns," says Rebecca. "We wanted something classic but informal."
"We split our two long banquet tables into sections and named these after our favourite gin brands," says Rebecca. "We used empty bottles of each gin as table name holders."
"A friend of mine, Laura Herrod of Malt House Cakes, made our beautiful cake, pulling together ideas we had gathered on Pinterest," says Rebecca. "Two tiers were chocolate and salted caramel, with the bottom layer a traditional sponge with raspberry jam."<br /><br />The couple are keen foodies, so wining and dining their guests well was a high priority. "We opted for posh sausage and mash, along with a delicious pear tart tatin for dessert, and gourmet burgers in the evening."
"In the evening, we provided a Bellini bar with different cordials, mixers and free-flowing bubbly, for guests to mix their own cocktails."
Bellini bar cordials
In place of a traditional guestbook, the couple bought postcards of Penguin Classics and New York Times covers, on which their nearest and dearest could write meaningful messages.
For favours, the couple put out prettily packaged bags of sweets that guests could take away at the end of the night.
When it came to choosing her outfit, Rebecca took a laid-back approach. "I was scrolling through the net-a-porter sale looking for pretty things, came across this <a href="http://www.badgleymischka.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Badgley Mischka</a> dress, and thought, 'I could wear that as a wedding dress!'" she reveals. "I had it taken in and up by a dressmaker two days before the wedding." Bearing in mind the chilly November weather, she added a black fur shrug. She finished with the ultimate glamour accessory: a Chanel red lip.
Florist <a href="http://www.love-lily.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Love Lily</a> created a glorious bridal bouquet of roses, berries and succulents, tied up in gold ribbon.
Who says winter bridesmaids have to wear red or green? "I loved the romantic hues of pale pink and grey, and we decided to stick with this," says Rebecca. Her seven maids dazzled in <a href="http://www.bhldn.com/product/annabelle-dress-ivory" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Annabelle dresses</a> from Jenny Yoo at <a href="http://www.bhldn.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BHLDN</a>.
David wore a navy <a href="http://www.hugoboss.com/uk/home" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hugo Boss</a> suit and an <a href="http://www.mrporter.com/en-gb/mens/designers/alexander_mcqueen" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alexander McQueen</a> tie.
The groomsmen wore their own charcoal suits, with personalised cufflinks David had bought for them from <a href="http://www.allthingsbrightonbeautiful.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">All Things Brighton Beautiful</a>.
After the wedding breakfast, guests could enjoy an outdoor fire pit with marshmallows and cigar, before the party really started. "We had asked everyone to submit the song that would get them on the dance floor on their RSVP cards," says Rebecca. "We pulled these together to make an eclectic playlist that ranged from Taylor Swift through to Nick Cave."
A thoughtful touch
Although she's a professional planner, Rebecca's top tip for brides-to-be is not to get too caught up in planning. "Don't forget to talk about life after the wedding!" she says. "In the lead up to the big day it's so easy to be caught up in wedding plans that you forget to set aside time to talk about what married life means to you both. The wedding is just the start of your life together."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mybeautifulbride.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Photography: My Beautiful Bride</strong></a>