Bill and Becky's adventure started when they first met at University and from there, the connection grew between the two over games of pool. Becky says, "We found each other to be genuine and we share a lot of the same values. We both like to have our interests and take that time for ourselves but we also make a great team."
Their love blossomed into not only a great relationship but also a beautiful friendship that left Bill ready to ask that all-important question. He hired the Knoll Tower at Western Park for a weekend to give Becky a huge surprise that the couple would always remember. Becky comments, "He had spent the day preparing the place, laying out candles and roses and even cooked a fancy meal. To top things off we practically had the park to ourselves because it was November and it was closed to the public, he got down on one knee when we arrived and it was a complete surprise."
The choice of venue for the ceremony was an easy pick for the pair as they decided to go for All Saints Church in Sapcote where Becky attended during her childhood. For their reception they went for Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, because of the incredible grounds and good amount of space inside and beautiful grand staircase. Becky says,"The venue was very flexible to meet our requirements, unlike some venues which we found to be quite rigid in format. The staff were very helpful throughout and things were calm on the day resulting in everything going smoothly."
The lovebirds settled on a colour theme of white and green to keep everything classic and incorporated that into the centrepieces by adding artificial foliage with rose scentred around a lantern with scattered candles. There were also small buckets of mints before and after the meal if people were peckish.
Becky says, "We loved our place names as we hadn't seen anything like them before – they were white clay circles with the names stamped in and looked very effective. Unexpectedly, as the night went on, people used these as name badges to help mingle with other guests which was quite funny." The tables themselves reflected the number of years the couple has shared and each one had a number and a photo of the pair from that year. Other decoration included chair covers with grey hessian and linen-type sashes with matching table runners and flowers which included roses and peonies for an elegant look.
Catering was provided by the venue with a wide range of choices to pick from and the couple selected a three course meal for the wedding breakfast and in the evening had cheese and biscuits. The traditional white three-tier cake had taste buds dancing with its textured icing and fresh green foliage around each layer. There was also a separate fruit cake and gluten-free cake for those who preferred it. The yummy goodness didn't stop there, pick 'n' mix stall was available for guests with a sweet tooth. Becky comments on their transport saying, "For transport, Bill wanted more of a dream car than a classic one. He arranged the hire of a Mercedes for the weekend and we asked a family friend to drive it for us on the day."
The bride went for a Stella York dress in the style Ivy because of the pretty lace detailing and flattering design which she knew Bill would love. She says, "Bill went for a dark grey suit with a light grey waistcoat and forest green tie, he decided against tails and hat as he wanted to look more modern."The groomsmen also had a dark grey suit with matching waistcoat and forest green tie while the bridesmaids had floor-length off-the-shoulder colour coordinating dresses.
For entertainment, the newlyweds didn't want a DJ or disco and instead hired pool tables and arcade games to get guests mingling and laughing – this worked perfectly. Becky says, "We even did our first dance on the aracde dance mat which was so much fun and much less stressful for us. The weather was perfect so guests were also able to play garden games on the grounds before it got dark."
The day was full of happiness, celebration and love. But the key moments are clear to the couple and Becky mentions, "Overall, the day stands out as being a perfect embodiment of our relationship and we can keep that memory for the rest of our lives. However, if we had to pick one moment it would be the first dance on the dance machine because we don't think anyone saw it coming or had seen anything like it. It got the evening started." They also mention how much their family and friends helped make the day that extra special.
Becky says, "We both felt surprisingly calm on the day, this was probably achieved because of all the planning we did up until the last minute but it completely paid off." She adds, "The advice of friends and family helped us anticipate what to expect and this allowed us to just and enjoy it. People were also so generous with their time helping us in the preparations."
After their wedding the couple jetted off to America for three weeks on a road trip from Las Vegas across Death Valley round to Yosemite, then Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Becky says, "We returned to Las Vegas afterwards to visit the Grand Canyon and then flew to New York for the final part of the holiday staying in Manhattan to take in all the sites of the Big Apple."I did most of the planning but we decided together the things we wanted to see. It was amazing and we were able to fit in so many activities in that we feel like we need another holiday already! Our favourite part was the Yosemite National Park because it is simply stunning."