Rebecca & Dave…The Best Day EVER! (part 1)

Rebecca and Dave

Awww just look at those happy little faces!

Yes, it’s finally here…the wedding of the wonderful, bubbly, ball of energy that is RMW Real Bride Rebecca.

We’ve watched her slave away over fabric flowers, complete mission-impossible by finding Bridesmaids dresses with proper straps and drink her way (along with her girlfriends) through countless bottles of Prosecco.

Was it all worth it? Hell yes.

Congratulations Rebecca and Dave. Rebecca you have made us laugh AND cry, you’ve made us embrace excessive use of the exclamation mark and you’ve generally just made us get really excited about weddings!

Enjoy part one lovelies – please leave lots and lots of love for Rebecca.

And don’t worry, we’ll be back tomorrow with part two, where you can see the glorious Art Deco venue and fellow RMW real Bride Hannah’s stationery in action.

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RMW Real Bride Rebecca: Firstly I should probably explain about a little surprise I arranged for Dave! A month or so before the big day I may have just tweeted the comedian Ross Noble inviting him to our wedding! Long story short, he was filming for a new TV show and wanted places & events to visit. Obviously our wedding day would be perfect for this crazy new show, so why wouldn’t I tweet him?!!!

So Ross Noble came to our wedding and some of our big day was on TV!! All those years studying drama, dreaming of getting myself on the tellybox and all it took was a tweet to a comedian! To say it was a bit crazy would be a ridiculous understatement…..it was absolutely bonkers!!! BUT it was also absolutely amazing. It is possibly the best surprise I will ever be able to pull off for Dave!

Anyway, back to our big day…So, it’s the evening before the big day and it finally dawns on me……I’m getting married! I know I had been planning our day meticulously for 18 months, but it wasn’t until Dave & I were stood in church rehearsing our vows that I really got it. I was so thankful for that moment, just Dave and I (& the Vicar), as I think we both got to see how important this day was to each other and how much we truly love each other- there may have been a few tears!

Then, almost as quickly as the emotion had come over me, we were back at the flat running around like loons trying to sort the last few bits before we parted for our final nights as single people. I’d like to say I spent that evening in a serene state of relaxation, but in true Rebecca style I was frantically putting the finishing touches to the last few things (including my bouquet!! haha).

Previous Real Bride Amanda said she didn’t have any nerves the morning of her wedding and spoke of how her mum explained this as being ‘because you’re doing the right thing’ – well I now completely get this!

I really didn’t feel nervous at all, what was there to be nervous about? I have known I wanted to marry Dave for so long, and now I was finally getting to do just that!

The morning of the wedding was a bit crazy – it was a whirlwind of a morning BUT the best ruddy morning ever! Having all my lovely family and gorgeous girls with me was THE BEST! They made me feel a million dollars, and seeing my mum’s (slightly teary!) face when I came down the stairs was amazing.

And all the while my poor future hubby, along with his best man and a lovely group of friends and family, were frantically trying to get The Gatsby set up with my boxes and boxes and boxes of decorations. Oh & he had to cope with Ross Noble turning up to surprise him!! Haha! I don’t like to make things easy for him! 
A humongous thank you to everyone who helped out that morning and who turned my vision into a reality, the venue looked absolutely fabulous.

First up my dress! Oh how I loved my dress! This giant beauty was an Ellis Bridal dress from Signature Brides in Kent and I have to admit she wasn’t quite what I had imagined I would be sauntering down the aisle in. I was so certain I would be in a slinky, lacey fishtail number, but for some reason this stunner ended up in my pile and, well, as soon as I had her on I knew she was the dress for me!

My veil was from Queens & Bowl paired with a gorgeous feather headpiece from HT Headwear.

I also need to say a huge thanks to Tasha for my amazing hair bow! I LOVED it…how she got my fine, wispy hair into such a giant bow I will never know!!! It was Magic! Also, a huge thanks must go to my fabulous friend Helen, who knew exactly how to get my face looking it’s best. I said on these pages before that I may not be a huge make-up wearer but do love dressing up, and really wanted to go a quite glam on my big day. Thanks to Helen, I did just that. She was an absolute star, who spent the day checking my lippy and even changed my eyelashes in the evening!! (I’m such a diva!)

Now the flowers….as many of you probably remember mine & my bridesmaids bouquets were actually fabric flower bouquets made up of flowers made by myself, along with a fair amount of help from some lovely friends and family!

The reaction from the bridesmaids when they saw them was amazing. They were so pleased with them, and it was such an amazing feeling knowing that something I had created was good enough for other people to be impressed by! My lovely flowergirl had a wand of fabric flowers with a long ribbon tail, and seeing her running around swooshing it at people was fantastic. I really wanted her to enjoy it and for people not to worry about her playing with it, and I am so glad she did, and still does now – occasionally when I pop round to say hello I sneak a peak of it among all her play stuff!

My bouquet was slightly different, as I had scattered vintage brooches amongst mine to give it a little more glitz! I’d like to say this was easy to do, but it wasn’t. There were a few times where I nearly threw the bouquet through the window, but I persevered and I’m glad I did as I LOVE it. I can honestly say making that bouquet is one of my proudest moments!

My grandparents were absolutely lovely and organised a car for the day for me, a Rolls Royce – obviously! So off my brother and I went….heading to the church. The rain came down all morning, but I wasn’t letting that get me down, I had my huge heart shaped umbrella to keep me dry!

But as we made our way through town, in true clichéd fashion, the rain stopped and Mr Sunshine decided to show his lovely face! I was met at the church gates by my gorgeous girls, who helped me get my monster of a dress up to the church, and then there I was stood in the church doorway with all the people I loved around me. AND a wreath!! (Lolly, I got a wreath! whoop, whoop!)

A few last minute words with the vicar and he and my mum were heading back into the church. My heart was pounding! Even as I write this now, I can still feel all the emotion (including the shaking hands!!) I felt then.

On came Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major and off went my bridesmaids (at breakneck speed! Note to all – rehearse your bridesmaids’ walk to the music, especially if they are a little shy and you have a very long song! Love you girlies!) Now, my gorgeous flowergirl had found herself a little shy on the day and was quite scared about walking down the aisle without her lovely mummy. So I did the only reasonable thing I could do…..got her to walk down the aisle with me & my brother!

Apologies to the congregation as it was a bit of a slow walk in…but we did have my monster dress to get down the aisle and now a gorgeous little flower girl to squeeze in too! But we got there in the end, and I can honestly say it was lovely having her there with me. Being quite a shy person, having her there helped me to forget that everyone was staring! And there he was….my gorgeous hubby to be.

Dave wore a lovely grey three-piece suit with dark trim and a purple paisley tie from Debenhams. I had already seen the suit as I was with him when he chose it, but to see it all together with his snazzy new shoes (and the scrabble cufflinks I bought him for his birthday) was fab and I have to say he did look rather dapper!

His boys all wore matching suits and ties, with the best man also wearing a waistcoat, and the fathers and my brothers wearing ties to match the groomsmen. They had their snazzy hand-made fabric flower button holes made by yours truly! (I also made slightly girlier versions of the button holes for all the Mums and Grandmothers!)

The church looked beautiful. A couple of lovely ladies from the church did the flowers for us, and all I said was that I wanted them to be simple and white with some of my lace ribbon, with a wreath on the door. Well, the wreath was more beautiful than I could have imagined, and the church was filled with so many gorgeous flowers I didn’t know where to look.

Our service, although it seemed to flash past, was wonderful. We chose to have two readings and asked our fabulous mothers to read these, which they did beautifully. The readings we chose were 1 Corinthians 13 – The Gift of Love. A beautiful passage which ends with my favourite line “And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

Our second was Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – Love is a temporary madness. This was chosen after seeing it featured as a print on these very pages. I sent it over to Dave and of all the readings we looked at after this, none quite matched up and so it was to be.

As for hymns, we wanted them to be upbeat, fun and easy to sing along to. So we looked to hymns we remembered from school days and ‘One More Step Along The World’ and ‘Give Me Oil In My Lamp’ were chosen, plus Jerusalem (for Dave!). They are fun and nearly everyone knows them meaning our family and friends had no excuse not to sing along!

And that was that….we were husband and wife…..I was leaving the church as Mrs Moore!!!! Eeeee! 
After a quick dash to visit Dave’s grandma, we pulled up to the gorgeous Gatsby, to be greeted by all our family and friends cheering…


Photography by Hannah Mia
Dress Ellis Bridal @ Signature Brides | Hair Tasha Vandepeer | Shoes Karen Millen | Headpiece HT Headwear | Veil Queens & Bowl | Feather Cape Biba | Flower Girl Monsoon | Bridesmaids For Her & For Him, Miss Selfridge, Bing Bridal & Debenhams | Groom & Groomsmen Debenhams

54 thoughts on “Rebecca & Dave…The Best Day EVER! (part 1)

  1. Bring on Part 2!!! Love the blush and the pic with the sunnies is too cute for words. I can’t wait to see more of those bridesmaids dresses and flowers…!! (It deserves the above five exclamation marks haha) X

  2. Rebecca! you look so darn cute. LOVE that image of you in the hear shaped glasses underneath your veil and the daisy wreath around the door is just beautiful.

    You both look so happy!!

    Can’t wait for part 2 🙂

    Charlotte xxx

    1. Awwww thanks lovely!
      Sadly that’s the only pic with those glasses – I was so busy having fun I completely forgot I had them! Oops! But glad I go the one pic! 🙂 xx

  3. Ah hun you look so beautiful and happy, and such a dashing groom you have there!

    I’m so excited for part 2 and all your gorgeous handmade details!

    Also agree with @Charlotte, that photo of you with the sunglasses is epic!

    Xxx

    1. Thanks hun 🙂
      He ain’t that bad is he!! 😉
      (From these pics you’d never realise he’d had such a stressful morning (I believe his suit got locked in a car right before he was due to get changed!! Eeek!)
      xxx

  4. Have to just start by agreeing about the sunglasses photo, to quote the epic film that is Mean Girls…you look so fetch!

    Your write up is so lovely, and full of excitement – can’t wait for part 2 so I can have another look at all of your handmade and DIY decor at the venue! Bring on tomorrow! 😀

    xx

  5. Hi, your wedding looks amazing, did you get instructions on how to make your bouquet?? If so where, and if not could u take a min to post how?? I love it and need to do something similar myself. And…toss noble…that is simply awesome!!!!Jo xx

      1. Haha! Yeah the Ross Noble thing was pretty epic!

        As for the flower bouquet…
        the flowers are handmade using the technique I posted here: https://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/what-rebecca-did-got-a-bit-crafty/
        the buttonholes were wired together like this: https://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/what-rebecca-did-bits-bobs-some-more-craft/

        The main bouquets were wired together in a similar way to the button holes but obviously on a bigger scale. I attached each flower to some floristry wire by sewing the wire to the back (possibly nuts!). Then I got small batches of flowers and twist them together. When I had enough batches I would twist them to each other (warning twisting wire can be quite painful on the fingers!!)
        I would constantly check how the bouquet was looking from all angles. Moving the heads into position as I went along.
        When I was completely happy with the bouquet I folded the wire at the desired length and then twisted back up the stem and trimmed off when near the top (this meant the bouquet’s have a sturdy stem, that wasn’t too thin.
        finally I wrapped all the wires using floristry tape. Then I wrapped ribbon round the stem and secured using a hot glue gun

        I hope that helps a little, please let me know if you need any more information (RMW team have my details)

        Thanks for the lovely words
        xx

        1. Ooops! Scrap this bit
          “When I was completely happy with the bouquet I folded the wire at the desired length and then twisted back up the stem and trimmed off when near the top (this meant the bouquet’s have a sturdy stem, that wasn’t too thin.”

          Actually only did this for buttonholes – there were so many stems in bouquets as I didn’t need to double the wires over!
          Apologies x

  6. Becca our favourite ray of sunshine!!

    So good to see your big day in all it’s glory. I can’t believe the church ladies put those gorgeous daisy creations together, go ‘ed Val and Mary!

    You and Dave look so gorgeous and happy, I love it. Can’t wait to see part 2, although it’s sad to see another little RMW chapter coming to an end. It’s been an honour and a joy sharing my time with you my dear xxxxxxx

    1. Awww thanks lovely!
      Has been lovely getting to know you & all the other real brides – Class of 2012/13 forever! (sorry new brides, no hard feelings!! 😉 )

      Val & Mary were absolute stars – when I got to the church the night before I couldn’t believe all the flowers (there were so lovely & did even more than I asked for) – the wreath was just gorgeous, wish I could’ve taken it home!!

      xxx

      1. Also… how alike are you and your bro??!

        It’s a testament to how lovely you are that they did such a beautiful job on those flowers, they’ve obviously gone the extra mile for you xx

  7. I had just thought to myself we can’t have had all the real bride’s write ups yet!!

    This has cheered me right up! You are such a gorgeous pair!! The happiness just bounds and leaps out of these gorgeous photos. I cannot wait for part two!!!! I adore all your personal touches, they really make your day your own. Gives me the kick up the bum to get on my crafts and my decorations.

    Big waiting-for-tomorrow love!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

        1. heehee! I know, I’m a very lucky girl!

          Thanks for the lovely words, we really did have an amazing day – I think it is probably the most I have ever smiled, ever!!! xx

  8. Oh Becca aren’t you a radiant bride! I adore your swooshy gown (loving the back detailing too!) and that daisy wreath has stolen my heart! I cannot wait for Part 2!

    1. Aww thanks Lolly! I can assure you I wasn’t that ‘radiant’ by the end of the night (luckily Hannah Mia had gone by then!! haha)

      As for the wreath, that is all your fault! 😉
      If it wasn’t for your love of them I would never have even considered one. So thank you! xx

  9. You have the same beaut dress i had when i got married 18 months ago! Such a fab dress! whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2013/03/a-quirky-diy-country-wedding.html
    xx

  10. Well this has just cheered my gloomy Tuesday right up! That pic of you two in the car is so, so lovely – you can’t help but grin along with you! Amazing to see the fabric flowers in action, and am really looking forward to part 2. Yay! xx

  11. Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments, you have bought a huge smile to my face 😀
    If my wedding day excitement could be put into words then it definitely would’ve gone something like this!! 😉
    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hahaha

    Fingers crossed you all like part two! xxx

  12. It’s so lovely to see the photos and relive such an amazing day.

    I agree with all of the comments, you looked absoutely stunning hun and you and Dave are just fab! 😀

    Well done on organising such a great day.

    x x x x x

  13. Sorry Darling have not managed to read it yet as I only got as far as picture of you and your brother before the tears started falling and wont stop :p Promise I will print off and read in between. Looks great, look forward to part 2 to complete. Mum xx

  14. Oh Rebecca!!!! It’s so nice to finally see your wonderful wedding!! I’ve loved reading your blog, and you put such an amazing amount of effort in that it’s fantastic to see it pay off. The bouquet looks AMAZING!!! You are right to be proud of it – the effort really was worth it. And it looks fantastic with your headpiece.

    I absolutely adore your dress!!! Stunning! It’s so dreamy. It looks as though it was made for you. And perfectly accessorized with the bird cage veil.

    Absolutely adorable that you went down the aisle with the flower girl. So precious. I bet she’ll always remember that moment.

    Can’t wait for part 2 hun! xxx

  15. Absolutely stunning!! It looks like a supremely amazing day 🙂

    (I can’t tell you how much I want a daisy wreath right now!!)

  16. Yay -i have finally got 10 minutes to read your write up – i have known it’s been on these pages for a few days and had the similar feeling to seeing pressies under the christmas tree from about 22nd December – but knowing you can’t give in.

    Wowsas – i also love the write up and love all the pics, you all look so fab and i need more of these flowers!! I also love that pic of you in your heart shaped glasses – love a fun accessory pic.

    All looks like it came together beautifully and can’t wait to go over and read part 2 (now – no more waiting!) whoop

    Love to you and Mr Moore
    xx

  17. Rebecca, I am so proud to have you as my sister in law, you are so amazingly clever and talented, my brother did so well!

    Loved reading your blog and reliving your special day and yes, I just blubbed again 😉 .

    Hannah does indeed adore the wand and plays with it a lot but not half as much as she wears her dress! You chose it so well as you did every detail of your day.

    Lots of love and happiness to you both xxx

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