This week I spoke with Bec about her beautiful proposal and wedding.
First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
We got married on July 10th 2015. It was a scorching hot day and I can’t believe that this year we will have been married for twelve years. It feels like only s few.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
My husband Rich and I now live in Kent, we have two children and a dog the size of a small pony. We met when I moved down from Yorkshire to London.
I had been teaching for some years and decided to try something else and so I went to London to try working in television. I had some work experience at a company in Soho where Rich had just started working as a director. We were on a shoot together and flirted outrageously.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
We were in Thailand on a fabulous holiday. At sunset we walked up to the viewpoint in Koh Phi Phi and whilst we watched the sunset, all sweaty from our walk up in the heat, he surprised me by getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. I said no at first as I was so shocked. When I eventually said yes we had huge cheers from other people there. We came back down, bought champagne and called our families.
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
We had a rural theme, everything was rustic and had a country feel. We got married in beautiful Yorkshire at a little church surrounded by fields. The reception was a hotel, again, surrounded by countryside.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
Getting ready was really exciting, although I had butterflies too. I just couldn’t wait to get down that aisle and see him!
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
We had a friend there who we knew had potential to kick off at her ex boyfriend, one of our ushers. She had come to me before the wedding promising me that nothing of the sort would happen. So we invited her, and sat her with her back to her ex. She switched seats with someone so she could see him.
I had asked the band to play special songs that triggered memories for our friends and for us and when it was the song for her ex, she stormed up and demanded he go outside with her, leaving me on the dance floor alone!
She was soon asked to leave and I am pleased to say I have never seen her again. It is funny now but at the time we were both furious that someone could be so selfish!
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
Yes. You will get to a point the day before where you can sit back thinking ‘that is all I can do now, what will be will be,’ embrace that, It is an odd feeling after months and months of prepping but it is a beautiful moment. Make sure you have some bubbles ready for that time. Oh, and go with your gut on who to invite and who not to invite!
It was lovely to speak with you Bec! If you would like to take part in the Behind the Bride series please contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org