Wedding of the Week: Rebecca Hamer and Chris Smith

19 Jun 2017

Highfield Park in Heckfield, Hampshire, set the stage for this wedding which featured a three tier cake in a trio of flavours and a sage green colour scheme

How did you meet?

At school. We got together at 15 and were childhood sweethearts.

Tell us about the proposal.

At the time I was working as a travel agent and won a competition for a day trip to Guernsey. We booked to go as close to our five-year anniversary which was on the 1st October so we went on the 11th. We drove to a beautiful fort and Chris just popped the question. He was so nervous, he forgot to get down on one knee.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

There wasn’t a theme as such for the day; we knew we wanted it to be simple and understated as we wanted the day to be about the marriage and our family and friends. The colour scheme for the day was sage green.

When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I had gone to a bridal dress sale in Birmingham (a three-hour drive from where I lived) and had such an awful experience that it left me feeling really disappointed (too much watching Say Yes to the Dress). We then found a local bridal shop to where we were in Birmingham and you didn’t need an appointment, so we went in. There was only one dress in the shop that I wanted to try on. I hadn’t looked at the price, I just needed a nice experience. Once the dress was on I burst in to tears... happy tears. It genuinely was the dress I had always imagined myself wearing. I knew then that I had to have it and thankfullyit  was within the budget my lovely dad had given me.

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Where did you find your suits?

We found an online company called Formally Yours. Reviews were brilliant and they were exceptionally good value for money.

Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We decided not to have fresh flowers, so we purchased fake bouquets and buttonholes featuring ivory roses to coincide with the colour scheme.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

We chose not to do favours as from weddings that we had been to, we noticed that they just get left behind. We knew we wanted a photobooth, as normally we are the ones hogging it.The main thing that we did, which we displayed on our guest book table, was a collage of photos in a frame of the last 13 years that we had been together. Photos starting from our prom in 2015 right up to now. I had also kept the certificate we won at our prom for the cutest couple so this was included in the collage.

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

So nervous. My legs were like jelly. However, as soon as I saw Chris, I couldn’t stop smiling and all the nerves started to disappear.

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What was your most memorable moment?

There are so many. The main thing that stands out for us would be Facetiming one of our closest friends in Australia. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it as his fiancée is heavily pregnant, but we had to include him somehow. It was the middle of the night for him when we called but it meant so much to us; he also revealed to us the gender of the baby which was an amazing moment.

What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Getting RSVPs. The most frustrating part was having to chase the people for their responses when they had recently got married so they knew what it was like.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The venue; it wasn’t about it being five-star, it wasn’t about it being something completely different to everyone else. For us, it was having somewhere we felt comfortable, offered amazing photo opportunities and generally gave us a wonderful day.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, at the very last minute. We had been trying to decide on one for months as we didn’t have a song. We were very nearly set on a song and then Perfect was released. It could have been written for us and about us, so it was a perfect fit.

Tell us about your wedding cake.  

A very close friend’s mum makes wedding cakes as a hobby and she very generously made our cake. It was a simple three tier: vanilla, fruit and coffee. We had sage green ribbon wrapped round each layer and our cake topper was of a bride and groom on a classic motorbike, Chris’s pride and joy.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing. Except maybe for the day to never end.

Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Everyone tells you how quickly the day goes and we couldn’t believe how quickly it really does.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We took a mini-moon straight after to Ibiza for five nights, but our main one is at the end of October to Jamaica.

Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Don’t let it stress you out. It should be a happy, exciting and fun time planning the day. What will be will be; just ride out any issues and ask for help if you need it.

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Steal their style:

DJ: DJ Events, www.djevents.co.uk
Décor: Berkshire Wedding Hire, www.berksweddinghire.co.uk   
Evening Food: Pizza ovens from Foster’s Catering, http://fosters-catering.co.uk/index.html 
Venue: Highfield Park, www.highfieldpark.com
Stationery: VO Stationery, www.vo-stationery.com

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