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Wedding of the Week: Rebecca Garson and Steve Roper

08 May 2018

A wonderfully unique sausage dog theme paid homage to Rebecca Garson and Steve Roper's beloved dachshund, while a classic colour scheme tied everything together

How did you meet?

Steve was best man at a mutual friend’s wedding – I was a guest and the best man’s speech won me over. Steve had asked me out three years previously, at which time I said no. Fast forward to 2013, we hit it off at the wedding and I in fact asked him out. To my relief, he said yes.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We were on holiday in Cuba and had just been for dinner at a Cuban restaurant. Steve suggested that we went for a walk along the beach, it was all very romantic. We then went for a walk up to the hotel’s white wedding pagoda, which overlooks the sunning Cuban waters. It was quite funny as on our way Steve stepped on a giant toad and I was quite jumpy because there were crabs and animals crawling in the bushes. I even asked if we could go back.

Steve said to carry on and then, again, when we stood in the pagoda I saw a spider and jumped. He then told me to be quiet for a moment and got down on one knee in the middle of the pagoda, told me he loved me and asked if I would be his wife. It was so romantic after my previous screams about the night creatures. He had picked a gorgeous ring and it fitted me perfectly.

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

We met with our wedding stylist and florist, Some Kind of Lovely, and decided on a classic and simple palette, in keeping with Athelhampton’s traditional backdrop.

We have a beloved miniature dachshund called Dusty; we knew we wanted her to feature throughout, and so sausage dogs were our theme.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose Athelhampton House because it’s a stunning local Dorset venue; we loved the historic setting and beautiful landscaped gardens. We also liked that it was all contained in one magical setting.

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

The dress was Miri by Sophia Tolli. I tried on about 15 dresses across various Dorset bridalwear shops but kept coming back to this one.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

They wore simple dusty pink knee-length dresses from House of Fraser. 

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Where did you find your suits?

Moss Bross

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Once we had agreed our moodboard with Some Kind of Lovely Events, Nicola mocked up example displays and a mini bouquet, which was brilliant as we could really visualise how it would look on the day. I couldn’t have been happier; white and pink roses with gypsophila for the bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. 

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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.

In-keeping with our sausage dog theme, our table numbers, wedding invitations and menus all featured dachshunds. Male wedding favours were Cuban ‘Romeo y Julieta’ cigars from the hotel where we got engaged and our female favours were Let Love Grow seeds.

We made our own photo booth with selfie sticks and props. We also featured garden games for guests to enjoy after the ceremony.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was so nervous. Everyone commented on my right buttock shaking throughout the ceremony.

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What was your most memorable moment?

It was as I walked in and saw a sea of familiar and loved faces.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Keeping to budget.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The band were number one on our booking list. We booked our favourite band, The Ritchie Quain Trio. 

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

All of Me by John Legend – we love the song and it reminds us of falling in love.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

I am a massive cake-oholic and so we went to quite a few tastings. We decided on Lisa Notley Cake Design as she’s local and uses local ingredients. We decided on Dorset apple cake with cider buttercream, salted caramel and chocolate orange. Lisa also gave us a free top tier which was lemon and gin.

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

The groom! No, seriously, unnecessarily getting stressed about silly things. As everyone kept reminding me, it all works out in the end.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

We forgot to give out our gifts during the speeches.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We want on safari to Tanzania, followed by a relaxing week in Zanzibar – we left immediately after the wedding. 

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

Don’t sweat the small stuff – pointless arguing over confetti is not worth it. Also, don’t try and please other people.

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Steal their style:

Venue: Athelhampton House, www.athelhampton.co.uk
Florist and wedding stylist: Some Kind of Lovely, www.somekindoflovelyevents.co.uk
Hair: Hair by Clair, www.facebook.com/Hair-By-Clair 
Cake: Lisa Notley Cake Design, http://lisanotleycakedesign.co.uk/  
Photography: Peppermint Love Photography, www.peppermintlovephotography.com

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