Your Kent Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 106)

history Rebecca and Peter seamlessly blended the charm of a rustic theme with the grandeur of a fairytale castle for their big day Images courtesy of Emma Migden Photography MAKING Becca and Pete met at school, aged 15, when they were sat next to each other in geography. They connected straight away and the rest is history. Well, not quite! Becca tells us, “We officially became a couple on the school field in March 2012 and have stuck by each other’s sides ever since. We’re truly the best of friends. We have the same sense of humour and have always mirrored each other’s hopes and dreams.” The pair have been through a lot together in their decade-long relationship, including living an hour away from each other when Becca went to university and Pete began his career at home. But despite living busy lives they always prioritised their relationship and supported one another. By December 2019, the couple had started talking about marriage and were about to move into their first home together, so it seemed like the next natural step. However, Becca still hadn’t expected what was about to happen when they visited Rye and Camber Sands. On arriving at a quiet spot on the beach Pete got down on one knee in the wet sand and asked Becca to be his wife. “I cried and said ‘yes,’ it was perfect,” Becca shares. “Afterwards, we went to our favourite hot chocolate shop in Rye, Knoops, and then on to brunch, which I couldn’t eat as I was still so shocked!” History enthusiast Pete dreamed of saying “I do” in a castle, which had rubbed off on Becca. Despite this they never imagined their budget would allow for such an opulent venue, but when Pete discovered Westenhanger Castle online, they were pleasantly surprised. “It has so much history and character, making it feel incredibly special. Alongside the gorgeous ivy-clad manor house, the rest of the grounds are equally stunning,” Becca explains. The date was set for 3rd August, 2022, and here the bride tells us all about the big day... 43 REAL WEDDINGS