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True love for Michael and Rebekah

Posted by Olivia Gibson on 5 February 2021

Michael and Rebekah first discovered each other online and decided to go on a date to the cinema. "I can remember talking on the first night where we clicked so quickly," says Rebekah. "I invited him round to cook together and watch The X Factor for our third date. I felt so comfortable in my environment with this man I felt so connected to!

Michael proposed on the 2nd August 2017, during a break away to Ardencote spa resort in Warwickshire for Rebekah’s birthday. He says, “We went for a stroll around the grounds after dinner when I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Rebekah burst out crying and said yes!”

Groom cuddling ringbearer

The couple fell in love with the mesmerising views that The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club offered. The number one goal when planning the wedding was to make sure everything had significance to the couple's journey and future.

Kiss the bride

The travel theme highlighted all the beautiful moments and memories shared during their adventures from around the world. Each table was named after a location with mini-travel suitcases full of sweets from that area. This included Rome, Italy, Algarve, Portugal, Warwickshire, Barbados and the top table was Bali.

World map tableplan Guests could easily locate where they were seated because of the world map with polaroid pictures that was used for the table plan. In the middle of the tables were candles, photos and beautiful artificial flowers that matched the colour scheme perfectly.

Toddler runs towards groom bearing rings
Newlyweds enter wedding reception

Bride and groom surrounded by loved ones The couple worked hard to ensure the venue looked perfect for their rustic vision and found rustic candle holders, picture frames, globes and created an entrance piece with a giant crate with the items found. Rebekah says, "Instead of going for a photo booth, we had a bespoke rustic wooden wall made with mauve flowers and a rustic banner. We included a vintage suitcase and photo props along with a camera for our guests to use in the evening!"

World map decorated cake

Guests didn't go hungry with the multiple food options available. The wedding breakfast consisted of their favourite foods including lamb, and there was an Italian stone-baked pizza van outside for guest in the evening. There was even a rustic Italian-inspired dessert table with cheesecakes, gateau, chocolate cakes and more!

Stone-baked pizzas

The nearlyweds already knew the perfect baker for their wedding cake after using Red Robin Cakery for birthdays and gender reveal cakes in the past. The design was white with outlines of the world map on.

Bride and groom Rebekah knew she wanted a plain and simple dress on her wedding day. She says, "I didn't connect with myself and how I looked until I was given a beautiful bracelet from my husband-to-be, which made me feel so special and ready to marry him!"

Groomsmen Michael wore a Ted Baker suit in a charcoal colour with a silver waistcoat while the groomsmen wore a charcoal-coloured waistcoat and ties to match the colour scheme. He says, "I loved how similar our suits were, but how different I looked on the day in comparison – I felt like a king that day and I was ready to marry my queen."

Bridal party The maid-of-honour, Rebekah's sister, discovered the blush-coloured bridesmaid dresses that the bridal party looked incredible in on the day.

Evening party To keep guests entertained in the evening, Michael's brother was the DJ who knew what music the couple would want and created the perfect atmosphere with a packed dancefloor.

First dance The couple's first dance was a moment to treasure forever. "We had made a conscious effort to not listen to our song Butterflies by Michael Jackson for a whole year, once it started playing it took us right back to the first time we ever danced together," says the bride. "We zoned out from the guests, but our families were right there with us completely in awe, when we looked back at videos it was a beautiful everlasting moment."

Newlyweds pose with bouquet Rebekah felt so nervous when getting ready on the morning of the wedding until she arrived at the church with her dad. She says, "My bridal party and son were waiting outside, but he didn't want to walk. So I asked him to find daddy and as he spotted Michael at the end of the aisle he ran down and gave him the biggest cuddle! I melted and cried my eyes out, which didn't stop until after the ceremony." She adds, "It was a beautiful moment and reality kicked in that our perfect day had begun and I was going to marry my best friend!"

Top table reacting to speeches The best man and the father-of-the-bride's speech really stood out to the pair; due to their humorous nature - they were surrounded by so much love and happiness.

Bride and Groom pose in illuminated bandstand Michael planned their honeymoon, the pair jetted off to Bali for two weeks."From the scenery to the food and people – it was the best trip we've been on," he says. "The first week we did all the tourist attractions and saw the beauty of Bali in Ubud and then we stayed in a beautiful, secluded, Hilton resort with a beach and views to die for! Here we relaxed, ate, swam and slept."

Michael and Rebekah's contact book