Becky and Phil celebrated their wedding at home on the farm where it all began

Becky Knox and Phil Bryce met in 2008 when Becky went to work at Phil's farm shop. “Phil was going through a divorce at the time and needed help with the business. We became friends first and romance followed,” she reveals. After six-and-a-half years together, Phil popped the question on Becky's birthday. “Although I'd dropped a few hints along the way, it was a surprise when it actually happened. Phil had planned something more romantic but was recovering from a back operation at the time so had to improvise with a proposal at home,” she explains.

They tied the knot on 3rd September, 2016 at Kersey's St Mary Church followed by a marquee reception at the family farm in nearby Hintlesham where Phil grew up.

Read on for Becky's account of their big day...

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Growing up I'd always pictured having a marquee for my wedding, so I was delighted it was possible. It looked amazing and everything we'd imagined came together beautifully.

 

Rustic romance: Image 2aI went to The Bridal Lounge with my maid-ofhonour Nicki to try on dresses and I loved the relaxed atmosphere. I didn't expect to find the one on our first visit but fell in love with my long, strapless Eternity lace gown.

Rustic romance: Image 2 We chose to get married at Kersey church because it's close to home and it's a lovely building.

 

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Phil and his groomsmen wore black tails, grey pinstripe trousers and waistcoats, with purple ties and pocket squares.

 

Rustic romance: Image 4aOur caterers served canapés during the drinks reception and we had a singer to entertain our guests.

Rustic romance: Image 4 The flowers for the table decorations and bouquets were white and purple to match our colour scheme. We used the same hessian, ribbon and twine throughout, from the save-the-date cards to the fastenings on the bouquets, to tie the whole look together.

 

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After leaving the church by car, we made a detour for a tractor and trailer ride that I'd arranged as a surprise for Phil to take us to the reception. It provided an opportunity for us to enjoy a drink together and some great photos.

 

Rustic romance: Image 6aOur florist was wonderful and I was blown away when the flowers arrived on the day.

Rustic romance: Image 6 Wood was a recurring theme, with log slices on each table for the centrepieces and upright logs for the table names. Phil sourced it all with the help of one of his best men who is a tree surgeon.

 

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My bridesmaids wore floor-length, strapless purple gowns and we added single-shoulder flower straps to the younger girls' dresses.

 

Rustic romance: Image 8aWe aren't great cake lovers so, right from the start, decided on a cheese stack instead. We added a wooden 'Mr & Mrs Bryce' cake topper to finish it off, with rustic slate signs to label the different cheeses which our caterers supplied.

Rustic romance: Image 8 We made the favours ourselves, all 120 of them – miniature jam jars filled with mint imperials, decorated with hessian and purple ribbon.

 

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Phil made the table plan from a large piece of wood and we attached printed cards and ribbon.

 

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We continued our vision of a rustic, country wedding outside, with fairylights strung up across the drinks area, straw-bale sofas, plants, lanterns and candles.

 

Becky and Phil's contact book


Bride's dress
The Bridal Lounge
www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk

Catering
Jamie Lee Smith Catering
www.jamieleesmithcatering.co.uk

Ceremony venue
St Mary, Kersey
www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/kersey.htm

DJ
www.disco-king.com

Fireworks
Dynamic Fireworks
www.dynamicfireworks.co.uk

Flowers
Flowers by Nature
www.flowersbynature.org.uk

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Coes
www.coes.co.uk

Hair
John Olivers
www.johnolivers.com

Photography
Tom Needham Photography
www.tomneedhamphotography.co.uk

Reception music | Singer
Barney Holmes
www.barnyholmes.co.uk

Reception venue
BSW Marquees
www.bsw-marquees.co.uk

Wedding night
The Suffolk Escape
www.suffolkescape.co.uk

 
 

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