When I first started in the wedding industry many years ago, wedding balloons had somewhat...
7th March 2020…..my 48th Birthday and the last time I actually danced on a dance floor in a public place. It was a brilliant birthday and one I will remember forever! Just a couple of weeks later Covid hit us all and we went into Lockdown. 7th March 2020 was also a brilliant day for Rebecca and Niko as that was the day they got married. The day took place in York and what a super fun day it was. This wedding is full of smiles and laughter, so much joy between this wonderful couple and their friends and family. It’s like they had some sense that the world was about to change! I just love the amount of happiness in these photos, big thanks to Tux & Tales for the wonderful submission.
Rebecca and Niko were married on 7th of March 2020, the wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the Hospitium, York. ‘We love historical architecture and as soon as we visited the Hospitium, we instantly fell in love with it, It has so much character and charm. Also, it felt intimate whilst being able to accommodate all our guests. It was the first and only venue we visited as we loved it that much. The Hospitium’s setting in the Museum Gardens is a wonderful backdrop for photographs too. We loved the idea that in years to come we could sit in the Museum Gardens near the Hospitium and reminisce about our special day. We had 65 guests and it took just 7 months to plan.
How they met
We have been together 5 and a half years. We met online on match.com, we bonded over our love of going to gigs. For our first date we went to watch the band Shonen Knife at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.
For the proposal, Niko took me for a meal in a local Mexican restaurant and then to a surprise Shonen Knife gig at The Brudenell. Niko proposed with a Haribo ring during their hit ‘Twist Barbie’ as it is one of our favourite songs. Afterwards we met the band and got them to sign our T shirts with congratulations messages, it was an amazing night! That weekend we picked an engagement ring together which made it even more special.
Where did you spurge and save?
We splurged on our outfits and on food and drink. We saved with DIY stationary and decorations.
How did you choose your photographer
We wanted our day to be captured in a natural and relaxed way and Jaye and Matt at Tux & Tales Photography did exactly that. They are super friendly, fun and they do quirky documentary style photography.
I wore the Zena dress with a custom diamond open back which was designed and hand-made in York by the wonderful ladies at Glory Days. My gold boots were from Miss L Fire.
Suit and bridesmaid
Niko’s amazing burgundy velvet suit was made by Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds. The bridesmaid emerald green dress was from Ghost.
Theme or colour scheme
We went for a celestial theme with a David Bowie twist. Niko loves Physics and Astronomy and Rebecca loves David Bowie. This proved the perfect mix, as a lot of David Bowie’s songs have space references. Our invites were even celestial postcards which referenced Bowie’s lyrics such as ‘ground control to major Tom’ and ‘freak out in a moonage daydream’. Also we had a celestial and David Bowie post card guest book.
Fiona Hogg Floral Designs did a fantastic job with our wedding flowers. We went for natural just picked textured flowers with beautiful rich colours: green, burgundy, dark purple/reds with a hint of lighter blush and natural colours. Fiona suggested personalising Rebecca’s bouquet and the Niko’s Buttonhole with orange flowers to match Rebecca’s hair, we thought this was a lovely touch.
The venue is already so beautiful itself, so we wanted to keep the decorations quite simple. As we had chosen to have an early spring wedding, we just wanted to focus on adding a lot of light, by using candles and fairy lights.
We wanted the wedding breakfast to be relatively informal, so we chose to have a hot fork buffet, with a mix of meat, vegetarian and vegan options to cater for everyone. This meant people could have a little bit of everything and head up for seconds if they wanted to.
Caroline’s Cakes Chapel Allerton made our two-tiered celestial themed cake. As a surprise it was a rainbow sponge cake which was revealed to our guests when we cut the cake.
We had Andy James an Elvis Tribute Artist. His performance was a surprise to our guests and the look on our guests faces when he made his big entrance was amazing. Our first dance was to Elvis’s Burning Love.
Who supplied the stationary?
We made all our own stationary.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We spent a week in Marrakech, Morocco. While there we spent a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert which was very romantic.
We made all our own Stationary and created our own playlist of music as a back drop for the whole day. I also wore a new and blue garter given to me by Niko’s Mum and an old and borrowed ring from my own Mum. My friend also made a beautiful hand printed ribbon for my flowers.
Our amazing rings were custom designed and made for us in York by the jewellers WERK by TCJ Designs. Both of our rings are linked with an engraving of our initials and wedding date and a hidden black diamond.
It was the best day of our lives. It’s so hard to narrow down as it was all so amazing! Up at the top are my Dad walking me down the aisle to a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin, followed by my bridesmaid sister and my three pageboy nephews. Seeing Niko for the first time looking so handsome. Our personalised vows and the readings by our brothers. Also our talented friend Jay, playing his own rock and roll acoustic version of George Harrison’s Got My Mind Set On You as part of our ceremony which we both grooved too.
Advice for other couples
Start your wedding day early. It goes by so fast, the earlier it begins the more time you have to soak in all the joy, love and happiness.
For me, it was the awesome poem that Niko wrote for me as part of his speech.
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