Hello! I am Rebecca, a 26-year-old working in admin in London. I’m a proud Essex girl by birth (not by stereotype) but now live just outside the county, in Hertfordshire. Here I have set up home with my boyfriend Nick (fiancé, still getting used to that!), of 8 years and am happier than ever. I am a bit of a crafter, I love to bake cakes, up-cycle anything and knit chunky blankets for cold winter nights. I would love nothing more than to be doing one of these for a job one day, and I am continuously coming up with related business ideas, but have not yet found a way… one day! I’m also a bit of a nature loving hippy and am passionate about caring for the environment, the wildlife and supporting small, local businesses rather than chains. Nick and I spend many a Sunday wandering through quaint English villages and stopping at independent coffee shops, this is pretty much my perfect Sunday, along with a slice of cake!
Nick and I met at College when we were 17 and both studying for A levels. We were the quietest and most reserved people in the year group, but happened to share quite a few classes together. We admired each other from afar, went to the same parties and nights out, and shared the same group of friends. However, me being me and Nick being Nick, nothing was ever said or done about it! Eventually Nick finally found the courage to ask me out on a date after we had known each other for just over a year. Our first date was a comedy gig, which was so much fun! Then I guess the rest as they say, is history and we have now been together for over 8 years!
It’s been almost 6 months since we got engaged, but still thinking about it now gives me goosebumps. I love telling the story, to anyone who listens long enough!
It was a Friday morning in October 2016. I work in London so I was up early, doing my usual commute although I was in good spirits as my birthday was coming up so I had a few days booked off work the following week. Nick was off work that day, which is nothing unusual as he quite often works from home. I was under the impression that we were going camping for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. We decided to just keep things low key, and work was crazy busy so all I really needed was time out with Nick and some beautiful English countryside. We thought we’d have a cheap dinner at home that Friday night and there were some burgers in the freezer that we were going to make in to meatballs and have a lovely homemade meatball pasta (I’m very easily pleased!). As far as I was concerned, my perfect birthday weekend was all set!
As I walked home and through the gate I realised my heather plant was on the doorstep, I thought this was weird as it usually lives next to the doorstep with a little blackboard in it. I looked more closely and the blackboard said ‘open carefully’. I opened the door and literally, the entire lounge was COVERED in Polaroid pictures of us, 8 years worth of memories hung and pinned on string over the ceiling and fireplace, on the lampshade and adorned with fairy lights. I have always loved the colours of autumn so Nick had gathered some leaves and scattered them everywhere, along with a path of rose petals.
At this point, I did think it might be the moment and I had the shakes! Nick was nowhere to be seen but in scrabble letters the words ‘follow the flowers’ told me what to do. I edged through the lounge and in to the kitchen, more fairy lights, tea lights, rose petals, pictures and leaves, but still no Nick! I carried on towards the garden following the petal path and there he was suited and booted with a bunch of flowers, under the garden arch, which was covered in lights. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He was so nervous but managed to get his words out, who would have thought we would be so nervous after 8 years? Of course I would say yes!! After we had calmed down, Nick revealed he hadn’t gotten the burgers out the freezer, as he had booked a table at a local fine dining restaurant and that we weren’t going camping at the weekend, instead we were flying to Gothenburg early the following morning! The weekend was amazing, not only to tick another city break off the list, but also all the secrets of about 6 months of planning kept coming out over coffee and Swedish cake!
The Plan So Far
It took us a while to figure out where we wanted to get married. We kept an open mind and went round the classic, stately homes and barns with licenses of which there are plenty in Essex, but just left all of them feeling deflated and like it wasn’t really ‘us’ and for a price tag we couldn’t afford. We quickly realised that we were after a dry hire venue, but struggled to find one close to home. We came across the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel. We have been here before for their legendary beer and cider festival, which is such a good night and us to a tee. We both completely fell in love with it, the quirky-ness and vintage feel to it, along with the freedom to hire our own caterers and entertainment meant it was just the perfect venue. Nick’s grandfather was also stationmaster at Felsted railway station back in the day, and lived in the old station house for most of his life. Nick spent a lot of time with his Nan and Grandad growing up and so the fact the Museum has the same booking hall and green and yellow décor as his Nan and Grandad’s house, struck a chord for him. Our date is now booked and secured for 9th June 2018 and beyond the venue, we are envisaging a real crafty, family orientated and vintage inspired day. Here’s a link to our joint Pinterest Board so far.
Why I Read WWW
I found WWW when searching for our wedding venue, as my searches very often resolved around unique and rustic venues, the sort that feature everyday on WWW. As I was reading through posts I could relate to almost every single couple in that I wanted our wedding to be about us. To celebrate us as a couple and what we enjoy, with the people that we love. WWW just captures this and I love reading the other blogs of like minded brides, and find it so refreshing that there are so many couples stepping away from tradition, and using crafts and DIY to reduce the costs and put their own personalities in to their special day. The DIY section in ‘planning and ideas’ I just love and it is me all over! I love to create, make, bake and just ‘do’, so a wedding is my perfect excuse to get crafty. I would love to be able to create as much of the décor in the venue as possible, if not all of it!
I am incredibly thrilled to be chosen to blog for WWW. I love to write and I’m also really surprised at myself with just how excited I am to be planning our wedding, as I never, ever thought I would be! So, to be able to share this journey with fellow brides and grooms to be would is really exciting!