Rebecca and Stuart's 2020 Micro-Wedding at St George’s Church

Monday, September 21, 2020

Mr + Mrs Chrystall

Tuesday 4th August 2020 | St George’s Church + Home Garden

Guests: 30 (Was 122) | Instagram: @bex_kel

Photos: Simon and Kiana Photography

Kicking off Microwedding Week on the blog are Rebecca and Stuart who married in their local church not long after lockdown restrictions were lifted, followed by a small outdoor reception in their garden. The couple were originally planning to get married at Quantock Lakes with 122 guests, however the big celebration will now take place for their first wedding anniversary on 3rd August 2021. Bride Rebecca tells us all about their amazing day, the emotional toll of wedding planning in a pandemic and her two wedding dresses...

Tell us all about your wedding theme...

I was all very laid back about themes originally, I’m somebody who just throws things together and see if it works. I love bright colours but I know I didn’t want to stick to a certain colour scheme – I think that’s why I initially went with grey bridesmaids dresses as I knew it would be a flexible yet flattering colour. Many things changed in the last months leading up to the wedding as it was so uncertain but the planning changed drastically, all of a sudden I was having to plan my party in the garden. So we went down the bohemian picnic approach. We used a lot of things that we already had in our house! And a lot of things were borrowed from family members. So colour wise it was one big rainbow! But I believe it worked!

Were there any surprises on the day?

I had some beautiful roses sent to my door in the morning from my husband to be!

  • Something Old: My grandmothers broach was attached to my bouquet 
  • Something New: I was given an engraved anklet on the day that was new so I wore this but I also had new earrings and bracelet.
  • Something Borrowed + Blue: I borrowed a ring that had a blue opal from my mother in law.

Tell us all about the dress....

So I first went wedding dress shopping back early last year (2019) with my mum, MOH and my sister-in-law. I wanted to keep it a small party so that I didn’t have too many opinions and I wanted to keep my dress a surprise from my other 5 bridesmaids. We made a day of it and had lunch out. We visited 2 stores that day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I went with an open mind but I really liked the idea of a cold shoulder. I left feeling like I had found the one but there was still a shop I wanted to try. So because my sister-in-law lives in London and I was back at work being a teacher I went to this store after work with just my mum and I. Mum picked out this dress, she said she really liked the bottom detail of it. I said I will try it on and guess what that was the one! It wasn’t a cold shoulder but my gosh I just fell in love with all of it! The pretty train had so much detail and the back was incredible (I do like a low back)! I sent pictures to my MOH and Sister-in-Law and they agreed it had to be the one! It was a sale dress too - bonus

But of course in the pictures you’re probably thinking wait - I can see two dresses! Because of our wedding plans changing I bought a second dress. The second dress was much more comfortable to be in at home and I don’t think I would have been able to participate in Limbo if I hadn’t changed so I am pleased I did! I was only in my first dress for 3 hours and I can’t wait to wear it again next year!

What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

Well I cried reading Stuart’s card, I can be a soppy mess! I had tears in my eyes seeing Dad at the bottom of the stairs. I managed to hold it together walking down the aisle. I also got teary when I saw some friends outside the church, I was very overwhelmed by seeing them there so it kind of caught me offguard. Reflecting back I am still so gutted that they couldn’t be in the church however having it captured on video helped as I can share it with loved ones and we are having our reception next year 03.08.21 at Quantock Lakes (our original reception venue). It will be like a 1 year Anniversary celebration and we will redo the walking down the aisle and hoping my brother can act as celebrant and we can exchange some personal vows. 

Is there anything you wish you'd done differently?

Well you would probably would think I would say yes! Yes I wanted it to be different! Yes I wanted the full works however I cannot fault our day one single bit! Our day was the most magical day and I enjoyed every single detail! I was smiling from ear to ear throughout and the sheer joy of becoming husband and wife counteracted all those doubts I had whether we should or shouldn’t have postponed! I think because we had to put more effort into making this happen our stamp was on it and it made it all so personal! If we were allowed more people in our garden then we would have – the hardest thing was not having all of our friends and family there! We are gutted things didn’t turn out the way we dreamed off but we’ve in fact come off better. We are now able to have two celebrations!

Tell us about the ceremony...

We had a church ceremony at our local village church. We obviously had some restrictions however my mother-in-law (Mother of the groom) did a reading called marriage so that was allowed (the words are captured on our wedding video). We weren’t allowed musicians or hymns.

  • Bridal entrance: Bridal Chorus Wedding March (Lohengrin)
  • Signing songs: Love is Easy by McFly, Can’t help falling in love by Elvis Presley and Collide by Howie Day (acoustic version)
  • Bridal exit: Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
  • First Dance: Can you feel the Love tonight? By Elton John
Favourite wedding supplier: I couldn’t possibly choose however due to the circumstances all of them were so accepting of our decision and they all made it so wonderful for us!
Advice for future brides… Embrace every moment, take it all in! It goes at supersonic speed so be present!

Tell us about your Honeymoon...

We were due to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise however we have had to postpone that until next year. But we couldn’t not do anything so we have treated ourselves to a minimoon in Falmouth, Cornwall!

What was the worst wedding planning moment?

I have cried and cried about the circumstances that 2020 has brought us as I’m sure many brides have had too! I lost my nan to Covid-19 back in April, my dad has been battling cancer for the past few years and with Dad being healthy again, I so badly wanted him to walk me down that aisle feeling his best! Both my partner and I agreed that if the green light was to go ahead then we would do it! You never know what life will throw at you! Now everyone is different and for some of my friends who postponed I totally understand and hope that they too understood our decision. Our family is very small so it was easier for us! We also had a church wedding planned so having the two venues helped as well! I just want to be able to share our experience of our wedding day and give some reassurance that no matter how big or small the wedding, it will still be so perfect!

How did you choose your venue? I didn’t get much choice thanks to Boris!

Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 

Much of it became DIY but my most favourite thing I made was our photo display. We’ve been so many place and travelled to wonderful parts of the world so have lots of photos so I wanted to display it in a fun way. So I asked Stuart to find me some pallets and I sanded them down and put some pretty lights on them and Voila!  

Wedding must-have: PHOTOBOOTH! For sure it provides laughter and sometimes people do forget to take photos because they are having such a good time. 

What food did you have at your wedding?  

We had a cold buffet! It was all ordered from M&S Food to go and Sainsburys! What we didn’t want was anyone slaving away in the kitchen so we had cold meats, pastas, quiche, sandwiches, wraps, cous-cous and all that jazz! Whilst we were out visiting the grandparents after our ceremony, everyone chipped in and helped get the food out ready for when were back and it was all displayed so nicely on slate plates and bricks in amongst our flower arrangements!

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 Tell us about the cake...

So this years wedding cake was a cake made by family! My other sister-in-law and Mother of the groom made this cake! We had coffee on top (groom’s favourite) and a Victoria sponge on the bottom! It was delicious!

What was your favourite wedding purchase? 

Limbo was a last minute purchase! Just a cheap one from the range. BUT my gosh I am so glad I did! So so much fun! It was a real highlight of the day seeing everyone gather together and laughing at the hysterical falls!

Funniest moment of the day: Has to be Limbo!

What was your favourite part of the day? 

So many moments it’s hard to choose but I think my most favourite part was when it all began to sink in, that finally after all that had happened in the last few months, we managed to be husband and wife. And I was feeling those thoughts when we were having our ‘First Dance’ so I think you can see the joy from my face that actually it has all turned out more than fine!

Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding?  

I actually don’t think we did! I suppose Alexa is quite an unsual DJ for a wedding!

Watch Rebecca + Stuart's emotional wedding video below.

Venue: St George’ Church Wembdon, Somerset + Home

Photographer: Simon and Kiana Photography

Videographer: Sam and Megan Wedding Films

Stationery: Tree of Hearts

Florist: A Date to Remember

MUA: Bride (Charlotte Tilbury products)

Hair: The Hair Bar Somerset

Dress: Sottero and Midgley (Maggie Sottero) at Rookery Bridal 

Shoes: Iggy Pearl by Charlotte Mills 

Bridesmaids Dresses: EverPretty

Flower girl dresses: Monsoon

Suits: Mark and Spencers 

Rings: Andrew Humphries 

DJ: Alexa

Cake: Family

Décor: DIY

Photobooth: DIY

Entertainment: Garden games from the Range 

From Brides, With Love xo

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