Rebecca & Jonathan – A Love Story from New York City
Wedding was at Central Park (Ladies' Pavilion) We are originally from Yorkshire (North of England) and we met at school – we are both teachers and met when both working at the same school. We met in April 2012 and moved to London together in July, 2012. We've been together for 4 years. Together we like to: explore London and the city life, cocktail bars, restaurants, galleries, watching rugby. As we both love good food and drink a lot of our time is spent trying to find the best places in London (and wherever we visit) trying to discover special places.
"He is my best friend, confidant and partner in crime. He brings the calm and rationale to my crazy. He makes me laugh uncontrollably, believe anything is possible and savour and appreciate every single day." – Rebecca
"She is the most incredible lady I have ever met. She is endearing, funny, beautiful and kind. She only ever wants the best for everybody and I hope I make her as happy as she deserves to be for the rest of our lives. Every day she brightens up my life and makes me so ridiculously lucky." – Jonathan
THE PROPOSAL: I proposed to Rebecca in June, 2013. I decided in March that I would ask Rebecca to marry me so set about planning the proposal. I booked a table for two to have afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason and also booked a private room at a bar in Covent Garden. Without Rebecca's knowledge I called all of our friends and family and told them that I was going to propose and asked them all to wait for us in the private room of the bar for a surprise party. In preparation I called the tea rooms at Fortnum and Mason and explained my intention to propose whilst having afternoon tea, the staff were wonderfully accommodating and helped me come up with a plan. On the day of the proposal, all of our friends and family met and waited for us at the bar as I took Rebecca for afternoon tea. Before going in to the tea rooms, Rebecca looked round Fortnum and Masons and I went to meet the Maitre Dee. I passed on the ring and we agreed that he would bring it to the table on the stands which would normally hold the sandwiches and scones. Rebecca and I then began our afternoon tea as l grew more and more nervous. When Rebecca asked for more scones, I began to realise the time was now! I saw the maitre dee walk over with the ring box on the plate. As he placed the plate (and ring) down I took the box and went to one knee. I asked Rebecca to marry me and although she never actually said yes through the shock and tears, I placed the ring on her finger. At this point we both lost our appetite so couldn't eat any more! We finished our drinks and made our way from Piccadilly. As we set off walking from Fortnum and Mason I asked if Rebecca wanted to have a drink to celebrate; luckily she suggested the exact bar that I had booked and had all of our friends and family waiting in. We walked in to the bar, Rebecca saw everybody and was in complete shock! A night of cocktails and celebration followed and I think Rebecca has only just got over the shock of it all!
Jonathan and I love the hustle and bustle of city life so we knew we wanted to elope and go abroad for a destination wedding. With Jonathan's preference for pace and cities and my love for fashion and all things Carrie Bradshaw, New York was an obvious choice. Planning the wedding was easy- Our travel agents took care of the details and their wedding planners were amazing organising formalities. I am ridiculously fortunate to have fabulous friends and family who made my ideas a reality. Louisa, my NYC guru, arranged for Charlotte Tilbury at Bergdorf and Goodman to do my make up after many phone calls to her worrying about melting mascara, Louisa also found Rocker in Love and gave us the heads up, my mother in law Deborah magicked mini bottles of champagne in brown paper bags for a toast after the ceremony after seeing them on one of my Pinterest boards. Hannah, my London love, who had recently relocated to LA flew in to make sure all the finishing touches were sorted: flowers, nails, shoes, venues. My mum and dad for whom no ridiculous request was a problem. Luckily for me my brother in law Craig is an unbelievable hairdresser so he knew exactly what to do with my tresses in the heat. I had precisely pictured what I wanted to walk down the gravely path wearing but finding my dream get-up was impossible. Until my mentor and friend Pet hooked me up with her best friend- dress maker extraordinaire Jo and her tailor son Jaime who realised my visions. The ceremony was made extra special by close friends and family who travelled 3000 miles to be there, share readings and celebrate with us. After the ceremony we enjoyed in cocktails in grand-central, had a fantastic New York feast courtesy of Uncle Jack's steak house and finished the day with more cocktails at the Pierre Hotel.
ROCK STARS WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding – Kuoni Weddings (special thanks to Sandy and Marissa) www.kuoni.co.uk/weddings-abroad
Bride and groom wedding outfits – custom made
Bride shoes – Manolo Blahnik Bride www.manoloblahnik.com
Make up – Charlotte Tilbury, Bergdorf Goodman
Bride's hair Craig Simon
Food – Uncle Jack's www.unclejacks.com/
Reception drinks – The Campbell Apartments www.thecampbellnyc.com/
Cocktails – TwoE Bar/Lounge