When I met Beccy & Rhys, they were very specific with what they were looking for in a Birmingham Wedding Photographer. They were having a Drop Forge Wedding in the centre of Birmingham and were not looking for the normal, traditional looking pictures to remember their day. This was not them. They were looking for something a little cool, and bit stylish, something that would reflect their personalities. They loved my reportage style but they wanted an urban wedding photography style for their romantic photo session. Something they could be proud of and hang on their walls. I had only shot one or two weddings in the past with this particular style, but they took a leap of faith when they booked me, as they liked the little bit I had shown them. All I can say is thank you so much for trusting in me with your memories of what was an amazing day. Congratulations Beccy & Rhys!
1) Please tell me how you first met?
Bec – It was actually a blind date. I worked with Rhys’ best friend, Christian, who for some reason thought we’d get on. So he made me look up Rhys on fb (and had Rhys look me up too), we obviously both liked what we saw and we agreed to just start chatting. We ended up emailing all the time, then I got brave after a few drinks (before a Take That concert) and gave him my number. He finally asked to meet up and had our first date in Must (bar in Solihull) and the rest is history.
2) When was it you knew they were the one? Was is something in particular they did?,
Rhys – It wasn’t just one thing, we knew after 3 months we wanted to live together and moved into a rented flat a year to the day from our first date. I knew this is where I wanted to be, I just had to find the right time to pop the question.
3) Could you give us the story of the proposal?
Bec – We had just spent two years living with my parents to save a deposit on our first house, so we finally had our moving day all planned and sorted. I did wonder why Rhys was so stressed but just assumed he was anxious about the move that day. Little did I know what an important day it would be. We finally had everything out of storage and in our house. It was about 10pm on the Sunday and we were most of the way through our first bottle of Champagne when he said there was one more thing to do that day. I was exhausted and couldn’t believe he wanted to do more ‘jobs’, but then looked round and he was on one knee. I was so shocked, couldn’t believe it, he even had to ask me twice. But it was perfect, our first night in our own home.
4) Please share what you most love about each other?
Rhys – It’s impossible to single any one thing out, Bec is so loving, so kind, so fun. I’m so lucky.
Bec – I can’t say what I love the most. Corny as it sounds, it’s everything. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have said Yes.
5) If you don’t mind sharing, can you tell me something quirky, funny or silly about your partner?
Bec – It’s not funny or silly, but Rhys makes me a peppermint tea every single morning and opens the garage for me, as underneath is full of spiders and he knows I hate it. It’s just the little things… He also spends 4 or 5 hours cleaning my car, which I still find a little weird but I do love how shiny my wheels are afterwards 😉
Rhys – Getting cosy on the sofa together is a big deal to Bec. Although we’ve got a lovely big 4 seater, we only seem to use a tiny bit of it…I secretly love it though!
6) What is your perfect day together?
Both – A lazy Sunday morning, with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for brunch, with nothing that has to be done and nowhere we have to be. Preferably the weather will be rubbish and we don’t feel guilty just staying in and watching a crappy film together.
7) Apart from the obvious, what are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Bec – Seeing Rhys at the bottom of the aisle as I walk down with my Dad. I can’t wait, (Oh and his speech haha).
Rhys – Having all our friends and family there to see us say ‘I will’.
8) There are so many different wedding styles you can choose from. What is your favourite wedding trend at the moment?
Both – We didn’t really get into the whole ‘wedding trend’. We were actually a bit rubbish and probably only looked at one wedding magazine together. We just knew we wanted something a but different and perhaps more relaxed. Hence, our choice of amazing venue was the first and only place we looked at.
9) What was it that inspired you to go for the theme or the decor you chose for your wedding?
Both – We don’t have a particular theme, but knew we wanted splashes of red in places. Like the flowers, the candles and the invites…. All red. We both love the colour, so it was an easy choice.
10) Please tell me one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your wedding planning process?
Bec – There’s always more to do than you think and you will do things last minute, despite your best intentions. Oh and listen to your Mother, she knew this and did try to warn me. Haha. Thank goodness she gave me a ‘To do’ list.
Photography | Duncan Cox Photography
Ceremony Location | Blessed Robert Grissold Church, Balsall Common
Reception Location | The Drop Forge, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Florist | Handful of Flowers, Marston Green
Wedding DJ | Mike Peters
Dress Designer | ‘So Sassi’ by Sassi Holford
Wedding Dress Retailer | Ivory Tower Bridal Couture, Knowle
Makeup | Stacey Paxton-Rhodes
Hair | Tonya Wright from The Hair Shop.
Other Details/Vendors | Cakes by Charlotte Manns of Buttercream and Dreams