Rebecca & Steve

Rustic romance…

We chatted to Rebecca about her and Steve’s gorgeous wedding at The Boat House in August 2019…


Who proposed, where and how?

Steve proposed on the day we got the keys to our first home together. We met outside to collect the keys from the previous owner. Steve gave me the key and told me to open the door. It was a really exciting moment because we’d been saving for so long. I just remember Steve saying “it’s such a big day for us today” and next thing I knew he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I always said I’d know when he was going to propose because he’s not good at keeping a secret – but I honestly had no idea. It was perfect.



What were you looking for in a venue and what made you choose The Boat House?

We wanted somewhere that was beautiful, romantic and would accommodate our rustic style. I think The Boat House was the first place we visited for an open day. We were greeted by Beckie and I hadn’t really looked into the main room. I remember looking up and the aisle was set up in front of me. My eyes filled and I gasped out loud. I guess it just instantly felt right. My brother and sister-in-law were actually one of the first couples to have their wedding reception here and I fell in love with the venue then. Every venue we visited after we just kept comparing it back to The Boat House and nothing came close.



What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

Our wedding theme was rustic and romantic with navy and blush pinks. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest – even before Steve proposed! Luckily, we have similar tastes and he was actually very involved in all of the decisions too.



Any special touches to the décor?

We had lots of special touches within the decor. Our seating plan was actually made from wood that Steve put together from our old shed. The glass jars on our centrepieces were actually dessert jars which our brother-in-law thoroughly enjoyed eating for us! They looked beautiful filled with clear diamontes. We then also had lots of photographs within our centrepieces and dotted around the venue which were from our pre-wedding photoshoot within the marina.



Where did you say your vows?

We said our vows inside The Boat House facing the marina. It was important to us to have our day all in one place. The day just flowed so easily.



What catering did you opt for and why did you select the menus you did?

We chose to have afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast. Steve and I both said from day one that we didn’t want to have a formal sit-down meal. We wanted our day to be relaxed and informal so everybody could chat and enjoy themselves. In the evening we had hot meat baps. Our guests are still talking about them!


What was your evening entertainment?

We had the in-house DJ. He was amazing! He called us before the wedding and we ended up spending ages on the phone talking and laughing. I emailed over any songs that we definitely wanted playing and he also asked for songs that we didn’t want. He came over to me and Steve towards the end of the night and said that he was very impressed with the dance moves he’d seen from our friends and family!



What was the highlight of your day?

It’s so hard to choose a highlight from the day. It was honestly perfect from start to finish. Me and Steve had a special moment sitting outside by ourselves once it had gone dark. The Boat House was all lit up from the inside and it was just amazing to see all of our friends and family dancing and laughing together. I think we both felt very loved in that moment. It was so special to have everybody we love in one place to celebrate our wedding day with us.


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Photos provided by Mr & Mrs K Photography.