A Victorian Dr Who Themed Wedding / Vow Renewal

When Bex, from Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic (also know as BexBrides), messaged me on Facebook asking if I’d be interested in featuring her vow renewal, my first thought was, “I’ve seen some of Bex’s creations, this should be interesting.” After reading the full message and finding out that: not only was she dressed in an 1870 teal velvet gown complete with mantle (a Victorian style of coat) but her husband, Chris, was donned in the style of the very 1st Doctor Who, my second thought was, “You bet your corset I’m interested!”

Captured by Victoria Edwards Photography, I love the wonderful images of this Victorian, Dr Who themed wedding / vow renewal. But even more wonderful is the story behind the images – get yourself a cuppa and make yourself comfortable because you’re about to hear the real life love story of Rebecca and Chris.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian and Dr Who wedding
Once upon a time, in 1977 to be precise, Rebecca’s family moved house. After settling in to their new home, Rebecca and her sister Fleur struck up a firm friendship with a neighbourhood boy called Chris and his brother Pat. The four children spent many happy hours together, mainly sharing their appreciation of Star Wars and Dr Who.

Fast forward a few years and, as it often does, life got in the way of our fairytale – the two families moved and lost touch. Although Rebecca often thought of the two boys, it was Chris who dominated her memories.

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Janice Whitehorn from Uptight Clothing made Rebecca’s corset.

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For eighteen years Rebecca and Chris went about living their lives, both in relationships and both unhappy. They may well have carried on with just childhood memories of each other had a tragic twist of fate not brought them back together. In 1996 Fleur, who graduated as a firefighter in 1994, lost her life battling a supermarket fire – she was only 21.

Fleur’s heroic death made front page news and, on hearing of the tragedy, Chris and his family reached out to Rebecca and her family to offer their condolences and share their memories. Chris and Rebecca’s lives were once again connected.

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Blue and green flowers for a Victorian Dr Who wedding.
A bride adjusts her husband-to-be's tie.
After the break-up of her marriage, Rebecca contacted a now single Chris. They chatted on the phone, shared eighteen years of missed friendship and made plans to meet up. Little did Chris know that Rebecca had fallen for his voice, she just knew in her heart that he was going to be ‘the one’.

So on the eve before they met, whilst Chris obliviously played Tomb Raider, Rebecca was planning the colour scheme for their wedding! They met and they fell in love. This is where your average fairytale would end. Probably with – “And they lived happily ever after.” But this fairytale is different, in this fairytale we get to catch-up with our lovers after 15 years.

Together with their beautiful daughter Rhianna, and their lovely son Rowan we get to share a very special day in the lives of Rebecca and Chris. For on their eve of their fifth wedding anniversary they renewed their vows.

A child in Victorian clothes adjusts her hair.
Blue shoes ready for a Victorian Dr Who wedding.

Blue shoes ready for a Victorian Dr Who wedding.

Rebecca decorated her shoes to give them a unique twist.

Close-up of jewelled tiara.

Rebecca wore a tiara for the evening, which she made herself.

Rebecca wore a tiara for the evening, which she made herself.
Rebecca wore a tiara for the evening, which she made herself.
Getting ready for a Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Rebecca had very specific reasons for wanting to renew her vows to Chris. Working as a dress designer with a vintage dress shop to run, Rebecca is immersed in weddings on a daily basis. The temptation to ‘do it all over again’ was simply overwhelming.

More importantly, she longed to stand in front of her family and friends and thank them for all the support that they had given her over the years. She also wanted to share with them how awesome her husband is and how much she loved him and their children.

Chris had been her rock for, over the past few years, a battle with depression had threatened to engulf Rebecca. Exhausted from the tremendous amount of effort she put in to building her business, Rebecca would often put on a brave face for her customers and children. However, it was Chris who bore the brunt of her struggle, it was Chris who read book after book on how to help a sufferer of depression and it was Chris who helped her become a much stronger and ‘more sorted’ person.

Guests watch as the bride arrives.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.

unusual bracelet

This unusual bracelet was made by Leigh of Dragonrat Jewellery.

One of the triggers of Rebecca’s depression is her struggle with her weight. One day, after listening to her ‘harping on’ about it, Chris asked how she had lost weight in the past. That was a question Rebecca could easily answer – she had lost it for her wedding to Chris, which had been a huge incentive. And that’s when Chris threw Rebecca a curve ball:

“Sweetheart, I love you the way you are, but if your weight is making you miserable then the answer is simple – I’ll divorce you and marry your again!” – Chirs

Although he was joking, it got the cogs turning in Rebecca’s mind and the idea of a vow renewal / anniversary party was born.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed Wedding.
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A candle was lit in remembrance of lost loved ones. Fleur's picture sat next to it.

A candle was lit in remembrance of lost loved ones. Fleur’s picture sat next to it.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian and Dr Who wedding.

Rhianna and Rowan's reaction to Chris and Rebecca's kiss.

Rhianna and Rowan’s reaction to Chris and Rebecca’s kiss.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.

Rebecca made her devore velvet and crushed silk velvet outfit.

Rebecca made her devore velvet and crushed silk velvet outfit.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian and Dr Who wedding.
A Victorian Dr Who themed wedding

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.

Rebecca re purposed a Victorian purse into a chatelaine. An original Victorian mourning locket held a picture of Fleur.

Rebecca re purposed a Victorian purse into a chatelaine. An original Victorian mourning locket held a picture of Fleur.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.

6 year old Rowan decided that by the time he was 27 we would be on the 19th Dr Who - so that's the costume he designed

6 year old Rowan decided that, when he is 27, we will be on the 19th Dr Who – so that’s the costume he designed!

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Alison from The Wedding Fairy made all the stationary and the table plan.

Alison from The Wedding Fairy made all the stationary and the table plan.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
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Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.

The sweetie table was provided by Wendy, a friend.

Wendy of Sweet Memories North East supplied the sweetie bar.

Chris and Rebecca's venue was The Spa Hotel Saltburn.

Chris and Rebecca’s venue was The Spa Hotel Saltburn.

Chris's sister's partner designed the Lego playing cards.

Chris’s sister’s partner designed the Lego playing cards.

Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
Victorian Dr Who themed wedding.
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The wedding cake, made by Rebecca's friend Heather, nestled on a hatbox.

The wedding cake, made by Heather of Heavenly Created Cakes, nestled on a hatbox.

The band 'Present Day' rocked the evening away.

The band Present Day rocked the evening away.

I am amazed at the attention to detail in this vow renewal. A lot of the help that Chris and Rebecca received was from family, friends and wedding industry experts – I just love this industry.

And Rebecca herself has such a talent – it’s no wonder she was voted regional winner of The Wedding Industry Awards in 2013 and finalist in 2014!

And that, I’m sad to say, is where our peek into the fairytale that is Rebecca and Chris must come to an end. I think it is safe to say that there is an excellent chance that they will live happily ever after :)

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Chris and Rebecca would like to thank the following people for making their day so special:

Heavenly Created Cakes
Uptight Clothing
The Wedding Fairy
Present Day
The Spa Hotel Saltburn
Dragonrat Jewellery
And, of course, their family and friends ❤❤❤

Caricature of Michelle Lyndon-Dykes

2 Comments

  • Thank you so much Michelle, I love the way you have shared our story. I was a little nervous sharing my personal battles with some annoying depression monsters with the public, but i hope that if one bride-to-be who is suffering or stressing about her weight, her work or any life related can find the strength to seek help as I did and to allow friends and family to help it will have been worth it. I keep looking at the feature, I can not believe how lucky I am to have had such an amazing day ( again as the wedding five years ago was great too) and so lucky to have great industry friends to have helped me bring my crazy ideas to life. To work in the wedding industry is such a fabulous job and I love it so much. I can not quite believe that that is my day with my family and my friends, up on the blog for others to see, I hope it inspires another bride ( or groom) to go ahead with the crazy day they want. If you want a vintage book shaped cake with a Lego Tardis, a brass antique candlestick on it with pearls, all resting on your Grandfathers bowler hat box, then I hope, like me you have a cake maker awesome enough not to say you are insane- but to say “Yep I can do that!”

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