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