Petersfield Rustic Outdoor Wedding


Introducing Rebecca and Ben

Rebecca and Ben have known each other for most of their lives, they lived across the street from each other and their parents were friends even before even Rebecca was born. They didn't like each other very much in those days, with Ben being a stinky boy and Rebecca being a silly girl but as they grew up they also moved away from each other. Fate bought them back together in their home town in a packed pub whilst Ben was pushing his way through the crowds to go to the toilet and he has been ruled by his bowel movements forever more!

As a child, Rebecca spent a lot of time in West Bay, Dorset as her family have always owned a holiday home there, she has such fond memories of spending time with family members who are sadly no no longer with them, she remembers her Mum and Auntie being drunk walking home from the pub singing Dancing Queen to all the fishermen along the promenade and her Dad getting stuck out at sea in a dingy boat and not being able to row, so her Uncle had to strip to his pants and swim in and get him! For this reason, she makes sure to always visit at least once a year, to remember, but also to create more memories. One day Ben decided to ask Rebecca on a "random" and "unplanned" trip to West Bay to stay in her Uncles holiday home, during their stay Ben was up at 6am marching about, tidying up and wanting to take their Dog for a walk over the cliffs, Rebecca on the other hand wanted a well earned lay-in so proceeded to go back to sleep for a further hour, The cliffs Ben wanted to walk up are part of the Jurassic Coast and it is beautiful once you scale up to the top, Ben always beats Rebecca up there so his plan was to do exactly that, race to the top and be there on one knee when Rebecca finally got there BUT when Ben finally managed to raise Rebecca from her bed, argue with her that she didn't need tea or breakfast and rush her to the beach to start the climb, they found that the cliff had been closed off as part of it had fallen away!

Ben's plan had been foiled! So they started walking along the beach as the tide was out, it had been a dry morning, but they could see a big rain cloud heading in from the sea so they quickly marched on, playing with their Dog Jasper as they went. Ben was very undecided of when and how to pop the question as his plan had fallen through, but Jasper kept jumping up at his pocket and took that as sign that he should stick with it and ask that day! Whist they were walking they found the aftermath of the cliff collapsing and were enjoying looking at all the fossils that were in the stone that had fallen. Ben asked Rebecca to come and sit with him on a massive rock, they sat for a while watching the sea and Jasper sniffing about then Ben said there was a reason he had wanted to come down this weekend and put his hand in his pocket and bought out a little black box. Rebecca immediately started to cry, Ben said he wanted this to be special and that this was the only place he was ever going to do it, Ben said he was sorry for being a d**k and taking so long (such a Ben thing to say!) he then got on one knee and asked Rebecca to marry him! Rebecca remembers hugging Ben and thanking him that she had forgotten to say yes! So Ben said, you haven't said yes yet!

Rebecca and Ben got married outside on the grounds of the beautiful Langrish House Hotel in Petersfield followed by their Wedding Reception in the amazingly self decorated Rogate Village Hall. Their wedding date for the last 2 weeks was forecast for all day heavy rain, Rebecca was constantly checking for weather updates and was worried that their outdoor ceremony would be rained off as so much planning has taking place, Ben eventually had enough and told her to stop checking and to "chill-out". Sensibly, they did have a back-up location inside the house but would've much preferred to get married outside and luckily enough the rain held out until around 15:00 and by then, everyone was inside enjoying the wedding meal and speeches.