Who proposed to who and how?
Rebecca: I had just spent the summer in Colorado and we flew back to London together. We decided to take a day trip to Cambridge because I wanted to show Ben where I had gone to university. He had it all worked and I had no idea!
Ben: I feel like it’s impossible to plan a great proposal, but you have to be prepared. I had the ring…
Rebecca: I had no clue that he had taken a photo of our hands, mine on top of his, the last time we were together. He showed the photo of our hands to the jeweler, who measured him, then from the photo estimated my ring size. It was a perfect fit. He kept suggesting we get a dinner reservation and I couldn’t figure out why that was so important. Every place was really busy and we ended up eating late. By the time we finished, the restaurant was almost empty.
Ben: I took the ring out of the box and put it in my wallet because I didn’t want to carry a big box around all day. I thought she’d figure it out otherwise.
Rebecca: We paid, then confusingly I saw him take his wallet out again. In that moment I was incredibly surprised and just filled with joy. I remember Ben sitting really close to me and I remember thinking “I want to remember EVERYTHING about this moment,” but of course, being so in the moment, everything but his words and his expression was a blur.
Ben: The proposal wasn’t a complete surprise, but the timing was. Becca didn’t think I was going to ask her for at least another year.
Rebecca: What took me aback was that he proposed in England around my family. I was very grateful for that.
What’s next for the two of you?
Rebecca: We’re settling in. I’m looking forward to joining the musical community in Denver. We’ve been enjoying the mountains and going on some hikes. We are looking forward to our honeymoon back to Banff in June – maybe a road trip… with toothpicks.
Venue: Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Dress: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique – Beaconsfield, U.K.
Hair: Janelle on Location – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Astrid’s Flowers – Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Caterer: Sage Catering – Berwyn, PA
Officiant: Grant Odhner
Band/DJ: Slippery Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transportation: Sterling Limousine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro