Sagi claims it was love at first sight when he spotted Rebecca at a friend's birthday party in February, 2011 and he was determined to signal his intentions from the start, arranging a trip to the British Museum for their first date. “His mate, who introduced us, thought this was hilarious, but a sign that Sagi was making a massive effort,” laughs Rebecca.
Just over two years later, Sagi proposed to Rebecca the day after Rebecca's colleagues gave a not-sosubtle hint while dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) at a work party. The pair chose a ring at Hatton Garden that weekend, and Sagi proposed once again in the VIP area at Wireless and in Santorini a few months later 'for good measure'.
The couple started planning their big day at the end of the summer, with Rebecca taking on the lion's share of the workload. “Sagi is an ideas guy, I'm the organiser,” she explains. However, it was a challenge she enjoyed, “I loved having a reason to read a whole new range of magazines, search for a million things online, attend bridal events and take girlfriends out for dress trying-on sessions.”
Deciding on a venue was no trouble for Rebecca, who used to work at English Heritage overseeing the Eltham Palace's renovation and even writing the business plan that allowed for weddings to take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
All that remained was to convince Sagi of her choice. “He said the place felt odd and the Art Deco jarred with the Medieval. I told him it was meant to feel startling – the two periods were so different. And miraculously he said 'so it's a bit like us as a couple – unconventional?' And that was it. Eltham was booked.”
Here Rebecca tells us more about their big day…
Our bouquets were made up of akito roses, stephanotis, lily of the valley and freesia. I chose freesia as my father bought a bunch of them for my mother when she gave birth to her three daughters.
I tried on about 15 dresses and all my favourites were by Suzanne Neville, so I visited her Knightsbridge boutique. I wanted a modern take on the Art Deco era. I ended up buying it locally in Blackheath and the team were great, helping with shoes and accessories.
The flowergirls wore pretty smock dresses with a full tulle skirt in grey, with Peter Pan collars and a sequin trim.
Our tables were decorated with huge silver candelabra, mirrored place settings covered in tea lights and small buds in silver vases.
I bought a dress for my matron of honour online and knew she’d look stunning in it. It was grey and floor-length with ruched sleeves by Ghost.
Sagi wanted to stand out from his male attendants and chose a distinctive tux jacket in silver and black from Etro.
Elliot Bute at Daniel Hersheson did my hair on the day. He's been my hairdresser for years and I trust him and no one else to touch it! I wore a silver vintage rose hairpiece by Emmy, which glammed it up and added a touch of embellishment without the need for a veil.
I knew guests would expect something special in the evening. Dan Pearce of One True Voice is a good friend of mine and put a band together.
We chose a black and white tiered cheese tower from The Cheese Shed and served port to accompany it.
Suzanne Neville at Blackburn Bridal
The Cheese Shed
Payne and Gunter
Chateau de Sable
Etro at Selfridges
White Light Ltd
The House of Elly Mac
Marks & Spencer
Browns The Diamond Store