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Wedding of the Week: Martyn Simpson and Rebecca Trainer

12 Feb 2018

A tipi wedding in the bride's family home ensured a relaxed and fun-filled celebration for Martyn Simpson and Rebecca Trainer

How did you meet?

We met through friends.

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Tell us about the proposal.

On 12/6/16, Becky's 26th birthday, Martyn decorated the garden with twinkly lights and candles and surprised me with dinner in the garden and proposed with an amazing sparkly ring, chocolates and beautiful red roses.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The colour scheme for the wedding was sage green and the theme of the day was boho and country.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose to get married in St Mary's Lenham Village Church as we have lived in the village for the past two years and have become a part of the community; we love living here. We chose to have the reception under beautiful tipis in a field at Britcher Farm; Egerton as this is Becky's family home where I grew up and have many happy memories.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I went shopping with my mum and found an amazing Stella York dress on the first day of looking; I loved it because it had beautiful lace sleeves. I continued to look and tried on around eight dresses, but none of them matched up to the beautiful Stella York dress so that's when I knew I'd found the one.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

The bridesmaids wore beautiful sage green full length dresses with sparkly beaded tops.

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Where did you find your suits?

Martyn searched for a long time for a country tweed looking suit and eventually found one in Slater Menswear's Canterbury shop.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Me, my bridesmaids and flower girl had beautiful fresh flower bouquets which included succulents, beautiful roses called Memory Lane, daisies, gypsophila, lavender and greenery, and I also had a flower crown to match. The buttonholes were all the same with roses and the mothers had special flowers in their hair and a broach; these were all from The Flower Barn. At the reception we decorated the tipis with home-grown dried flowers to go with the theme. At the church we had beautifully arranged white chrysanthemums with ivy and gypsophila at the end of the pews in candle holders and arranged on milk churns.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

We really wanted to create a unique wedding so most of the things we had at the reception were homemade. I made lots of paper tipis as favours for everyone; they had homemade heart shaped shortbread inside. I grew succulants in cute vintage tea cups which decorated the tables and jam jars full of homegrown dried flowers. We had a sweet cart built by a friend full of homemade sweets and vintage cake stands with homemade cakes. The bunting and table runners were handmade and the chalk signs were handwritten by a friend. Martyn built a swing and photo booth frame which were hung in a beautiful oak tree that lit up at night.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

As I walked down the aisle I felt nervous but overwhelmed with happiness to see Martyn at the end of the aisle and all our family and friends in the church sharing our day with us.

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What was your most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment was when my brother, Jon, did a surprise speech. It was so lovely and unexpected and it was just so special to have all the people we love in the same room sharing our big day.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The most challenging aspect was setting everything up as it was all in a field. We had to think of everything from food to toilets and water to a generator etc.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The most important investment was the reception with the tipis and making sure we had everything so everyone could have a great day.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Our first dance was to Kodaline's The One; it’s a really special song and the words really apply to us.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had an amazing DJ - Remember this Disco, that kept everyone dancing all night and we had a giant light up heart from lightitup.co.uk which everyone loved having their photos taken in.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had an amazing wedding cake in an ombre style colour, going from a dark sage green to light. It had a vintage teacup on the top and was decorated with fresh flowers and even had a tiny icing dog to replicate our beloved pet cocker spaniel. The wedding cake was really special as it was made by my aunt, Carrie Gregory of Carrie's Creations.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

The day was so amazing everything went to plan, but the only thing I would want to change is to have more time it all just went so quickly.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

Nothing went wrong on the day, but the night before the generator stopped working although luckily we had a back up.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

I wish id have known how quick the day was going to go. It just went so quickly and there wasn’t enough time to speak to all of the guests.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Lake Garda for our honeymoon the day after the wedding and stayed in beautiful Riva de Garda.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

The advice I'd give to couples planning is don’t worry about the small things because on the day they don’t notice and just enjoy every minute because it goes so quickly.

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Get the look:

Photography: Natalie D Photography, www.nataliedphotography.com
Tipis: Holmstead Events, www.holmstedevents.co.uk
Horsebox bar: Typically English Events, www.facebook.com/typicallyenglishevents
Ice cream tricycle: Treats on a Tricycle, www.treatsonatricycle.co.uk
Light-up heart: Light It Up, www.lightitupuk.co.uk
Wedding landrover: Quirky Wedding Cars, www.quirkyweddingcars.co.uk
Flowers: The Flower Barn
Field and wedding reception: Britcher Farm Bed & Breakfast, www.facebook.com/Britcher-Farm-Bed-and-Breakfast-577410589073064/
Cake: Carrie's Creations
DJ: Remember The Disco, www.rememberthisdisco.com

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