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Wedding of the Week: Lucy Flisher and Benjamin Bowles

02 Jan 2018

A crimson and white colour scheme, coupled with personalised details, made this Kent wedding extra special for the happy couple 

How did you meet?

I went to the local pub for a drink and Ben was there with one of his friends. He asked the landlady who I was and she introduced us... the rest is history, as they say.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Ben made me a cup of tea and he had got the spoon I used engraved to read: “Will you marry me? “. I nearly dropped my tea.

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Did you have a colour scheme for the day?

Red and white.

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

Heritage Farm at Kent Life in Aylesford for its quirkiness and Kent history.

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

No other dress felt the same and I tried on about 10-15 dresses.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Crimson dresses which matched with the red in Ben's army uniform. The dresses were all the same but they could be worn in a variety of ways to suit each bridesmaid.

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Where did you find your suits?

Ben wore his Number Ones, his formal army dress uniform, and the groomsmen wore grey morning suits with red accessories.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We kept it nice and simple with crimson gerbera and white gypsophila.

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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.

Because of the style of the lovely little church at Ifield, a bit like Little House On The Prairie, and the rustic nature of Kent Life, we decorated the venue to carry this theme through. We had a table with Polaroid cameras and props for guests to take selfies to put into a book. We also had wooden hearts for guests to sign and put in a box, and a signing print from the photographer. Much of the details and decoration we did ourselves to make it even more personal.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Very nervous and excited; I couldn't breathe properly.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Every single bit was memorable, but seeing Ben at the church was a highlight and the speeches were amazing and so emotional. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Not being able to be together until after the wedding because of Ben's job and then finding out he had to go away again the week after the wedding.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The photographer and the church. 

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

I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz, because the words mean something special to us both. 

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Yes, we had a singer for the first dance and the first hour or so, then a DJ.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was something different; we had a large cupcake with tiers of smaller ones cascading down from the top. 

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Everyone kept telling us that the day would fly by and it did, but we loved every minute of it.

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

Start early to avoid disappointment. Meet the suppliers and get to know them before booking to make sure they are right for you.

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Steal their style:

Photography: Bill Farnham Photography, www.billfarnhamphotography
Hair: Emmy Victoria at SW1 Hair, Tunbridge Wells, www.facebook.com/notjustahairstylist13
Catering: Zest Creative Catering for Kent Life, http://www.zestcreativecatering.com/home.aspx
Venue: Kent Life, https://kentlife.org.uk/venue-hire/weddings/

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