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High notes

13 Mar 2014

High notes

The music-filled wedding of Thomas Lord and Katie Roxburgh in Chatham was nautical but nice

Thomas Lord and Katie Roxburgh

Where: Ceremony at Chalk Church followed by reception at The Ward Room, Chatham

Photography: Bareham and Lewis

I felt extremely nervous on the morning of the wedding, however I just couldn’t wait to walk into the church and for Tom to see my dress. It was an incredible feeling walking down the aisle; now I can see why people describe your wedding day as the best day of your life. When I reached the altar Tom whispered that I looked amazing and from that moment I cried through the service. Saying our vows to one another, in front of all those people who are most special to us was one of the best bits of the day.

We chose a navy blue theme to coincide with the nautical theme of The Ward Room, which is very grand and vintage. I added vintage touches such as navy blue taffeta table runners with ivory lace over the top. We had vintage silver tea-light holders and four large white hydrangea heads in navy blue vases as centre pieces.

I made all of the table names myself using plain card and tying a navy blue ribbon to the top left hand side of each place. A tiny anchor stamp was used to stamp in the bottom right hand corner to highlight the menu choices. Our wedding invitations were designed and printed by my bridesmaid Shannel Bradley. She used the nautical theme to create an A5 card with a navy blue border and anchor design at the top, with RSVP cards and envelopes.

I designed and made the table favours myself, again sticking to a nautical theme. I found chocolate-covered pebbles and placed them into clear bags with navy ribbon tied around the top, I then cut out small labels and used a tiny anchor stamp to add a navy anchor to the label with the word ‘with love’ at the bottom.

I decided that I wanted to make my own wedding cake, so I enrolled in a cake-making course at Confection Perfection in Maidstone. I made a five-tier wedding cake in white, covered with white flowers and ivory pearls. The cake was all fruit with lemon and madeira cutting cakes.

We used four bay trees with white flowers by the doors and I hired large silver candelabras to stand each end of the top table. The top table had a large centre flower display with hydrangeas, pale pink spray roses and white roses. The venue is so beautiful it didn’t require too many decorations.

I designed my bouquet. It was vintage style with different sized spray roses in ivory and pale pinks. The bridesmaids and flower girls had pink spray roses and blue thistles which looked lovely against their dresses.

A friend of Tom’s father, Kerne B Clements, played the piano throughout the meal. He played both classical and old musical favourites. During the meal our families decided to all stand up and sing and dance to pieces of music that they knew, including songs from The Sound of Music. This was completely improvised but created a fantastic party atmosphere.

Our first dance was played by the band. Tom had mentioned in his speech that our choice of song was slightly unusual however the song is very special to us and explains our relationship. We met when we were 17 at school, and after a year-long relationship went our separate ways, before getting together properly 10 years later, so the lyrics ‘when we collide we come together’ in Biffy Clyro’s Many of Horror, mean a great deal to us. Once the sun disappeared the band provided an amazing party and we all danced until we dropped.


Photography: Bareham and Lewis Documentary Wedding Photography, 07917 023490, www.barehamandlewis.co.uk

Venue: The Ward Room, Chatham, 01634 883038, www.thewardroomchatham.co.uk

Dress: Go Bridal, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 513333, www.gobridal.com

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coast, www.coast-stores.com

Groom’s outfit: Penguins, Chatham, 01634 843046, www.penguinrentals.co.uk

Make-up: The Rural Retreat, Shorne, 01474 822244, www.theruralretreatsalon.co.uk

Hair: Tantrums and Curls, 07772 385397, www.tantrumsandcurls.co.uk

Rings: Beverley Hills Jewellers, London, 0207 405 4847, www.beverleyhillsjewellerslondon.com

Stationery: Shannel Bradley, bridesmaid

Cake: Homemade by the bride

Flowers: Louise Lawrence Floristry, Shorne, 07757 413752, www.louiselawrencefloristry.co.uk

Venue Dresser: Chic Weddings, Gravesend, 01474 369241, www.chicweds.co.uk

Entertainment: The Charlie Rivers Band, 07838 933647, www.ambercreativeltd.com

Bar: Caruso’s Mobile Bars, www.carusosmobilebars.co.uk

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