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Teal love

20 Mar 2014

Teal love

Jonathan Lampitt and Kate Dunn’s bright wedding reflected their Zimabwean roots

Jonathan (Jono) Lampitt and Kate Dunn

Where: Ceremony and reception at Winters Barns, Canterbury

Photography: Carla Jackson

We wanted to keep the wedding as simple and casual as we could – that was important to us both.

We wanted it to be a day of fun with family and friends. As we’re both from Zimbabwe we wanted to get as much as Zim into our wedding as we could. Fortunately I had lots of family expertise to call on. The flowers I left up to my sister, Sarah Dunn, who owns Alan’s the Florist. For most of the arrangements she used King proteas as they went best with our teal colour scheme – which was quite difficult to match at times and, they also used to be grown in Zim. They were huge and beautiful, I had them in my bouquet too.

My bridesmaids had gerberas just because I love them. Sarah created the designs herself and placed the table arrangements in veldskoens, leather shoes that all the boys wear at school in Zim and my dad lived in them when working on the farm. This was also a way of making my dad part of the day, as we lost him in 2000 with the political unrest at home.

My mum gave me a locket bracelet that had a photo of him which I wore as part of my jewellery. The tables were named after different towns in Zimbabwe and Jono’s brother kindly made the signs for us. My other sister Emma was a star as far as creative ideas are concerned. She was responsible for the arty things like the order of the day books. She also helped with the flowers and made the Mr & Mrs signs for the top table. We had cupcakes instead of a traditional cake which was a good idea as we didn’t have to throw away any cake. Sapphire Sutcliffe, a friend from work, made them. The day before we suddenly realised we had no lights for the evening party, so I dashed round to find a disco ball and then needed a torch to make the lights. It looked like we had the moon inside the barn. We also ended up strapping the disco ball with cable ties.

On the day I was very calm, I kept expecting to be nervous but there was nothing for me to worry about. I was marrying the man of my dreams after all. Walking down the aisle felt like I was walking on air.

The whole wedding was brilliant and the reception was spent catching up with old friends and family and they with each other. Jono and I had a wonderful day, I don’t think we could pick one particular moment as the best but if we did it would have to be the moment I entered the ceremony room and saw all our friends and the loves of our lives waiting. It’s cheesy, but it was the best ever moment.

WHO DID WHAT

Photography: Carla Jackson Photography, Toronto, Canada, www.carlajacksonphotography.com

Venue: Winters Barns, Canterbury, 01227 472581, www.winters-barns.co.uk

Dress & accessories: Confetti Bridal Centre, Wokingham, 0118 978 9839, www.confettibridalcentre.co.uk

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Fashions at Farrows, Canterbury, 01227 478707, www.fashionsatfarrows.co.uk

Hair & make-up: Samantha Petts, 07850 501353

Groom’s outfit: Tuppers Tux, Canterbury, 01227 767797, www.canterburysuithire.com

Stationery: Family members

Flowers: Alan’s the Florist, Canterbury, 01227 780680

Catering: a F.O.R.M & Alexander Catering, Rochester, 01634 711117, www.a-form.co.uk

Venue Dresser: Ambience Venue Styling, Faversham, 0800 043 9134/07841 376326,

www.ambiencevenuestyling.com

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