Wedding of the Week: Kirsty Dunn and Simon Dicker
14 Aug 2017
A country farm theme suited this wedding in rural Essex, which featured faux flowers, tweed waistcoats and wooden pallets
How did you meet?
Through mutual friends - we were set up on a date.
Tell us about the proposal.
It was on Christmas Day evening, at home in front of family after we had opened presents. Simon got down on one knee and the rest is history.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
It was a country farm theme: pallets, hessian décor and bunting with lavender. Pink and purple dresses for the bridesmaids and tweed for the men.
What venue did you choose?
We had the ceremony at a local church and our reception at the family farm.
When did you know you'd found 'the dress'?
It was the second dress that I got to try on and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I got up and ordered it in the middle of the night.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
I had four bridesmaids in two different colours - grey lavender and mink dresses from Little Mistress.
Where did you find the groomsmen's outfits?
The trousers were from Topman, waistcoats from ASOS and ties from Next.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Floral arrangements were all artificial from Homesense and Sainsbury's. The bouquet, wrist corsages and buttonholes were all silk from eBay.
Tell us about the details of the day.
- The favours were homemade sweet jars
- The photobooth, bar and table plan were built from pallets
- The wedding vehicle was a JCB Workmax supplied by a friend as a surprise to us after the ceremony.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was excited and also very nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get my words out.
What was your most memorable moment?
The day went so quick; the most memorable part was the speeches and the dancing at the end of the day.
What was the most challenging part of planning the wedding?
Putting it all together; we had to build the marquee which took about five days and then decorate it all ourselves.
What was the most important investment for you?
Food and drink for the day that all the guests would enjoy and then spoiling ourselves on the honeymoon.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a wedding singer, who was also our DJ.
Tell us about your cake.
It was a naked cake from Waitrose decorated fresh berries and sugar flowers.
Any advise for couples in the planning stages?
Don’t panic about any of the tiny details going wrong because they will seem insignificant on the day. Try to keep a spreadsheet of costs and RSVPs.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Thailand the next morning.
Steal their style:
Catering: Linda Hamilton
Wedding singer: Joe Boshell
Photography: Laura Jane Photography
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