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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-2

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-3

Did you have a colour scheme for the day?

Red and white.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-4

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-5

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

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

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-26

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

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

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-21

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-6

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-7

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-8

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-9

Tell us about your floral arrangements.

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

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-13

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-23

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-24

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

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

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-16

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. 

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-18

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-19

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-22

What was the most important investment for you?

The photographer and the church. 

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-29

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-39

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. 

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-40

Did you have any evening entertainment?

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

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-33

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. 

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-25

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-32

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-31

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.

wedding-of-the-week-heritage-farm-kent-41

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/

For more real wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Bride magazine

Related content

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.

or

Leave a comment

Comments

There are no comments to display, be the first!

bride

Everything for your wedding

10 ways to survive your hen do

How to make it through your hen party with your dignity, sanity and well-being intact ...

Wedding Photo of the Week: Bloomwood Photography

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

A vintage wedding shoot in Warwick

Celebrating the free-spirited bride, a trio of wedding suppliers set about creating a pho...

How to keep your bride tribe happy

A rowing bridal party is the last thing you need while in the middle of wedding planning,...

Wow wedding venues in the South West

Looking for a South West wedding venue with the wow factor? Take a look at these settings...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

the wedding show

Sun -Sun 20
The Hop Farm Wedding Experience, 2019 find out more »
Sat -Sat 02
Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park find out more »
Sat 02
Lodore Park Wedding Fair, Lake District find out more »
Sun 03
Rhinefield House Hotel Wedding Fayre, Hampshire find out more »
Sun 03
Puckrup Hall Wedding Fayre 2019 find out more »
Sun 03
The Kimberley Hall Wedding Fair, Norfolk find out more »
Sun 03
The Kings Head Wedding Show, Cirencester find out more »
Sun 03
The Wellington Barn Wedding Show, Nr Calne find out more »
Sun 03
Taplow House Hotel Wedding Fair, Maidenhead find out more »
Sun 03
Bolton Town Hall Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 03
Eastnor Castle Wedding Showcase find out more »
Sun 10
Vintage Wedding Fayre, Hampshire find out more »
Sun 10
Trinity Park Wedding Fayre, Suffolk find out more »
Sun -Sun 22
Tortworth Court Wedding Fayres 2019 find out more »
Sun 10
Abbots Barton Hotel Wedding Show, Canterbury find out more »
Sun 10
Ingleside House Wedding Show, Cirencester find out more »
Sun 10
Lillibrooke Manor Wedding Fair, Maidenhead find out more »
Sat -Sat 16
Upton Barn & Walled Garden, Open House Weekend find out more »
Sun 17
Shuttleworth Wedding Show, Bedfordshire find out more »
Sun 17
Uttoxeter Racecourse Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 17
Stourport Manor Wedding Show 2019 find out more »
Sun 17
Ashford International Hotel Wedding Show, Ashford find out more »
Sun 17
The Osborne Hotel Wedding Fayre by Prim and Proper Events, Torquay find out more »
Sun 17
St David's Hotel Wedding Show, Cardiff find out more »
Sun 17
The Marsh Farm Hotel Wedding Show, Swindon find out more »
Sun 17
Hillfields Farm Estate Wedding Fair, Reading find out more »
Sun 17
Old Thorns Manor Hotel Wedding Fayre, Hampshire find out more »
Sun 17
Inn On The Lake Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 17
Hotel Miramar Wedding Open Day, Bournemouth find out more »
Sun 17
The Moorlands Wedding Fayre, West Yorkshire find out more »
Sun 17
Copthorne Hotel Wedding Show find out more »
Sun 17
Hythe Imperial Wedding Fayre, Kent find out more »
Mon 18
The Grand Brighton Wedding Open Day, Sussex find out more »
Thu 21
High Lodge Wedding Fayre, Suffolk find out more »
Fri 22
The Ned Wedding Showcase 2019, London find out more »
Sat -Sun 23
Bride: The Wedding Show at Norfolk Showground find out more »
Sat -Sun 23
Bride: The Wedding Show at Bournemouth International Centre find out more »
Sat -Sun 23
Royal Bath Hotel Open Day, Dorset find out more »
Sat -Sun 23
The Scottish Wedding Show, Glasgow find out more »
Sun 24
Barney Hill Wedding Open Day, Surrey find out more »
Sun 24
Martels Wedding Events Village, Essex find out more »
Sun 24
The Gloucestershire Wedding Show 2019 find out more »
Sun 24
The Grand Hotel Wedding Show, Folkestone find out more »
Sun 24
The Ramada Hotel Wedding Show, Dover find out more »
Sun 24
Oxleaze Barn Wedding Show, Lechlade find out more »
Sun 24
The Westonbirt House Wedding Show, Tetbury find out more »
Sun 24
DoubleTree by Hilton Wedding Fair, Reading find out more »
Sun 24
Urban Wedding Festival at Victoria Warehouse find out more »
Sun 24
Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre, Hinckley find out more »
Sun 24
Aldwickbury Park Golf Club Wedding Fair, Harpenden find out more »
Sun 24
Aldwickbury Park Wedding Fayre find out more »
Sun 24
Casterley Barn Wedding Showcase, Wiltshire find out more »
Sun 24
Merrydale Manor Open House Day, Cheshire find out more »
Sun 24
Colshaw Hall Open House Day, Cheshire find out more »
Sun 24
The Fir Hill Wedding Open Day, Cornwall find out more »