Soft colours, spring flowers and a Cornish table plan made this Kent wedding one to remember
Tell us about the proposal.
We got engaged in Cornwall, so during that trip, we decided on the table names – all our favourite Cornish haunts. We also bought postcards to send to all of the bridal party.
Where did you choose for your venue?
On our return from Cornwall, I was quick to secure a date at West Malling Church – the town where we met. We had already been offered the use of a friend’s paddock for our reception so decided to use the seasons to help us pick a date. I’m also a teacher, so had to factor the school holidays into the planning. We had to plan two and a half years ahead in order to allow us time to save for the day and also buy a house.
What did you decide on for your wedding theme?
We were so fortunate to have help from family and friends. Our parents helped financially, while a friend, Nicola, made the cake and arranged the flowers (buying them from Triangle Nursery). Nicola and I decided on a pastel, romantic theme with peonies as the main focus. Mark Reeves, Dan’s uncle, helped to make several signs and boxes for the day too and several people helped muck in to decorate the church, marquee and set up the games in the paddock.
The day flew by far too quickly. Our spaniel, Libby was our ring bearer so we fully expected it to go wrong. But she was a star and we were so pleased to have her as part of the day. I had intended on making a speech but was so nervous that I bailed out at the last minute. I did, however, tell Dan the following morning in our hotel room and it was special to share my speech with just my new husband.
How did you know when you'd found 'the dress'?
It took me one shopping trip to find ‘the one’. I had an idea of what I didn’t want, but not really much clue as to what I did want. My budget was slim too. The lady at Isabella Grace, showed me an array of sample sale dresses and picked a heavily beaded number by Charlotte Balbier. I didn’t want sparkles, but knew as soon as I stepped into it that this was for me. The colour was just gorgeous – a cream rather than ivory.
I’d initially thought of dove grey for a colour theme, but, after finding my dress, I knew this wouldn’t have worked. So I decided to go mis-matched for the bridesmaids – choosing pastel shades to complement the spring date.
Where did you find the suits?
The men were dressed in hired suits from Debenhams. Dan customised his suit with a Harris Tweed waistcoat and all the men wore tan brogues.
What song did you pick for your first dance?
We had a band for the evening, Glo Party Band, and our first dance was to Fields of Gold by Sting.
Get their look:
Photography: Michael Tribe, Oliver and Ian Wedding Photography, www.oliverandian.co.uk
Ceremony venue: St Mary the Virgin Church, West Malling
Reception venue: A privately owned paddock, Hildenborough
Dress: Charlotte Balbier, Pretoria from Isabella Grace, www.isabellagracebridal.com
Accessories: Veil, Isabella Grace, shoes by Rachel Simpson, www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk
Wedding rings: Martin Wilde Jewellers, West Malling, www.martinwildejewellers.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Debenhams, www.debenhams.com; Quiz, www.quizclothing.co.uk; House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Hair: I Do Bridal Hair and Make-Up, www.idobridalhairandgeluxnails.co.uk
Make-up: Sarah Ryan, (friend)
Groom’s outfit: Debenhams, www.debenhams.com
Stationery: The bride
Catering: Greenwich Tea Party, www.greenwichteapartyvintage.co.uk; Moby Dick’s mobile fish and chips, www.mobydicks.net
Flowers and cake: Nicola Brand (bride's friend)
Venue dresser: Family and friends
Videography: Rachel Gillies (bride's cousin)
Transport: Bridal Bugs Weddings and VW Classic Camper Weddings, www.bridalbugweddings.co.uk
Entertainment: Glo Party Band, www.glopartyband.co.uk
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