Carla and Don couldn’t have made their wedding anniversary more special and easier to remember if they tried. Their wedding date and time was 12/12/12 at 12:12 noon and the ceremony took place at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Faversham. Here Carla tells us their wedding story.
“Mount Ephraim Gardens was the first venue that we looked at in January 2012 and I fell in love with it straight away. It felt very romantic. We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed day that we could enjoy with our friends and family but I also wanted it to have a traditional and classic feel. During the ceremony our daughter Olivia read a piece she had written about us and how much we meant to her – it was very emotional.
“As the wedding was just before Christmas our colours were Olive green, gold and ivory. There was such a warm glow from twinkling lights, with lots of candles and pearls to really complete the look. The theme continued with my wedding outfit as I wore a friends pearl necklace and earrings and my veil and hair slide were ivory with very subtle sparkles. The overall look of our wedding was better than I could have hoped for. On all of our stationery we had two little characters of myself and Don to make it feel a little more personalised – we run a family printers, Jenwood Printers, in Sheerness so that definitely helped!
“We had a traditional menu by caterers, Scott Anderson, of Winter vegetable soup, Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and Crème Brulee. Our reception drink was hot mulled wine. Our wedding cake was cupcakes made by a friend Lisa Burke. The Flower Company in Sheerness supplied by flowers. I love the smell of freesias and I wanted the flowers to look very simple but pretty. I had ivory freesias with pearls and sparkles in the bouquet, tied with an ivory ribbon and the bridesmaids and flower girls had bouquets of gyp, tied with ivory ribbon.
“Kerry Ann Duffy was our photographer and she was fantastic. During the day we were also filming a Marryoke, with TDH Media which everyone really enjoyed. We also had up-close magician, Spencer Wood, who did fantastic tricks throughout our pre-dinner drinks and the wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a photo booth by Julian Austin Photography with Apollo Funk DJing. Our first dance was a little different as we did a mix up – we’re not great dancers but we gave it our best shot with tunes including Utah Saints, Big Fish, Tom Jones, Gangnam Style and the Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)”
Because we had started so early the DJ finished up at 10.30pm with us doing a last dance to Take That’s “Greatest Day” which I cried throughout as I was so happy and didn’t want the day to end!
Thanks to Carla and Don for sharing their wedding day with us and don’t forget to check out the new Mr & Mrs Jenkins in their Marryoke Video!
Wedding Contact Book:
Brides Dress & Shoes: Tantrums and Tiara
Bridesmaids/Flower Girls: Forever Yours & BHS
Groom & Ushers, Peter Posh from Guvnors, Sittingbourne
Photography: Kerry Ann Duffy
Videography and Marryoke: TDH Media
Magician: Spencer Wood
Photo booth: Julian Austin Photography
DJ: Apollo Funk
Amanda and James were married in Frant Church with their reception at High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells. We just love the beautiful lace dress overlay which was whipped off for the evenings dancing – gorgeous! The rich green tones in this wedding are also fantastic for a wedding during the Christmas season – ooh and I could just tuck into that cheesecake now!
Photography by Alan Harbord Photography.
Check out the blog post on a gorgeous vintage wedding shoot by Alan Harbord
As wedding planners we get very excited when we can share a wedding with you that we’ve worked on and today’s wedding is a real treat. Our couple Vijay and Leanne had a fantastic theme for their wedding back in June, this year, and were so full of creative ideas we knew that it was going to be such fun helping them with their big day.
Leanne tells us how they started with their planning journey. “As a mixed race couple we wanted a day that reflected both our cultures. We had the structure and the ‘nice’ formalities of an English wedding with the food and party of an Indian Wedding, so you could say we picked the best of both and fused them together.
We had a civil ceremony at Nettlestead Place, Wateringbury. We chose the venue as it allowed us to have the day we wanted without being dictated too. We looked at other venues but our options were limited at many of them. Nettlestead Place offered us the perfect mix to create our fusion wedding – a beautiful old English house with a marquee for our Indian party.”
“We run our own Graphic Design business so we designed our own wedding theme and then used this theme to create our stationery including invites, place names and table plan. We named our tables after artists as we met at art college. We’ve designed lots of wedding stationery for our clients, but creating our own took us quite a while – we became super critical and wanted to reflect both our cultures. In the end we used Edwardian British Raj colours including Ivory, Sage Green and Brown with hints of gold.
The Wedding Dolls gave us very clever advice on timings and came up with ideas and solutions for potential problems that we would have never thought of. I was worried about not being able to keep check on everything on the day and so it was fantastic to have them there making sure everything was running on time and dealing with all those last minute issues that cropped up.”
“My dress was from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. I would highly recommend them as the service was outstanding and you’re made to feel very special – the whole experience of choosing my dress was really memorable. I found the perfect dress by Sophia Tolli that had a touch of ‘bling’ but was still me. The dress was stunning and I haven’t seen another like it – I’m now a big fan of her dresses – she’s a very clever designer.
My veil was also from Isabella Grace, it was a chapel length veil which had two tiers to it. The veil had seed beads and pearls along the scalloped edge, I felt it had a little Indian look to it, like a chunni, especially when it was draped over my shoulders. I asked at Isabella Grace if they could remove the top tier, which they very cleverly did for me, making it a less formal and more like a chunni.
During the day I wore my Nan’s pearl necklace and engagement ring but changed them in the evening to create an anglo-indian look. Typically Indian Brides wear Chura for their wedding, so I created my own version of this with Ivory and Silver sets of bangles for each arm and my mum’s crystal drop necklace and topped it off with a bindi. We also gave out bindis to our guests to wear which they loved.
Vijay wore a Sherwani, which was Indo-Western style, it was a 3 piece tailored silk suit in brown with an Edwardian cut. It was from Geeta Arts in Green Street, Forest Gate.”
“For our reception we had canapes and then our menu included Dhal Tarka, Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry, Saag Paneer, Jeera Rice and Naans. For dessert we had an ice cream cart by Little Gems, with gorgeous handmade ice cream in lovely flavours – she also made our beautiful wedding cake.
During the wedding breakfast we had a singer, Amy-Jayne, who sung mellow songs and then raised the tempo for our first dance and to get the party started in the evening. Later we had an Indian DJ who played a mix of Bhangra and English/American music. They also played the Dhol (an Indian Drum) to our entrance into the marquee and then performed as a Dhol duo on the dance floor once the evening was underway… brilliant!!! It turned into a great big party, as every indian wedding is!”
Finally we asked Leanne what advice she would you give to other couples about planning their wedding day?
“Be realistic! As much as you may want it all, the day is shorter than you think. Ask for help from family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask wedding professionals. We feel we couldn’t have made the day as perfect as it was without the help and advice of The Wedding Dolls, who were brilliant and definitely saved us money and lot’s of stress in the last few weeks.
Make sure you hire a Videographer, there is so much of the day you don’t see and it’s lovely to be able to see your guests enjoying themselves. Also think carefully about your wedding photography and the type of shots you want most. Lastly, if you can take your honeymoon a week after the wedding as this gives you time to reflect on the fun you had on the day with family and friends.”
Thanks so much to Vijay and Leanne for sharing their day with us and for being so much fun to work with. Congratulations to you both xxx
Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club
Brides Jewellery: Chez Bec and Glitzy Secrets
Videography: Padgham Productions
Catering: Dream Days for You
Flowers: Chic Weddings
Amy and David were married in September at the gorgeous Speldhurst Church and then had their reception in a marquee at home. We just love the croquet playing Bridesmaids and the intimate feel of the wedding. Enjoy the inspiration and the gorgeous day everyone!
All images by Alan Harbord Photography
Click here to see a beautiful inspirational vintage shoot by Alan Harbord
This was one wedding video I couldn’t wait to see as it showed all the bits I missed when we worked at Vijay and Leanne’s wedding in the summer. Whilst I was busy up in the marquee Joanne got to see the happy couple exchanging their vowels and ….awwwww….how happy do they look!
We’ll be featuring the full wedding with all it’s fabulous details next week but for now enjoy the video, shot by Padgham Productions.
Happy Sunday x
Lisa and Ian were married back in June at The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells. The lucky bride wore the Lizzette gown by Maggie Sottero and a beautiful fur wrap to meet her husband-to-be, who was fully kitted out in his uniform. What a gorgeous couple and we just love the little bridesmaids too!
Images by Alan Harbord
Louise and Kees were married back in May this year at the very unique Preston Court, near Canterbury. We asked the fabulous smiling bride, Lou to tell us about their day.
How did you choose your wedding venue?
It was the first and only venue we looked at. We knew it was the right venue for us straight away. We booked it shortly after getting engaged just over 18 months before our wedding. We wanted to get married somewhere a bit different. I absolutely love planning things so was in my element and Anna and Jenny at Preston Court were very helpful.
There were 70 guests during the day with another 40 in the evening.We had an informal ceremony which was conducted outside with our guests sitting on picnic blankets. Two friends did readings from “No Matter What” and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”.
Who were your wedding photographer and videographers?
We chose Laura and Jody from Lollypop Photography. We did lots of research online into different styles of wedding photography, we looked through tons of photographer’s websites. We then met with Laura and Jody and felt that they understood what we wanted to achieve and they really put us at ease.
We also had a video by Andy and Nigel from Cine8. We got on well with Andy and Nigel and loved the vintage style of super 8 film. They even provided a guest Cine camera so our guests could have a go at filming too!
Did you have a theme for your wedding?
We had a ‘vintage’ them but basically we fell in love with the venue and fitted it around that. We just tended to buy things that we liked and hoped that it would all come together!
I handmade our table plan, place cards, table numbers and signs for the confetti cones and sweetie bar. I also made personalised colouring in books for all the children and letters out of gypsophelia for the backs of mine and Kees’ chairs. Our wooden directional signs were handmade by my sister and her husband and my mum and I sourced all vases and jars we needed from various places over 18 months. I made a basket of flip-flops, tied with bows for our guests to kick off their high heels and dance in the evening!
I painstakingly handmade all of our favours and most of our stationery using a personalised stamp. We wanted the colours to compliment the fairground organ in the barn so we used pastel pinks, blues, greens and greys.
Who did your wedding flowers?
My (very talented) mum did all the flowers, table centres, buttonholes, all floral decorations and bouquets, including a Jack Daniels bottle of flowers in the men’s loos! I had white peonies, Pink O’Hara roses and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) as foliage. I picked flowers that I loved, my grandparents used to have lamb’s ears in their garden when I was a child. I spent many a weekend choosing flowers with my mum!
What did you have to eat?
Canapes: Fish and Skinny Chip Cones, Mini Hog Roast Burgers, Paneer Tikka Naans, Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Tartlet.
Starters were Poached Scottish salmon on potato & chive salad with watercress crème fraiche & balsamic dressing or
Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with rocket, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Main course was Chicken breast in a basil & honey cream sauce garnished with beetroot crisps, sautéed new potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables or Potato and Leek Tart with a butternut squash puree. We had a trio of desserts with Banoffee Pie, Baileys Eton Mess and Lemon Tart. The children had Garlic Doughballs, Chicken fillets with homemade potato wedges and fruit trifle. The food was amazing!
How did you celebrate in the evening?
It was a reasonably big party! Everyone was either dancing or on the carousel. As it was a lovely warm evening lots of people were relaxing outside plus trying the sweetie bar or photo booth. A memorable moment for me, was late in the evening when me and Kees were going round on the carousel. It was a lovely view point to watch all of our friends and family having a good time.
If you could change one thing about your wedding day what would it be?
I’d try and stop the day flying past so quickly! Also I would have had USB sticks available for guests to put their photos on and post to us while we were on honeymoon!
Brides Contact Book
Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero from Jodi Bridal in Canterbury
Brides Shoes: Dune. Plus pink spotty converse – although I didn’t get round to wearing them!
Brides Jewellery: A necklace from Dower & Hall and a bracelet from Cornells in Maidstone. Engagement and wedding ring Fitzgeralds
Grooms Outfit: Next
Cufflinks: A gift from the Bride by Mary Fellows
Flower Girls: Monsoon
Vintage postbox: Temptation Towers
Caterers: Relish – the food was amazing!
Wedding cake: Creative Cakes
Transport: Fiat 500 Hire
Band: The Redfords, who did an acoustic set in the day and then the full band in the evening. They were brilliant, everyone loved them. Our first dance was to JJ Heller – When I’m With You.
Personalised items including Cake toppers and wedding dress hanger: Etsy
Make Up: Bridal Make Up by Danielle Parish (Facebook)
Happy Halloween Everyone! Today on the blog there’s no trick just treats all the way with Nick and Sarah’s Halloween Wedding.
The happy couple were married last year in a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Speldhurst, Kent, with the reception at Mountains Country House, Hildenborough. We asked Sarah to tell us about their day.
“We had 120 guests during the day and had an additional 40 in the evening. We had to compromise slightly on certain things to enable us to invite the amount of guests we did. We found Mountains after a few weeks of looking and it had everything we wanted.
I was inspired by a wedding I had seen on the Green Wedding Shoes blog. We used autumnal colours with black and white ribbon and lots of pumpkins! Our theme was really fun and I loved the look – although it could have got very expensive!
The pumpkins were from a local supplier and all different sizes. We had wanted white pumpkins but weren’t available so I found some cool looking squashes at a farm in Kent. I cut holes in the tops of some of the pumpkins to hold candles for the tables and drilled holes and hollowed out some for candles as decoration. I made the place cards adding some of the black and white ribbon and got big MDF numbers from eBay and spray painted them black which were the table centrepieces. Plus we had huge bowl of sweets including chocolate eyeballs! I asked all the married guests for a picture of their wedding and put them in all different frames to decorate the reception. I was really pleased with our look but it was hard as it was such a massive marquee.
Our family helped with some aspects of our wedding, my sister did some stationery printing and Nicks mum made our wedding cake. One tier was fruit, one carrot and one chocolate.
Finally we asked Sarah what advice she would you give to other couples planning their wedding day? “Make sure you have a budget plan and don’t drink too much. The end of the night was a bit blurry!”
Wedding Contact Book:
Photography: Emma Knapp
Caterers: Pop Creative Food – all local produce
Brides Gown: Surrey Brides
Brides Shoes: Ted Baker
Brides Necklace: Muriel and Lily
Groom’s Suit: TM Lewin
Wedding Invites: Wedding Teatowels
Wedding Flowers: Blooming Perfect
Transport: Silver Phantom Rolls Royce from Cars For Wedding
Entertainment: Westend Jazz Band
First Dance: “You’ve got the Love” Florence and the Machines
Felicity and Simon Howe were married at The Great Barn Rolvenden, near Tenterden in Kent. This wedding has all our favourite elements of a Kent affair and we just love the atmosphere that’s been captured so beautifully by photographer, Rebecca Douglas.
We asked the couple to tell us about their day and how they planned their wedding. Felicity says “We chose The Great Barn as it’s a beautiful 18th century barn in the middle of a gorgeous country setting. It’s a lovely rustic building with loads of wooden beams and old rusty farm tools as decoration.”
“Our wedding style was informal, fun and rustic. We were very much inspired by the beautiful rural Kent setting and used it as a basis for our colour scheme of dusky pink, cream and olive green. I wanted our own personal touches and my friends and family helped out. My friend did my flowers and they were stunning. We had a mix of dried wheat, lavender and poppy heads with hydrangeas and spray roses. We then used jam jars with raffia as vases which my mum spent months collecting for us. The highlight was a huge wreath my friend made from scratch, which made a beautiful focal point for the back of the barn that guests could see behind us during the ceremony. A Bridesmaid made a chalkboard for our seating plan and decorated it with Nottingham lace, the city where Simon and I met at University and my best friend made all our wedding invitations. Simon’s Mum made our wedding cake and all the bunting which we used to decorate inside and outside the venue. My mum also did a powerpoint of photos of Simon and I through childhood until the present day which we had playing in a corner of the barn.”
Our civil ceremony was in the barn itself, with all our guests. It has two floors so we were able to have a separate area for the ceremony and reception. It was a really sunny afternoon so after the ceremony we went outside to the Orchard for Pimms, Gin and Tonics and tubs of handmade luxury ice cream – we had lots of fun picking out our favourites for our guests. We just had to make sure we got photos with the children before they ate their chocolate ones! We had a buffet style barbeque with steak, lamb, local sausages and salads. For dessert, we served homemade chocolate brownies, which my Bridesmaid Tillie and I baked the day before. As well as local wine and ale, we included Keo lager to drink as this is a family favourite from Cyprus where I used to live as a child.
After we were all full to the brim we chatted with guests in the Orchard, sitting on hay bales and enjoying the early evening sun. It was really relaxed and everyone was in such a good mood. It was lovely to get the chance to catch up with all our guests, particularly those who had come a long way. My dad is a natural performer and was in his element, delivering his speech and Simon and his best man Rob got a chance to celebrate their ‘bromance’, having been best friends since primary school.
For the wedding ceremony, my cousins played Irish folk music on the violin and classical guitar, in memory of Simon’s grandmother who was Irish and sadly passed away six months before the wedding. For the reception our first dance was ‘Let’s Get it Together’ by Toots and the Maytals and we had a band ‘The Rock Pins’ who played a mix of indie hits and classic pop/rock tunes which got everyone up on the dance floor all evening.”
Thanks so much for the couple of sharing their day with us and any final advice for our Bride and Groom’s to be? “Don’t let the temptation to do ‘everything’ take you over too much. At times, I realised I was getting a bit carried away with ideas for ‘small touches’ which probably wouldn’t be noticed. What our guests enjoyed was the company, the venue and the entertainment. We didn’t bother with favours, or a wedding car as those things weren’t important to us, but we wanted a really good band for the reception, and hired a coach to get people to and from the venue.”
Bride’s Outfit: Monsoon
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros
The Rock Pins – brilliant band
Simply Ice Cream – local luxury ice cream
Great Barn Weddings – rustic Kentish venue
Rebecca Douglas – We loved the vintage style photographs she produced for us which really capture the story of the day
Australian Style Catering – they couldn’t do more to help and the food was perfect, in very generous portions!
Biddenden Vineyards – delicious local wine and cider
Flowers 4 florists– cost effective wholesaler
Shelley and James were married at Fraser’s of Coldharbour Farm, in Egerton back in May 2012 with 80 guests to the day and 130 in the evening.
Here Shelley tells us about their day, “We wanted a laid back wedding, nothing too formal with a country feel – ‘pomp’ wouldn’t have really been us. We’ve been together for thirteen years and have small families, so the wedding was really a big party with all our friends!
We wanted somewhere in the countryside, out-of-the-way where we could hold the ceremony and the reception with a relaxed but professional feel. Originally we had been looking at venues in Cornwall, but we decided to move the wedding back home to Kent and Fraser’s was recommended to us. At the reception we decided to have all the guests on 3 big long tables, and the food was all put in the middle so everyone had to talk to each other and pass food around. It worked really well and we had to prise people apart in the evening to get the dancing started!”
Shelley says “We had the amazing Kerry Ann Duffy as our photographer. It was a really easy choice. We already knew we wanted Kerry after seeing her portfolio, but we met with another photographer whose images were a bit more formal just to see how they differed. When we sat down with Kerry and she talked us through how she does everything, we knew we’d made the right choice. I hate having my picture taken but she made me feel so comfortable. When we got the pictures back after our honeymoon they blew us away, we were so happy.
“For my bouquet I had freesia, ranunculus, roses, rosemary and thistles as James’s family are Scottish. The four bridesmaids each had a different bouquet, using tulips, roses, freesia and hyacinths. The boys’ buttonholes were freesia and James had a thistle added to his.
On the tables we had five tall vases filled with puss willows and either roses, ranunculus, tulips, hydrangea or hyacinths around the bottom. We then had about 30 jam jars on each table, wrapped in either yellow, green, white or tartan ribbon, each with different flowers in. The table centres were agreed on after much too-ing and fro-ing of ideas with our very lovely and patient florist Julia from Sweet William Florists in Headcorn. Julia also made us a beautiful top table display – all of our flowers were just beautiful. They went perfectly with our country colour theme of yellow, green and white.
For the reception we made the table plan ourselves, using an old picture frame from my Nan and Grandad’s house and putting card in the middle to hold the names. The menus were in the style of our invitations. The place cards were handwritten on card and pegged onto the wine glasses. Our invitations had our initials on them so we took that theme forward and had wooden letters on the Guest Book table and gave initial themed gifts to the Ushers and Bridesmaids. The table names were herbs, so we potted up sage, thyme, rosemary and parsley and wrote the herb names on a big piece of slate. We then tucked a small piece of each herb under the ribbon of each napkin. It was time-consuming but worth it! I was worried that it wouldn’t all come together – as it’s hard to imagine what everything will look like when you are making it all at home – but it was even better than I pictured in my head.”
“The music we played was the most personal part of our wedding, as we both love music so much and having been together so long there were lots of songs that had special meaning for us. We spent ages choosing what to have when we signed the register, walking back down the aisle, first dance with my dad, first dance with each other and the songs we wanted played during the evening. We only got our choices back to the DJ a couple of weeks before, and the form was full of crossings out and amendments where we kept changing our minds!”
Finally we asked Shelley what advice they would give to other couples and she said, “Do it your way. Don’t be bullied into spending too much or too little, or having things you don’t want.
The only thing I would have done differently is made sure I had someone passing the guest book round, as not as many people wrote in it. Also I did have an excellent idea for my cakes about two days after the wedding which I’m annoyed I didn’t think of earlier! But the only people who will really remember your day and all the details are you.
Make it mean something to you both and you can’t go wrong. During the planning people will say and do things that upset you without realising they have. Take a step back and try to work out if you are being a bit over sensitive or whether it is something that will genuinely affect you and the day.”
Other Wedding Contacts:
Entertainment/DJ: BeeJay Entertainments
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: Lellas Cupcakes
Bride, Grooms and Bridesmaids Outfit: All by Bride & Groom Ltd
Brides Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co