A real wedding for you today – and I think for once I might just have to use the word “quintessential” (sorry!)… From the ancient church to the marquee in a field, children playing and vintage details, this is a gorgeous day I know you’ll enjoy.
David and Rebecca were married at Minster-in-Thanet, Kent. They chose a chocolate and ivory theme, and the day was relaxed, informal and fun. Highlights for me are those “5 small beautiful little monkeys” mentioned in their wedding report; Rebecca’s look – from her hair to her gorgeous wedding dress; and the handmade details of the day. That said, I love it all… and I hope you will too.
The photography is by lovely Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro, and David and Rebecca have written a fantastic wedding report to share with us. Enjoy!
Who proposed, and how?
David proposed in front of all of my friends and family at my 30th birthday. Completely unexpected and beautiful
Wedding venue: Minster House, Minster
Open fields owned by a friend of ours who was kind enough to allow us to put up a marquee and use his grounds.
Wedding photographer: Tony Gameiro
We met Tony at a wedding fair that David wasn’t overly keen on attending, from the moment we saw his work, and his laid back style we knew we’d enjoy working with him, so much so we called and booked him on the drive home!
How would you describe your wedding style?
Relaxed, informal and fun. Bec’s always fancied herself as a bit of a wedding planner, and organises events for fun, so this was a test to prove that she can plan all the details and make it happen in a wedding setting.
She’s been doing handmade invites, favours, and all the little things you even think of. So I guess bespoke and handmade would be a good way of describing it.
Our day was all about a relaxed non-stuffy atmosphere, which was closer to a huge family party. We were very keen to have a wedding without pretentiousness and just wanted to have fun with all our family and friends, while playing games and enjoying ourselves.
Bec wore an Enzoani Erin wedding dress, which is nothing like she ever thought she’d pick. It was an ivory Italian lace affair with custom additions, which really made the dress. She also wore her favourite cowboy boots, as that’s her style.
The wedding ceremony:
Religious or civil wedding?
We had a beautiful ceremony at St Mary’s The Virgin church in Minster-in-Thanet. The church was old and dates from 670 AD and was stunning.
We were also lucky enough to have Bec’s uncle Tim Roberts, who is an international conductor and instrumentalist playing the Oboe during the ceremony and a beautiful solo piece during the signing of the register.
Which wedding readings did you choose?
The wedding reception:
What were your highlights?
The day went so fast, highlights are difficult. One of our highlights was our walk from the church, all the guests were bussed to the reception, but we chose to walk to allow us some time to relax before the reception and it was lovely taking a stroll in the sun as man and wife.
We both loved the first dance, which was special to us, and also special as Luke had learnt it and it was the first time he had ever performed it.
After 18 months of planning the highlight was stepping back and watching people enjoy themselves, playing rounders, having fun with our photo board and enjoying local ale. There were so many amazing bits of the day it’s hard to articulate.
Wedding venue styling and details:
We had a marquee which was a standard affair, however we went on a decorating offensive which was described by our guests as having a very vintage look.
We went with the chocolate and ivory colour scheme, which we used for bunting, table runners, flowers, and almost all decorations.
We spent 18 months collecting vintage teacups and saucers for the hot beverages to be served from. We had David’s mum’s old vintage suitcase which was used to collect all the cards in, and details like this added to the whole look.
We made all the favours, which were jars of jam made from berries we personally collected locally. The jars were all wrapped and packaged in an original vintage style.
Memorable wedding day moments:
Our amazing flower girls. Having 5 small beautiful little monkeys running round in adorable dresses all hand crafted by Bec’s mum was amazing. So innocent, and always guaranteed to do the most inappropriate thing at the most undesirable time!
After an immense 24 hours, seeing each other at the end of the aisle, and feeling a sense of relief of us actually doing it was brilliant!
David and his best man Jon naming themselves ‘Team Awesome’ on the day before the wedding as they were rushing round putting final touches to everything.
Wedding day advice:
Enjoy it – the day goes to fast and it’ll be over before you know it.
Stand back – Take a step back and look at what’s going on, those images of everyone enjoying ‘your day’ will make it all worth it. Those are also the things that won’t be captured, as everyone will be taking pictures of you!
Don’t worry – Forget about the small things, they won’t matter on the day – we had plans for little bits that never got put out and didn’t happen, nobody noticed and it really didn’t matter!
Wedding music and entertainment:
We were lucky enough to have seen on multiple occasions the amazing Surf Dude Grandad as well as lead singer Luke Dorman solo. They agreed to play the wedding and absolutely blew the roof off! They can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surf-Dude-Grandad/113280516843
We had also built a photo wall. We had taken photo frames and cut holes in a wall to allow people to take their own amusing group photos, some of the results were very funny, although by far the best photos are the ones of all the kids poking their heads through. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Paul at Bay 158 http://www.bay158.co.uk
The entertainment for the children was also brilliant, and the kids so well taken care of, it really makes a difference if the kids are having fun as it means the parents have a great time.
We couldn’t have done this without the dressing up outfits and children’s games given to us by Mick & Dawn at Expressions of Broadstairs http://www.expressionsgift.co.uk/
We also had the amazing Milo the balloon modeller who kept the children quiet with his mind-blowing talents for most of the afternoon. What this man can do with a balloon is unreal! http://www.milosentertainment.co.uk/
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Wedding photography http://gameiro.co.uk/
- Kids’ activities and amusements http://www.expressionsgift.co.uk/
- Wedding dresses http://www.bridal-gallery.co.uk/
- Pictures, frames http://www.bay158.co.uk
- Children’s entertainer http://www.milosentertainment.co.uk/
- Wedding planning and implementation firstname.lastname@example.org
- Music https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surf-Dude-Grandad/113280516843