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A colourful (red and purple!) wedding in Kent

I love it when couples are brave with their colour scheme, or the structure of their wedding day, or have details which they love so much they know they’ll work! Such was the case with Steph and Dave’s wedding. The colour scheme was red and purple; the theme for the day was travel. And it looks gorgeous, don’t you think?!

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Steph and Dave have shared a fantastic wedding report with us. They chose photographer Andrew Billington to document their day – and he did so beautifully. Enjoy the blaze of lush colours; the magical moments and most of all, the honest and gorgeous laughter of bride Steph. She’s just stunning!

Enjoy!
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Steph and Dave’s wedding in Kent

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Who proposed, and how?

Dave proposed to Steph while on a weekend away to Windsor. We had gone to one of our favourite restaurants, Cafe Rouge, and come back to our hotel room where Dave got down on one knee and popped the question with Steph’s Gran’s ring which he had managed to get from Steph’s family in secret. It was a total surprise and after several seconds of complete shock Steph said yes!
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What did you wear?

Bride: An ivory Blue by Enzoani gown named Dallas, with Clear Azure shoes

Groom: A light grey suit with a purple cravat and ivory & purple detailed waistcoat.
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Wedding venue: Winter’s Barns, Canterbury Kent

Wedding photographer: Andrew Billington

How would you describe your wedding style? Colourful, fun and personal

The wedding ceremony: St Martin’s Church, Herne, Kent

Religious or civil? Religious

Which readings did you choose? Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Song of Solomon 2.10-13 and another which has no name!
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What were your wedding highlights?

The entire day was fantastic, but probably our wedding dance, our catering (Scott Anderson’s) and being able to share the day with all our friends and family- they came from all over the place, some as far away as Barbados!

Wedding day advice

If you want to make your wedding personal and do DIY things it’s a wonderful touch but make sure you plan plenty of time, I would have been very stressed if I hadn’t! Also if you have a vision for your day, don’t let anyone try and change your mind. We knew what we wanted and although some people were unsure to begin with by the end everyone felt we had created an incredible wedding!

Wedding venue styling and details

Modern barn feeling, with fairy lights. Our theme was travelling which we had with the tables named after everywhere we have been together. Purple and red was the colour theme we had going through the décor.

For favours we had Kinder Eggs wrapped in red and purple material and for place names I hand painted small glass bottles with a message inside to each person giving them the meaning of their name. We also had a quiz for the tables to fill out so everyone could get to know each other better and the table that won received two bottles of champagne.

Wedding music and entertainment: We had the band, the Dukes of Havoc play.
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Memorable wedding day moments

We bought a load of glow bands and light up balloons and had a rave hour with the music!
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Steph & Dave’s recommended wedding suppliers:

Andrew Billington for Photography – Thanks to Andy we have so many gorgeous pictures of our beautiful day, he is genuine and truly gifted at what he does. http://documentary-wedding.com/

Scott Anderson’s for catering – The best, fantastic food and an amazing service. Dave and I even had our own waitress to make sure we had canapés, drinks and a hot pork bap in the evening. http://www.chefscottanderson.co.uk/

FlowerArt (Michelle) for our flowers – She is absolutely fantastic and so creative, she loved that our colour scheme was so unusual and just ran with it. http://www.flowerart-uk.com/weddings.php

Bridal Gallery (Broadstairs) for my wedding dress – Jean is a fantastic seamstress and so helpful, fun and kind. I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else! http://www.bridal-gallery.co.uk/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Julie Boyd
    7 years ago

    What a beautiful couple. Love the colour scheme. Fantastic photos love the dance one. Well done Andrew Billington

  • Jon
    7 years ago

    Bold color schemes like this really make wedding image pop. Beautiful.

  • Looks like a fun wedding. Love the color.

  • Nathan
    7 years ago

    It’s been said before but I also really love the colours! Not done anything with red and purple together before, seeing this makes me think I really should. Really like how the favours complimented the seats to, makes it all look so vibrant. All in all it looked like such a fun wedding, great photos.

  • Susan
    7 years ago

    Steph looked beautiful at the wedding, was so much fun and am so happy for the lovely couple. Also a major shout out to Andrew for the brilliant photos, some wonderful images above!

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