Hello there! I know you’re going to love Luke and Hannah’s Kent wedding blog. It’s the first wedding I’ve ever featured from the wonderful 14th century manor house Penshurst Place, which is magnificent. Hannah looks incredibly beautiful in a wedding dress by Stephanie Allin, and Luke is every bit the English gent in a long jacket complete with cane.
There are so many fantastic ideas here to inspire your wedding planning, including sunflower bouquets and table decorations, and – my favourites – the cutest little place name card holders with dinky little sunflowers.
But the most exciting thing about today’s wedding is Hannah and Luke’s memories of the moment their eyes met as Hannah walked down the aisle:
Hannah: “I will never forget seeing Luke for the first time as I walked down the aisle and the look on his face when he turned around and saw me. I couldn’t stop smiling, nothing has ever felt so right!”
Luke: “when I finally turned round I had trouble getting my head around how beautiful she looked. An unbelievable feeling.”
Shall we join them and have a look at this beautiful wedding and reception? The fabulous images are by lovely Steve Fuller Photography, and Hannah and Luke have shared their wedding report with you today. You’ll find it about halfway down the page. Enjoy! Claire xxx
A beautiful sunflower wedding blog – Hannah and Luke in Kent
The wedding venue:
HANNAH: Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent. We stumbled across the venue on the way back from viewing another one nearby, and it turned out they were holding a wedding open day. Just as luck would have it they had a slot to show us around when we arrived. We were blown away by the vast Barons Hall and its gorgeous central fire pit as well as the beautiful Sunderland Room. Finally the Gardens and all the potential photo opportunities sealed the deal! We had found our wedding venue!
Wedding photographer: Steve Fuller Photography
HANNAH: Steve Fuller was exactly the sort of photographer we were looking for. He captured all the best bits of the day as they unfolded naturally without any forced posing.
How would you describe your wedding style?
HANNAH: We both agreed we would love a summer wedding so we had about 21 months to plan the day. We tried to steer clear of a rigid theme, instead trying to create a natural summer atmosphere that reflected our personalities and complimented the stunning venue.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
HANNAH: The wedding ceremony was held in the Sunderland Room of Penshurst Place at 3.30pm. The rain stopped just in time for my Father to roll the top down on his white Sunbeam Tiger and drive me to the venue. We had about 100 of our friends and family attend the ceremony.
Having a ceremony that was personal to us was very important; we chose a beautiful piece of music for me to walk down the aisle to called Three Flights Up by Yellowcard, a way of getting a little bit of rock and roll into the ceremony! I was so nervous walking down the aisle, not about marrying Luke, nothing has ever felt more right than becoming his wife, but instead about tripping over! Luke’s reaction and the look on his face when he turned around and saw me walking up the aisle was one of the best moments of the day, I couldn’t stop smiling.
We had 2 readings at the ceremony chosen by two of our best friends, Libby and Curly, and Luke’s sister wrote a beautiful song for us which she sang and performed on guitar when we signed the register; my brother, Guy and Luke’s friend, Jason were witnesses. When the registrar announced that we were man and wife and Luke may kiss the bride the whole room started cheering and whooping. It was such a fantastic feeling and reminded me why we’d chosen to share it with all our amazing friends and family.
Which readings did you choose?
HANNAH: We left the choice of readings up to one of my best friends, Libby and one of Luke’s best friends, Curly. They both know us very well and both seemed excited to share their reading choices with us, which turned out to be exactly the same reading; Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116! Curly politely decided to leave the Shakespeare reading to Libby, she is after all an actress who had just finished a role in a Shakespeare play in the West End!
Curly’s second choice was introduced by him as appealing to Luke’s love of mythical beasts (he is sometimes a bit of a geek!) and my love of numbers (I studied Economics at university). He chose a poem by A.A. Milne called Us Two, it was perfect!
What did you wear?
HANNAH: My dress was by Stephanie Allin, shoes were ivory satin wedges by Aruna Seth. I wore a crystal headpiece and veil. My jewellery was from Tiffany’s and Cartier, very kindly Jodie’s in Maidstonelent to me by my Mother. My something old was my original engagement ring which is a very old, very delicate opal ring which belonged to Luke’s Great Great Grandmother.
LUKE: I hired my suit from Cameron Ross, based at Bridal Gowns at Jodie’s in Maidstone. I wore a long black frock coat with plain black trousers (I’m not a fan of the traditional stripey ones!). The waistcoat had what I can only describe as a very pale gold swirly type pattern, which matched the gold/yellow cravat. I also had the benefit of a cane, borrowed from a good friend (he actually insisted), and some patent leather shoes. All in all, it felt pretty swish.
Memorable wedding day moments:
HANNAH: There really are so many amazing memories from the day, it is hard to narrow it down to just one, so I have narrowed it down to three!
- I will never forget seeing Luke for the first time as I walked down the aisle and the look on his face when he turned around and saw me. I couldn’t stop smiling, nothing has ever felt so right!
- My second most memorable moment is walking out into the courtyard after the ceremony with my new husband and seeing all of our friends and family properly for the first time smiling, laughing and blowing bubble confetti at us, at that point, with perfect comedic timing, my garter slipped down and I almost flung it at our guests!
- My final most memorable moment was Luke’s speech, I know he worked so hard on finding the right words to say and it was honestly so perfect and meaningful.
LUKE: Like Hannah, I have an immense collection of memories that are pretty impossible to choose between. Honestly though, I will struggle to forget seeing her walk down the aisle. It was the most incredible feeling. I had no idea what the dress looked like as I’d insisted on being kept in the dark over any details, so when I finally turned round I had trouble getting my head around how beautiful she looked. An unbelievable feeling.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
HANNAH: We wanted to have colours and styles on the day that naturally complimented the venue and season. So as a guide we went with yellows and greens for the colours. The bridesmaids wore olive green dresses from Coast with yellow rose corsages. The ushers had olive green cravats to match and yellow rose button holes.
My bridal bouquet was white and cream roses and Luke’s button hole was a cream rose. The reception was held in the Barons Hall and we wanted the style to feel less formal and more fun. We had beautiful, candelabra floral arrangements as centrepieces with sunflowers, roses, spray roses, September and foliage.
It was quite a cold day for July so we had the fire pit in the centre of the Barons Hall lit which was a wonderful feature and added so much atmosphere to the room. We named each of the tables after a book which held special meaning to us or that we just loved! We had the side tables decorated with ivy and tea light candles.
For some personal touches we collected and framed family photographs of past weddings and displayed these throughout the venue. My Mother-in-Law had the wedding cake made as a gift to us which was a gorgeous cupcake tower with flower decorations which matched the style of the day perfectly. Our hope was that all these details would come together to give a relaxed fun atmosphere which showed off and complimented the stunning surroundings of Penshurst Place.
Invitations and reception stationery:
HANNAH: This was another area where we wanted to keep it personal. We made all of the stationery. We sent out ‘Save the Date’ cards which we made using a personalised stamp. The invitations were all hand made in a simple style with ribbon and stamps. For place name holders we collected champagne and sparkling wine corks which we decorated and I hand wrote all the place cards which sat in a small slit we cut in the top of the cork. We had two table plans for the wedding breakfast which we made using old fashioned travel tags and string which we framed.
Wedding music and entertainment:
HANNAH: Luke is musical and plays in a band so the music choices were deliberated over for a long time. Luke’s sister, Jess, wrote a beautiful song which she performed during the ceremony. All the other songs during the ceremony held special meaning to us. At the reception we had a band called Danger Mouse, we chose them because of their repertoire (which leaned more towards rock covers) and they met Luke’s high musical standards. They were amazing! They had the nearly all the guests on the dance floor from their first song, one of my (many) best memories from the day is jumping up and down to Feeder’s Buck Rogers with my best girl mates!
Wedding day advice:
LUKE: Hannah was given a rather sensible piece of advice in the lead up to the day, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’. A wonderful nugget of wisdom that I myself completely ignored as I had a minor meltdown about which way my button hole should be attached (facing down, by all accounts). It by no means hampered my enjoyment of the day, but did make for some rather amusing wedding video footage. So, again, don’t sweat the small stuff!
Recommended Kent wedding suppliers:
Venue: Penshurst Place and Gardens
Flowers: Flower and Glory, Sevenoaks
Photographer: Steve Fuller Photography
Videographer: Other Finger Films
Dress: Stephanie Allin
Shoes: Aruna Seth
Grooms suit: Cameron Ross
Ushers suits: Cameron Ross
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast
Band: Danger Mouse, Function Central