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An English country wedding with a bit of a circus theme thrown in!

Ryan and Andrea’s May wedding was full of creativity and style, inspired by their wedding venue. They married at Preston Court in Kent – a famously beautiful wedding venue with its very own carousel. This inspired the circus themed elements to today’s English country wedding, which I think you’ll adore!

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The images are by my friend and blog sponsor the lovely Alix Marina-Chouhan of Lumiere Photography. Andrea and Ryan have shared their wedding details for us all to enjoy, and there are links to the key wedding suppliers involved at the end of this feature.

Congratulations to a fantastic, fun and absolutely gorgeous couple. Thank you ever so much for sharing your wedding and advice for English Wedding Blog readers today. Thank you also Alix for submitting such a fantastic wedding to the blog – you can find out more about Lumiere Photography at www.lumiere-photography.co.uk and by visiting Alix’s dedicated wedding supplier page on the English Wedding Blog: Leicestershire wedding photographer Alix Marina-Chouhan. Everyone – grab a cuppa and enjoy! Claire x
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Andrea and Ryan’s English country wedding with a dash of circus style!

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Wedding venue: Preston Court, Kent

(At the time of writing I can’t link to Preston Court as my antivirus software is coming up with warnings of a virus on their site.)

Wedding photographer

Alix Marina-Chouhan (Lumiere Photography)

How would you describe your wedding style?

Predominantly an English country wedding with a bit of a circus theme thrown in to reference the venue & carousel!

Invitations and reception stationery

We chose the lovely circus-style invitations from sweetinvitationco through Etsy

What did you wear?

Bride: Dress; Balira from Pronovias, Shoes; Nova from Jimmy Choo, earrings from Fenwicks, and flower in hair from Lo Boheme
Groom: Shoes from Russell & Bromley, suit hired from Austin Reed

A little about the wedding ceremony:

Unfortunately, the unseasonable May weather last year meant that we couldn’t have it outside under the pagoda, but it was fantastic to get married in the big barn in front of the amazing vintage organ. We chose Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 as our wedding reading.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details

We wanted to reference all the different styles that the venue & our day had, so we had lots of country flowers in vases, circus-themed table names and a posh kebab van for evening buffet, and also some lovely personalised Mexican wedding banners as we got married on Cinco de Mayo from AyMujer on Etsy

Wedding music and entertainment

We had the brilliant DJ Steve from www.mobilemusiccompany.co.uk who was so accommodating, professional and great fun!

Memorable wedding day moments:

The ceremony is probably the part of the day that got least attention when we were planning, but was the most special part. And the speeches from my Dad & our Best Men Kevin & Dan were the perfect mixture of heartfelt and tear-inducing laughter

Wedding day advice

Try to speak to every guest, especially older/close relatives who love to have you all to themselves for a while. And don’t sweat the small stuff; the things that go a bit off-plan add to your wedding day story!

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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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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