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A beautiful rustic English wedding at High Rocks in Kent, with Jason Mark Harris Photography

I’ve been so excited to share today’s wedding with you all, in fact it’s one I’ve been waiting for since I first saw the gorgeous photos on Jason Mark Harris‘s blog back in November. It’s such a beautiful day – with a stunning bride, handsome groom and a brand new wedding venue for the English Wedding Blog. You can see all the Kent weddings I’ve featured on the blog here, but this is the first from High Rocks, an extraordinary wedding venue with five impressive function rooms and a unique setting which promises an unforgettable day and a spectacular wedding photo album!

High Rocks wedding in Kent (1) The wedding sounds pretty fantastic, an amazing party and a really personal day. Mark and Danielle didn’t follow the usual rules about tradition, and their top tip is to do the things you want to do instead of what’s traditionally expected at weddings. I couldn’t agree more! They involved family and friends in their wedding day with Danielle making her own stationery, flowers by Danielle’s mum and original wedding readings. For their entertainment they hired an Elvis tribute act who went down an absolute storm and comes highly recommended! Read Danielle’s wedding report at the end of the blog today for more details.
High Rocks wedding in Kent (2)High Rocks wedding in Kent (3)With huge thanks to today’s English Wedding Blog stars, the lovely Danielle and Mark. Thanks also to wedding photographer Jason Mark Harris for sharing his fabulous images of their High Rocks wedding with us all. Everyone – enjoy!
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Our wedding report: Mark and Danielle

Wedding photographer’s website and links:

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, he was incredible!

Wedding venue:

High Rocks Tunbridge Wells http://www.highrocks.co.uk/

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The best party of our lives!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

I thought they were truly fantastic.

Your wedding style and theme:

Autumn, cosy, rustic, laid back.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes by many!

How did the two of you meet?

Through a friend.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

1 year

Best bit of budget advice?

Don’t do things that are traditionally done, do the things you want to do.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

All home made by me.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes but still had it tweaked.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Simple and borrowed.

The groom wore:

Royal blue 3 piece slim suit

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

They chose an autumnal rich chocolate brown.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Both hair and make up done by friends.

Wedding flowers:

All flowers including button holes were bought and arranged by my mum.

The ceremony:

Civil service.

Wedding readings?

Both readings were written, one by the reader, my lovely friend Louise and the other by a couple who read a light-hearted fun and romantic poem written by husband.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

NO it had low wooden beams and fairy lights fitted already. I added lots of candles, pine cones, leaves some bunting on the top table and old photos of us and friends and family around the room.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

A very organised stack of crispy crème doughnuts.

Entertainment:

Lee Jackson….the best Elvis tribute I have ever seen with an incredible 5 piece band, made the night!! Not 1 person was sat down. http://www.elvispresleylookalike.com/

Followed by a DJ playing songs previously  requested by the guests.

On the day tips and advice:

Relax, and don’t worry and about a thing. It rained on our day but didn’t affect the day at all.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Becoming a lifelong partner with your best friend in front of all your favourite people.

 

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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