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Tim and Jummy’s colourful festival wedding in Kent, with Richard Ware Photography

Tim and Jummy’s Kent wedding is gorgeous… they describe it as a festival of colour and it really is! The beautiful bride’s bouquet is the brightest of yellows, there are sunny accents throughout, and Jummy told me that rather than sticking to a particular colour she knew their Nigerian relatives would bring bright colours to the day so they chose to embrace that with colourful and eclectic styling!

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I smiled to read Jummy’s tip about the ‘magical spreadsheet’ they used to plan their day – in itself becoming a family heirloom as every engaged couple finds it invaluable! Another top tip I love this couple for is their advice to use local suppliers as much as possible. Supporting independent businesses is important, especially when it comes to weddings.  The flowers, cake and catering were just some of the highlights of a magical day.

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Thank you to Kent wedding photographer Richard Ware for sharing his lovely images with us all today. If you’re looking for a photographer in Kent do visit his website at:

www.richardwarephotography.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Ware-Photography

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I know you’ll love seeing all Tim and Jummy’s wedding ideas, and you’ll adore the special touches and styling they created for their festival wedding. They’re a wonderful, characterful and gorgeous couple and I hope you enjoy seeing their photos and reading their wedding report at the end of the feature today! Enjoy.
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Our wedding report: Tim and Jummy

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.richardwarephotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, pleased with the beautiful memories of the day.

Wedding venue:

Nettlestead Place, Kent.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A relaxed and colourful celebration in the early summer sunshine.

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

It was magical seeing images of such a special day. It allowed us to re-live our wonderful memories.

Your wedding style and theme:

A festival of colour! We wanted to incorporate loads of colour in our day rather than sticking to a single colour theme.  I knew that our Nigerian relatives would bring loads of colour to the wedding and we wanted to embrace that.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes from both of us at the end of the day, when our second band (an acoustic one) serenaded us with Take That’s Back for good.  It was very special.

How did the two of you meet?

We met through work 10 years ago and slowly became such good friends that we couldn’t bear to be parted. We both love festivals, dancing and food.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About 12 months. We both wanted to be as involved as possible. We spent a while thinking through ideas for the day but Tim was hooked when Jummy suggested the idea of a colourful festival wedding.

Best bit of budget advice?

Use a spreadsheet!  I was given the template of a wonderful wedding planning spreadsheet that my sister Lola developed. I pimped up this spreadsheet and used it to manage all aspects of the wedding planning including the guest list.  I believe my brother is now using the magical spreadsheet for his wedding planning.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We really wanted a handmade style.  Jummy spent hours researching invitation designs. We wanted something personal and different. We decided on a simple booklet style invitation, made with rustic style brown card and bound with raffia. Inside the invite had laser cut wording and a photograph of us behind the cut out words. We also ordered a personalised embosser to create embossed stick-on gold seals on the envelopes to add a little bit of glitz. We had lots of compliments on our invitation, which was nice. We have since seen the gold seals re-stuck to quite a few friends and family’s fridge doors! Our wedding stationery was made with the same simple brown card to continue the theme.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I loved my wedding dress! I fell in love with it on my second visit to a bridal shop.  It was so elegant and princess-like.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Country Brides in Faversham

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Jummy wore her grandmother’s jewellery, which was a touching element to the day. As it was important to incorporate colour Jummy also wore a coral cardigan, coral shoes and carried a large colourful wedding bouquet.

The groom wore:

Tim wore an Austin Reed suit. Austin Reed suits were a favourite of his granddad, who used to travel down to London from Lancashire to buy them.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Jummy’s beautiful bridesmaid was her sister Lola and she wore a bright sunflower yellow cocktail dress. The dress fitted in perfectly with the colourful wedding vibe.

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

Lola has always been responsible for doing hair and make up for her mates and Jummy for years! So she was once again in charge of hair and make-up on the day.

Wedding flowers:

We tried as far as possible to use local suppliers and were lucky to find Sandra Lamb who runs Kent Wedding flowers. She produced wonderful colourful flower arrangements for the whole day that perfectly fitted the colourful and relaxed theme. Jummy’s bouquet was stunning and the flowers for the mum’s were also very special.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

We were married in the Undercroft at Nettlestead Place, followed by a blessing at St Mary’s Church next door. The Undercroft was very intimate and the overall feeling was that our family and close friends were in this small but magical space with us.  The evening party was also very special, everyone was dancing to the two band’s tunes, we had Jägermeister on tap and my American cousin impressed us all by doing the caterpillar in the middle of the dance floor.  An amazing day.

Wedding readings?

A personal message of celebration was read by two of our best friends and a bible reading about love was read by Jummy’s brother, Olu.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue was stunning enough.  Nettlestead Place is just a gorgeous and quirky venue, and the site even is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It’s a beautiful old house and pretty gardens and surrounding countryside and St Mary’s church is a beautiful and historic Norman church. We didn’t want to detract from the beauty of these buildings. We did however go to town on the decoration for our evening reception in the marquee, with colourful festival flags, different coloured covers on the hay bales, colourful flower centre pieces and a multi-coloured ceiling. Tim made a wooden crate from old pallets and we turned this upside down to use as a centrepiece table by the hay bales. We also bought 3 sets of solar powered fairy lights that we hung up on bamboo canes around the same area for a special night time effect.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

The cake was white chocolate cheesecake decorated in summer fruits and it tasted AMAZING! We didn’t want a traditional cake and wanted something everyone would enjoy. We even saved some for our minimoon. The cake got a massive thumbs up from our guests.

Entertainment:

In keep with our festival theme, we wanted plenty of music and we were lucky enough to get two bands to play for us.  An amazing Motown and Soul band called Life and Soul, who kept everyone dancing for hours.  We also ended the evening with an acoustic band, For The Love Of Bob – who ended the day for us perfectly.

On the day tips and advice:

Every one will tell you that the day is a blur and goes by so quickly, so you should try to enjoy it. We decided to sub-contract most services separately to get exactly what we wanted, but it meant a lot of organisation beforehand. So we tried to delegate lots of little tasks on the day related to these to a few family and friends which meant we could enjoy the day. We would also suggest getting as much sleep as possible the day before, something that neither of us managed to do. Tim’s best man (his brother Richard) took over ownership of his phone in the morning and filtered messages and calls to him so only the essential ones got to Tim – very useful!

We also had a video made of the day. We didn’t think we wanted one at first but we are so glad that we did.  It has allowed us to relive the day.  Our Videographer, Marco Eastwood was fabulous.

Finally try to make the day as unique to you as possible. Our day included so many elements that were special to us, such as Pieminister Pies as our caterers, a hog roast, hay bales, festival flags and little pots of chilli jam, lovingly made by the two of us and also used as place names.  It really felt like our day.

What’s the best thing about being married?

The best thing is just the feeling of facing the world together. Marriage isn’t for everyone but for us it is a chance to bring together the people we love and celebrate our commitment to each other, and look forward to the future together.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Pieminister Pies – http://www.pieminister.co.uk/

Creative Cakes – http://www.creativeweddingcakes.co.uk/

Spitting Pig (Hog Roast) – http://www.spittingpig.co.uk/

Sandra Lamb – http://www.kentweddingflowers.co.uk/

Life and Soul – http://www.lifeandsoulmusic.co.uk/

For The Love Of Bob – https://www.facebook.com/pages/For-The-Love-Of-Bob/188108924611568

Country Brides in Faversham – http://www.countrybrides.uk.com/contact.php

Bam Productions – http://www.bamproductions.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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