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Amy and Damian’s rustic spring wedding blog with freesia bouquet, James Grist Photography

Amy and Damian’s rustic spring wedding blog is just beautiful – the freesias in Amy’s bouquet are my favourite flowers (my Grandma used to love them and they remind me of her). Today’s bride and groom are both gorgeous, their day just makes me smile and I adore their images.

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Amy dedicated herself to making all of the stationery, invitations and even wooden place names with a personal message to every guest on the back. Family and friends helped out, with even Granddad making wooden birds for the cake stand!

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Amy’s dress is divine, by the wonderful Melanie Potro. She looks so incredibly beautiful and wears her Nan’s pearls with diamond earrings given to her by Damian. Amy’s sister is a hair and make up artist so of course she styled Amy’s bridal look – and she looks absolutely stunning.  The images are by lovely James Grist Photography, based in Kent.

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Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

I was over the moon with our wedding photos and our photographer. James put us at ease on the day and made us feel relaxed having our photos taken. Having the pre wedding shoot was a great idea as it got us used to having our photos taken. http://jamesgristphotography.co.uk/

Wedding venue:

Grasshopper Inn, Westerham

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Our wedding day felt like a dream come true it really was the best day of my life.

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

I was overwhelmed the photos showed everything that I imagined the day to be it was amazing to see it all from another angle.

Your wedding style and theme:

Our wedding had a rustic spring theme.

Any happy tears on the day?

I never expected to be as emotional as I was, I was so happy.

How did the two of you meet?

We met through our sisters, they set us up!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About a year. I didn’t do much planning though until the last few months everything seemed to fall into place

Best bit of budget advice?

Prioritise what you want to spend most money on and stick to your budget. We spent more on things that we could keep forever rather than bits that only would last the day like the cake and decorations.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I made the invitations and stationery. The name places were made out of wood with nanes on the front and a message to the guest on the back. I roped in my Mum, Dad, Nan and Aunt to get everything done

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes it was a Melanie Potro dress and was called Amiee so I thought that as the name was like mine it would be perfect (it was also the first and only dress I tried on)

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I had sparkly Russell and Bromley shoes. At my hen party the girls suprised me with the matching bag. I also wore my Nan’s pearls and diamond earrings which Damian gave me as a wedding gift

The groom wore:

Tail suits hired from moss

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaids wore mint green strapless dress from bhs. 2 had long and 2 had short.

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

My sister is a make up artist so she did my hair and makeup /www.rosebernard.com

Wedding flowers:

Denise Thompson florist, Otford. I wanted the flowers to be simple and elegant and Denise captured what I wanted perfectly and were exactly how I imagined

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

I will always remember how happy everyone was and having everyone we loved in one room

Wedding readings?

My maid of honour and sister rose did a reading of the poem owl and the pussy cat. She suprised me with the reading and chose it because I love owls and cats and the poem reminded her of Damian and I

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue has a lovely historic look so it didn’t need too much decorating my mother in law made the table decorations

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

I kept the cake traditional and had a 3 tier fruit cake which I worked with my nan mum and aunt to decorate with daisies and butterflies. My grandad also made wooden birds to sit below the cake stand

Entertainment:

We had the grasshopper inns resident dj neil who was great. We didn’t stop dancing all evening.

On the day tips and advice:

Enjoy every moment including the run up to the big day it all goes so quickly

What’s the best thing about being married?

It was amazing to commit ourselves to each other in front of our friends and family and starting the rest of our lives together

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Www.rosebernard.com

www.dtflorist.co.uk

Www.jamesgristphotography.co.uk

Www.melanieportro.com

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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