I hardly know where to begin with today’s stunning wedding – it’s really one of the loveliest I’ve seen this year. Isobel and Richard are a fantastic couple and the day is absolutely gorgeous, filled with flowers and smiles. Their Tonbridge (Kent) wedding at home will – I promise – make you smile and leave you feeling happy for the day. It’s beautiful. Isobel’s wedding report is helpful and entertaining. The images… well they just capture the spirit of this amazing wedding perfectly!
With huge thanks to gorgeous couple Isobel and Richard for sharing their day with us on the English Wedding Blog – congratulations! And thanks to lovely wedding photographer Sophie Duckworth Photography, who is based in Surrey. Sophie is one of my awesome team of wedding blog sponsors and you can read more about her here.
Our wedding report: Isobel and Richard
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
She was amazing! We absolutely love the photographs, and they catch the essence of the day perfectly
Isobel’s parents’ house in Brenchley, Kent
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A perfect Kentish wedding, full of fun and happiness
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were on honeymoon and the wifi kept dropping out, so it took ages to see them all. But it was worth the wait – they were just staggeringly gorgeous and immediately reminded us of everything we’d loved most about the day.
Your wedding style and theme:
We deliberately wanted to avoid a “theme” as such, but we were having it in a Kentish garden, so that informed a lot of our choices – like deciding against a straightforward colour scheme for the bridesmaids and flowers, instead just choosing lots of lovely bright colours; and like having picnic basket starters, and strawberries and cream for our meal.
Any happy tears on the day?
A bit of emotional welling-up, but mainly just lots of happy grinning!
How did the two of you meet?
In a bar in Camden in 2009. It was love at first sight for Rich – then all he had to do was convince me! A few months later we got together and haven’t looked back since.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About a year.
Best bit of budget advice?
This was good budget advice, and also the best bit of sanity-keeping advice – don’t make your own bunting! I borrowed from two friends who’d recently been married and it saved me so much time, money and stress!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Wedding invitations were designed by Becky Glibbery, with on-the-day stationery designed by Isobel. They were very simple with an ivy/hedera design. The hedera is an obscure ivy-shaped punctuation mark that signifies an important change in a manuscript – and as a one-time editor, this was something I was super-keen on, as it was like a little secret message.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I actually fell in love with three wedding dresses (one by Charlotte Balbier, one by Elie Saab, and one by Dior), which I then combined in the design for my final dress.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Patricia Brazier, Bridal Design Studio, Eden Park
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
The necklace was my great-great-grandmother’s, given to me as a gift by my mother on the wedding day. Otherwise I just wore my engagement and wedding ring! My shoes were by Rachel Simpson.
The groom wore:
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They all chose their own dresses
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair – Sarah Sweatman, TJ’s Loft, East Grinstead – I’ve been going to Sarah for years and she’s just amazing! We did a few trials for my wedding hair and she just totally understood what I wanted. She was also a super-calming influence on the wedding day itself.
Makeup – Charlotte Jacks – Charlie (part-time model, part-time pop-star, part-time makeup genius) was a school friend of my sister’s and is the most incredible make-up artist (as well as a total babe). I’ve literally never looked so good!
Blooming Green, via our lovely friend Kathy who is just a genius with flowers
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
The whole thing was so memorable and emotional; it’s hard to choose a specific moment. Seeing each other for the first time, saying the vows we wrote, hearing everyone yelling, “we do” in support of us… Ultimately choosing Zena Birch to be our celebrant was probably what brought this all together – she was just so great, and made the ceremony really, truly about the two of us.
How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog – Taylor Mali
Extract from ‘A Farewell to Arms’ by Ernest Hemingway
Heart Shaped Box – Justin Gildow
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
In a word – yes. Two marquees, three gazebos, miles of bunting and fairy lights, wine boxes on each table on which picnic baskets were rested, baseball-team flags for the table names (and team ribbons around all the napkins), garden games, etc. The list just goes on! The only thing that didn’t need much decorating was the ceremony tent, as that was open at the sides so you could see my parents’ beautiful garden, which provided a much more stunning setting than any formal flower arrangement could have.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional, and chosen by Rich’s lovely parents, Peter and Janet Pearson. It featured ivy to remind people of our invitations, a baseball as Rich is baseball-mad, and a book as I’m book-mad.
The Thumping Tommys – amazing bluegrass band [afternoon]
The Supertones – after-dinner rock music [evening]
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy every second. Remember to stay hydrated. Ignore the weather forecast (it was meant to pour with rain on our wedding day and it was actually glorious most of the day).
What’s the best thing about being married?
Everything. Being married is just LOVELY. And knowing we made those really important vows, in front of everyone we care about most, has just made us feel stronger than ever before.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sophie Duckworth
CATERER: Sarah Litchfield / Elm Green
HAIR: Sarah Sweatman / TJ’s Loft
CELEBRANT: Zena Birch
MAKEUP: Charlie Jacks
BLUEGRASS BAND: Thumping Tommys
EVENING BAND: Supertones
CAKE: Fairytale Cake Company
FLOWERS: Blooming Green
DRESS: Patricia Brazier, Bridal Design Studio