I love Kate and Andy – for their choice of wedding venue (squeeeal!) and their gorgeous styling touches. This wedding – my second from Finchcocks Musical Museum – is breathtaking! With lots and lots of styling touches to inspire you, and beautiful images by Penny Young Photography, it’s already a favourite for 2015.
Styling touches are beautifully simple and very “English summer garden” with sweet peas picked from Kate’s parent’s garden and arranged by a very talented and multi-skilled hairdresser! Other touches are ever so pretty and I’m sure will inspire so many of you: the marquee was decorated with flowers in jam jars and metres and metres of bunting made by Kate’s mum.
The stars of today’s English Wedding Blog are, in this order:
- Kate and Andy. Stunning
- Finchcocks Musical Museum and that awesome be-buntinged piano!
- The cat. I asked for the photo especially… so adorable!
- Kate’s mum. Creative genius.
- Penny Young Photography… just wow*. What a fantastic collection of images which really reflect the spirit of the day – I feel as though I’ve been immersed in this wedding all morning… just love it. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Kent don’t miss this opportunity to discover Penny’s official website and social media:
*Actually, Penny should probably be above the cat in my list… way above. As should Kate’s Mum! Proof I’m a cat lover…
Our wedding story: Kate + Andy
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, of course!
The ceremony was held at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst and the reception in a Marquee in Kate’s parents’ garden.
16th August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Bunting, Buses, Barn Dancing and the Best day ever!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
It was great to relive the day and be reminded of everything that had happened.
Your wedding style and theme:
Any happy tears on the day?
No! The tears came the next day when we had to leave our family and amazing weekend and head to the airport for our Honeymoon.
How did the two of you meet?
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Bunting themed stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, but it was completely the opposite to what I thought I wanted – I didn’t try it on as a serious contender!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ellis Bridals dress from Jolliffes in Marlow.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My mum’s veil.
The groom wore:
Cream cravat and waistcoat, black jacket and grey pinstripe trousers from Moss Bross.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore long purple dresses from Debenhams and the flowergirls dresses were from Next.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We did our own make up, Libby Fuller from Tunbridge Wells did our hair.
Sweetpeas from my parents’ garden, arranged by Libby, hairdresser and all round creative genius!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Kate coming down the stairs in her wedding dress
Two readings, from friends and the mother of the groom.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The ceremony venue speaks for itself with large windows and panelled walls. The Marquee was decorated with flowers in jam jars and metres and metres of bunting made by my mum!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky – it was made of cheese, decorated with rose petals and with Bride and Groom mice made by my friend Helen.
We had a barn dance in the evening which was great as it got everyone up and involved with the dancing. We also had a photobooth taxi for after Penny and Jim left which captured some of the evening’s comical photos!
On the day tips and advice:
Take a step back and absorb what’s going on – it goes so quickly
What’s the best thing about being married?
The memories of the day itself and looking forward to lots more adventures together as man and wife.