Louise and Daniel are a wonderful couple whose wedding was more personal than most: “Our wedding was homemade, rustic, picturesque and spiritual – it felt like us entwined with all that we love: each other, family and friends.” It’s everything a wedding should be, and today’s bride and groom are beautiful people in every sense of the word!
Their seaside wedding is right up my street; their flowers are divine, handpicked, natural English country flowers and so beautiful they even featured in my ‘Messy Flowers‘ blog post last month!
Images are by lovely Caroline Nicholson Photography. Find her here:
Our wedding story: Louise + Daniel
Wedding photographer’s website:
For more images from the wedding see http://carolinenicholsonphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/louise-dan-lobster-shack-wedding.html
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely. Caroline is a very talented and professional photographer but she also is warm, friendly and instantly put us both at ease.
St Thomas More Church – Bexley
The Lobster Shack – Whitstable
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Our wedding was homemade, rustic, picturesque and spiritual – it felt like us entwined with all that we love: each other, family and friends.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Caroline knew how excited we were to see the pictures and how waiting was nearly impossible so sent us a little sneak preview the same night. We loved them. Our pictures captured how much we enjoyed the day, personal moments as well as traditional group shots.
Your wedding style or theme:
Our theme was influenced by the English seaside.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About 9 months.
Best bit of budget advice?
Picking flowers from a farm not only cut costs immensely the flowers looked natural, seasonal and were organically grown. Plus it was such an enjoyable day.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
The wedding invites were designed and printed by Liz Moxham. We gave Liz the seaside theme and she did the rest. Our friend Sandy painted the table numbers and shells for each table.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Of course it was made by my mum! It felt very personal and special knowing that my mum had made it with love.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Lou’s necklace and earrings were from Swarovski which was a wedding gift from Dan.
Shoes from – Rachel Simpson.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Dan’s suit, shirt and socks were from Austin Reed.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We decided the bridesmaids would be our niece and two of our friend’s daughters. They were so excited to be bridesmaids and looked adorable in their outfits. The dresses were from Monsoon, the cardigans and flower bags were knitted by Lou’s mum.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Lou’s bestie Freeman did hair and make -up. Freeman came over from New Zealand to be a part of our day which just added to how special it was.
The flowers for the church and reception were all picked at Blooming Green Farm in Linton near Maidstone in Kent. Two friends Jennie & Freeman, Lou and her mum and dad spent the day before the wedding picking flowers and arranging them into jars, displays in oasis for the church and the bridesmaid’s posies. The flowers looked sensational so didn’t need much arranging as they spoke for themselves. Lou’s bouquet, the buttonholes and corsages were expertly made by Jen who runs the farm with her sister. We were really impressed with the flower farm experience.
Our sister in law Jess decorated the church with posies of gysophila hung from the end of the pews and positioned the flower displays the morning of the wedding.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Lobster Shack has a wonderful rustic feel located right on the beach so doesn’t need much decorating. However we wanted to put ourselves into the venue and make it personal to us. Oyster shells were used as place names, shells stuck onto jars for vases, decorated pebbles all collected from the beach helped to bring the outside inside. We also had sticks of rock for favours, hung bunting and used Dan’s dad vintage suitcase for the table plan.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
There was a LOT of DIY throughout our wedding – from Lou’s wedding dress to most of the venue decorations.
The wedding cake: traditioal or quirky?
Our cake was a traditional 3 tier cake with white icing and a chocolate sponge centre from Marks and Spencer’s. Lou made the Star fish bride and groom cake topper which added some quirkiness.
Music was an important element to our day and we both felt it was important to have Live music. The ceremony was enhanced by a wedding choir called Canto d’amore who sounded beautiful. During the reception drinks and canapés a band called the The sons of Killcullen entertained guest with upbeat Irish songs. After the wedding breakfast we hired a band called The Somebody’s to performed our first dance and play music throughout the night. We both love live music and felt it definitely added to our day. We also hired a magician for during the meal and speeches as we had nearly 20 children on the day which went down well with the parents too!
On the day tips and advice:
Time goes so quickly on the day so brides add on at least another hour to how long you think you will need to get ready.
Make sure there is a part of the day factored in to be together alone. We had an hour travelling between the church and venue in our wedding car (Volkswagen campervan) it was a really meaningful time together.
What’s the best thing about being married?
For us there is something special making the commitment to each other and being husband and wife.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Flower farm:- http://www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk
The Lobster Shack:- http://www.eqvenue.com
Wedding invites:- http://www.lizmoxhamgraphicdesign.co.uk
The Somebody’s:- https://earcandylive.co.uk
Wedding Choir:- http://www.wedding-choir.com
Wedding car:- http://www.vwbrides.co.uk
The Sons of Kilcullen