Happy April everyone! Soon we’ll be enjoying warm summer days, sunny evenings and glorious outdoor living again – yay! I’m looking for lots of summer weddings to feature on the English Wedding Blog so tell your friends and suppliers to get those submissions rolling in! For today though… a wonderfully relaxed wedding in England’s very own garden county. Lianne and Neil married in Kent and styled their wedding around a garden party theme. It’s beautiful!
Images are by lovely Helen at Schryver Photo, based in Kent. Lianne told me, “We loved seeing our photos for the first time – they were amazing and brought back so many beautiful memories. Viewing them just after returning from our honeymoon gave us such an awesome lift!”
Find out more about Schryver Photo here:
Lianne & Neil
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely! We couldn’t have asked for more and absolutely love all our photos.
The Secret Garden, near Ashford, Kent
27th June 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Laid back, simple and fun ‘garden party’ wedding.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We loved seeing our photos for the first time – they were amazing and brought back so many beautiful memories. Viewing them just after returning from our honeymoon gave us such an awesome lift!
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage, laid back, simple and with a subtle festival/music theme. A bit mismatched really, but exactly as we wanted it! Lots of handmade touches including bunting made by my Mum.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We found and booked The Secret Garden as our venue about six months after we got engaged. We then had another year to plan all the details.
Best bit of budget advice?
Shop around for the best prices – it was really worth it for us. Ask to see sample dresses in bridal boutiques – mine was a sample and was an absolute bargain!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We used 7 inch vinyls of our favourite albums as our table names. They tied in with our festival themed table plan, which we made ourselves.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The first time I tried on my wedding dress I didn’t instantly fall in love with it. I’ve never understood it when brides say they knew theirs was the dress for them as soon as they tried it on! I was actually torn between two dresses which were both samples so I knew I had to make a decision quickly. One of my bridesmaids said to me, “Would you be happy to go back to the shop in a couple of weeks and risk the dress not being there any more?”. At which point I knew my answer, drove straight to the shop, and bought it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jasmine by Watters, bought from Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I didn’t have a veil, and knew I didn’t want anything fussy or bling in terms of accessories. I searched the internet for weeks and in the end spotted a designer called Corrine Smith in a bridal magazine. She had some really alternative designs which were just what I was after, particularly a headpiece for £90 which I fell in love with! It was perfect for the theme I was going for and also matched the bridesmaids’ headpieces. My shoes were from Rainbow (in John Lewis), for £40 in the sale. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on shoes that are never going to be worn again!
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Neil wore a simple suit from Next.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My sister Sophie and best friends Sarah and Amy were my bridesmaids and wore dresses from Debenhams. My niece Isla was our beautiful flower girl and her dress was from BHS.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I wore my hair in a simple plait with the headpiece weaved through it. My bridal make-up was by Gemma Pass.
Linda’s florist in Kent – they were really good value for money and I’d definitely recommend them. I chose gerberas and we had gypsophilia for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and buttonholes.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We particularly liked all the little touches the venue provided for us – such as the beautiful paper lanterns that suddenly appeared when it got dark, the vintage frames hung from the trees (great for photos!) and quirky signs everywhere. We also added homemade bunting, vintage birdcage centrepieces, fresh flower garlands and vintage suitcases.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
My mum made the bunting and Neil and I created the table plan and 7” vinyl table ‘names’.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We absolutely love cheese, so we went for a four tier cheese cake accompanied by crackers and a selection of chutneys. Neither of us have a particularly sweet tooth, and the cheese went down really well with our guests too!
We had a band, The Jets, who kept everyone dancing all night! We also made our own ‘prop box’ which kept guests entertained and made for some awesome photos. Our guests were provided with flip-flops for dancing so there were no excuses! The Secret Garden provided lawn games during the day, which kept the kids (and the big kids!) happy.
On the day tips and advice:
Make sure you take a bit of time out as a newly married couple, to let it all sink in!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Just calling Neil my husband is pretty special (I still can’t get used to it!).
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Schryver Photo – https://schryverweddings.com
The Secret Garden – www.secretgardenkent.co.uk
Watters – www.watters.com
Blackburn Bridal – www.blackburnbridal.co.uk
Corrine Smith – www.corrinesmith.com
Linda’s Florist – www.lindas-florist.co.uk
Gemma Pass – www.gemmapass.com