I love this advice from beautiful Shani: “You do not need to spend huge amounts of money to have a lovely wedding. Simplicity is often the best route.” This is oh so true – and the proof is in the wonderful images of Shani and Tim’s gorgeous homemade Kent wedding which I’m proud to feature on the English Wedding Blog today.
Everything here is homemade with love and shows just what you can achieve if you really enjoy being crafty and making things – as Shani so clearly does. There’s more though – and green fingered brides should take note: the flowers are divine and all home grown. Shani is a talented florist and what I love most of all is that today’s fabulous couple planted and grew over 300 plants from seed for their wedding day. Wow.
Images are by lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Wedding Photography in Kent. Find out more about them here:
It’s so hard for me to highlight my favourite images from today because I love them all… but watch out especially for the wooden seed trays and hops, the beautiful bouquets, and Shani’s wonderful boots 🙂 Oh and don’t miss Shani’s interview at the end of the feature! You will LOVE this…
Our wedding story: Shani and Tim
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Extremely! They understood our love of the great outdoors and way of life from our first meeting, and helped us to relax in front of the lens!
All Saints Church, Woodchurch, Kent, followed by a marquee reception on the family farm.
30th August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
… the perfect ending to summer of 2014, shared with our family and friends!!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Brought memories of our special day back to life especially the moments we forgot.
Your wedding style or theme:
Country, very rustic and homemade with love.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
You do not need to spend huge amounts of money to have a lovely wedding. Simplicity is often the best route.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Homemade invitations, order of service, place names and seating plan, all using brown craft paper with a lovely country theme featuring pheasants and hares, representing Tim’s job as a Gamekeeper and our love of the English country.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I knew it was the dress for me the moment I tried it on and it even made my mum cry as soon as she saw me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
La Sposa lace dress with a lace over tee. Bride of Tenterden.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Pearl Accessories, Gypsophilia in my hair and a lucky penny in my shoe.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Moss Bros Wedding Suit Hire. Charcoal grey morning tailcoats with Ruby coloured cravats and pocket squares to match Bridesmaids.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dessy dresses in Ruby, both customised to compliment each other, with matching ruby shoes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
No I hired the professionals! Seeing as we did pretty much all the decorating/setting up ourselves I thought it would be nice to have one less thing to worry about, and I was very happy.
Being a florist specialising in wedding flowers, there really was no option of having very few flowers. I wanted to keep to the theme of wild, natural and country and have a passion for growing coloured Sunflowers too. We in fact planted over 300 plants grown from seeds for the big day.
For my table centres I used wheat tied into sheaves cut straight from the fields as this not only looked effective but was personal too. Hops were used throughout the marquee to add colour and a great scent too. The bridal bouquet was a mixture of whites and greens featuring scented garden roses and flowering jasmine, and the bridesmaids had nude coloured roses together with deep burgundy flowers to complement their dresses.
Throughout the marquee there were nearly 200 jam jars filled with matching flowers and milk churns filled with the home grown sunflowers. Gypsophilia was used in all the bridal party’s hair and Hydrangeas were used to decorate the cake.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes. As we chose luxurious ivory drapes, neutral flooring, ivory linens and lime wash chairs, we had a very white space to dress. White paper lanterns were strung in the ceiling along with wrought iron chandeliers decorated with foliage to add interest, along with homemade vintage bunting around the edge of the marquee.
Wooden potato seed trays from the farm were added to create a unique seating plan display and also for our card hamper and guest book space too. Milk churns filled with Sunflowers added colour to the entrance and a giant bride and groom made from round bales greeted our guests upon arrival at the marquee.
The tables were simply dressed with log rounds with the wheat sheaves and jam jars of flowers, napkins featuring wheat ears for an extra touch and wooden heart confetti.
As for the church we used 2 tall urns placed either side of the entrance filled with sunflowers, wheat and mixed flowers and tied simple wheat posies onto the pew ends to decorate the aisle.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Too many to list – Log rounds cut for the tables, cake table and guest book. Jam jars filled with blooms decorated with hessian, lace, linen and ribbons. Seating plan created using potato seed trays, photo frames, hops, blackberries and flowers together with luggage labels with the guests’ names in calligraphy. Order of service and place names all made by hand. Straw Bride & Groom created using farm materials. Round bales featuring bride and grooms initials.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Bit of both. A four tier fruit cake in ivory decorated with cascading ruby coloured florets. A fresh Hydrangea simply arranged on the top and blackberries and hops placed at the base of the cake to decorate the log base. Made with love by a very close friend who happened to be my maid of honour too.
… Lots of this throughout the day (unplanned) but we hired a dj for the afternoon, which was lovely as the relaxed background music set a lovely atmosphere and he went into the evening until late and worked well with a brilliant band we hired called ‘1066 Rockitmen’ who rocked out to Queen, Kings of Leon and many many more. One very used dance floor!!
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy every moment because it is over before you know it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
No more wedding planning ; ) … It took up every spare minute!!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Florist, Styling & Event Décor – firstname.lastname@example.org 07769 694776
Photography – Catherine & Andy of www.whitestagweddings.com07593 996068
Marquee Hire (Inc Chairs, Chandeliers, luxury toilets) Sally & Bryan Andrews www.jubileehire.co.uk 01580 850198
Dresses – Bride of Tenterden – www.bride.co.uk 01580 761400
Hair – Be.you.tiful Hair by Mary-Ann 07475 696002
Make-Up – Beyond Beauty www.beyondbeautyashford.co.uk 01233 733500
Band – 1066 Rockitmen www.1066rockitmen.com
Catering – On The Hop Event Catering 01580 766999