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Kirsty and Rod’s beautifully home made wedding at Winters Barns, with Parkershots Photography

Every wedding is different: the details make a day different and so do the memories… and every bride and groom have something amazing to offer a wedding blogger like me. Today’s stunning bride Kirsty surprised me with this: “At the end of the night when everybody had left we sat on the head table with a bottle of bubbles for an hour just chatting about the day. We could still feel the buzz from the room from the day which was really quite incredible, it was a really special moment for us.

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How many of you can imagine doing this after your big day? What a wonderful memory… and for this beautiful bride and gorgeous groom it’s one of so many special moments to treasure.

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Kirsty and Rod had a lovely rustic wedding at Winters Barns near Canterbury, captured on camera by photographer Nick at Parkershots. Do take a few minutes to discover Parkershots for yourself…

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Kirsty told me she really enjoyed making lots of crafty bits and pieces – and I think her hard work paid off wonderfully! The venue was decorated with 180 jars which were decorated by hand (and look fabulous!), and everything from the invitations to signage, cupcakes and crates were home made. You’re going to love this – I know I do!

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Kirsty & Rod

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.parkershots.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely, 100%

Nick was everything we could have hoped for and more!

Wedding venue:

Winters Barn, Canterbury, Kent

Wedding date:

4th October 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

It really was the most perfect day of our lives.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Completely blown away, as were our family! We had many comments on our Facebook pages of ‘Wow, that is without a doubt the best wedding photo I have ever seen!’

Your wedding style or theme:

Rustic, shabby chic, lots of lace, bunting, hessian, handmade jars and candles everywhere!

Best bit of budget advice?

Make everything you possibly can and find the materials on Ebay, it’s so much cheaper than other places. And buy second hand if you can, my hair slide was from a beautiful bride in Ireland and I paid about a ¼ of the price for what it should have been!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We made them ourselves. They were designed to match the wedding, bunting style invitations packaged in a box with hessian string wrapped around it and posted! Everyone was so chuffed to receive them and commented how different they were.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, definitely. Even if before the wedding I had wedding dress doubts – but doesn’t every bride! I want to wear it again!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

White One by Pronovias. From Isabella Grace.

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

I wore earrings from my wedding dress shop sister company Chez Bec. My tiara was bought second hand from another bride on a Facebook group. Veil was also from my wedding dress shop.

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

Moss Bros and looked very handsome!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Debenhams bridesmaid dresses, great value and quality. They were dusky pink.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Professional!

Louise Large make up.

Wedding flowers:

Confetti Connections – Louise – who was fabulous and gave me the exact flowers I was dreaming of!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

It did as it was more of a blank canvas – exactly what we were looking for – this was the most fun part of it all!

DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…

All the jars were handmade (all 180 of them which took ages!).

My mother in law made our table candle holders as she is a potter. She also made us a special gift – she asked both of our families to write a special message on a piece of bunting material and she sewed it all together for the day and gave it to us the day before the wedding which made us both cry!

Invites were also handmade.

My friend made our cupcakes and my Husband’s sister made our main cake.

Our wedding signpost was handmade by us, as was our wedding post box and the crates which we used for the cake table and entrance table.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Quirky!

Entertainment:

Band and then a DJ which got everybody up dancing!

On the day tips and advice:

Everybody says this but enjoy the moment because the day really does pass in a flash.

At the end of the night when everybody had left we sat on the head table with a bottle of bubbles for an hour just chatting about the day. We could still feel the buzz from the room from the day which was really quite incredible, it was a really special moment for us.

Don’t stress, everything falls into place and what doesn’t does not matter because as long as you have your family and friends with you and you marry the man you love what else matters?

Accept you’ll be late! Everything always runs late and it happened to be me – I am never normally late for anything!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Calling each other Husband and Wife and having the security that someone loves you for everything you are.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

http://www.chivescaterers.co.uk – caterers

http://parkershots.com – Photography

http://www.adamnicholasfilms.co.uk – videographer

http://confetticonnections.co.uk – chair covers and flowers

http://www.isabellagracebridal.com – wedding dress

http://www.chezbec.com – jewellery

http://www.louisemakeup.co.uk – make up

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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