Glenn and Pen celebrated their wedding over a full weekend, with a wonderfully chic ceremony on the Saturday and a colourful, traditional, vibrant party at Bradbourne House on the Sunday. I LOVE it all – from the fleet of vintage cars (how cool?!) to the henna tattoos, paisley patterns and Pen’s stunning dresses. I know you will too! Pen’s advice for other couples, and supplier recommendations, are an unmissable read: do take some time to read her interview at the end of today’s feature.
Pen and Glenn’s two celebrations were fabulously different, but both absolutely stunning. Pen says their English wedding was full of surprises for guests, a magical, emotional, fairytale day. To compliment the venue which was within a Norman church set amongst the beautiful Kent countryside they opted for a rather vintage style, a convoy of classic cars and their owners arranged as carriages for guests and the wedding party – and they wore non traditional wedding outfits.
For the Asian wedding the focus was on the celebration of two cultures uniting. “Exciting, unforgettable, a dream come true!” This part of the weekend was a traditional Hindu wedding set within a gorgeous Kent stately home, intimate, colourful, lots of gold/pink and again quite vintage with elements of decorative lace for table place names and gold antique frame table names.
Images are by Tony Gameiro Photography, who you can discover more from here:
“As a photographer, this wedding was especially memorable for the sheer detail and colours that surrounded me from the start. From bridal preparations, where the house was so full of character and the guests full of fun and laughter. Bradbourne House was lovely and allowed for a vast opportunity to grab some stunning shots. But for me the little church in Dode was just amazing in every way, so much character!” ~ Tony Gameiro
The English Wedding Blog interview: Glenn and Pen
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Found Tony on the internet and as soon as I saw his work I showed Glenn. We both loved his photographs and called him straightaway. Such an easy decision for us to make.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely. We’ve met photographers before (for family weddings etc) but the journey and experience you have from the moment you meet Tony is exceptional. He stressed how important it was to get to know each other through a pre wedding shoot and even though Glenn and I had a very busy schedule leading up to the weddings Tony managed to fit us in taking into account that Tony is so busy also. From the moment we met we knew we would get on. He’s professional but such a lovely guy who made us feel very comfortable and at ease. Tony is always smiling and friendly. We have kept in touch which is fantastic.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Glenn and I were on our Honeymoon and Tony emailed over the link for both weddings… So quick! We were not expecting anything for a few weeks or even longer. Glenn and I were amazed. We were confident that the photos would look fantastic having seen the pre wedding shoot photos but we were so happy with them…. Couldn’t stop smiling and they truly made us so happy……
English Wedding – the lost village of Dode – Kent
Asian Wedding – Bradbourne House – Kent
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Videographer – Anneka Ireland – recommended by Tony (photographer)
Decorative lace / fabric and accessories- Royal fabrics in Royal Leamington Spa
Dj – we used him for my brothers weddings – Dj Jazzy – infinitive music
Live sitar player – on the Internet – www.jonathanmayer.co.uk
Honeymoon – on the Internet – kenwood travel
Wedding invites – www.scrollweddinginvitations.com
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Creating parts of your wedding e.g. wedding favours etc not only helps save money but such a lovely feeling that you’ve really placed your own personal touch to the big day.
Have family or friends get involved where ever their expertise sit, whether baking, dress making etc etc. You know them well so a huge bonus and they are equally excited.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Food – such an important part of anyone’s wedding day. The food has to be excellent and let’s face it the guests need to feel well fed And looked after.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Definitely a labour of love which was the greatest pleasure.
Fabric, decorative lace, gold thread, accessories from the shop in Royal Leamington Spa used to make the wedding favours.
Jars , Ganesh (miniature Hindu god statues), for the wedding favours ordered on the Internet. Antique gold frames, I used photos and numbers for table setting , ordered pre printed table place names but added gold ivory decorative lace on them for the extra special look. Guest table seating plan – used a beautiful gold antique large picture frame.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I cried when I saw my Asian wedding outfit. It was more than I ever expected and instantly fell in love. And as below the English dress was incredible. Again it was everything I dreamt of wearing.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Claire Christian couture
My wonderful designer friend who now owns her own retail shop in the Isle of Man – I knew she produced some stunning unique outfits and I couldn’t have asked a better person or I am lucky enough that Claire could design for me. Again when I saw it , it was more than I ever imagined and absolutely loved it. She took my measurements and the first fitting it was perfect… Claire’s attention to detail, her level of service and the contact she maintained with me made the experience even more exciting and something to really look forward to….
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes – selfridges and an Italian boutique
Jewellery – real Indian jewellery for both weddings
My clutch – from Claire Christian
English – a beautiful tailor made suit of a copper and gold print/embroidered with chic Italian shoe. This and my outfit complimented each other’s really well
And what did the groom wear?
Asian – again a tailor made Asian outfit from a Boutique in India/New Delhi, Indian slippers also from India. Glenn’s outfit was chosen separate to mine but they matched absolutely wonderfully.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
English – to keep in style with the vintage theme they wore an off white/ivory long sleeveless dress with very sutble embroidery on the top and bottom of the dress. They looked stunning and really suited the theme the day and my outfit
Asian – they wore matching pink saris bought from India. They really once again looked absolutely beautiful. They were so excited to wear a sari for the first time and wow they carried it off beautifully. Very Elegant.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
English – the best girls and I walked across to our local hairdressers Links in West Malling. They opened up early especially for us and we had a great laugh together.
Asian – The gorgeous Stacey from Links came to the venue and did my hair and the best girls. She was fantastic and would def recommend her.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Lucy’s Florist in Maidstone
Lucy and her colleagues were fantastic. They were flexible in every way, really accommodated our needs and were so reasonable in price. The whole experience with dealing with them was a pleasure.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
English – the Dode where the actual ceremony took place – not at all….. The venue is so unique.
English – reception – as we had such an intimate wedding day and the the bigger wedding the following day we choose the wonderful Swan on Swan street in West Malling for our reception. Nick and Daryle were fantastic, really looked after us from the onset. We sat in the restaurant part so we didn’t really need to decorate although they did dress the room with beautiful flowers. The level of service is amazing and the food was absolutely outstanding…. I think every guest/family member commented on how fantastic the food was….
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Asian – ceremony and reception – Bradbourne house lends it self to its own stunning decor and we didn’t need to really do anything…. Just add the flowers as centre pieces.
As above we loved adding our own special touch by making homemade elements of our wedding.
The name table place cards – professionally printed but we added that beautiful cream/gold lace
The wedding favours – that was a pretty time consuming job… I mostly did around 70 of them, I cut out 70 circles of gold fabric(raw silk) to cover the lids of the miniature jars. Cut lenghs of lace to tie the fabric on to the jars… Sprinkled each jar with gold glitter and looped the Ganesh mini statue with some gold thread around a scroll(also hand cut).
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Glenn and I love the tradional Victoria sponge cake so that was an easy choice… We asked Beth my friend if she would do the cake for us and she was amazing…. Once again the attention to detail and level of service with her very friendly manner was fantastic.
I bought the x3 different height cake stands on line from America. They were stunning and very fitting for the vintage look we were after…. Beth then made x3 separate cakes and placed on each stand with so extra handmade decoration…. Just elegant and so very tasty.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
English – we choose a couple of beautiful pieces to walk up and down the isle..
Andrea bocelli- Time to say good bye
Lakme- flower duet
Asian – we choose a traditional Asian drum player to walk along side the Glenn’s wedding party to the venue and to dance with my side of guests as they met…
A wonderful live sitar player during canapés and drinks. Really beautiful.
And a Dj who specialising in Asian and English music. He knew how to get everyone on the dance floor
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Just remember it’s your day, aim to make it an enjoyable event for everybody without sacrificing what you want for yourselves……..
Also Enjoy the journey leading up to your wedding day as it only happens once and the day itself flys by.
What’s the best thing about being married?
having someone to look forward to a future with and that person to look back fondly on the memories of the past you have shared.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
http://clairechristiancouture.com. – English wedding dress
http://www.lucysflorist.co.uk – wedding flowers
https://kent-wedding-photographer.co.uk – Photographer – Tony
Cake – Beth Cardy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse – on the Internet – email@example.com – based in Harvel, white horse farm carriages