Hannah and Sami’s elegant outdoor wedding, with images by The Struths
As you can see from the images today’s elegant outdoor wedding was super chilled and pretty! Gorgeous bride Hannah designed all of the wedding details as she is a graphic designer. Hannah & Sami’s Mum Ann made the incredible golden drip wedding cake covered in macarons together!
Hannah & Sami celebrated their wedding and reception at Rowhill Grange in Kent, they had an absolutely incredible outdoor ceremony followed by drinks and canapés on the lawn & reception in the stunningly decorated reception room in the clock tower. Hannah’s classic and stunning wedding gown is from Hayley Elizabeth Bridal in Orpington. Her bridesmaids wear dresses from Jarlo London. Sami and the groomsmen wore suits by Richard Mark Menswear.
Chic Weddings supplied our flowers and decorations. They were amazing the whole way through from initial consultation to final arrangements on the day. Lots of our decorations got moved around and utilized again where they could, our lavender and thyme pots even became the wedding favours! One of our favourite parts of the decor was the fairy lights that sat behind our top round table, setting the scene for the dinner and lit the dance floor!
We had handmade wooden table names and cake topper hand crafted by Hannah’s cousin Sam. They were the talk of the night and were fought over who gets to keep what! We have even mounted our cake topper on a slab of dark wood and have it now hanging as a piece of art on our bedroom wall.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Whilst looking at wedding photographers online, Sami bursts out with ‘oh that’s my second cousin’ and luckily enough Kimmy and Ant agreed to travel to Kent for us. We guess you could call it fate! It is as people say, looking back at photographs is one of the best ways to remember. The way both Ant and Kimmy managed to capture every moment with such passion is beyond me! They were fantastic on the day and we are so glad they could be part of our wedding. I think you can tell that the photos really do speak for themselves, never once did anyone feel uncomfortable or pressured to do any what I would call ‘cringe worthy’ wedding pictures.
We managed to get a sneak peek of our photos the next day whilst still at the wedding venue, that was a dream!
Rowhill Grange in Kent was the perfect location for us as we had friends and family travelling across the globe to celebrate with us. Turns out we had the largest amount of guests staying at the hotel for a wedding… ever! The ceremony took place outside under the gazebo and the reception in their Clockhouse, which had it’s own bar and rooms upstairs, and can I say the honeymoon suite was OH MY! The day after the wedding all the guests that stayed the night had breakfast together in our own section of the restaurant and use of SPA for the day, it was just what everyone needed with sore heads.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The best day of our lives!
Your wedding style or theme:
Modern Rustic, if that is a theme?
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
The Venue were a great help and suggested florists and entertainment.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Plan ahead and just start putting money aside as early as possible. We would suggest to people start paying things off as early as possible if you book something pay for it, otherwise you will get close to the date and start panicking!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photographers and venue definitely!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Hannah is a Graphic Designer so our wedding invites were illustrated by her, as was our wedding website and a few bits and bobs on the day.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES!!! Ok, so I must of tried on over 50 dresses… no exaggeration. We used to live in Dubai so I started there and lets just say.. not my style. Came back to the UK and after many attempts to find a dress, I found one that I ‘quite’ liked you could say. It was so close to being the one but I felt ‘pretty’ and I wanted to feel BEAUTIFUL. I went to searching online and found the designer of the dress I liked. Ordered a few of her designs to a local boutique to try on and BOOM I knew, I found my dress!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ellis Bridals from Hayley Elizabeth boutique in Farnbrough Village.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Unfortunately my mums veil (which I wanted to wear) got misplaced after she passed away. My Grandma (Mum’s Mum) who brought my mums veil, took me shopping to find one similar. We also found a sparkly belt that same day and of course my cutie Grandma brought me that too! I wore my now mother-in-laws earrings and grandma’s necklace that matched my tiara perfectly by Olivier Laudus. You see I wasn’t going to wear the tiara and belt until the evening reception, but I put them all on for my hair and make-up trial and I cried in the mirror, I knew then I had to wear it all! Now lets talk about footwear, cause I am a shoe-aholic…. Well was until I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon in January, 6 months before the wedding! Luckily enough I didn’t have to wear one of those giant space boots down the aisle, but I did wear a 2cm heel shoes during the day and changed into trainers at 7pm!
And what did the groom wear?
Sami wore the most stunning ‘peacocking’ suit! A blue chequered number by Herbie Frog at Richard Mark Menswear. The team there were so helpful we even had a sit down to flip through their photobook of grooms and saw a few famous faces!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our bridemaids are absolutely stunning, we had them in the most gorgeous light minty teal dresses from Coast with the most stunning back ever seen!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We left it to the professionals!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for something a little less traditional. Fruit cake on the bottom, followed by carrot cake, red velvet, then Victoria sponge. All Sami’s favourite flavours made by Sami’s mum and Hannah decorated the cake.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had an amazing surprise at the wedding. Hannah set up for a saxophonist to play when they announced Mr & Mrs Gad, something that Sami has always dreamed of! We couldn’t recommend Dave Brazier highly enough!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
The whole day is your wedding day, enjoy every part, take it all in! Even the waking up in the morning and getting ready!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s way too cheesy to say!