I know you guys don’t come here for my overflowing posts on real weddings but I am hoping to change that. It’s hard keeping up with some of the full time blogs who showcase them really well but I am trying to bring you more, I promise! It’s all about the modern, pretty, fun and stylish wedding here!
With a love of Italy and having got engaged in Lake Garda, Amy and Dave had a beautiful blue skied October wedding at Hever Castle’s Italian Gardens & Guthrie Pavillion
. Having been concerned about the unpredictable autumnal weather for months any many friends questioning their choice of date, they needn’t have worried because on the day it happened to be one of the warmest days of 2011 [I remember this weekend well as I went to Whitstable for a bike ride and to watch the sunset!]. What a fabulous omen, and such magical light throughout their photos.
Amy and Dave really wanted their wedding to represent them as a couple and be a combination of their favourite things. This in fact ended up being a running theme for them…’raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…’ I loved looking through their photos and seeing how many of these wonderful ‘favourite things’ they incorporated! They also each included many of their favourite things as elements throughout the day such as colour, art, floral prints, design details and live music.
Amy has a penchant for all things multi-coloured so they decided on including this with their bridal party and each bridesmaid wore a different bright colour – picked from the hues on the Liberty print floral tie that Dave wore. In this vintage inspired era of dusky pinks and creams it’s SO refreshing to see colour at a wedding, makes it so bright and cheerful [although I think the blue skies help!].
How much do you love the Liberty floral print details! Such a beautiful way of incorporating a pretty pattern into the wedding as they also used it across their wedding stationery and in fact this pattern also formed the basis of the floral designs for the day.
The couples choice of favours were one of the biggest hits of the day. They’d spent a year [wow, a year!] painting something that reminded them of each guest onto mini canvases. Such a personal detail and packaged neatly in brown paper tied up with string no wonder the guests loved them.
The flowers were arranged in bright copper kettles which Amy spent time sourcing on ebay and car bootsales and they even had teeny plastic raindrops on the roses, now that is a cute detail! Amy knew she wanted a multi-coloured bouquet to reflect her love of bright colours and I love the big blue sash tied around it – her perfect something blue.
As a talking point for the guests the couple re-wrote the ‘favourite things’ song to include all of their own which was a personal touch and got lots of laughs at the dinner table!
One of Amy’s favourite memories of the day was waiting to walk down the aisle behind a pillar watching her niece and nephew release balloons into the sky as all the guests clapped. Such a sweet memory and such a nice way to involve young family members in the day.
Amy chose to walk down the aisle to Daft Punk’s Digital Love but played by a string quartet. Personally I’ve always been a fan of this song, and I bet it sounded great being played on strings. As an element of surprise, after they said I do, they walked back up the aisle to the theme from Austin Powers and hidden amongst the guests were a percussionist and a trumpet player!
Words of advice from Amy are to keep everything as personal as possible to you. She says it was the main thing that all her guests commented on and is a lovely reflection of you as husband and wife. Amy also says to appreciate that if you ask for help with your wedding, respect that everyone else have lives too – so be considerate. She also highly recommends getting your ushers involved all the way as they can be a great help on the day and it’s a great way of including them. I have to say from a wedding planners point of view I agree with this – they are a great point of call on the day and between them can sort out many things!
Congratulations to the happy couple Amy and Dave and thanks to their wonderful photographer Jacqui for capturing the spirit of the day, and telling their lovely story so well.
Photography / Jacqui McSweeney
Wedding Dress / San Patrick from The Bridal Way
Shoes / Melissa Vivienne Westwood
Bridesmaids / Dessy
Groom / Suit by Next, Tie made from Liberty Print Fabric
Hair / Red Hairdressing, Kent
Flowers / Isis Events
Cake / Bride’s Mother
Favours / Canvases by Fred Aldous
Photobooth / Boothbox
Stationery / Evil Donkey