So long snow! I’m all about the blue skies and summer days here on the blog! Today’s lovely couple had a beautiful wedding in Kent at one of my favourite venues, Preston Court. With the fabulous carousel taking centre stage outside, the indoor barn is both rustic and beautiful – perfect for Tiggy and James who wanted an informal and relaxed day. Having been married before and with the bride being 4 months pregnant [doesn't she look so radiant?!] they knew they wanted to make the day less traditional and more personal and judging by the gorgeous images by Lee at Robbins Photographic it certainly looks just that.
Summer days of sipping drinks outside on a lawn, with a carousel merrily spinning around, it’s hard to imagine now in this wild wintry weather but it was the perfect spot for Tiggy and James last July. “James and I fell in love with Preston Court on a rainy day in March and knew if we loved it then it would be even more magical in the summer. We really wanted the day to be as relaxed and informal as possible. Being the second time for us both we were keen not to be too traditional and make it different and personal. We loved the fact that guests could walk out of the church straight onto the lawn in front of the house and have a drink in their hands in minutes. The carousel was a really fun and quirky touch and provided some great photos! The barn, the long tables and the bbq added to the relaxed feeling of the day, and it was brilliant to have people involved who understood our vision for the day.”
Tiggy looks stunning in her sweet 1960s vintage dress from those fabulous ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers and you’d never know there was a little baby bump to accommodate for! “I chose a short dress as I wanted something different, and the girls at Fur Coat No Knickers could not have been more brilliant. The dress we found was a 1960s style and was originally long, with long sleeves! They understood exactly what I pictured and were able to customise it perfectly. They were even un-phased when I had to tell them that I would be walking up the aisle 4 months pregnant and reassured me that the dress would still fit! They also helped design and make my net veil, as well providing vintage clips for my shoes and a vintage hairband.” I love how they create a whole look that fits together so perfectly and is so unique to each bride. I absolutely adore her bow short veil too!
The perfect little church that resides just across from the venue meant Tiggy and James had the best of both worlds for their wedding, “We ideally wanted to get married in a church and although Preston Court does civil ceremonies, the fact that the beautiful St Mildred’s church was on site seemed perfect. The reverend took the time to get to know us over the months before our wedding and this made the whole service so personal. Euphoric flowers filled the little parish church with lavender and candles and it looked incredible. My sisters sang during the signing of the register and the size of the church made the whole ceremony really intimate.”
To be fair with this venue, the magnificent organ feature is so striking it doesn’t need much decorating but I love the complimentary hues of blues of the beautiful blooms by Euphoric Flowers and the huge light up letters. “James and I both love the colour blue, so the theme revolved around blue and white. All our bouquets were very simple and featured white sweetpeas which were my grandmother’s favourite flower. They also perfectly fitted the relaxed, country, vintage feel we wanted to create with the flowers. We brought our own hanging baskets and wooden tubs of cornflowers that my mum had planted to the courtyard outside the barn, and it was brilliant how the venue is a blank canvas and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted.”
We drank Prosecco and pimms at the reception and wine with the bbq, but then there was a separate barn with a bar for everyone after to get stuck into drinking whatever they wanted afterwards! We decided against a cake as we wanted to spend the money on nice pudding and really delicious cheese instead! The bbq was incredible and we ate ribeye steaks, and beautifully marinated lamb with an array of interesting salads.
As well as the carousel we used the wedding smashers for our after dinner music. They were brilliant and got everybody dancing. We were able to sit down with them before hand and give them an idea of what we did and didn’t want to hear.
What was your budget: £25k
Do you have any planning advice for other brides? If you involve other people make sure they share your vision and you’re on the same wavelength, it should be a fun and exciting process. Talk to your fiancée, it is more stressful if you have lots of secrets and surprises. All the fun came from us doing things together.
What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? The most memorable moment of the day was when James and I walked round the corner from having champagne on the lawn to see all our guests on the merry-go-round in the sunshine! It was so magical and everyone was just beaming! The most special was saying our vows, I literally forgot everyone was there watching!
What was your first dance song? We decided to have a last dance rather than a first dance, so the last song before we left for the night was “Fix You” by Coldplay and we ended up surrounded by everyone singing too, it was a really moving day way to end the night
What unique touches did you bring to your wedding? Only James and I gave speeches rather than the traditional ones, which was a different touch to hear from the bride! We also put face paints and glow bangles as favours on the table which was briliant as at the end of the night, everyone was covered in neon face paints, it made for some great photos and created a real party atmosphere on the dance floor.
Photographer: Robbins Photographic / Reception Venue: Preston Court / Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Brides Accesories: Veil: Fur Coat No Knickers Shoes: Louboutin at Browns Bride / Bridesmaids: Coast / Groom’s Suit: Gieves & Hawkes / Hair: Shaune Johnson & Lynne Wallis / Flowers: Euphoric Flowers / Catering: Chef Scott Anderson / Lights: Hannah Havana / DJ: Wedding Smashers