You may recognise Lucy and Kirk from their amazing engagement shoot featuring Tallulah the Mini, well Tallulah is back, and so if Kirk and Lucy of course ;-)
Kirk and Lucy were married in June at High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells and one of the reasons it was chosen was for its amazing scenery. They wanted their day to be filled with sunflowers and crafty touches, and the result is just gorgeous.
I so love the bright and sunny yellow colour scheme, Lucy makes the most beautiful bride and Kirk’s shoes are just amazing. The film cameras they own placed on each table is a great touch too. What a lovely lovely day.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Brighton Photo for sharing their images with us today.
Names…. Kirk and Lucy
Wedding Date… 22nd June 2012
The Proposal… It happened 5 years ago in Brighton 3 days after Christmas. Kirk had planned on proposing on the beach, under the stars with the pier in the background however as I had no idea of his intentions I thought a walk on beach in the freezing cold was a rubbish idea and he couldn’t persuade me otherwise :s Plan B however proved to be just perfect…sitting on the floor, in our towels with a few simple words, champagne and a massive ring. :D
The Vision for the day…. Yellow. It’s both of our favourite colour so it seemed an obvious choice and I really love sunflowers so it just cascaded from there. We didn’t really have a ‘theme ’ but it naturally took on the form of a summer, country fete with vintage touches. I still wanted it to have that ‘special touch’ that only a wedding can have so I wasn’t scared of it looking to ‘wedding’. I think this new wave of personalised, ‘no wedding fluff’ weddings is fantastic, however I think it does also put pressure on brides to steer away from typical wedding things in fear of their wedding being branded ‘wedding-y’ but this is something that we embraced. I wanted a wedding-y wedding but one that truly embraced our personalities.
The Planning process… I really really loved it! I like to think that Kirk and I played equal roles in making decisions but truthfully I think I probably wore the trousers! We made pretty much everything together though! Because we’re both at uni we had to be super duper organised with time and were surprised to find that 2 weeks before the wedding we had nothing to do!
Budget…. £10,000, gifted from Kirks late nan.
The Venue… High Rocks, Tunbridge wells. This was the only venue we saw and we just fell in love. It encapsulated everything we were looking for- it did a great job at setting the scene, we could use the gardens (which the kids loved!), it has the cutest steam train running buy and the staff were amazing. As the actual high rocks are public and it has a restaurant and bar we can go back there to reminisce our day, which really is a lovely touch.
Dress + Accessories….. Benjamin Roberts (From confetti and lace who were dreadful!!!!!!) Pearl necklace: my nanny GG’s, Hair clip: gift from Kirk, Shoes: Schuh
Finding the dress…. I knew I wanted lace and I knew I wanted to embrace being a bride by wearing a dress I would never get the chance to wear again…which meant I wanted it big! I didn’t try many before I put on my one but before it was even over my head I knew it was ‘the one’. It’s different for everyone, but I got ‘that’ feeling…it was the only one I could see myself walking down the isle in and it was the only one which made me mum and sister cry!
Groom’s attire… Hugo Boss. He wouldn’t have anything else…..
The Readings + Music…. My bestie, Maz read a passage from louis de Bernieres ‘Captian Corellis Mandoln’. She spent a long time finding this piece and it was just perfect. I had accidently stumbled upon it last year and read it to Kirk, thinking it was really lovely but had forgotten about it until Maz read it, just perfect.
I walked down to, ‘The wedding song’ by Angus and Julia Stone. Whilst we were singing the registar we had an instrumental track by Lucy Rose and ‘Yellow’ by Eliza Dolittle. We walked out to The temper trap, ‘sweet disposition’ and our first dance was Frank Sinatra ‘Fly me to the moon’.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. My younger sister, Emily and Kirk’s younger sister Ayla, my Twin cousins and our most cherished friends Connie and Jemma and my bestie Maz. They wore a variation of 2 lemon dresses and different coloured shoes and matching earrings. They were the most stunning bunch of bridesmaids I’d ever seen. I’m not just saying that. Kirks nodding.
The Flowers… Darling Buds of Kent, our florist was the loveliest little flower lady. We let them have complete creative control over the flowers just so long as we had sunflowers as part of the arrangement. We had no idea as to what they would look like but they were just what we wonted. I wouldn’t change a thing.
The Cake… My mum made all of the cupcakes and lemon meringues. She crafted lemon and earl grey flavoured and vanilla and white chocolate flavoured cakes…They all went!!! I was so happy with how the dessert table looked, we used my mums collection of vintage cake stands and plates to present them and had jars of sweets surrounding them. This was the most amount of cakes she had ever made and was pretty nervous about doing them and what people would think of but she really out done herself, I’m so proud of her.
Your Photographer…. Heather from Brighton Photo was fantastic. I didn’t think photos could make you THIS happy! It’s a scary thing to choose the person who is going to single handily capture the most special day of your life but Heather really made that choice simple. We’re so delighted with the photos.
The Details + Decor…. On every table we placed a film camera from a collection that has grown over the years on top of a couple of our books stacked and covered in yellow and brown paper and the flowers in teapots from mine and my mums collection. We spent hours making pompoms, bunting, confetti, the escort cards, favours (sunflower seeds in yellow gingham parcels-we’re getting regular updates on how there growing from some of the guests!) etc. I also painted a tree for a fingerprint guest book, however I don’t think people got the hang of it…ahaha!!
The Honeymoon…. The Sunday after the wedding we booked a honeymoon to Mexico and flew of a few days later where I had a near death experience with a bolt of lightning 2 feet from my face!…true story!
Memorable moments… Kirk: The most memorable moment for me was seeing Lucy walk down the isle. She looked sooooo beautiful smiling away. At that point all the love I have for Lucy was waiting for her to have forever. All the years together rolled into one moment one beautiful woman walking towards me. Every moment was memorable and ill never forget any of it but seeing Lucy there was the pinnacle of the day.
Lucy: We prepared a routine for our first dance to ‘Fly me to them moon- we thought if we have to do it we might as well do it in style! It took us a year to do and we were both so so so so nervous! I had only told my sister a few days before so she could help me change out of my dress so it was a complete surprise to everyone…but mainly to ourselves for pulling it off! Neither of us can dance but it was so much fun! We purposefully spent a lot of the day together as we had been warned that the day can easily go by without seeing each other, but there was this one particular moment where we snuck off into a tent we had set up for the children and we sat doing chalk drawings, letting the day sink in, a really lovely moment.
Advice for other couples… Be organised, smile and do as much as you can together…this worked for us so that’s all I know. Keep grounded and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the more glorious your wedding is, the more you must love one another. You don’t have proove a thing to any body, don’t leave it to hind sight to realise this. Oh, and don’t go to confetti and lace.
Credit where credit is due…
Ah sunflowers, aren’t they just so happy!
Golly gosh Lucy i am glad you are ok! Not what you want to experience on your honeymoon.
Thanks so much to Lucy and Kirk for sharing their amazingggg wedding with us today XOXO Lou
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