Any wedding which has a bride and groom dancing in Lego heads has automatic cool status in my eyes. YES.
WWW readers Sarah and Andrew tied the knot on the 7th June 2014 at Nettlestead Place in Kent. They envisioned a colourful, relaxed and unforgettable wedding day. I soo love the colourful theme, complete with rainbow cake, statement bold bunting and vibrant lush blooms.
Sarah looked effortlessly beautiful in Priscilla by Ronald Joyce, with flowers in her pretty up do and blue shoes to complete her look. Andrew donned a Next suit while the girls looked pretty in Ted Baker. So much fun.
Thanks goes to the marvellous Photography by Vicki for providing these images today.
THE PROPOSAL | By the frozen lake and bandstand in Vondelpark, Amsterdam (with a very numb face – it was about -5°C!).
THE VISION | A colourful and relaxed day, that nobody would forget.
THE VENUE | Nettlestead Place, Maidstone, Kent. Both hailing from Essex, we were initially looking for a suitable local venue to hold our ceremony and reception, however, nothing ticked all of the boxes. So we started looking slightly further out. We stumbled across Nettlestead (in Kent) purely by chance, and knew immediately that it was the place for us. The combination of the Medieval looking Undercroft, stunning gardens, and outstanding views from the hilltop marquee blew us away, and was unlike anywhere else we’d seen – so the decision was more or less made for us!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Ronald Joyce – Priscilla , Necklace – Alex Monroe, Cosy lovebirds Bracelet – Linda Friedrich Jewelry, Golden branches cuff bracelet , Shoes – Hobbs Arianne court (kingfisher blue).
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was a relatively simple affair, as I think I visited a total of 3 shops before finding ‘the one’. Strangely, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted… and ended up getting something completely different!
There were subsequent problems that arose after finding the dress – chasing the whereabouts of my dress for 12 months as the bridal shop hadn’t a clue what was going on; arriving to my ‘final’ fitting, only to find out none of my alterations had been made, due to the seamstress leaving 2 months earlier, and having to have my final fitting 7 days before my wedding. All of which marred my memories of my dress somewhat.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Grooms suit – Next blue 3-piece tailored, Shoes – J by Jasper Conran – Debenhams, Ties – Tie Planet – Skinny golden yellow, Peanut tie pin from Etsy.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Guests arriving – The greatest video game music v 1 & 2 (selected songs), Bride entrance – Count on me (Bruno Mars violin cover by Katei), Close to ceremony – Best day of my Life – American Authors.
Readings – Extract from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks “I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres ”Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. […] Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. May your roots grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms fall from your branches, you find out that you are one tree, and not two.”
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were two of my best friends, that I have known since secondary school. I chose dresses (Ted Baker Gojji maxi dress) that they would feel comfortable in on the day, but would have some practical value after the wedding. These were one of the very first purchases we actually made toward the wedding, so keeping them a secret for the next 17 months was a real struggle!
THE FLOWERS | We decided that we wanted a somewhat wild and bright touch to the flowers, including pinks blues and yellows, to compliment the day. Sunflowers are my favourite, so I knew they had to make an appearance in the bouquet. Our wonderful florist also introduced us to the santini flower, which looks like a mini sunflower, which was perfect for the boutonnières.
We really valued our florists experience and input, and therefore gave her more or less free reign on the flowers. As a result, we had a beautiful mix of different types, including; Irises, peonies, sunflowers, dahlias, matricaria, veronica, and crespedia.
THE CAKE | This was kindly made by our Best Man’s mother. We wanted a cake that pulled together the main theme of our day; quite understated but with a colourful surprise! We opted for a plain, rustic looking cake (white butter cream icing with a few colourful sprinkles ) with a vibrant rainbow centre (vanilla sponge with chocolate filling), to give people an unexpected surprise as it was cut.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Photography by Vicki. We chose Vicki as we were blown away by her wedding portfolio. She really knows how to capture the natural feel to the day, make you feel entirely at ease in both the engagement shoot and big day, and conveys the whole experience in a vivid and colourful set of photos.
THE DETAILS & DECOR | 72m of bespoke multicoloured bunting, Tea lights nestled in edible rainbow sprinkles, Handmade cake toppers and cake bunting (made by bride), Personalised CD wedding favours, Personalised table numbers, with us against backgrounds of all of the places we have visited, A rainbow crepe paper curtain behind the top table and Photobooth.
THE HONEYMOON | Minimoon at the Alta Vista Honeymoon Suites in Firostefani (Santorini), with a fly/drive of New Hampshire (USA) to follow in October.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The fuse box melting soon after the first dance… and the first dance itself. The crazy rugby scramble for the bouquet. Dancing into the night in the Lego heads. Running around in the farmers field with no shoes on, as we had our sunset photos taken.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Marry your best friend :)
I cannot overstate the importance of trying a range of wedding dress styles on. As these are not the sort of dresses you would ever normally wear, you really have no idea what would suit best until you’re standing there in it, swishing about.
The personal aspect to wedding planning trumps the amount of money you put into the day. As long as it reflects you and your partner, then the atmosphere will be much more relaxed and your guests will get caught up in it all.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Photography by Vicki
Dress | Ronald Joyce (Priscilla)
Shoes | Hobbs
Hair and Make Up | Helen Shearcroft
Catering | Relish
Venue | Nettlestead place
Florist | The Flowersmith
Bunting | Heathers bunting
Photobooth | Boothstar
Marquee | Cavendish marquees
Thanks so so much to Sarah and Andrew for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou