Colour lovers rejoice. You are going to be in wedding heaven with this colour explosion, extremely cheery and very summery wedding today.
Sophie and Aden were hitched on Saturday 27th August 2016 and held their reception in a marquee, which was in a cricket field across the road from their church. The venue was a blank canvas, which left the couple to consider and organise every little detail. No mean feat, but it all went super smoothly and the results are incredible. The marquee was decked in some of the most fun décor I’ve ever clapped eyes on; giant balloons, tassels and jars filled with blooms to name a few. Then come evening, the whole space was lit magically by festoon lights, a cinema light sign and fun light up initials. The dancefloor was packed all night thanks to the great tunes and free bar, which was placed next to the dancefloor (great tip Sophie!).
Let’s talk outfits shall we? Sophie wore an elegant and chic gown called Aria by Suzanne Neville. It looked utterly perfect on her, she also chose to wear a delicate crown of florals, which tied in with her colour pop bouquet. Aden looked super cool in his vibrant blue suit, loafers and yellow tie. Aren’t they the cutest?
Thanks so much to Livvy Hukins for sharing these epic images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Sunday 1st February 2015, Aden took me to Whitstable for the night, where I used to spend my holidays as a child. He hired one of the Fisherman’s huts on the seafront and filled the whole place up with sunflowers (my favourite, but tricky to get hold of in Winter!) and we stayed over, and he got down on one knee. We celebrated that evening at the Whitstable Oyster Co. restaurant.
THE VISION | A good old fashioned East End knees up with all of our family and friends, with music that would make everyone dance all night long, lots of bright colours, and most importantly a massive celebration of our love for each other!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I am an Executive Assistant for a living, and my job is all about attention to detail and organisation, but whilst having a good business acumen and a creative flair, which meant that organising our wedding was a bit of a breeze for me if I’m honest! It was a lot of hard work and of course stressful at times, but I kept track of everything on spreadsheets and in folders which made everything hassle free! The venue where we chose to have our reception had never had a wedding there before, so there were lots of things we had to plan as there was no onsite events coordinator that you normally get at wedding venues – we even had to organise extra toilet facilities! My Mum and Sister helped a lot with sorting out the finer details such as favours and the sweetie table, whilst my Dad, Aden’s Dad and brother were a huge help in the lead up to and on the day, when the marquee was being erected and everything was being set up on site.
BUDGET | Initially around £20k, but it final total came in at around £30-35k, excluding the honeymoon!
THE VENUE | The venue for our actual marriage ceremony was non-negotiable from the start. I always wanted to get married at St Martin of Tours Church in Chelsfield as this is where my Grandad was buried a few years ago and also where some of Aden’s family have got married so it has a real sentimental value to it, plus it is a beautiful Church! However, finding a reception venue was a lot trickier! We couldn’t find anywhere that was really ‘us’ and we didn’t want a fancy stately home or country club, so we opted to hold it on the cricket field across the road from the church and hire a huge marquee for all our guests. This worked out so well, as it was walking distance and we didn’t have to worry about logistics and ferrying people from the church to the reception. Because the site was a total blank canvas (i.e. literally just a field!) it meant we were really able to put our stamp on the styling of the day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress and veil was from The Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells. My dress was made by the amazing classic British designer Suzanne Neville who has styled many celebrities, and my fresh floral head crown was made by my florist, Green on The Green.
FINDING THE DRESS | I thought I knew exactly what kind of dress I wanted – something boho, lacy, with long sleeves. But as every bride discovers, I ended up with something completely different! I booked a few appointments at different bridal boutiques with my Mum and Sister but as soon as we stepped into The Pantiles Bride boutique, I knew straight away that it was in a different league! I tried on several dresses, and the quality of all the gowns was just breath taking, just so beautiful! There were a few that looked lovely but when I tried on my dress, I just knew it was the one. The brilliant thing about Suzanne Neville dresses, and particularly the dress I chose ‘Aria’, is that you can order the dress made to measure, so that it fits perfectly to you and your shape. As I am really big busted and much smaller on the bottom, this was great as it was so supportive for me on the day and also showed off my smaller bottom half! I even got to meet Suzanne herself at my first fitting, and she sketched a drawing of me in my dress which was just such a magical momento for me to keep.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Aden is super fussy about his clothes and what cuts and styles he wears. He’s covered in tattoos and usually wears Doc Martens, skinny fit jeans and Fred Perry shirts, or anything from Pretty Green or Ben Sherman. So when it came to sorting his suit out, it was quite tricky! Aden’s dad had a contact for a tailor in Maidstone that specialises in old school kind of style suits called the 60s Suit Co., so he went down there with his Dad, his Brother (and best man) and my Dad, and all four of them had suits made together. Aden opted for a bright blue dog-tooth material and all four of them chose different materials and styles. The overall effect was lovely, as they all chose their individual style, and this looked great in the photos! Having all their suits made together worked really well as they met up regularly for ‘suit meetings’ which was always followed by a debrief in the pub (of course!) and this was just a nice opportunity for them all to bond and added to the build-up of the big day.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two poems and one bible reading in the Church. Two of our nieces read out our first poem, ‘Yes I’ll Marry You’ by Pam Ayres; two of our nephews read out our second poem ‘I wanna be yours’ by John Cooper Clark (but also the lyrics for one of our favourite songs by The Arctic Monkeys) and the Bible reading, Corinthians, which was read by my sister. Our first dance was to ‘Baby I’m Yours’, the Arctic Monkeys version.
Music is really important to Aden and I and in fact it was one of the first things that we decided on, as we knew we wanted it to feature heavily on our day. We hired an amazing band, called The Electric Soul Club and we also had a brilliant DJ, James London. The night was a mixture of old soul classics, contemporary pop songs and also some old school house and even a bit of garage thrown in! The marquee was rocking, and as we weren’t really restricted to finish times, the night went on much later than we had planned it to! The dancefloor was full all night long, and that’s exactly how we wanted our night to be – one big celebration!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Between Aden and I we have 12 beautiful nieces and nephews, and when we got engaged they were all so excited that we wanted them all to be Bridesmaids, Page Boys, and Ushers! My sister is my best friend and so I asked her to by my Maid of Honour and she was just wonderful in the lead up to and on the day itself. She organised me the most amazing hen do in Marbella with 20 of my girlfriends and even organised for my Mum and her mates to fly out and surprise me at one of the beach clubs, it was a crazy weekend! In total there were 14 bridesmaids and page boys! The older girls wore bright yellow shift dresses, the littler ones wore white dresses, and the boys were all in smart trousers, crisp white shirts, yellow braces to match the bridesmaids and white Converse. When I arrived at the church and saw them all waiting patiently outside holding each other’s hands I burst out crying – they all looked so beautiful!
THE FLOWERS | We are very fortunate to have a very good friend, Natasha, who has her own florist, just across the road from our house called Green on The Green. Natasha and her parents run the shop and the other ladies that work there too are all just fabulous! I didn’t really decide on what flowers I wanted until a couple of weeks before the day, and was pretty relaxed to let the team just get on and create something wonderful for us – and we weren’t disappointed! The flowers were UNREAL! Considering I hadn’t really given Natasha much of a brief, apart from sending her a few photos over from Pinterest, we were blown away by how amazing the flowers were! All of our guests commented on them, and many of them took them home at the end of the night so that everyone could enjoy them whilst we jetted off on honeymoon.
THE CAKE | We wanted something simple and rustic, and most importantly something that tasted amazing!!! We ordered our cake with Sugarush – cakes by Claire, a local lady that we both know and knew would do a great job. We had 3 tiers with all different flavours, including carrot cake, coffee and walnut, and lime and coconut. It tasted divine and looked beautiful decorated with fresh flowers and a personalised cake topper.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the wonderful Livvy Hukins. We were sooooooo over the moon with our photos and but we didn’t expect anything less as we knew from day one when we met with Livvy that this would be the case as her work is just fab. Livvy helped us prepare for the big day by doing an Engagement Shoot with us, which we chose to do in Whistable at the spot where Aden popped the question, and this was a good chance for us to get a feel for what to expect on the day. Livvy was amazing on the day itself, particularly when I was getting ready as things were a little chaotic at my parent’s house! She was a real calming influence on what was overall a bit of a mad house! She even had to start giving orders to my Dad to tell him to get his suit on – sometimes he can be a little too relaxed for my liking!!!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our marquee was decorated by the amazing B at Pop Pop Papier. B worked her magic to create the perfect look for our marquee, and we chose huge globe balloons and tassels, in bright yellows, pinks, oranges and blues and had them suspended along the tables inside the marquee. My Nan collected jam jars for months leading up to the day and wrapped them all with lace and random strips of brightly coloured string and raffia, which really suited the relaxed and colourful theme of the day, and my florist filled them all with flowers for the centrepieces along the tables – the overall effect was so pretty and it meant so much to me to have my Nan involved with the wedding.
THE HONEYMOON | Aden and I took a 3 week long honeymoon, kicking off in Las Vegas, then moving on to Honolulu, then Maui, and finishing the trip off in San Francisco. It was the trip of a lifetime, and we had so many amazing adventures that we will never forget, from flying to the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, driving a Mustang around Hawaii, visiting Volcanos and waterfalls, eating in world class restaurants and partying the night away. We made many happy memories and brought back some great souvenirs, including our Hawaiian Christmas decorations, which will remind us every year of our amazing honeymoon!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Thankfully we had the whole day filmed as it flew by and seemed like such a blur afterwards, so it was good to be able to watch it all back and take it all in again. We also had a Marryoke made by the wonderful TDH Media. Filming the Marryoke was such a fun thing to do and got all our guests involved.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I think the thing I stressed out most about was wanting to take the whole day in; to remember and capture every moment, speak to everyone, experience everything, hear all the songs the band played, dance as much as I could, try all the food, have a drink, but yet not get too drunk… The truth is, yes all brides should try and enjoy every moment of their big day, and yes you should take time out to have 5 minutes with your new husband and breathe in the celebrations, because it’s true – it is all over in the blink of an eye! But let’s face it, it’s impossible to be everywhere and do everything at once as well as having a good time. So my top tip is just enjoy yourself in the moment and make sure you get it all videoed so you can watch it back again and again! Another top tip – make sure the bar is near to the dancefloor and that you choose your music well! We wanted everyone to have a brilliant time celebrating with us, and a night they will always remember (or not!) and I think this was definitely helped by having a bar (which was paid for) and some brilliant live music.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Livvy Hukins
Marquee | County Marquees
Caterer | The Taste Experience
DJ | James London [email protected]
Transport | White London Taxis
Decor | Pop Pop Papier
Cake | Sugarush – cake by Claire
Florist | Green on the Green
MUA | Make up by Clare
Hair | Amy Capp
Dress | The Pantiles Bride
Suit | 60’s Suit Co.
Woah, so gorgeous!
Sophie and Aden, thank you both so much for sharing all about your colourful nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou