Breezy beautiful wedding time folks, courtesy of Kirstie and Benedict. They held their wedding in a beautiful harbourside village in East Sussex, which was not only cool and creative but just perfectly bohemian in style.
The couple decided to host their wedding on the 3rd September 2016 in a village hall, which was superbly decorated in white hanging rag bunting for a super striking look. It made the perfect backdrop to their meaningful vows and boy oh boy what a fantastic idea! They then held their informal party in a delightful sperry marquee tent, which was also decorated just beautifully. Think festoon lighting, tassels, pebble place names, natural blooms and a super fun colourful cake creation to name a few.
Let’s take a look at the darling outfits shall we? Kirstie went for a boho bridal look with a Charlie Brear dress and veil teamed with the most vibrant and gorgeous blooms ever. The bridesmaids wore mismatched pink frocks with flower crowns and Benedict went for a custom made blue suit and Liberty print tie. Woah.
Caro Hutchings, thank you so very much for sharing these incredible images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Benedict proposed with an amazing Sophie Harley engagement ring on the Grand Union Canal in Kensal Green, near where we live in London.
We were cycling along the canal towpath, on a lovely August evening, when Benedict feigned a wheel puncture; when I begrudgingly came over to “help him with his tire” he was already down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
He had booked a table at the Dock Kitchen slightly further down the canal where we had a wonderful champagne filled dinner and shared our news with all our family and friends.
THE VISION | We wanted the occasion to feel intimate and informal.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We both love organizing, which is very helpful for wedding planning. He works in advertising and I work in interior design, so we both knew that we would want to be involved in the creative elements as well as planning the wedding.
BUDGET | £25-30k
THE VENUE | Itchenor, a small sailing village on the south coast near where Benedict’s parents live and where we spend a lot of happy times together.
We hired the village hall and surrounding land to put up our Papakata ‘sperry’ tent. We wanted the wedding to be as personal as possible so we opted for a location that we knew and loved and planned everything ourselves.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Charlie Brear dress and veil and Tabitha Simmons shoes from Net a Porter. I would advise finding your perfect shoes as soon as possible as you want to have your dress length fitted correctly and not have a last minute online panic buying!
FINDING THE DRESS | I thought I would find choosing a dress impossible but as it happens I surprised myself and bought my dress on my first trip. Hannah at Charlie Brear was absolutely fantastic and a wonderful stylist. I also really enjoyed my experiences at The Mews, Notting Hill and Kate Halfpenny both of which have a wonderful relaxed style.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | A bespoke Tiger of Sweden suit, Liberty print tie and Barker shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Benedict’s brother Sebastian is in quite a popular band – Crystal Fighters – and so performed a cover of one of favourite songs – Toots and the Maytals It must be true love – and one of the band’s tracks Love Natural which everyone in the room sang along to.
The readings were To love is not to possess by James Kavanaugh and Your Love by Rabindranath Tagore.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We wanted to bridesmaids to all feel as comfortable as possible on the day so we gave them a very rough ‘pink’ brief, the dresses were from &Other Stories, Cos, Somerset by Temperley, ASOS and Coast.
THE FLOWERS | Petalon Flowers for the floral headbands, bouquets and button holes. We used Roccco Flowers in Chichester to supply unconditioned flowers and did the table arrangements ourselves (if you are happy to spend a couple of hours with friends the day before arranging simple jars etc for the table then this is a great way to keep costs down).
THE CAKE | One of my best friends Lucy made our wedding cake, she runs a catering company called The Cooking Collective. I couldn’t begin to imagine what kind of cake I wanted so I asked her to surprise me! Benedict and I love Mexican food and Lucy created an amazing brightly coloured cake inspired by the colours and patterns of Mexico.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Caro Hutchings, we couldn’t recommend her enough. She was brilliant at making us feel relaxed and so much fun, it was like having another guest.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Benedict’s parents decorated the village hall for the ceremony. They bought various textured white fabric from the fabric shops in Goldhawk Road and created hundreds of knots, which were hung from the ceiling down to just about head height.
They also hired some small trees to make a backdrop for the ceremony and scattered thousands of faux white rose petals (bought from eBay) to make the aisle look magical.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Sri Lanka and would highly recommend it.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our first dance was a slow one to Good times by The Persuasions and, once everyone had joined us on the floor, the track mixed into Jamie XX’s banging version I know there’s gonna be (Good times). It went off.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Caro Hutchings
Sail cloth sperry tents | Papakata
Flowers | Petalon
Catering and Cake | Cooking Collective
Band | Eddy and the Wild Dice
Oh me oh my! What a gorgeous day.
Thanks ever so much to Kirstie and Benedict for sharing their splendid nuptials xo Lou