I really love the unusual colour palette today’s couple chose. Inspired by the beautiful peacocks at their venue they opted for a teal and gold scheme, which was just so pretty.
Karen and Richard were married on the 25th June 2016 at the whimsical Preston Court in Kent. I love the barn with it’s vintage organ and carousel, which delighted guests and influenced the décor too. The flowers were oh so striking and the use of succulents were just marvellous against the blush pink peonies. Karen’s bouquet complimented her sweet frock to a T. She found her perfect dress for jiving with her husband at Candy Anthony, which she accessoried with a birdcage veil and teal petticoat. The bridesmaids also wore petticoats underneath their off the shoulder dresses while the boys went for classic blue suits and gold ties. So very lovely. Enjoy these smiling happy images and the wonderful decorations crafted by the couple lovelies.
Thanks so much to Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography for sharing these gorgeous shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Richard proposed to me on holiday in Dubrovnik in Croatia.
THE VISION | Ideally we both wanted to have the ceremony and reception all in one place, somewhere that had a relaxed atmosphere like a barn and linked with outside. We even considered getting married at a venue in a tree house! I love the colour teal and we decided early on that we would use this as the colour theme matched with champagne gold, inspired by the peacocks at the venue that we eventually chose. We planned to design the invites and make the decorations ourselves and to work with and support small creative businesses where possible.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent a lot of time researching venue options on the Internet. I did a search for barn venues and came across Preston Court, we loved the look of it and after visiting in person we knew straight away that we wanted to get married there. Once we had the venue booked we really left the majority of the planning until after the busy festive season and planned the rest of the wedding in 6 months!
THE VENUE | Preston Court, a 17th century Kentish barn set in the Kent countryside near Canterbury. The venue has beautiful grounds with the backdrop of a Georgian House set amongst farmland and gardens with a lake featuring Juliana’s island, and a large open courtyard with barns, a showman’s wagon and a Victorian carousel.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was an ivory sweetheart neck tea length dress from Candy Anthony with an ivory cap sleeve Nottingham lace overlay and teal petticoat. I had a specific type of birdcage veil in mind and came across Percy Handmade in Australia who make lace headpieces and were happy to customise a piece and post it on. I wore a very thin belt with a bow at the front made out of a lovely delicately knitted metallic ribbon that I found in MacCulloch and Wallis’ haberdashery, which I hand sewed and made with my Mum. For the evening of the wedding I swapped the belt for a thin teal ribbon with a bow by Candy Anthony and wore a sparkly fern comb in my hair. I wore ivory satin peep toe heels with a metallic shimmer trim by Rainbow Club. Hair and make‐up was by Bridal Beauty.
FINDING THE DRESS | We love jive dancing and the music from that era so I had a 50’s style tea dance dress in mind from the outset. I looked at lots of different styles for inspiration on the Internet and was drawn to dresses with boat necks, sweetheart necklines and ones that were slightly off the shoulder, in the end I went for one that combined all three! I booked an appointment at Candy Anthony and had a consultation with one of the assistant designers about the type of dress and colour theme I had in mind, after a few more questions and measurements a teal petticoat was produced along with an armful of garments for me to try on. Candy Anthony make vintage style dresses with mix and match overlays, petticoats and a variety of accessory options to choose from to customise your preferred look; I loved the first combination straight away! I visited a few other wedding dress shops but kept thinking of the teal petticoat and ended up buying literally the first dress I tried on!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Richard went for the ‘Tailor Me’ suit option at Moss Bros. as it gave him the opportunity to choose his preferred style, material and details. He went for a fitted three-piece blue suit and separately chose a shirt by Paul Smith, which had extra decorative detail with a floral folded back double cuff. For the Father of the Bride and Page Boys we hired blue ‘Lounge Lizard’ suits by Ted Baker from Moss Bros. which matched the fabric of the Groom’s suit. The Best Men and Ushers mostly had their own blue suits already, which they wore. Some of the Groomsmen added a waistcoat and one of the ushers decided to buy a new suit as he’d already been planning to invest in a blue one. We got matching slim champagne gold ties and pocket squares for all of the Groom’s party and traditional ties in the same colour for our Dads. We considered tan shoes for all of the Groomsmen but went for black in the end as most already had their own smart pair that they could wear, Richard wore a pair by John White.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings. The first reading was read by my Maid of Honour, a beautiful quote taken from the book ‘Wild Awake’ by Hilary T. Smith with the analogy of “People are like cities…”. The second reading was read by one of the Best Men, describing ‘The Key to Love’ by Anon. For the music we picked out quite a few acoustic guitar versions of songs we both liked along with other recorded tracks. We walked back up the aisle to ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles. One of the Bridesmaids is a musician ‘Magpahi’ and sang a couple of folk songs for us before the meal. Our first dance was a Jive track ‘Buona Sera’ by Louis Prima. In the evening we had a live band ‘The Mixtape’ who we booked after really enjoying hearing them play at our friends wedding a few years before.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The Bridesmaids wore teal boat neck 50’s style dresses by Dolly and Dotty, with champagne gold petticoats by Hand Made Petticoats on Etsy. The bridesmaids wore sparkly peacock feather combs in their hair and metallic champagne gold shoes by M&S. The ivory tulle Flower Girl dresses with champagne gold sash and bow were custom made by Beryl Couture. The Flower Girls wore sparkly silver flower bun pins in their hair and pale pink ballet shoes and carried small willow trug baskets filled with natural petal confetti. Hair and make-up was by Bridal Beauty.
THE FLOWERS | The colours of the flowers were inspired by the beautiful vintage Dutch dance hall organ at Preston Court, using muted tones of blush pink, cream and the silver blue/green of eucalyptus with accents of gold. We instantly loved the style of ‘Bohotanical’ on visiting their website which we found via a list of local suppliers that the venue regularly worked with. I love Pinterest and created a moodboard to share with the florist the type of flowers and foliage we liked and the style we had in mind for buttonholes, the bouquet and table centres. We love the striking geometric shapes of succulents and were keen for them to be incorporated in the flowers, with one used for the Groom’s buttonhole and a larger one in my bouquet. We collected different sized jam jars for the table centre pieces and decorated them with tied gold ribbon and cord. The bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of Gypsophila that were made by the Mother of the Bride.
THE CAKE | We went for a rustic tiered naked wedding cake to fit in with the feel of the barn, it was decorated with summer berries, including some Kentish strawberries from the county we got married in. Each tier was a different flavoured Vegan sponge cake made by Croft and Green and was displayed on a rustic log slice. The teal and gold fabric bunting cake topper was handmade by the Bride.
THE CARS | The Bride and Father of the Bride travelled in a Vintage 1973 VW Karmann Cabriolet Beetle and the Bridesmaids and Flower Girls travelled in a 1965 Splitscreen Campervan from VW Brides.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Once we set the date we already knew exactly who we‘d love to take our wedding photos and checked immediately if our extremely talented photographer friend Craig was available, much to our delight he was! The photography is taken by Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography & Video. We love his relaxed, natural style of photography and how he beautifully and artistically captures the details that reflect the atmosphere of an occasion.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The colour theme we chose was teal and champagne gold, taking inspiration from the peacocks at Preston Court. With the décor and lighting at the venue already being quite striking we decided to make decorations that complimented the muted colours of the Vintage Organ. I bought a large ball of natural twine for less than £2 which I used to make all of the rustic bunting for the barn, to string the seating for the table plan and to tie the bows around the bags of sweets for each of the guests and still had some left over! The bunting was made out of a champagne gold paper tablecloth and rolls of metallic gold and brown wrapping paper which I cut into diamond shapes then folded and stuck together. I also used a lot of gold spray paint, spraying pegs for the table plan and table number stands and to decorate basic wooden letters for our initials and to spell out our married name. We tried to incorporate the essence and feel of the Carousel by using a similar fairground font for the place names and table numbers. Other simple but effective handmade items used on the day were confetti cones made out of paper doilies that we recruited my parents to make!
THE HONEYMOON | We headed to Sicily in Italy as we love the Mediterranean and wanted to head somewhere sunny that didn’t take too long to travel to, where we could relax after the busy build up to the wedding.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments but what I found very emotional was seeing all of the guests properly for the first time when they came up to photograph us after the signing of the register, it was like a photo montage of all of the people we love from the different parts of our lives. We also had great fun spinning around on the Victorian carousel with the wedding party. I really enjoyed seeing all of our friends and family laughing and regressing back to their childhood on the carousel, it reminded me of a scene from Mary Poppins!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | In the lead up to the wedding ensure you put some time aside each week to spend quality time with each other. We really enjoyed going to a Jive dancing class together once a week in the run up to the wedding. Plan as much as you can in advance and share a detailed running order with the venue and Groomsmen to help everything run as smoothly as possible. On the day there are bound to be surprises and not everything may go to plan but you’ll love it anyway, go with the day as it unfolds and savour every moment!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography and Video
Venue | Preston Court
Wedding Dress | Candy Anthony
Bridal Shoes | Rainbow Club
Birdcage Veil | Percy Handmade
Bridal Belt Ribbon | Mac Culloch & Wallis
Grooms Suit & Hired Suits | Moss Bros.
Grooms Shoes | John White
Bridesmaid Dresses | Dolly and Dotty
Petticoats | Hand Made Petticoats
Flower Girl Dresses | Beryl Couture
Hair & Makeup | Bridal Beauty by Emma Smisson
Flowers | Bohotanical
Cars | VW Brides
Caterers | Pumpkin Bespoke Caterers
Band | The Mixtape
Jive Lessons | Maddy’s Jiving School
How very dreamy.
Karen and Richard, thank you both so much for sharing your lovely wedding with us here today xo Lou