This colourful stripped back wedding extravaganza is sure to turn your head today. An ethos of local suppliers and delicious grub prevailed above formality.
WWW followers Hollie and Ed decided to tie the knot on the 1st August 2015 at Nettlestead Place in Kent, followed by a marquee reception at The Swan in West Malling. There isn’t much I don’t love about their natural feel nuptials, there was an array of bright blooms, bold bridesmaids dresses designed by Hollie and a pastel macaron tower to name a few.
The rustic botanical theme really worked beautifully, with a potted plant table plan, bird table names and terrarium centrepieces alongside dip die napkins and fun balloons. Hollie chose to wear Electra by Alan Hannah with an embellished hair piece and she looked stunning. Ed meanwhile chose a vivid blue suit which was tailor made for him with a colour pop yellow tie. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Thanks to much to Jackson and Co Photography for providing these really wonderful images.
THE PROPOSAL | Ed proposed in a barn in Dob Park, a private woodland in Yorkshire on Valentines day 2014. It is a place that has great sentimental value to his family and a place that we always visit when we are in the area visiting friends and family. It was very romantic.
THE VISION | We wanted quite a small wedding with a laid back feeling to the day. We wanted to be surrounding by our closest family and friends without too many formalities and decided early on that food would be quite an important factor to us as well as keeping everything fairly local to where we live, West malling, Kent.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! I became quite obsessive about creating boards for every part of our day and have amassed more pins that I thought were ever possible. We originally talked about getting married in the woods but decided the unpredictable British weather was too much of a gamble. We then happened to stumble across The Swan’s wedding open day, a place we visit often for dinner and drinks but hadn’t thought about for the wedding. We fell in love with the idea of having the reception there as we knew the food would be amazing and it had the perfect laid back feeling we were after, with the added benefit of being a few hundred yards from our home. After that everything fell into place quite easily. I had lots of help with planning from my super organised Sister and my very crafty Mum. Ed and I agreed on virtually everything to do with the wedding and how it should be so I think that made everything much easier. We also had the most amazing local suppliers which made everything so much easier. Almost every supplier we used for our wedding was based within a few miles (or a few yards) from our house which made finalising things much easier to fit in and arrange.
THE VENUE | Ceremony – Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead Kent
Reception – The Swan, West Malling, Kent
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Electra by Alan Hannah from Matchmaker Bride in Brentwood, Essex.
Embellished headpiece – Richard designs from Matchmaker Bride.
Veil – I borrowed my sister’s veil.
Shoes – silver pointed kitten heels from Whistles.
FINDING THE DRESS | After scouring the internet, and pinning far too many images than is normal, I decided to venture out to three stores over 3 weekends to see if I liked anything and narrow it down from there. I thought it would take me a while to find ‘the dress’ however I found my perfect dress in the first shop we went to so decided not to go anywhere else.
The dress was nothing like anything I had pinned… they all looked awful on me. It was a dress my mum and sister had both pointed out when we first got to the shop and I had dismissed it for being to embellished. I tried it on towards the end of the appointment to humour them and knew as soon as I put it on that it was perfect. It fitted like a glove, felt so beautifully made and really flattered my figure. I loved the fact that it was made in the UK, being a designer it was quite important to me that I knew the origins of the dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ed had his suit made by a local tailor, he had planned on buying an off the peg outfit but after not being able to find a suit that was in a colour he liked and fitted well he opted for a bespoke suit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My brother read The One during the ceremony.
Before the ceremony and during signing of register we played All Of Me – John legend, My Love Acoustic – Jess Glynn and The One – Kodaline. My entrance was to Higher Love – James Mcmorrow.
Our first dance was Firestone – Kygo.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister Stacey was my Maid of Honour and I also had Ed’s sister Amy and two of my friends Hannah and Alice as bridesmaids. My 3 year niece Isabella was our flower girl. Their dresses were designed by me and were made by a contact I have through my work. I wanted them to be bright and colourful and fit in with vibrancy of the gardens at Nettlestead Place, but also be dresses that would flatter each of their figures and that they would want to wear again.
THE FLOWERS | My bouquet and our ceremony flowers and buttonholes were from our local florist and were amazing. I had a fairly loose brief of colourful, natural and slightly wild. I wanted it to look as though I had picked them that morning from the gardens. After sending them my pinterest board I left them to it and they managed to whittle my hundreds of pins to one beautiful bouquet. My very talented Mum and sister did all of the flowers for the bridesmaids and the reception venue, most of which my mum had grown in her garden. I was amazed at how well they matched my bouquet considering we hadn’t seen them together until the morning of the wedding.
THE CAKE | We had a macaron tower instead of a wedding cake, it was multi coloured to match the flowers that were on our invitations and also the colours within my bouquet. We worked with our Nadia, our cake maker, at Cake Me By Suprise to get some really lovely flavour combinations like lime and choc, orange blossom and rose.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Michael from Jackson and Co. He was amazing!! Photography was a really important part of the planning for me, I wanted someone who would be able to capture the day without having to feel awkward or feel too staged but would also capture us and our guests at our best.
I searched for literally weeks for the perfect photographer, scouring through their portfolios online and Jackson and Co kept on jumping out at me as having captured beautiful shots and also photos with such a burst of fun and excitement to them. After meeting Michael and Hannah and realising they were based just down the road it seemed like it was meant to be.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept quite a stripped back feeling to the ceremony opting for some simple jars of colourful flowers to complement my bouquet as the undercroft at Nettlestead Place speaks for itself and doesn’t need any dressing up.
For our reception we had a botanical natural theme, so lots of different jars and crystal containers with single stems of wild and natural flowers on some tables and succulents in copper hexagonal terrariums on other tables, all sat upon a circular log on bare wooden tables. Although I wanted a natural feel to the décor I didn’t want to lose the sense of fun and colour so we had ombre dip dye napkins on the tables that my mum and I lovingly dyed in her garden in the rain. Our place settings were hand calligraphy in copper ink and were sat into champagne corks that we had collected.
THE HONEYMOON | Ed and I both love Scandinavia so we went to Alesund and Bergen for our honeymoon. We went to visit the fjords and stayed in a lighthouse on our first night.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments to the day that I will cherish. Aside from seeing Ed for the first time in the ceremony room and saying our vows one of the best moments was the look on my nieces face when the registrar said I hope you all enjoy the party later… she was so excited at the prospect of a party that her face lit up!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan the wedding that reflects you two as a couple and don’t get too bogged down with traditions if it’s not your thing. Enjoy the planning and then relax on the day and celebrate and have fun with family and friends, if you are having fun guests will too.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jackson and Co Photography
Dress | Alan Hannah from Matchmaker Bride Brentwood Essex
Shoes | Whistles
Groom Suit | Hardman and Hemming
Bridesmaids shoes | Oasis
Flowergirl dress | John lewis
Florist | West Malling Flowers
Cake | Cake Me By Surprise
Calligraphy Place Settings | BonjourLauraj
Ceremony venue | Nettlestead Place
Reception Venue | The Swan, West Malling
Favours | The Chocolate Umbrella
DJ | Discologic
Oh my, so beautiful!
Many thanks to Hollie and Ed for sharing their utterly lovely wedding celebrations with us today xo Lou