This wedding is just quintessentially English country garden through and through. From the countryside village hall venue to the marquee and home grown blooms, you are just going to adore every single image.
WWW readers Keziah and Samuel tied the knot on the 16th of July 2016 and held their reception in the grounds of Graveney Village Hall in Kent. They envisioned a big party with plenty of flowers and cake, you really can’t go far wrong with that now can you? The buttercream ombre cake really was a triumph and worked so well alongside the ribbon festooned marquee and DIY florals. Their guests must have been blown away by all the love and effort that went into the crafty touches.
The bridesmaids looked oh so lovely in hand made pastel dresses teamed with wild blooms. Keziah headed to David’s Bridal in search of ‘the one’ and fell for her delicate lace number in which she looked stunning. Samuel opted for a handsome herringbone waistcoat and jacket, which he teamed with chinos for a modern yet country style look. Wow.
Thanks so much to Matilda Delves for sharing these delightful photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Sam had created a city-wide scavenger hunt featuring many significant locations (at each a new piece of map) which finally led to the top of the cathedral tower where he got down on one knee. Our friends had been running ahead to place the clues and so were all there to celebrate – once I’d said yes of course!
THE VISION | Both of us have so many people who are really important to us so we knew from the start that this was going to be a huge party! As we’re both students, the wedding had to be in the summer, so what better than a garden party – with lots of flowers and cake!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Most of the planning was done with my Mum (Rachel), and was somewhat limited to university holidays. We used the internet for a lot of inspiration, meaning that we ended up having a pretty clear idea of how we wanted the day to look, wanting to do a lot of it ourselves.
THE VENUE | We got married in my home church, Canterbury Baptist Church, made all the more special by having our curate and friend from our church at university perform the ceremony. Our reception was at Graveney Village Hall which has a lovely field to accommodate a traditional marquee.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from David’s Bridal and I found it about 14 months prior to the wedding. My shoes were from House of Fraser and my earrings were actually a gift for my baptism 6 years ago. My hair piece I found on Amazon.
FINDING THE DRESS | As a petite bride, I found looking for dresses a little tricky. I thought I knew the style I wanted but it turned out that I suited a much more fitted dress. I’d looked online at David’s Bridal and they really have a fantastic range of dresses which include all kinds of styles and different designers. When we visited the first time they took me through their look book to find the kind of dress I’d like, then while they went to find a few I was given some time to explore the shop floor and pick out any dresses that I wanted to try on. The dress I chose was the dress I decided on but it needed a lot of altering to fit me. They did an amazing job and I absolutely loved it – it’s sad you only wear it once!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Sam is an American Football player and is very tall and broad! So for him as well as me it was difficult to find something for him to wear. He put together a herringbone waistcoat and jacket from White Stuff with a white shirt and grey trousers from Slaters.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our reading was from Song of Songs 8: 6-7 and our songs for the ceremony were How Great Thou Art, Revelation Song and In Christ Alone. I walked in to Amazing Day by Coldplay, performed beautifully by two friends – a mother daughter duo on the piano and the violin. We walked/ danced out to Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson/ Justin Timberlake.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were two of my best friends from school, Sam’s two sisters (given I only have three brothers they are very special) and my cousin. I couldn’t decide on one colour and really loved the idea of having a pastel palette. We looked at lots of styles as I thought it would be lovely to link my dress with theirs. We couldn’t find any that were just right so Mum, being fantastically talented, made them all. A lot of hard work for her but she loved doing it.
THE FLOWERS | Given that our style was English country garden with a pastel palette, choosing flowers was very simple. I adore cornflowers, roses, lavender; all the flowers you’d expect to have growing at home. Again, Mum’s skills were utilised! She made the bouquets, buttonholes and displays at church. My godmother, with her sister and mother helped and did all the table arrangements. A lot of the flowers and greenery came from our garden, my grandparents’ garden, and my godmother and family had been growing lots of different flowers which they brought as well.
THE CAKE | Our beautiful wedding cake was made by Mez Pundole of Canterbury Cake Company. Mez had actually made the wedding cake for Sam’s Mum the year before. We knew we wanted a sponge cake and had looked at a few ideas online. We liked the idea of a traditional white wedding cake with a twist of adding some colour. Through discussion with Mez, we decided on a four tier (we needed an extra as well!) sponge cake, with a raspberry jam and buttercream filling, that would be white at the top, gradually changing to mint in an ombre effect. To display the cake, my Dad (Julian) crafted a lovely slice of log to put it on and we added flowers.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Matilda Delves and she did an outstanding job! We are so happy with our photos and we love how she’s managed to capture our day so naturally. She also doubled up as time keeper when the girls and I were getting ready and managed to organise my giant family when taking family photos.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Again, we did this all ourselves and relied heavily on those wonderful people who came early to help! In the marquee we had different coloured ribbons creating a canopy instead of opting for a traditional lining – although that definitely would have been the easier option! We also had fairy lights going around the marquee and over the dancefloor. The trestle tables gave us the most room and also looked incredible, we used one big roll of calico to cover them with a hessian runner all the way down. We decided not to have a table plan but rather let everybody choose where they wanted to sit, it was lovely to see people from different areas of our lives chatting to each other.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Sandbanks and had a wonderful, relaxed, beachy honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I think definitely when we went with Matilda to have our photos of just us, which was while everyone was eating (we already finished). It was such a calm and lovely time together where we could just think about the fact that we were married and begin to let it sink in without the excitement of everything else going on.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | We were so blown away by how generous people are, especially with their time, so really take someone seriously if they offer to help in a way that would be brilliant! Also, try not to get too caught up with all the small details (our ribbons tangled rather fantastically which set everything back a day and a half – we only had two days to set up) because on the day what really matters is that you’re finally married and all these people are there to celebrate with you!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Matilda Delves
Cake | Canterbury Cake Company
Hog Roast | Smoking Hot Pig
Fish and Chips | Flos Fryer
Marquee | Best In Tents Marquees
Furniture, crockery, cutlery | Caterbury Catering Hire
Venue | Graveney Village Hall
How very gorgeous.
Keziah and Samuel, thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful wedding here at WWW xo Lou