Today we bring you the gorgeous watercolour inspired wedding of WWW readers Elaine and David which took place on Saturday 6th April 2019. Following a church ceremony, their celebrations took place at the brilliant Preston Court. Although our pair didn’t want to overwhelm the already beautiful surroundings, they did put their own stamp on everything and really enhanced this wonderful venue.
Taking inspiration from the watercolour stationery, I think you’re going to love the blush tones, abundant greenery and dreamy florals. Their cake is really something special too, make sure you check out the incredible dessert table which uses the fabulous Dutch organ as a backdrop – mega!
We’re really grateful to Kerry Ann Duffy for capturing their day so beautifully and sharing the results with us. Thank you Kerry Ann.
David took me to Budapest for a mini break and I had no idea he was planning to propose. One evening he took me on a boat cruise down the Danube. After our meal he said that the views at the front of the boat would be a great place to get a picture. When we were overlooking the beautiful view he got down on one knee, it took me completely by surprise!
We wanted a church wedding followed by a venue in the countryside. We live so close to Kent that we looked for a barn wedding which would be relaxed and comfortable for our guests. Our Venue was the quirky Preston Court so the vision stemmed from its originality and attention to detail. We both come from Irish families so honouring our roots was so important through the music and readings in our church service and the music from our band. I also love the personalised element to a wedding so when seeing our venue I wanted to incorporate that into our invites which led to the watercolour invites, order of services and the table plan.
The Planning Process
I have been a bridesmaid many times so when it came to planning my own wedding I had a clear idea about what I felt was important to the day. Once we had decided on the venue, the concept and ideas around the wedding seemed to flow easily. When researching and contacting suppliers, everybody that I worked alongside shared our vision and had a clear idea of how to achieve our vision.
We don’t know!
When looking at wedding venues we searched in Kent and I saw Preston Court. What first caught our eye was the fabulous Dutch organ which was the backdrop to so many pictures. We booked an appointment to see the venue on our way back from Budapest and on seeing it had it booked by the weekend.
Not only does the venue have beautiful grounds, a Georgian House and pagoda Island accessed by a bridge, it has the most fabulous barn housing two huge Dutch organs a quirky bar and a carousel. We fell in love with it instantly and knew with family and friends travelling from afar, this would be special place to take them. We then looked within the area for a Church for our service and we were welcomed into Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church and had the most beautiful service lead by Father Mark.
The Readings & Music
1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13.8
Psalm 128 – Blest Are Those Who Love You
Philippians 4:4 -9
Opening Hymn – On Eagles Wings
Signing of the register
♬ Music – The Rose
I Just Can’t Help Falling in Love With You (Singer)
First Dance – You Got it by Roy Orbison
We wanted the flowers to be full of greenery with a peach and cream rose to tie in with the colour theme. I wanted my bouquet to be large and for the bridesmaids to mirror on a smaller scale. My niece, who was a flower girl, had a flower wand. The flowers within the church which were then the centrepieces on the table, were beautifully created by the ladies who volunteer at the church, they included the greenery of the bouquets along with antique roses.
When looking for a photographer, we looked online at the many different photographers who have previously worked at Preston Court as we knew they would be familiar with the Venue. We loved Kerry’s work, the photographs captured the day perfectly and we loved her ability to catch photographs in the most perfect light whilst maintaining a dream like quality. On the day, Kerry blended in perfectly and managed to capture so many wonderful moments. She allowed us to soak up every part of the day whilst also grabbing the most perfect opportunities for the perfect shot.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I knew from the start that I would like a dress with sleeves and something that came in at the waist. I did try a few dresses and didn’t quite find anything that ticked all the boxes without additional alterations. I tried a local wedding dress shop and saw a dress hanging with a champagne underlay and lace sleeves. Once I put it on my Mum and two sisters said ‘That’s the one!’ We coupled it with a cathedral veil and a pair of Rachel Simpson gold shoes.
David wanted a textured blue woollen suit matched with a champagne waistcoat and tie. This had proven difficult to source in rental shops so the complete suits were bought from Marks and Spencer. The waistcoat and tie were purchased from Neal and Palmer in London.
The groomsman wore the same navy blue woollen suits as David from Marks and Spencer.
The bridesmaids wore Champagne floor length dresses which were from a concession in House of Fraser called Biba. I wanted a floaty, plain dress which all my bridesmaids would feel comfortable and good in.
My hair was created by Vicki Lord. When meeting her I had a vision of having my hair down. Vicki used a sketch of the dress and my hair type to create a style which best suited the look. She created the most intricate romantic tail hair style. For the bridesmaids they each had a soft romantic up do which was complemented by an arrangement of fresh flowers.
Lauren Elle was a fantastic makeup artist who listened carefully to the brief and did a great job of doing both the bridal and the bridesmaids make up to each person’s individual requirements.
For our film again we looked at suppliers that had filmed at Preston Court and loved the production and quality of Iwill videography. When meeting Jess and Will, a husband and wife team, they talked us through the running of the day and what options we could have. On the day they seemed to be invisible and because they split themselves to different parts of the wedding. The final clip of the wedding captures so many special moments for us that otherwise we wouldn’t have seen. You can watch it here.
The Details & Décor
Preston Court is so quirky and expertly put together when it came to the décor we wanted to have a balance between our own stamp whilst not over powering what was already there. In the main barn we wanted to have the round tables and had deep cream table cloths with a blush pink napkin along with low festoon lighting and a foliage chandelier created the most intimate and warm atmosphere within the barn.
As the guests came into the barn to sit for dinner, the Dutch organ played a variety of tunes which added to the ambience. The watercolour invites which displayed Preston Court were a window into the wedding for our guests. This theme continued through in our on the day stationery. The church was water coloured onto the order of service and for the table plan.
Harriet De Winton who created it all was amazing. Each of the tables related to a special place to us, four of which being the home counties in Ireland of our parents. Harriet water coloured each of these places within the plan, so personalised and a wonderful keepsake of the day.
Outside the barn we had a variety of carnival games which our guests enjoyed before and after the meal, this was a perfect addition to the carousel at Preston Court.
Outside the barn, we had our name in lights! When the sun set and lights show bright it was great to recreate a Hollywood kiss in front of them. Within the bar, we had a wooden screen displaying a range of photos from throughout the years of us both along with our friends and family.
Straight after the wedding we flew to Asia for an 8 day tour of Vietnam, followed by 4 days on the island of Koh Samui. We had the most amazing time seeing so many different places, sampling different cultures, food and people in a short space of time. A perfect mix of culture and relaxation, for us a perfect honeymoon.
To complement the watercolour of the stationery and to fit the dreamy theme of the wedding, I was looking for a cake maker who could mirror this in the cake. I was recommended cake maker Rob form Orange Rabbit cakes who I met with and created the most gorgeous four tiered cake each with an individual flavour.
Each tier had a different tone and texture, with the middle tier displaying our married name hand painted in gold. To finish the cake off were 3D sugar crafted flowers and a water coloured couple at the top of the cake. A friend of my sister is also a great cake maker and she provided additional personalised cupcakes, cake pops and cookies to create an indulgent cake table.
So many memorable moments but here are a few….
My niece reciting a personalised poem in the church service so confidently and clearly.
The moment we saw everybody in the congregation looking at smiling back at us on our special day.
Walking into the barn, everyone standing up and the roar of the crowd to welcome us in as a married couple.
The way the barn looked and felt on the day, it far surpassed our expectations.
David’s cousin Kevin and my friend Margaret singing live with the band.
THE SPEECHES! We had speeches from my dad, David, Maggie his sister and best man Ian. Each one really was unique to the person and the laughter and tears were evident in each one, so so special.
Advice For Other Couples
It can be all consuming planning a wedding and the thought of how all the planning will come together but ultimately it’s the vows and commitment at the centre of it all. When thinking of touches for the day think about what will actually matter and be valued by the guests. Your friends and family are there to celebrate with you so enjoy every moment and don’t worry if something doesn’t go to plan-because you are the only one who knows!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Kerry Ann Duffy
De Winton Paper Co
Designed by Richard Quinn
Idyllic Days Event Hire
Bouquet and Floral Hanging Installation
Emily and Me
Big Day Prop Hire
Green Bus Hire
Car for the boys
Hire through Shaun Hopper
Kent & Medway Wedding Cars
I Will Video
Orange Rabbit Cakes
Cupcakes and Cookies
What a truly beautiful day. Thank you so much Elaine and David for sharing everything with us. Rachel x