Today I am thrilled to share the gorgeous Hever Castle Wedding of Kevin and Mandy with pretty purple, lilac, ivory and white details.
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Bride Mandy says of the couples beautiful castle wedding…
How did you meet?
We met through work – Kevin was the director of a training provider and I was the manager of the Health and Social Care, adult department.
Tell us about the Proposal…
On Christmas day, 2007, Kevin gave me a beautiful gift of a diamond and sapphire necklace with matching earrings, which were/are truly stunning.
We were in America at the time and were having Christmas Dinner with friends.
When I returned from the kitchen, I noticed a small box on my dessert plate. To my absolute surprise, it was my amazing diamond engagement ring.
No words were needed; the tears of joy and happiness were enough!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
So, although we got engaged in 2007, we didn’t plan or talk about a wedding date.
Work and life took over until, one day, Kevin sent me an email (I was working from home and he was at work).
It said, ‘I think we should get married’. I was so excited, as this was 10 years later.
I told my best friend and we went shopping, that week, and bought both our dresses. They remained in the wardrobe for nearly 2 years, mind you!
We are so lucky and blessed to have such beautiful friends both in the UK and the USA.
As soon as our American friends heard of the wedding, 12 of them said they would be flying to England to be with us on our special day.
At that point, we had only set the date! So, after not too much deliberation, Hever Castle was booked for the wedding on Wednesday 19th June, to be followed by Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on the Thursday.
This booking was done in America, in June 2018 and we weren’t coming home until the September.
Kevin then spent most of his time planning the holiday of a lifetime for our American friends and the most amazing time for the both of us to enjoy, whilst I concentrated on the details of the wedding.
As soon as we got back from America, we met everyone at Hever, had the food and wine tasting evening, sourced the cake maker and had the cake tasting meeting, visited the florist, met the photographer (which as easy, as I bought my house off Helen in 2012 – although I never knew she would be doing my wedding photos in 2019!!!) and organised whatever we could before returning to America in November.
When we returned from our American trip at the end of April, we had less than 7 weeks to finalise everything and get both dresses altered, before our first set of American guests arrived for their start of their ‘vacation’
Any special touches/DIY?
Firstly, Kevin arranged the most amazing 3 weeks for all of us which included golf on the best courses in the South East, 3 days at Gleneagles, Scotland to include golf and outdoor pursuits, a visit to Kew Gardens followed by a night at the opera, sight seeing in London, a week at Hever Castle to include a Hog Roast and Reggae party for the staff and residents of our care home, Royal Ascot, a champagne and wine evening at the Ritz, dinner at The Ivy, lunch at Galvin at Windows Mayfair and 2 concerts at The Royal Albert Hall………plus all accommodation. He did a fantastic job.
Secondly, Kevin and lots of the wedding party played golf before the drinks reception and had a great, relaxing time.
I had a special breakfast with the girls and then a walk around the lake, which was relaxing and calming.
Thirdly, our cake was absolutely awesome.
We wanted it to depict who we are and our interests, therefore, it included a figure of Kevin fishing for shark, a golf club and ball, and passports.
There was also a teapot with sugared flowers as tea, pouring into the tea cup and saucer, the figurine of me, smiling, with a raccoon sitting on one side of me (we have a raccoon in the garden of our American home) and a baboon (I volunteer in a primate sanctuary in America) sitting on the other.
The cake was 2 layers of suitcases; one lilac and the other ivory. It truly was amazing.
Fourth, we had ‘Jerry’ dog made out of white carnations, sitting in a basket.
A few years ago, a similar thing was given to one of my friends in America as a Christmas gift.
She regifted it to me but didn’t tell her friend who sent it………..but she found out in the funniest of circumstances.
Over the years, Jerry has ‘turned up’ for birthdays, funerals, memorial services or just because………….I had both an American flag and British flag in the basket, as all friends and family are aware of the Jerry re-gifted story.
Lastly, I had envelopes containing charm square material and pens, on everyone’s chair in the ceremony room.
During the 15 minute register signing, the guests were to write something on the square which will later be made into a ‘love and friendship’ quilt.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We both love bright colours and it was a toss up between pink or purple. We went with purple, lilac, ivory and white.
What was the best bit of your day?
When Kevin and I think about the day, we laugh and smile about all of it. I don’t think we could pick a best bit, as, all of it, was truly amazing.
Now, that might be done to the good planning and fact that we only had the people there we wanted there!
Only 40 of us and every single person in the room wanted to be there.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Honestly, we have both said, if we had all the money in the world, we still would have done everything exactly the same as we did on our castle wedding day!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
If possible (which it isn’t always), invite the people you want to invite and not those you think you have to invite. It’s your day – do it the way you want to.
Don’t do something because ‘that’s what you should have at a wedding’ or ‘that’s what everyone does’.
Make it YOUR wedding and plan it the way you want to. We didn’t have a separate evening reception.
Our wedding breakfast didn’t finish until gone 8…who wants more food, people arriving etc
Spend time with those you have there already and make time to be with your new husband/wife as well.
So often, bride and grooms say they didn’t see each other after the first dance. Don’t let that be your mistake.
Do something relaxing/fun on the morning before the wedding ceremony, if you can and if there is time. It really does make a great start to the day.
Venue – Hever Castle (We didn’t have a separate evening reception. Everyone adjourned to Medley Court, the cottage on site, where the day guests drank, danced, laughed and relaxed.)
Photographer – Helen England
Wedding Dress – Amanda Wyatt
Groomswear – Ted Baker
Page boys – Roco Clothing
Cake Maker – Karen Ker – Iced Images Cakes
Florist – Pamela Brise – Official florist for Hever Castle
Rings – Bride – Grandmother’s ring / Platinum Band from Fraser Hart – Maidstone, Kent.
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Stephanie Dunbar – Wedding Co-Ordinator – Hever Castle and Faye Chillingworth / Food and Beverage Co-Ordinator – Hever Castle.
Stationery – Polina Perri
Make up/Hair stylist – Samantha Mulholland – Maid of Honour’s daughter
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