Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Rock’n’roll inspired Whitstable Wedding with a Candy Anthony Dress.
Images were captured by Becky Ryan Photography.
Becky Ryan is a Derbyshire based Wedding and portrait photographer who specialises in alternative weddings.
She is a lover of tea, cake, handwritten letters and gorgeous red lipstick.
Her style of photography is natural, unobtrusive, fun, romantic and creative.
I hand over to the couple to share their story…
Tell us a little bit about yourselves…
Hello, we are Kayleigh and Karl and we’re both socially awkward introverts, I love musicals, the 50s/60s styles and music and our 5 guinea pigs.
Karl is a huge rail enthusiast, currently studying digital design at university, and an aspiring 3d modeller.
How did you meet as a Couple?
We met online, Karl was living in Wales at the time which was about 200 miles away from me, but we clicked immediately and messaged each other all the time.
Due to distance we didn’t meet until Karl broke up from college for the Summer and he came to Reading to visit his mum.
As this was close by we were finally able to arrange our first date and neither of us wanted it to end.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Karl proposed on November 11th 2016.
He had booked a room at a lovely hotel in Alton where we visited for a few drinks on our first date. He even spoiled me with little chocolates from a local chocolatier!
We went out for dinner and when we came back, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
He nearly didn’t get through the question, he was so anxious but the whole evening was perfect.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We had originally booked a completely different venue, but unfortunately Karl was made redundant early on in planning so we had a little rethink.
When Karl had found another job, we decided to really focus on what WE wanted and make it small and relaxed.
After a long search, I found a wedding at East quay on a blog, we visited not long after and knew it was perfect for what we wanted.
Any special touches/DIY?
We struggled for ages to find a cake topper we both liked and I really wanted something we could keep, but we finally found someone who could personalise clay toppers we knew this was what we wanted.
I had to hide it from Karl the whole time though as it showed, in brilliant detail, my dress and accessories for the day so he didn’t see it until after the ceremony.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Our colours were red, light blue and white with a 50s/60s style.
What was the best bit of your day?
Karl ~ In the morning I felt as cool as a cucumber, which was weird considering how many other people are on the morning of their wedding and I continued feeling calm until the moment I walked into the venue to assist with setting up, seeing our decorations being put up, and everything being laid out, the reality of the situation finally hit.
The anxiety I should’ve have been feeling weeks before, hit me all in one go the moment I stepped through the door.
And the anxiety continued to build, waiting for Kayleigh to walk up the aisle I honestly thought I was going to have a panic attack, and then suddenly, after she had walked down the aisle and was by my side, holding my hand.
I felt all that anxiety just drop, and I felt a great sense of relief wash over me.
So I’d say seeing her for the first time in her dress, looking beautiful and finally having her by my side after such an intense morning was my favourite part. Proves I can’t be away from her for even a morning!
Is there anything you would do differently?
After seeing how amazing the little guinea pigs looked on our cake topper we wish we included more around the venue. But I actually wouldn’t really change anything. It was perfect for us.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
We do wish we took a bit more time occasionally to stop, look around and take it in, the day really does go so fast.
Venue – East Quay Venue
Photographer & Videographer – Becky Ryan Photography
Celebrant – True Blue Ceremonies
Wedding Dress – Candy Anthony
Suit – Adam of London
Cake Maker – Family friend
Florist – Jane at Graham Greener (Florals on ceremony table and draping of ceremony room)
Stationery – Rae Henry Designs
Make up/Hair stylist – The Vintage Beauty Parlour
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