Today I am thrilled to share the stunning Kent Manor House Wedding of Sam and Alex with pretty Royal blue and butterfly detail.
Images were captured by Helen England Photography.
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Bride Sam says of the couples beautiful Manor house wedding…
How did you meet?
We first met on a dating site and chatted, not yet meeting in person, for a couple of months…
I then went on an actual date with somebody different! Not one to ‘juggle’ dates, I messaged Alex to say that I had met someone and was going to see how it goes with him.
Alex was such a gentleman about it that I always remembered him fondly.
When I was single again, about a year later, I got back in touch with him.
He was, luckily, single too so we decided to meet up and it all went from there!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We had lived together for about a year and a half and Alex surprised me with a weekend away at a luxury hotel in Peasmarsh for my birthday.
It was a great place to stay and we were having lots of fun.
On the Saturday evening we sat down in the hotel restaurant for a gorgeous meal.
We ordered our deserts and Alex asked me if I had had a lovely birthday so far and if was pleased with the surprise trip away.
He then said there were more surprises to come… He stood up, walked over to me and knelt down!
He wasn’t able to get all of the words out – he said, “Will You Marry” and I kissed him!
The restaurant was full of people yet due to Alex’s stealth like method of kneeling at my chair, not one person in the restaurant noticed!
It was a perfect moment that we celebrated just between the two of us.
That is until the waitress delivered our deserts and then excitedly ran off for two glasses of champagne!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Wedding planning was a major learning curve.
We went to a couple of wedding fairs and I was always on websites like Hitched looking at venues and Pinterest looking at hair, make-up, flowers, tablescapes, and everything else!
I first felt like a bunny in the headlights then decided to get methodical.
Once I had whittled down a list of venues I booked appointments and we eventually booked Hadlow Manor for our Manor House Wedding.
It had the style and feel that we wanted as well as plenty of rooms for our guests to stay in.
From there things were clearer. We booked Helen England as our photographer after I stalked her a little on social media as I liked her style of photography.
Thanks to my ‘stalking’ I saw that she was going to be at a wedding fair at The Hop Farm and thought that would be a great way to meet her.
As a person who doesn’t like having her photo taken it was important to me to feel comfortable with our photographer and I instantly liked Helen and felt at ease with her.
Dress shopping was accidental!
I went with my mum to my local bridal shop (Fross Bridal Boutique) for an appointment she had to look at Mother of the Bride outfits.
While I was there, I thought I’d have a little look at the wedding dresses
I picked out two, tried them on and fell in love with the second dress. It ticked all the boxes of what I wanted so we bought it then and there!
We never did get to look at outfits for my mum so I reckon she was sneakily just wanted a day with just me and her to look for my wedding dress!
I’m quite artistic and decided to take on the task of designing the wedding.
I had already picked royal blue as the colour theme for the day so all I needed to do was figure out how and where I wanted the colour featured.
I suffer badly from hay fever so real flowers were not an option… I’ve always loved the colour of Ty Nant blue sparkling water bottles so used them for my centrepieces.
I added a little sparkle using cork lights, silver glitter butterflies (another I’ve always loved) and some scatter crystals.
When it came to my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s flowers and the buttonholes, I searched high and low for someone that could make what I wanted… I didn’t find them.
Then came my biggest learning curve… I decided to do the flowers myself!
I learnt so much, loved them so much and had so much praise from other people about my creations that I now have a company (SJS Special Occasions) creating wedding flowers for other people!
Any special touches/DIY?
As well as the flowers (bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, buttonholes and mother of the bride and groom corsages) I created our centrepieces, table plan, place cards and guest books – I wanted them to stand out and be original!
Everything else for our Manor House Wedding just fell into place.
Our Guest book was a paper butterfly to be signed by every guest and a paper scroll for each guest to write a message to us that we would read on our first anniversary
What was the theme /colour palette of your Manor House Wedding Day?
Royal blue and butterflies!
I found a lovely poem for the ceremony, which my sister read, which was about us as butterflies – this set the tone for the rest of the day.
What was the best bit of your day?
The ceremony! I was calm as can be but my hubby was very nervous!
He pronounced my name wrong when we were saying our vows. I could see his face drop and he thought he’d ruined it.
Me being me, when it came to my turn to repeat my vows, I said my name the way he had said it!
It caused a big laugh and everything relaxed from there.
The vows are so powerful that you feel their significance! It was a great feeling to promise myself to him forever!
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would talk to the venue more about their schedule for the day. The co-ordinator that was there on the day hadn’t been the one that I had been talking to, and the timings we had originally agreed didn’t quite run as I thought they would.
Also, the venue provided the flowers for the ceremony table which weren’t what I actually wanted so I wish I had talked to the lady that supplied them separately so we could have discussed them. My advice would be always avoid using a middleman!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
The focus should be on having the day the way you two want…
Go for the things that you love, surround yourself with the people you love and it will be everything you want it to be.
If your planning the wedding yourself then create a list of everything you need to do and when and then work through it methodically… it’s not as overwhelming as you think!
Manor House Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Hadlow Manor – Kent
Photographer – Helen England Photography
Bridesmaid Gowns – Dress Tells – Amazon
Suit – Suits to Suit
Cake Maker – Tracey’s Kitchen Cakes
Florist Stylist – SJS Special Occasions (Bride)
Videographer – A friend! He did a lovely job
Rings – ( Brides) F Hinds / (Grooms) – Bought at a Country fair
Stationery: Invitations: Shell Windsor Stationery / On the day stationery ( Bride)
Make up/Hair stylist – Grace Benson Make Up
To Contact Helen England Photography
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