Bride Kimberley tells all about her English country garden wedding theme, with pretty pastel shades and homemade touches…
How did Chris propose?
“It was a complete surprise on his birthday. He covered our home in candles, blindfolded me and then got down on one knee!”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was by Eternity Bride in a simple lace fishtail design. It was bought from Maison De La Bride in Peterborough. My dad bought my dress and there were plenty of tears at the dress fitting!”
And the accessories?
“My belt was by Jenny Packham, my veil was handmade and I wore a Links of London bracelet.”
What did Chris wear?
“It was a Debenhams navy suit with a crisp white shirt and light grey tie. He looked extremely handsome! All the groomsmen wore the same, including my dad.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“When I saw Chris I instantly felt calm and quite emotional, although I managed to keep it together. Standing at the aisle with him and my dad giving me away was a very special moment.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My maid of honour was my oldest friend Kim, then my bridesmaids were my friend Lauren and my sister. Lastly, Jacques was my man of honour! He lives in Thailand so it was extra special to have him there and a big part of our day. The bridesmaids wore simple blush dresses and looked perfect. Jacques wore a suit to complement them.”
What was your theme?
“English country garden. Everything you saw on the day was lovingly made by myself – from the 70ft of bunting to the vintage decor and old-fashioned sweet shop favours. We had a close family friend prepare all the flowers and another made the beautiful petal, lace and wild flower-decorated wedding cake. The centrepieces were a slice of walnut tree with vintage jugs filled with wild flowers.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“My highlight would have to be seeing Chris’ face as he saw me come down the aisle and the tears in his eyes.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Making our own decorations saved loads of money, as well as having good friends make the cake and flowers. Also we were incredibly lucky that the amazing photography was shot by a good friend of ours… It’s not what you know, but who you know!”
Date: 30th May 2015
Venue: St. Andrews Church, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, followed by a reception at The Red Lion in Warmington
Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography
Kimberley’s dress: Eternity Bride
Chris’ attire: Debenhams