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We are half way through the week already and do I have a gorgeous wedding to share with you! Today we are off to Whitstable for the wedding of Nicole and Kate. Both the ceremony and the reception take place at Beacon House which is just the most gorgeous and quaint venue. The ceremony was followed by a blessing by one of the couples friends who is a shaman and it really adds a personal touch to the celebrations. With amazing beach side views and the most delicious looking food, this wedding is just perfect. Big thanks to Sofia Plana Photography for the lovely images.
Nicole and Kate were married on 25th July 2015 at Beacon House, Whitstable. ‘We decided to get married where we did It’s by the sea, informal, beautiful and we could arrange all the details ourselves. We had 50 guests and it took 6 months to organise.’
How they met
We met 4 years ago at a Buddhist talk.
Kate proposed to Nicole, very simply, away in the New Forest on our anniversary
How did you allocate your budget
The location was the main expense and accommodation for family (Nicole is from Malta), food and wine, flowers and dresses, the usual!
Where did you splurge and where did you save
We splurged on our wedding rings, bouquets and some special wine we love. Friends helped us with decorations, collecting jam jars, designing and printing the menus and order or ceremony
How did you choose your photographer
Kate met Sofia at the Kingston wedding fair. We are not wedding fair types so it was luck!
Stella McCartney and BHLDN (Anthroplogie), LK Bennett
Wild flowers from a farm in Kent and bouquets from Zita Elze in Kew.
Candles, jars, fairy lights, wild flowers, mismatched chairs, long wooden tables, the sea
Oysters, BBQ marinated chicken and pork, seaweed wrapped fish, wedding couscous, nori new potatoes, seaweed salad, roast aubergine salad with saffron yoghurt. Followed by local lavender ice cream and shortbread. Cheese and orange wine.
Our friend Dawn Burnett made the cake, 3 layers, 2 fruit and 1 sponge – the decoration by Zita Elze of flowers. It was incredible.
Polly Money, we had watched her at a festival and asked if she ever did weddings. She doesn’t as a rule but seeing as we asked so nicely!
Russet and Gray for the invitations
Personal or Handmade Touches
Or things that you did yourself? Paper lanterns we lit on the beach. We included a postcard with the menu that was a print of a painting by Kate’s grandad of Whitstable in the 60s. We also put a crystal at each place.
We were very lucky to be blessed our friend John who is a shaman after the main ceremony. And a friend brought a polaroid camera so that we could have instant shots during the day for people to then write messages in our guestbook next to.
It’s hard to say as the day was full of special moments, seeing each other in our dresses, speaking our own vows, turning around to see our friends and family, the tears of joy, the carpet of orange petals, the sunset and the lanterns.
Advice to other couples
We didn’t realise how little we would be able to do ourselves on the actual day. If you are organising lots of the details yourselves we would recommend involving friends as early as possible in the planning so that they can execute all your ideas on the day. But we were thrilled that we had a wedding that truly captured our essence and who we are together.
Photography – www.sofiaplana.com
Caterer – www.linkedin.com/pub/seb-munsch/50/57a/47
Florist – www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk
Musician – www.pollymoney.com
Invitations – www.notonthehighstreet.com/russetandgray
Bouquets – www.notonthehighstreet.com/russetandgray
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