Featured Work: April & Stuart’s Vintage Mount Ephraim Wedding On Creative Brides Wedding Blog
One of my lovely couples was featured over on Creative Brides Wedding Blog today. Thank you Clair for showing off such a awesome couples wedding! Check Out the screen shots below or visit Creative Brides Blog. Here
REAL WEDDING: APRIL & STUART
Real Wedding: April & Stuart
This wedding is made with love! From all the little details that were handmade by the bride and her family members, all the way to how the bride and groom felt on that day. This wedding just proves that if you’re relaxed on your big day, so will all your guests – which always makes for a lovely atmosphere.
Wedding venue: Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent
Wedding photographer: James Grist Photography (the best photographer in the world!)
How would you describe your wedding style? In three words it would be Vintage, Lace and Fairytale. We wanted to have a romantic feel and for our wedding to be personal with lots of detail.
Did you make anything for your wedding? Most of the items at the Wedding were handmade. From the Vintage Lace Table plan, to the hand Crafted Bar made from old vintage apple crates (by Stuart). The menu place settings were designed and printed by us on beautiful lace patterned card. The menus on each table were designed, printed and stuck onto empty wine bottles which were later filled with roses and peonies. Every lace candle jar was made by myself and my mum, we had over 50 jars in total. Every thank you note on the tables were written and designed by us, even down to the Bridesmaid name tags.
Tell us a little about the wedding ceremony: We wanted the outside ceremony to have a relaxed romantic feel, and we’re lucky enough that the rain held off. The walk to the isle was long, where I walked to the bottom of the beautiful gardens through planted hedges and flowers which really made it feel like an isle – it felt amazing when I walked past our friends and families memebrs.
Tell us a little about the wedding reception: The reception was fantastic, everyone was really happy dancing and it felt like a very relaxed fun filled evening. We wanted all our friends and family (old and young) to come together and that is exactly what happened. The ceremony venue we choose was a Manor House set within stunning gardens, and our reception was in a marquee on the grounds, which meant everyone was together throughout the whole day and night – perfect!
What wedding music and entertainment did you have? We had an acoustic guitarist play at the ceremony and through welcome drinks which complimented the feeling beautifully. In the evening we had a modern swing band (The Jumping 5), which was made up of 5 guys with different instruments singing swing music. The atmosphere was great and a mixture of old music jazzed up which was perfect for all age groups. The band would even get down on the dance floor with their trumpets and instruments and dance with us whilst performing.
What did you both wear and why? I wore a David Fielding Vintage Fairytale Wedding Dress. I had tried on at least 30 dresses and couldn’t find ‘the one’. When I tried this dress on and my mum cried I knew I had found the dress at last. It had the vintage lace, but with the flowing feel that I wanted and I felt like a process all day. Stuart wore a pale sky blue three piece suit with contrasting navy blue waistcoat which complimented my dress and his blue mismatched ushers too.
What were your most memorable moments?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Stuart.
Our first dance where Stuart lifted me up and then we had a second first dance which felt electric as all our friends and family made a circle on the dance floor.
Seeing everyone have so much fun and the atmosphere was amazing in the marquee all day and night. I loved hiding from Stuart when he arrived in the morning, I could see him but he couldn’t see me at the window.
Three pieces of advice for future brides
Wedding planning is stressful, but I promise it will come together at the end, so stay calm! (it is worth every tear and tantrum).
As much as friends and family may be sick of hearing the word wedding from you, get them involved, it helps you out and they will love being part of your wedding.
Try to be as relaxed as possible on the day, a relaxed couple will make a relaxed wedding party. We had so much positive feedback on how formal the venue and setting was, but how calm and relaxed the atmosphere was. Just remember the reason you are getting married and try and show that on your wedding day.
April and Stuarts ‘super’ wedding suppliers:
Photographer // James Grist Photography
Venue // Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent
Dress // David Fielding
Shoes // Debut by Debenhams
Hair // My best friend and hairdresser Jack Kilpatrick
Make-up // Stuarts little sister Emily Moore and one of my best friends Jessica Parkes
Groom suit // Suit by Next and Waistcoat River Island
Entertainment // David Ellis (guitarist) We still had no Guitarist a week before the wedding and found David busking in Canterbury, we knew immediately he was the one.
The Jumping 5 (Swing band) was our evening entertainment, we wanted quirky, fun and old fashioned with a modern twist, they brought everything to the table.
Flowers // Katie Moore (Stuarts very talented sister)
Vehicles // Vintage Jaguar (borrowed from a very good friend)
And anyone else you want to shout about? All my amazing friends and family who made the whole day the best day of our lives!