Kirsty & Paul’s Woodland Theme Grasshopper Inn Wedding Day
Hey Folks! Today on the blog is Kirsty & Paul’s Woodland themed wedding day. This awesome couple tied the knot at the Grasshopper Inn in Westerham in a lovely laid back day. Check out their Q&A along with some snaps from the day. Enjoy!
Where did you get married & why did you choose your venue? Paul & I have always liked to do things a little differently. We didn’t want a very traditional, formal wedding. What we really wanted was a good old knees-up with our favourite people whilst wearing a cracking dress & suit. The Grasshopper was perfect; 10 minutes down the road from home & we could have the ceremony & reception all in one place, making it really straight forward for everyone. It’s a gorgeous old venue with lots of character & charm…perfect for a cosy, low key wedding in winter. It also made things so much simpler with our twin boys (always a plus!).
What was your theme for the day? We wanted everything to look, feel & be very organic, so we chose a woodland theme for the flowers & decorations. I gave our florist (Dora Kovacs) free reign as I trusted her completely. After we discussed my initial ideas & she immediately understood my vision & was able to build on it. We liked her style, & she was fantastic to work with. She knew I wanted a bouquet that looked as though I might have picked some flowers & leaves during a walk through a forest, & I could not have been any more delighted with the finished product. We also wanted a relaxed feel & a sense of fun to run throughout the day in every aspect which I think we achieved. We very much wanted children to come because for us, that’s what it was all about…all the family & all our friends, & children just add such an injection of fun of unpredictability, but boy do they make it memorable for the best of reasons!
What did you both wear? Paul & I both happen to adore the style of the 20’s & 30’s. There’s just something so exquisite about the decadence & glamour. If I could go back to any era, that would be it. So we thought we’d bring it to our wedding with a dress handmade in oyster coloured silk from an original Art Deco pattern, from the amazing Jane Bourvis (she specialises in vintage deco dress & wedding dresses from global sources), with a beautiful pale pewter coloured natural finish sheepskin stole from Gushlow & Cole. I worked with Jane to select a mixture of vintage & new pieces of beaded tulle which was hand sewn onto the dress to make it totally unique. I loved that I wore a dress that was completely my vision, & I will treasure that. Once in the Aladdin’s cave that is Jane Bourvis’ beautiful shop, I spotted an emerald green version of the dress & I just HAD to have it. What a colour! I had never thought I would choose to have two dresses, but I just had to once I saw this. Looking back, I made the right choice. I still love that vivid emerald green & how much I could swish about in it with acres of silk flowing around me. The handmade jewellery commissioned by Simon Kemp was the icing on the cake; I wore a silver & gold dragonfly necklace & matching earrings set with emeralds, whilst Paul wore gorgeous silver & gold bee cufflinks to continue the woodland theme.
Paul & I both wanted to look completely like ourselves on the day, but the best version of ourselves. I had my hair in a natural style with the most amazing handmade headpiece from the USA by Erica Elizabeth, whilst Paul adorned himself with a hint of moustache wax (it would’ve been rude not to). My make-up was soft & subtle & done beautifully by the lovely Natasha Quinn.
We continued the Art Deco theme with the bridesmaid dress & accessories; my beautiful niece Milly wore a fantastic dress which shone with stunning bronze bugle beads to match her auburn hair (handy really, that her hair fitted the colour scheme!).
How did you feel that the day went? The day itself was perfect! We had a cold, crisp & bright morning which was just what I needed after having only one & a half hours sleep (I kept thinking of things I needed to organise for the boys!), & everything went to plan wonderfully. I never really felt particularly stressed whilst organising the wedding as I was just looking forward to a great party, but I was nervous about my walk from the gallery upstairs at The Grasshopper, down the stairs & then along the aisle. I just focused on getting to the front & felt so much better once I’d reached Paul. We wrote our own vows which really meant something very special to both of us, & getting to say & hear them that day will always be a treasured memory. Nothing needs to be just a memory though, since we documented everything in film & photographs thanks to the amazingly talented & easy-going Sarah Brownlow (Insta-Wedding) & James Grist who both felt more like guests than anything else.
Once the formalities were over, the party started! Guest signed, wrote or drew on our wedding poster (which we kept to frame) whilst sipping our special cocktail which we called “Oliver’s Apple Pie” as a reference to Oliver’s Wine Bar in Greenwich where Paul & I used to go & drink this very drink when we first met (you must try it….it’s like liquid apple pie; two shots of Zubrowka vodka topped with fresh apple juice & a slice of apple), while gorgeous harp music played in the background courtesy of Mark Levin (he plays a fantastic range….Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean is a personal favourite). The food was fantastic & ideal for winter…a delicious steak pie which went down very well with everyone & was the ideal grub to fuel a night of dancing to the fantastically lively band The Wild Murphys (think drunken night in a Dublin pub).
We had a blast. When anyone asks me what it was like, I tell them it was the best party I have ever been lucky enough to go to…& the best thing was, it was our party!
MUA: Natasha Quinn
Venue: The Grasshopper Inn
Bridal Wear: Jane Bourvis