Xmas Wedding Eastwell Manor

Eastwell Manor on Saturday between Christmas was a magical setting for Karen & Richards wedding, with close family & friends, the day was an intimate affair.

I caught up with Karen & Richard a few days after they were back from honeymoon to ask them a few questions about what inspired their wedding.

Yvette: So Karen tell me about your dress? It’s stunning and I love the veil.
Karen: Dress was bought from Happily Ever After in Ashford.  Due to us only getting engaged in September and then married just a few weeks later I didn’t have time to order a dress, so after trying several on I found a Sophia Tolli dress. What struck me was the colour, a very dark ivory, so different from any other dresses I had tried on, plus it had a long train with lace appliqués and I found a long cathedral length veil which complimented it well.
Yvette: I love the fact that your shoes are Blue, rather than the standard ivory or white wedding shoes, what was the idea behind those?
Karen: Shoes I bought before the dress, I knew I wanted my “something blue” to be my shoes, so I found some very high royal blue platform shoes in Brighton, very comfortable, and not too expensive!
Yvette: All the boys and Bridesmaids look lovely and your Dad looked lovely in his Kilt, where did their outfits come from?
Karen: We were lucky to find gold short bridesmaids dresses from a boutique in Maidstone, not the traditional type but both girls loved them! These then determined the colour theme for the wedding! All the men’s suits were hired from Moss Bros in Maidstone, morning suits that consisted of black tails, grey striped trousers, and we chose cream waistcoats with gold swirls. It was also important for me to have my Scottish roots to be incorporated, so my father wore formal Scottish dress with a kilt.
Yvette: The flowers are also really nice and I like the fact that you incorporated your Grandmothers brooch into the bouquet, who made these for you?
Karen: We met Laura from The Little Flower Studio in Maidstone at the Detling Wedding fayre who did our flowers, again not the traditional colours and flowers which most brides have, but more country garden type! She also incorporated my Grandmothers Brooch within the bouquet.
Yvette: Tell me about where you got the rings from?
Karen: Rings were from our good friend Keith from Duo Designs.
Yvette: I love all the Christmas touches on the cupcakes who made these?
Karen: My friend Anne Cartwright offered to make the cupcakes, she isn’t a professional cake maker but we were delighted with the results.
Yvette: So what made you decide on Eastwell Manor as a venue to get married?
Karen: We picked Eastwell as the venue, as I had taken Richard there for a surprise Birthday meal the previous Christmas, and we both remarked how magical it felt with all the Christmas decorations and candles, so it was an easy choice.  We knew all our friends and family would fall in love with it too, and so we immediately called Eastwell and asked if they had any dates left for December and the last Saturday in December was  available which didn’t leave us long to organise everything. The whole day was an emotional roller coaster, with lots of “happy tears” and “emotional moments” especially during the readings and speeches. The day was finished off with our “special” first dance which we had had choreographed with the help of the Margaret Preedy dance school in Maidstone.
Yvette: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Karen: So many wonderful memories to treasure and with your photography skills, the candles, soft lighting and all the Christmas decorations our photos look truly magical 🙂
Can’t stop looking at them! And that coming from someone who hates her photo being taken!
Yvette: Oh thank you, Karen, that is so lovely, I hope that the photos will bring you many years of joy when you reflect on your December 2012 wedding.

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