November 11, 2012
In June 2012 after 9 years of being together Alex and I got married in the sunshine under a thatched gazebo, and it felt only right to show you all ‘the little touches’ that we put into our own wedding. Our day was situated between 2 rainy days in a wet June, which definitely caused some stress when the whole wedding was planned for outside, but luckily we woke up to clear skies with the sun shining. I can honestly say I have never felt so lucky.
The wedding was held at the beautiful Westenhanger Castle in Hythe, Kent. It is truly one of Kent’s hidden gems and was exactly what we were looking for. There is an 18th century house situated within the grounds of a ruined castle dating back to 1035, which has been amazingly restored by the Forge family. There is also a replica of the ship ‘Discovery’ as you drive up to the gates. Westenhanger Castle allowed us to have the wedding we had always wanted, and allowed us to make it our own.
For our wedding, the design work included folded invitations with a pocket to hold the RSVP and a blank card for our guest book, individual menus, framed table plans, an information guide on the venue, post box signs and labels for our lemonade dispenser, to name a few. It was very important for me to bring in our lilac theme throughout and create a very fun atmosphere. We had bunting as you entered the marquee, purple straws, purple napkins, and purple lanterns hanging from the chandeliers. We also hired an old fashioned ice cream tricycle to serve ice creams whilst Alex and I had our photographs taken.
When it came to designing our cake, I wanted it to be one of the main features. I decided upon a 4 tier cake adorned with lilac and purple gumpaste flowers to match the beautiful flowers in the bouquets, and those placed around the venue. We had chocolate cake pop favours, each with the guest’s name attached to the stick. These were really popular at the wedding and were a great way to introduce more colour onto the tables and enabled the favour and place setting to be one.
In addition to the Little Touches that I did myself we had some great help from very friendly, dedicated and professional people, including our photographer who took these amazing photos above:
Venue: Westenhanger Castle westenhangercastle.co.ukPhotos by: David Fenwick davidfenwick.co.ukFlowers by: Angela Dunn dreamofflowers.co.ukHair By: Lisa lisabridalbeauty.co.uk
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