Kim & David
We first met in Cyprus – Dave was my gardener while I was serving with the army there. We laugh about how many miles we’ve done to be together as, because of my posting and his work, for a year we lived 260 miles apart.
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
Dave first proposed to me out of the blue in a muddy field at V Festival – he just felt it was the perfect moment. He then proposed a second time with a ring on Christmas Eve with our daughters with him.
I went back to my hometown of Manchester to find my dress, an ivory fishtail gown from the White Rose Collection at White Rose Bridal. It wasn’t the first gown I put on because my husband-to-be had seen short style dresses at a wedding show and thought one would suit me. The boutique helped me choose this dress and I just felt beautiful! There were lots of tears.
My dress was gorgeous so I didn’t want to go over the top with jewellery. I had pearl stud earrings to match the pearl detail on my belt and a headpiece with pearls and diamantes fitted into my bun. It was a hairstyle I’d seen in Wedding Ideas. Ivory peep toe stilettos from Faith finished the look.
Dave got an amazing blue suit from Next with light brown shoes. Royal blue is my favourite colour and my daughters and I have blue eyes, so it was the perfect choice.
We have four girls between us, so our three eldest were our bridesmaids and our youngest was our flower girl. My best friend was my maid of honour, because she was pregnant I knew I had to get a dress to accommodate her changing shape, so we found her a royal blue chiffon gown. The other bridesmaids wore dresses from BHS and One Special Day, who also supplied the tiaras.
WHAT MUSIC DID YOU PLAY DURING THE CEREMONY?
Both my mum and dad walked me down the aisle to an acoustic version of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis, played for us by a talented music student.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE CEREMONY?
We did a hand fastening with our four girls during the ceremony. We made a long ribbon using different sections to represent each of us and the girls then wrapped it around our hands saying vows and promises to us.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Guests could choose from three different starters, beef, salmon or chicken for the main course and three desserts at our sit-down meal. I liked the idea that they could choose what they wanted on the day. In the evening we had cheeseboards and wedding cake.
Glamping and camping is completely our style, so we opted for a rustic woodland theme. Dave sourced and made our decorations after we were inspired by DIY ideas and real weddings in Wedding Ideas. The joining of our families was our priority for the day.
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Dave used tree trunks from work to make our log centrepieces as well as our two-tier tree trunk cake stand! We had a hessian tipi card holder, jam jars decorated with hessian and pine cones for place cards that our children collected. We made our table plan by writing names on leaves hung from twine.
I desperately wanted Bella Blue Hydrangeas because the colour matches my ring perfectly. My amazing local florist in Bedale managed to get some imported for my bouquet, adding a diamante poppy to pay respect to my military background. Dave made the buttonholes and bouquets from artificial flowers and my Maid of Honour and eldest bridesmaid had Swarovski crystal bouquets from One Special Day, which they can now treasure.
My talented sister-in-law made our two cakes. One was a tipi with all six of us sitting around it and the other a tree trunk with a carved heart and our initials. We also had ‘I love glamping’ cupcakes in chocolate and lemon sponge.
We moved house two days after the wedding, so we honeymooned in Portugal for two weeks before the big day instead! We will be visiting Thailand later this year to celebrate, too.
Having a bespoke ceremony written for us was our best decision – it was so meaningful and meant we could include our girls.
VenueThe Priest’s House, Barden Tower, Skipton DressWhite Rose Bridal | Bridesmaids dressesOne Special Day | Groom Next | Accessories Faith | Flowers Local florist in Bedale | Cake For similar, try the Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company |PhotographyDave Cropper | Honeymoon Portugal and Thailand