How they met
Kirsty and Tom met working on the student newspaper at their university, 10 years ago. “Tom was news editor and I was fashion editor, and we started chatting on a night out,” Kirsty recalls.
Somewhat jaded after a Christmas party, it took a few minutes for the penny to drop for Kirsty when Tom proposed. “I was just heading off to bed when Tom burst in and told me to sit down,” Kirsty says. “My first thought was that something awful had happened, but then he pulled out a beautiful antique ring and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked, I dropped the ring!”
The bride’s outfit
A visit to a traditional bridal boutique confirmed Kirsty’s hunch that she wanted a vintage gown, and she found exactly what she was looking for at Glory Days Vintage. “I’m short and petite so I knew I wouldn’t suit a meringue, and besides, I love everything old and classic,” Kirsty explains. “I fell for the first dress I tried on at Glory Days – a 1940’s silk jacquard gown with a beautiful leaf pattern and a train.” Alterations, including removing the sleeves and fashioning a stunning v-shaped back, helped to give the dress a contemporary twist.
The groom’s outfit
Stylish groom Tom wanted a pale green suit, and found what he was looking for in Reiss after doing his research online. He added a cream knitted tie, a white shirt and two-tone brogues from Grenson. “He looked the business – quirky, vintage and dapper,” smiles Kirsty.
Kirsty gave her four bridesmaids free reign over their choice of dresses. “I don’t like things being too co-ordinated, so I told them to choose their own dresses, as long as they were from a pastel palette and different colours,” Kirsty says. The maids found what they were looking for in a variety of places – Forever 21, Missguided and ASOS, with one girl adapting a gown that was already in her wardrobe. “We didn’t see the dresses together until our big day, but they all blended beautifully,” adds Kirsty.
Kirsty and Tom held their ceremony on the field at Wistanstow Village Hall. “It was a Humanist service with my university friend Owen Glyndwr Parry, now a performance artiste, as celebrant,” Kirsty says. “We wrote the ceremony together with Owen, and it was very personal and moving. There were very few dry eyes, and even the cows in the adjoining field wandered over to watch!”
Kirsty and Tom used the talents of their florist friend Adam J Knights to create their flower arrangements. The bouquets included roses and peonies, while the buttonholes were single roses with pheasant feathers. The table centres were designed to look as if they’d just been gathered from a meadow, the perfect country garden look.
With a DIY reception in mind, Kirsty and Tom stayed away from traditional venues in their search for the perfect location. “We wanted a blank canvas in a beautiful countryside location, and the freedom to do whatever we wanted, so a village hall seems a natural fit,” Kirsty explains. The guests tucked into scrummy afternoon tea canapés before a hog roast, while an accordion player created a village fête vibe.
Kirsty and Tom’s wedding details were a labour of love for them and their families, and included pots of home-grown herbs, vintage china, napkins made from vintage tablecloths and over 100 pom poms made by Kirsty’s mum. Traditional games, including a coconut shy and splat the rat, continued the fun-filled country fair wedding theme.
The couple chose a simple three-tier cake from high street favourites, Marks & Spencer, dressed with antique lace and flowers. For something unique and in keeping with their theme, they also created their own cheese cake, served with fresh grapes and figs.
The newlyweds took a once-in-a-lifetime road trip up the West Cost of the USA and Canada, beginning with a stop-off in sunny San Francisco, where they were legally married.