Pastel prettiness works perfectly for this couple’s casual country affair…

WHO: Kirsty and Paul

WHERE: Coverwood Lakes, Ewhurst

WHEN: September 2011

PHOTOS: Rebecca Wedding Photography


The proposal

“When we first met, at a close friend’s wedding, we were both a bit tipsy. In fact, it wasn’t until three months later that Paul got round to asking me on a date!” smiles Kirsty. “Paul popped the question during a walk along the Thames, one snowy afternoon in December. We stopped at a moored boat with a bar for some mulled wine to warm up, and on the way back, he dropped down on one knee – it was very unexpected!”

The bride’s outfit

“I found my dress at the Birmingham National Wedding Show,” remembers Kirsty. “I’d gone with my Mum and two of my bridesmaids for a day out – not to buy anything! However, I spotted the Jenny Packham gown from on their stand. I tried it on for a bit of fun, and fell in love. It felt so simple but elegant and not too ‘bridey.’ It was perfect for our laid-back country wedding,” she adds

The groom’s outfit

“Paul, his best man and ushers wore their own suits with different coloured pastel ties. Some were plain, and others had either stripy or spotty patterns,” adds Kirsty

The bridesmaids

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“My maid of honour (my sister) wore a pale pink infinity dress, while the other bridesmaids wore pale green infinity dresses, which were handmade by my Mum,” beams Kirsty. “They all wore them in slightly different ways – which became more and more adventurous as the evening wore on!”

The ceremony

“We had a traditional church service, with readings that included a biblical extract from Colossians 3, followed by an adaptation of A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton – read by the couple whose wedding we met at,” remembers Kirsty. “This was concluded with singing from Lucy Barratt ( who performed Ave Maria and Panus Angelicus while we signed the register.”

The flowers

“Celebration Flowers Surrey put together our floral arrangements using a mix of pink and green hydrangeas and roses. We left simple posies on the tables, and invited guests to take them home at the end,” recalls Kirsty

The reception

“To bring our country garden theme to life, we used lots of tissue paper pom poms and pastel-coloured ribbons to decorate. We also prettied up the outside space with uplighting and tealights in jam jars to line the pathways,” says Kirsty. “My Mum made the favours – lavender-filled fabric hearts for the girls, and almonds for the men.”