A gorgeous wedding story, as told by the beautiful bride and her handsome groom…

WHO: Lizzie and Nick

WHERE: St Mary’s Church, Chalk and Nurstead Court, Meopham

WHEN: September 2011

PHOTOS: Xander and Christine of Navyblur


How they met

“When I first met Nick at a New Year’s Eve party, I thought he was very good looking – we had a lot in common, but we were in different stages of our lives and so nothing came of it. We then met again at church about eight months later and he had grown up a lot, and I fancied the pants off him! I suddenly became very nervous around him,” laughs Lizzie

The proposal

“Nick whisked me away to New York, so I knew something was up – but after three amazing days, still no ring,” says Lizzie. “When we arrived back at the airport Nick went off ‘to the toilet’ – which I now know was to meet his best man and collect the ring. When he came back we hired a car and he drove us to Cornwall, one of our favourite places. We stayed in a gorgeous guest house, and one afternoon while walking along the beach, I realised it was about to happen. He got down on one knee and asked me in the traditional way,” smiles Lizzie

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“I knew that my dress would be vintage inspired with lots of lace,” explains Lizzie. “I knew as soon as I saw ‘Bernadette’ by Maggie Sottero, that she was ‘the one’. “The dress personified everything about Lizzie; her quirkiness, her desire to be different, her strength and dignity, and most of all, her beauty,” says Nick

The groom’s outfit

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“The groom’s suit and ushers’ outfits were hired from Moss Bros,” explains Nick. “We chose the Carisbrooke style because they were navy blue, and fitted in perfectly with our colour scheme. Lizzie gave me lego cufflinks on the morning of the wedding, to remind me to stay playful in our marriage.”

The bridesmaids

“I fell in love with the girls’ dresses as soon as I saw them, I even wanted one for myself!” smiles Lizzie. “They were called ‘Darling’ from Very. My sister was pregnant on the wedding day, and 10 days overdue! So, for obvious reasons, she didn’t wear the same dress and shoes as the other bridesmaids – it was all very last minute and she had to be comfy. She actually went into labour when she got home from the wedding, and had a gorgeous baby girl called Beatrice Emma on the Monday.”

The ceremony

“Nick’s mum and my brother gave Bible readings and, during the signing of the register, we had a friend of mine from University dance to How He Loves by Will Reagan and Laura Hackett. Our friend (also a vicar) gave the address and he did a fantastic job – he based his message on a list of things we had written about each other beforehand. We also decided to have a period of worship rather than songs throughout the service, as we wanted to make sure the focus was all about God,” explains Lizzie

The flowers

“Our real wedding theme was ‘country vintage’, so anything old, flowery and blousy worked well!” laughs Lizzie. Nick’s friend Robyn from university owns Floral Footsteps and she was on hand to bring together the couple’s gorgeous country-chic flower arrangements

The reception

The couple’s evening party took place in a marquee within the grounds of nursteadcourt.co.uk

The real wedding details

“For me, decorating the venue was very important,” remembers Lizzie. “We had bunting made by my bridesmaids and Mum, I bought material from Shepherds Bush market for our tablecloths, and we had a selection of Cath Kidston paper napkins on the tables. I also collected lots of old jam jars and decorated them with material and gingham ribbon, and these were placed outside the marquee and lit up with little tea lights. My Dad made some signs out of scrap wood, and we also provided some garden games, such as swing ball.”

The cake

“We got our cake from Marks and Spencer – which only cost us £250! It was gorgeous white chocolate with chocolate sponge inside,” recalls Lizzie

The honeymoon

“I only found out where we were going on honeymoon when we arrived at the airport,” says Lizzie. “Nick arranged it all for us in complete secret – a two-week break in the Maldives, staying in a gorgeous beach-side cottage. We relaxed with lots of snorkelling and good food.”