This cute couple let the traditional ‘something blue’ be a part of their theme. Perfect for a late summer, garden wedding…
WHO: Faye & Patrick
WHERE: St Mildred’s Church and a marquee in the bride’s parents garden, Tenterden
WHEN: September 2011
PHOTOS: © Kristian Leven
“Patrick took me to Paris for the day, telling me we were going to see a friend of his perform at a gig,” remembers Faye. “It was a gorgeous sunny day and we spent time taking in all the sights, eating at lovely restaurants and walking along by the Seine. It was here that he got down on one knee and popped the question – I was so shocked I nearly fell in the river! After I (eventually) said yes, we ran to the nearest café and told them we’d just got engaged. They brought us over two glasses of Champagne and a ‘cake’ they’d put together out of pineapple chunks, squirty cream and a sparkler!” laughs Faye
The bride’s outfit
“Before finding my gown, I’d been to 15 different boutiques, and tried on well over 100 different dresses,” recalls Faye. “Then I went to bride.uk.com in Tenterden who were having a sample sale at the time. I tried on a lace gown by whiterosebridal.com and my Mum, who never cries, burst into tears! The shop assistants then brought us all Champagne because they have a rule in the shop that if there are tears, then there’s Champagne!” says Faye
“Before I found ‘the one’ I tried on over 100 different wedding dresses!”
The groom’s outfit
Patrick and his groomsmen all wore dark grey, half cotton, half silk Cameron Ross suits (hirewear.co.uk), with ties that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. “He looked so handsome, and I remember how proud he looked as I walked down the aisle,” beams Faye.
“I had six bridesmaids!” smiles Faye. “I knew I would have a lot of girls with me on the day – I couldn’t possibly have left any of them out. One of my bridesmaids, Emma, found the silk peacock-blue dresses in Oasis (oasis-stores.com).”
“I had six bridesmaids – I always knew I’d need a lot!”
“My brother read Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney and Patrick’s sister Jessica read Corinthians 13,” explains Faye. “We sang three hymns – Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace, Be Thou My Vision and Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer. I walked down the aisle to The Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet, by Armstrong, and we walked out to The Wedding March, by Mendelssohn,” adds Faye
“We had a marquee in my parents garden provided by 4seasonskent.co.uk,” says Faye. “Our catering was done by tandemcatering.co.uk – the team were so brilliant, I have already recommended them to several other brides. Finally my bridesmaid, Emma, and her mum, Lin, kindly spent the day before the wedding baking hundreds of F and P-shaped cookies for us – they were amazing!” she adds
Was a fab trip to Mauritius.