Fun, Colourful Kent Farm Wedding: Sam&Mark
With a ceremony in Sam’s childhood church, and their reception held at her family’s small farm, Sam and Mark’s wedding was rooted in family and history, with her rather special dress made with contributions from both their mums! A proper homemade wedding full of love and laughter.
We asked Sam&Mark to describe each other in three words.
Sam said; funny, strong and loyal
Mark said; sexy, fun and kind
Mark designed Sam’s engagement ring himself… “Mark took me away to Bath, where we had gone on our first weekend away together, staying in the same hotel. He had also booked the same restaurant, Beaujolais, now my favourite! He asked me after our meal with a beautiful ring he’d designed himself.”
Lots of smiles and laughing… ”We really wanted a relaxed family wedding. Lots of smiles and laughing, great food and surrounded by all of the people that we love. We were aiming for a country theme, lots of splashes of different colours, lots of ribbon, bunting and flowers.”
Wedding flowers: Lily of the Valley.
Wedding venues: St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Cudham: “It was my childhood church, so very special to me.” Homeleigh Farm, Berry’s Green, Kent: “When my stepdad, Gary, joked about a marquee in the garden, we loved the idea.”
Alternative wedding guestbook: Guests wrote messages on postcards in place of a guestbook.
Wedding favours: Our favours were wooden hearts which doubled up as place settings, with each guest’s name painted on one side and our names and the date on the other. My sister and chief bridesmaid, Kim, hand-painted each one! All the kids had bags with toys and books to keep them entertained, put together by my stepmum, Hannah.
Photobooth: In a caravan decked out with pretty fabric!
Wedding dress: My dress was made by my extremely clever mum, Beryl. The antique lace detail was very special; family lace generously given by Mark’s mum, Angela, to use on the dress. Bridesmaids’ dresses: Mismatched bridesmaids dresses were from Topshop, Oasis and Zara.
Best bits… “Getting ready with my mum and four sisters, who were all bridesmaids, was lots of fun and surprisingly stress-free, standing with Mark in the church and listening to the wonderful speeches made by my Dad, Mark, and best men, Hazel and Andy.”
♥ We completely love the photos, I can’t stop looking at them… “You are great! Very professional, it was great to have the photos so quickly after the wedding, and the thank you cards. Its a real bonus that you come as a pair – makes a huge difference. And we completely love the photos, I can’t stop looking at them, perfect way to remember and relive the day.”
Wedding shoes: Call It Spring
Bride’s accessories: Pearl necklace and earrings were burrowed from my Mum.
Groom’s suit: The Groomsmen wore black morning suits.
Wedding cake: Angela made our gorgeous wedding cake, with pale yellow icing and hundreds of little white flowers. My friend Sara made lots of colourful cupcakes for those who wanted chocolate instead of fruitcake.
Wedding entertainment: Ceilidh band, The Springer Sisters, led us in a barn dance