WEBB WEDDING IV
Another wedding post today, this time its all about our wedding breakfast and evening reception. As always, the beautiful images are all by the talented Catherine & Andy at White Stag Weddings.
Our wedding breakfast was held in the Wagon Store at Kent Life. We loved the beams and hops on the ceilings, and big wall to wall windows down one side of the room. As with the ceremony space, I had lots of fun creating pretty decorations along with los of help from my Mum. I got lots of copies of my DIY paper blooms printed, and Mum sat and cut them all out (all 315 layers!) and assembled a total of 140 flowers! On set up day, my Maid of Honour Natalia arranged them all on the wall behind the top table, and a few on the mirror behind the sweets. They made such a lovely backdrop for the speeches and we got so many great comments about them from our guests.
We also made lots of paper chains out of a patterned paper I designed to match the stationery. Heather & Wood provided all the lovely floral arrangements which were combined with pretty lanterns and our table names (which I'll go into more detail on in a stationery related post next week).
The final touch to the decor was a special area near the entrance with photos of loved ones that weren't with us on the day, surrounded by more little lanterns and bottles of flowers.
We walked in the Wagon Store to a huge round of applause and sat down for our wedding breakfast. We had a barbecue rather than a traditional 3 course meal (catered by Zest Creative Catering at Kent Life), which went down really well with all our guests. Unfortunately I was far too distracted and desperate to go talk to everyone (as well as a few butterflies) so didn't end up eating too much, but what I did have was delicious!
The speeches were another favourite moment of the day for me. Its not often you get to sit and listen to people say lovely things about you and your new husband! We had speeches from the Father of the Bride, the Groom, The Maid of Honour, and the Best Man. All of which succeeded in making me laugh and cry in equal measure!
Our beautiful cake was made by the very talented Joanna at Bunty's Wedidng Cakes. She created loads of beautiful sugar flowers to match my stationery designs. We loved having something completely unique and it looked stunning at the venue. Inside were 3 delicious flavours: Lemon, Vanilla, and my absolute favourite, Red Velvet. We also had a few chocolate cupcakes with a swirl of buttercream. Again I didn't get to eat much on the day but we kept the top tier in the fridge (red velvet, of course) and enjoyed it the week after we returned from honeymoon.It was honestly the tastiest cake I've ever eaten and I was so disappointed when the last slice was eaten!
Before we headed back to the Village Hall for our first dance, we snuck in a few more portraits with our bridal party and their partners, and the boys just had to get a shot of the personalised socks I'd bought them!
Our first dance was to City of Stars from the La La Land soundtrack. We didn't choose it until just a couple of weeks before the wedding, but finally settled on it after a spontaneous dance around our flat when it came on spotify! I was really nervous leading up to it as I'm not too keen on people watching me dance... But in the moment it was just perfect, and we even pulled off a few twirls too!
I also organised a surprise Father Daughter dance for my Dad. I came up with a few songs that mean something to us, and our DJ Harry Klib put together a mash-up for us. It was a complete surprise to Dad, and we was even more confused when The Wonder of You turned in to the intro to a Neil Sedaka song! I'd been undecided for ages on whether or not to do a Father Daughter dance, and whether or not to keep it a surprise, but I'm so glad I did as it made for such a lovely moment!
We spent the rest of the evening having the time of our lives, dancing the night away and watching all our friends and family having fun together. The end of the night came around far too quickly and we wished we could have partied on forever. There are no words for how much we both loved every second of our day, and we wouldn't change a thing.
I have just one more wedding post to share with you next week, and its all about all the stationery I created for our special day!
Venue: Kent Life
Photography: White Stag Weddings
Flowers: Heather & Wood
Dress: Essense of Australia
Boutique: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique
Make-up: Helen Lee
Hair: Lily Jarrett
DJ: Harry Klib
Light Up Letters: Locke & Busby