A Relaxed Shimmery Kent Wedding

Lavinia and Chris’s Kent wedding was a relaxed celebration with plenty of good food and music. The Night Yard offered the perfect blank canvas venue and Lavinia’s amazing dress dictated the loose ‘gold’ theme. Over to bride Lavinia to tell us more…

Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?

A. Relaxed. We had flowers from my mum’s garden to decorate the reception venue we used a selection of homemade decorations. The only other main theme was gold to tie in with my dress.

Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?

A. It sounds a bit cliché but it was important that we had all our family and friends there to help us celebrate, and we wanted it to be a wedding they enjoyed with great food, a relaxed atmosphere and a great band to dance the night away.

Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?

A. For the wedding ceremony we got married in the chapel of St. Edmund’s School where I went to school. We then wanted a reception venue that was a blank canvas and had a relaxed feeling. The Night Yard was perfect for this as it allowed us to bring in as much of our own decor and ideas as we wanted.

Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?

A. Mostly Pinterest and Instagram, although after a while I had to stop looking because it gave me too many ideas and it was hard to know where to draw the line. We also went to quite a few wedding fairs, and weddings of friends and family provided inspiration on how we’d like the day to run.

Q. Tell us about your dress.

A. I LOVED my dress! I wish I could get away with wearing it everyday. I knew I wanted a dress that didn’t fit the usual mould of what a wedding dress ‘should’ be. White dresses tend to drain me of colour whereas the gold complemented my skin tone. The dress was handmade by a designer from Portsmouth called Ruth Milliam and it was completely made-to-order for me. This meant quite a number of fittings but it was completely worth it. The gold beading on the bodice was done entirely by hand and I loved the individuality of this. Ruth had a design that we based my dress on but we tweaked it to suit my shape and personality. It was perfect for our day and, apart from getting to marry the love of my life, it was my favourite bit of the wedding.

Q. What was on the menu?

A. We had a big selection of canapes including mini cheeseburgers, fillet of beef skewers, tempura prawns and many more. We went for more than the usual numbers for canapes and then we only had a main and dessert for our wedding breakfast. Our main meal was lamb and we had a delicious trio of desserts to follow. We then had a ‘grazing table’ for the evening which included a picnic selection of cheeses, home-made quiches, scotch eggs and lots more.

Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?

A. Chris, my husband, changed his bow tie three times and the final one in the evening had small dinosaurs on it which matched the page boy’s bow tie.

Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.

A. We found our photographers ‘Inverve’ at the National Wedding Fair in London. We clicked with Adam who was one of the videographers on our day due to his friendly and flexible personality. They were super calm and we loved having them around for the whole day. Our final photos are brilliant, I only wish we had more but that is only because I am greedy and LOVE photos. Inverve did our photos and wedding video and having a wedding video is definitely one of the best decisions we made. It is so amazing to experience the day again through the video. 

Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?

A. There are so many to choose from but for me it would have to be reading my speech. Brides doing speeches is becoming more popular but I left it as a surprise so nobody (except my sister) knew I’d be doing one. I loved being able to give my own thank yous, and also being able to tell everybody from my own point of view how amazing my husband is. I also loved that I could keep it a surprise. My dad and husband were shocked and they loved it.

Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?

A. We walked down the aisle to the traditional Bridal March played on an organ. Although very traditional it really gave us shivers when we first heard it in the chapel, and this is what we wanted for the wedding day.

Our first dance was ‘Shut up and Dance’ originally by Walk the Moon but our band Groovezoo sang it live for us. We knew we didn’t want a slow song for our first dance so this upbeat number was perfect. We both love dancing and the lyrics seemed to suit us as a couple.

Groovezoo were incredible and really got the party going, the dancefloor was full for the whole evening and everybody we’ve seen since has wanted to talk about the band. They really made the evening a party and that is exactly what we wanted.

Q. Did you use the services of a wedding planner?

A. Black Sheep Events helped us with some pre-wedding organisation and they also ran the wedding day for us. They made sure everything was set up and they took everything down for us at the end of the night, so we could head off with no stress. We had rain on our wedding day and although to begin with this was disappointing it didn’t make any difference. Having Black Sheep Events there making sure the rain didn’t ruin or affect anything was amazing.

Q. Tell us about your transport…

A. We wanted our transport to be something the groom and his party could use as well, so we hired a VW campervan – something the groom has always wanted! It was great as all the groomsmen fitted into it. Plus it was easy to get in and out of for me. Lawrence who runs Retro Rides 4 Brides was also the friendliest and most accommodating person ever. He helped with a few emergencies, like not having a nice white umbrella for photos and he had a sewing kit for a minor emergency with my dress. He was brilliant…

Wedding Co-ordinators: Black Sheep events – www.blacksheepevents.co.uk

Flowers: See Rose Floral Design – www.seerosefloraldesign.com

Wedding Car: Retro Rides 4 Brides – www.retrorides4brides.co.uk

Wedding Cake: Charlotte Raymond Cake Design – www.charlotteraymond.co.uk

Band: Groovezoo – www.ukweddingband.com

Photography & Videography: Inverve – www.inverve.co.uk/15/

Food: Stella Grove – www.stellagrove.co.uk

Bar: Alberrys on Location – www.alberrys.co.uk/alberrys-on-location

Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury

Wedding Reception Venue: The Night Yard – www.thenightyard.com

Wedding Dress: Ruth Milliam – www.instagram.com/millia.london

Make up: Emma Morphett MUA – www.emmamorphettmua.com

Hairdresser: Hayley Edwards – www.instagram.com/hayley_edwards_hair

Wedding Stationary: Chris Milliard – www.chrismillardcreative.com








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