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Becky and Alex’s Homespun Relaxed and Rustic Boho Kent Wedding by Sophie Bowdler Photography

Becky and Alex's Homespun Relaxed and Rustic Boho Kent Wedding by Sophie Bowdler Photography

It’s onerous to recollect the summer time, as we head deeper into winter, however at the moment’s wedding ceremony might remind you what unimaginable climate we had this summer time and how superb life was! Becky and Alex have been married in June when the summer time of 2018 was in full pressure and what a tremendous day that they had! They all the time needed an outside ceremony and a venue that permit them maintain their wedding ceremony over an entire weekend, so once they found Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent, they knew that they had struck gold! They went for a relaxed rustic Boho theme, with a color scheme of pale inexperienced and blush pink and the outcomes are beautiful. The day was pulled along with the assistance of plenty of gifted associates and household, as all of them shared their expertise to create Becky and Alex’s wedding ceremony of goals. S Bowdler Photography was there to seize the day.

A Magical outside summer time wedding ceremony, filled with laughter, dancing and happiness

Becky and Alex have been married on 30th June 2018 at Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent ‘We always knew we wanted a barn wedding, but didn’t need a spot that felt like a marriage manufacturing unit or a proper setting. We additionally needed a DIY venue which we might create one thing distinctive and bespoke for us. Elmley Nature Reserve was the primary place we discovered on-line and we utterly fell in love with it from the beginning. As quickly as we drove down the 2km monitor to the barn by means of fields filled with cows, we knew it was the one. Georgina who owns it’s one more reason why we beloved it, she was one of many first individual at a venue who sat down and requested questions on us and not simply the marriage. It’s a household run enterprise and we appreciated the truth that you’ve got full entry to the venue on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which means that’s the solely wedding ceremony there that weekend. We might create the marriage we needed and select all our personal suppliers. It additionally lets you have the ceremony outdoors, one thing we struggled to seek out with out having the authorized stuff carried out earlier than. It actually ticked all of the bins and extra for what we needed to create a relaxed summer time wedding ceremony. We had 135 day friends and 6 night visitors. We booked the venue in November 2016 so we had 18 months to plan.’

How they met 
We met via a good friend that I went to secondary faculty with and Alex had gone to main faculty with. Being launched by means of our connection and love of Watford Soccer Membership. Nevertheless, our lives went on separate programs for fairly a number of years and didn’t met once more till we have been 22 at our native fitness center. It nonetheless took till January 2015 for us to start out courting.

The proposal
We’ve got big ardour for wildlife and nature, so we booked a vacation to Kenya to go to David Sheldrake Elephant orphanage and additionally a safari to 2 nationwide parks. Alex had beginning contacting our safari information in July to attempt and plan the right location to pop the query. He booked us a personal safari at Amboseli Nationwide Park which overlooks Mount Kilimanjaro and has the very best focus of elephants in the entire of Africa. He knew he would an ideal second as you’re allowed to observe sundown from a viewpoint on remark hill. This is able to imply we might alone for our particular second. It felt like we had the entire park to ourselves with nothing in sight besides from the wildlife round us and a sundown over Mount Kilimanjaro.

How did you allocate your price range?
We had set price range because of the help from each our mother and father and roughly began allocating cash. Our major allocations of finances have been on the venue, photographer and open bar. The remaining we simply spent on what we needed! We stored a tough tracker of what we have been spending and simply tried to seek out low cost choices and making quite a bit ourselves and utilizing the talents and skills from our pals with artwork work and my greatest pal and bridesmaid being a hairdresser!

The place did you splurge and the place did you save?
We splurged on the essential stuff to us – the venue, music, open bar all night and the photographer. Then tried to economize elsewhere by doing all of the decorations ourselves, on having a bbq type dinner and by choosing our personal wild flowers from a farm for bouquets and flowers across the venue

How did you select your photographer?
We appeared by way of so many photographers however nothing was clicking for us. We knew we needed 2 photographers principally to shoot extra relaxed casual photographs of our friends and day and additionally actually favored the thought of a husband and spouse workforce. We got here throughout Sophie and Ben and instantly we knew they might be good. Though based mostly in Bournemouth they stated they might journey and have been wanting ahead to photographing a unique venue. We organised a skype name with them and we spoke and laughed for over an hour, it wasn’t till the top Ben informed us we had been the wrong way up the entire time. They have been humorous, relaxed and knew precisely what we needed for the day.

The gown 
I acquired my gown from probably the most superb bridal boutique referred to as Heritage Home, in Hatfield Home, run by the extremely pretty Sam. It was the primary gown I attempted on and it was the one! It’s referred to as Lenora by Wtoo by Watters, it was every thing I needed and extra to suit our relaxed boho wedding ceremony! A gown I might put on strolling via fields, mud and dance all night time in. I wore a gold leaf necklace given to me by grandad once I was younger and my footwear have been a darkish inexperienced from new look.

The go well with and bridesmaids
Go well with was from Alex actually struggled to seek out the suitable go well with for the day as lots of fits are available darkish blues and greys. We each determined that the venue and theme would go well with a lighter tweed outfit however the decisions have been restricted. Fortunately we discovered the right outfit on and the standard and service was incredible. We received the ushers fits from M&S, a light-weight linen to go alongside Alex’s go well with. All of them wore a sage inexperienced tie to complete it off.
The bridesmaids stunned me with their clothes on the morning of the marriage, I had given them every the colors I needed and they went off and selected ensuring all of them went collectively. My sister organised this completely and you’ll be able to see how nicely it turned out! It was a pleasant shock for me on the day! The colors have been inexperienced, lilac and pale pink

Theme or color scheme
Our color scheme was primarily round greens and blush pinks. Theme was relaxed, rustic and classic boho!

I had all the time needed to make my very own wild backyard picked bouquet and for me and the bridesmaids and been advised a few decide your personal wild flowers based mostly in Kent. Right here they provide you with buckets and you go and minimize the flowers you need. We purchased four buckets value for bouquets and flowers across the venue and they have been superb. Alex’s gran made my bouquet and Alex’s mum and my sister made the bridesmaids ones which matched the color gown they wore.
I beloved the earlier work at Elmley by Clare from See Rose Floral Design, so requested her to make my flower crown, button holes, corsages, hoops, greenery for the tables and a flower arch. She made probably the most lovely flower crown which I didn’t take off all weekend and I used to be obsessive about the flower arch and beloved that the button holes have been succulents. All of it felt very distinctive to us.

Selecting a DIY wedding ceremony meant we had to offer all of the decorations and furnishings and so forth. The venue by itself is unimaginable and didn’t have to be overdone with decorations cluttering its pure magnificence and environment. We got here throughout Anthology Classic Rent and liked their rustic lengthy tables and chairs which gave us the look we have been after. Additionally they provided us with an previous barrel for the marriage cake and an previous classic farmhouse desk for our globe. We had collected tons of jars to fill with flowers and Alex’s dad is a builder so sourced pallets for tables outdoors and picket logs to put across the venue with jars of flowers on prime.  Elmley gave us 15 hay bales to place across the pallets and we had sourced classic blankets to go over. We made a number of indicators to go round and my dad made a classic photograph sales space. Inside we crammed the barn with greenery, succulents, flower hoops, candy desk made out pallets and some bunting.

We needed a relaxed wedding ceremony however involved a BBQ can be a bit too casual particularly as we needed to maintain with a sit down meal and speeches in between programs.
We have been completely blown away by the standard of meals and service on the day particularly for the worth we paid. Sharon Smith (Kember) from Thyme 2 Dine Catering was our chosen caterer. Sharon and her group did a tremendous job with a specific word to suppling superb Vegan meals for Becky and a couple of different Vegan visitors.
Alex works for Sarsons Vinegar and organized for the corporate branded fish and chip van to return within the night.

Wedding cake
My greatest pal from work has her personal cake enterprise, so she was all the time going to make the cake. I needed it as a shock and gave her the marriage topper to make use of for the colors I needed. She made the highest layer a vegan gluten free lemon cake, and the opposite layers have been coconut and lime and raspberry and white chocolate. She is a genius! But in addition driving it 2 hours in the summertime 2018 warmth was a troublesome problem……

We had a superb outside area that we needed to utilise for backyard video games and a DIY photograph sales space. Becky’s Dad constructed the photograph sales space by hand out of a giant classic body. We additionally sourced Limbo, Jenga and Hulu Hoops from buddies which went down a deal with and have been used all day and night which led to a limbo off on the dance flooring. We additionally created a glitter desk for the night which went down very properly!
We needed reside music in the course of the drinks reception and searched by means of the Alive Community web site. We actually fell in love with a band referred to as The Dualtones and have been so fortunate they have been free. They’re a vigorous duo singing a mix of blues, jazz, soul and rock n roll. They received the celebration began in a short time singing some classics and favorite songs of ours.

Who provided the stationery?
Fortunately my brother Jack could be very inventive and an amazing designer, so we received him to design the marriage invites, order of service and desk names. He used our engagement location because the entrance of the invitation and did a sketch of the barn and tents on different pages. It was pretty to have one thing that symbolised us, our engagement and the venue.

Private touches
We made all the things ourselves, with assist of household and associates. We spent loads of time on the small particulars, while not overcrowding the venue with to a lot. A number of of our favorite issues have been the chalkboards designed by my good friend Harriet for a welcome signal and order of the day. Once more she included our engagement and elephants. We spent a variety of time additionally making the marriage favours, spray portray the plant pots rose gold, planting the succulents and making little tags to go in them. Each factor of the day we added a private contact – making the confetti cones with our initials and date of wedding ceremony stamped on and little tags to go across the welcome drinks with the identical stamp. All of the exhausting work was undoubtedly famous by many buddies and household which made all of it value whereas

Particular moments 
Arduous questions! It was all so particular, however I feel for me having my god mom, her husband and daughter sing once I walked down the aisle. Seeing Alex’s face for the primary time and having my dad stroll me down.
One other particular aspect of weddings at Elmley is that they arrange bells tents for individuals to remain the night time of the marriage, together with the cottage and shephard huts on website. This meant the celebration didn’t need to cease till everybody crashed. They arrange hay bales and a fireplace pit so that you can take pleasure in till the early hours. it was nice waking as much as a bbq breakfast cooked by the dads and having all our associates there within the morning.
Alex – we had been blessed with probably the most good climate all day and we made a final minute choice to have our first dance outdoors with the band arrange simply outdoors the barn. It was a particular second because it felt impromptu and relaxed.

Recommendation for different couples 
A number of married associates and household informed us about how shortly the day goes and to take pleasure in moments simply us too inside the day. We each organized to have photographs later within the day which was a good way of getting away for a short time. We additionally completed up work every week earlier than the large day which was actually useful in finalising final minute bits with out the stress of labor. Our recommendation can be to be benefit from the construct up it goes so quick, take a breathier in planning so it doesn’t really feel like all you do or speak about is wedding ceremony planning. Different recommendation can be it’s your day and everybody has their very own distinctive types and concepts and it is very important make it your personal and make it particular to you as a pair.

Largest shock
I feel how easily the day went, particularly for a DIY wedding ceremony the place you need to plan all of the finer particulars and timings. You must be tremendous organised with the small print to every provider so the day can simply run itself. It was the perfect feeling to see all our onerous work paying off and glad we had the arrogance to organise every thing ourselves.

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