Our couple met whilst travelling and currently live in Australia but came back to Heather’s hometown in Whitstable Kent for their stylish wedding day. David’s parents had never left Australia so it was a big trip for his family. How special that this lovely occasion brought together two families living so many miles away! Their chic wedding attire has also come from all over the world, including Heather’s stunning dress from a Spanish designer, suit’s from Australia and accessories from New York!
Bride Heather & Groom David did everything to focus on spending as much time with their loved ones as possible and incorporating both nationalities. There was the best of Britain, afternoon tea, Pimms drinks reception & fabulous lawn games at their English country garden venue Mount Ephraim. The lawn games resulted in Heather beating David in a space hopper race! Well done Heather! They then decked out their cool modern, sea front gastro bar JoJo’s in Whitstable with Australian flag bunting.
I can not finish without adding Heather & David had a quirky dinosaur/bird theme for their day to reflect their love of these beasts and that they even have dinosaur nicknames for each other; now come on guys don’t leave us hanging, we’d love to know what they are?
Heather The Bride: The dress was from a Spanish designer – Raimon Bundo – based in Barcelona. This was a lovely coincidence as I had spent 6 months living and studying there previously. The detail, material and ‘fall’ of the dress was important, as I wanted it to have beautiful and intricate detailing, without being over the top. From the front, the dress looks simpler with beautiful layers to soften the dress and help the dress fall beautifully to the ground, to create a circle. The back of the dress was the focus, as it was a gorgeous, lace detail complete with many buttons down the back. As soon as I tried it on, I fell in love!
The accessories all had meaning to me – the headpiece and garter I made myself as I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere else – which made the day even more unique. I also wore pearl earrings that my Mum gave me, my Nan’s pearl necklace, and a bracelet that David bought for me at Tiffany & Co. when we went to New York together. I also have a few ear piercings and a tongue piercing, of which I ordered ivory pearl balls for online, to complete the bridal look!
David bought me the pair of shoes I stared at everyday I walked past the shop as a nice surprise! They’re a soft, light gold leather lace up brogues from Midas, Australia and the comfiest shoes in the world! As my dress was long, I decided to team these up with light silver sparkly socks from Jonathan Aston and wore them to the wedding!
The Grooms Attire
David went for a vintage/English Gentleman theme with a dark, tailored navy suit from Rodger David in Australia. It was topped off with one of his favourite flat caps – he’s very into his hats! A bow tie and pocket square completed the look, along with tan brown shoes and belt from Aquila, in Australia. David also wore his vintage Mickey Mouse watch, which he found in Peru when we were staying at the same hostel. He brought up a radiator to my dorm and the watch was behind it – this was our first conversation and good karma! It has been a part of our story ever since. He looked very dashing indeed!
The Wedding Party Attire
We had a large wedding party, just because we have so many amazing friends and family members! We just wanted all of our closest and most positive people around us. We were going for a relaxed vintage, English tea party theme but most importantly, wanted everyone to be themselves.
I had 7 bridesmaids, all of which chose their own dresses of a similar knee length and in a variety of pastel colours. They all have different personalities and are all very different and I wanted to reflect this in their dresses – I wanted them to feel beautiful and happy too – as it’s a day we’re sharing with everyone. They all chose gorgeous dresses and just looked stunning! I’m a big believer that not everyone looks good in the same dress or colour. Headwear and hats was a theme of the wedding, so I made special headwear for the bridesmaids to wear on the day.
David had a best man and groomslady, both from Australia. Scott was dressed in a similar suite from Rodger David in Australia and Jen picked a dress that was similar to the bridesmaids.
Our ceremony venue was held at the beautiful Mount Ephraim stately home, where I, my Mum and all 7 of my bridesmaids set up the venue and got ready in the large bridal suite bedroom. The house is just stunning with large, landscaped grounds – perfect for romantic pictures and an English countryside theme with lawn games too. The venue is still a functioning family home and has many years of history. We decorated the garden but didn’t need to do anything on the inside as it is already very ornate – which made life easier!
The ceremony was held in the hall of the house, with all our guests seated around us. I walked down the spiral stairs after my bridesmaids with my Dad – which was a very special moment.
We had photos taken in the Japanese garden and by the large lake too – the light was perfect!
The reception was a local restaurant call JoJo’s on the Whitstable seafront and was perfect for our rustic and causal dinner and dancing. The venue is decorated with plenty of natural wood and with a modern, tasteful seaside theme – so we didn’t need to do too much to decorate it ourselves, as it’s beautiful anyway. We had a little bit of English and Aussie influences with Aussie flag bunting across the bar as well as in our photobooth.
No particular colour scheme – we were relaxed and had a mix of all the things we love instead of conforming to strict themes and colours.
Loose themes of the day included: Hats and Headwear (because we both love it!), dinosaurs (based on our nicknames for each other) and love birds (using English and Aussie birds throughout our stationery).
The bouquets were handmade by my Mum and my bridesmaids the day before the wedding. We had a bridal high tea were all our Aussie and English friends could meet and everyone made the bouquets and button holes. Looking at them, my Mum did an incredible job as you’d never think they weren’t professionally made! They were just gorgeous featuring pink roses, branches of heather and seasonal wild flowers.
The table décor was all DIY – we had a dinosaur theme and I hand sprayed toy dinosaurs gold to place on the tables for bit of fun and to tie in our theme in a subtle and more elegant way. And we had wild English flowers in teapots arranged by my Mum. The stationery was hand illustrated by one of my bridesmaids – Jo Bell and was a ‘love bird’ theme for the table names and table plan. Having so many personal elements to the day made it even more special.
The most exciting part was when my bridesmaids and my dad saw me in my dress for the first time and the anticipation of walking down the gorgeous spiral stairs. As I walked down I could see my beautiful bridesmaids all smiling and welling up and then a sea of happy faces before I saw my fiancé follow me as I walked down into the ceremony.
We had 2 special readings, the first from David’s sister Kristy who flew in from Australia of which was very heartfelt and didn’t leave many dry eyes in the house! The second was from my brother Adam, who wrote his own personal words and had me in tears.
We danced out of the ceremony to the bag piper playing us out as friends and family threw rose petals – we were on such a euphoric high that we were just bouncing and skipping out of the door! In the afternoon we had a mix of tradition English and Aussie games on the lawn such as: welly wanging, boules, croquet, space hoppers and cricket. And the bride won the space hopper race against the groom!
In the evening we had an Aussie DIY photobooth and a playlist of all our favourite English and Aussie tunes to dance the night away too – and dance we all did! The highlight was having 2 first dances (we chose one each) and the second was a “join in” one for everyone to get the party started – and then seeing my brother Adam slide between David’s legs on the dance floor!
We decided to cut the cake after our ceremony, whilst we had everyone in the same place. We have been to many weddings where the cake is almost forgotton, or not eaten as dessert as everyones keen to start the party! We had a delicious, Belgian Chocolate mud cake with over 1.5kg of chocolate so we were determined to eat it! We cut the cake (with the handmade dinosaur toppers made by Heather) and served it with Pimms and M&S canapes on the lawn in the afternoon.
Our evening food was all catered for by Jo Jos and included meze style platters, slow roasted lamb and couscous, greek salads, roasted vegetables, cod goujons, mozzarella balls, a cheese platter, chocolate tortes and an epic pavlova for dessert. Everyone was very very full and it was incredible.
As soon as we met Rebecca, we absolutely loved her! We had an engagement shoot back in Kent last year and knew she was the perfect person to capture our day. Rebecca really cares about her clients and invests herself heavily in making sure we get what we want out of the day, and during the entire process. It’s a very personalised service that Rebecca has, making you feel absolutely special and that your day is the most important in the whole world – because for you, it absolutely is! We had to correspond mainly via email as we live in Australia but Rebecca was all over it all the time – working late and working hard to get our sneek peaks up and to get our albums shipped to the other side of the world, in time for Christmas too! She’s an absolute delight and went above and beyond to help us out and keep me calm on the day!
Our videographer is a close friend of mine and has a wonderful soft and romantic approach – Elliott edits the film down to play to our ceremony song “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone as a highlight reel instead of a documentary of the day. He emailed me to tell me it was done and that “he’d be upset if there weren’t any tears!”. He needn’t have worried – everytime I watch it I tear up as it’s such a beautiful film and memories of our perfect day. It was very especial having Elliott capture our day from a personal perspective.
Photography by Rebecca Douglas Photography
- Dress Designer Raimon Bundo ‘Deli’ Dress
- Bridal Boutique Angelica Bridal
- Groomsmen Suits Roger David in Australia
- Bridesmaid Dresses Coast
- Ted Baker
- Ceremony Venue Mount Ephraim
- Reception Venue & Catering JoJo’s Restaurant
- Cake Whitstable Cake Company
- Stationery Jo Bell
- Transport Red Route Buses
- Videography Elliott Mariess
- Bag Piper Ivan Brooks