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Kat and Ed's big day at Pennard House is so much more than just a stunning wedding. Yes, it is bright and beautiful, with colourful dahlias and clear September skies. Sure, bride Kat looks ravishing in her Alexander Wang racerback dress and red Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. And yes, the food by Caroline Gent Events and the unlimited crepes served from a beautifully restored 1970's Citroen HVan sound mouth watering. But do you know what is most impressive? Kat and Ed planned all of this is only three months. That's correct, they spent just 9 weeks planning their wedding. And, it's perfect.

Bright Blooms

Kat & Ed: Common Farm Flowers was our chosen florist. They stood out to us thanks to their seasonal, locally-grown flowers which were freshly cut the day before the wedding. Having provided a few images of bouquets and buttonholes that we liked, we left them to create beautiful, colourful, rustic pieces for the bridal party. We were not disappointed and they smelt amazing. The flowers at our ceremony and for the table centres were provided in buckets of stems, so we could make up jars ourselves for a more natural look. It was also a great way to save some precious pennies!

Racerback Dress by Alexander Wang

This was the first wedding dress I tried on and was a bit of a wild card as it wasn't what I had in mind. But, after visiting a few bridal stores to try on dresses in the style I thought I wanted, I came back to this Alexander Wang dress and it felt very 'me', particularly with the racer-style back. The material was beautiful, light and flowing, and the dress was so comfortable - great for dancing in! I also really wanted a dress or top that I could wear again and I can't wait to put this back on or even dye it another colour to enjoy more often.

Super September Weather at Pennard House

Pennard House is a fantastic venue. We instantly fell in love with the house, gardens and coach house, and were made to feel so welcome by the owner and his team, who gave us the confidence that we really could organise all we needed to in just three months. We were really lucky with great September weather on our wedding day, so were fortunate enough to have our ceremony and cocktail reception in the garden. Our meal was served on the first floor of the Coach House, catered by RMW recommended supplier Caroline Gent Events, and, after we cut the cake - carrot, our favourite! - the doors to the converted stables were opened to reveal the bar and dancefloor. The flow of the day through each space kept refreshing the atmosphere and acted as little surprises for our guests as the day turned into night. The buildings and outdoor spaces are beautifully maintained, so we kept the décor stripped back using just flowers, candles, frames and decorative objects from our home.
Wedding Breakfast: Starter - Gravadlax; Main - Pork Belly; Dessert - Crepes, served from Le Cafe Creme's 1970's Citroen HVan Cocktail Reception Music: Vintage blues, ragtime, swing and folk music
We're a little bit in awe - and a lot in love - with what Kat and Ed achieved in only three months. Which just goes to show that a wedding may be the biggest - and best - day of your life, but a partnership is what it takes to pull off a truly magical marriage.

Written by Victoria Honan

Wedding Venue: Pennard House | Dress Designer: Alexander Wang | Bridal Boutique: The Outnet | Bridal Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Suits: River Island | Caterer/Cake: Caroline Gent Events | Crepe Van: Le Cafe Creme | Flowers: Common Farm Flowers | Cocktail Reception Band: The Washboard Resonators | DJ: Luke Gerard | First Dance Lessons: 4 Motion Dance Theatre
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