Kara the Bride:
We were going for a relaxed outdoor wedding vibe. From creating our own retrographic invitations, salvaging wood and making our wedding bower, to lugging over hay bales for our fire pit seating. If you are planning on putting a lot of personal touches which require preparation or building make sure you check that the venue will allow you to get on site before the big day and we were lucky that Tip Top
venues let us do that. We managed to set up the site with plenty of hands to help decorate the Tipis and ceremony area with homemade shepherd hooks and vases, hanging homemade wreathes, large candelabras and the wedding bower itself all beautifully decorated with the bountiful flowers we got from the wholesalers. We prepped the bar with all the spirits and wines that we had got on a booze run across the channel to Calais wine store - amazing for bulk buying wine and they thow in the Eurotunnel ticket too.
We started the day separately to get ready with our close friends and family. I went to the hairdresers with my mum and maid of honour where we all got our hair done together. The other bride Gem was getting pampered at the Doubletree Hotel by her friend Hannah and maid of honour Roxy. We had our excellent ushers (who where our brothers) on site for greeting all of our friends whilst we managed to show up one at a time, mine in vintage cars with my dad, maid of honour Chelsey and my best man (who is also our dog) Foster! Whilst waiting at the end of the aisle with our master of ceremony and friend Dani, Gem’s VW Vintage campervan showed up whilst my best dog in his hand made suit tried to get to us :)
One of the big worries with two brides is the dresses, we both needed to find our pefect dress to make sure they complimented each other without telling one another what we were looking for! One top tip is to make sure that there is one or two people that go on both brides dress shopping trips (but not too many people as everyone has a different opinions), it also helps to go to the same shop and pick the same colour white.
After the ceremony the VW campervan took us for a private photoshoot with our very talented photographer Elena Popa
whilst the campervan had ice cold champagne for us. Despite all the love overflowing from friends and family throughout the day and evening getting some time with my new wife was one of my most favourite moments.