Editor loves and inspiration

Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local Kent wedding businesses, shops and suppliers.

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Loved by the editor at Your Kent Wedding magazine Credit: C & C Imagery

This issue we asked our experts to tell us how to plan a wedding sustainably...

Samantha Richards from A Touch of Kent says, "With the UK holding close to 280,000 weddings per year the average celebration produces more than 20kg of plastic waste. That's a lot! In 2023, as a society we're becoming a lot more conscious of our carbon footprint and how we can reduce it. So, how can you plan your wedding while maintaining sustainability?

"Find a supplier who can create personalised acrylic signage for hire. That way, you can have exactly what you want for your big day and they'll clean it and reuse it for the next couple."

For more sustainability advice, download the latest issue FREE at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Loved by the editor at Your Kent Wedding magazine

The perfect item of jewellery or accessory piece can elevate a bridal look into the stratosphere, so don't let budget hold you back, we have some ideas for every purse in our May/Jun23 issue.

I'm in love with these bridal earrings from Dress Dreams, Maria, £90.

Download the latest issue for more jewellery and accessories: www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

When we asked her about 2023 wedding cake trends Claudia from Purple Flour told us that she's is receiving a lot of requests for floral designs: “I'm seeing a lot of sugar flowers and edible pressed, organic flowers in gorgeous, vibrant colours on my sketch pad, more so than in previous seasons.”

For more cake trends download the May/Jun23 issue of Your Kent Wedding, FREE at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Georgina and Sam were childhood sweethearts having met at school. “We both took business class together and everything just fell into place,” Georgina says. When the time what right, Sam proposed while the two were on holiday in Mexico. It was a total surprise for Georgina, and they spent a wonderful evening together, just the two of them, celebrating.

The pair fell in love with The Old Kent Barn and its rustic yet modern feel. Georgina explains, “We knew it would be perfect for our winter wedding with a Disney twist, with the white, snowy trees and high ceilings there. We also loved the fact that everything was in one location and it even had benches rather than chairs.”

Read about the big day, 4th December, 2021, in the Feb/Mar23 issue of Your Kent Wedding, FREE to download now at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Nicola and Andrew's relationship began when they met at work and became firm friends. A few years down this line this wonderful friendship unexpectedly grew into something very special. Nicola remembers, “He was my friend, colleague and union rep at work. He helped and supported me with time off so I could be with my in hospital before she died. He was a great support through my darkest days. If it wasn't for him I would never have had that time with my mum. He's got a big heart and always respected me.”

The date was set for 10th September, 2022. Check out the Mar/Apr23 issue, where the bride shares her treasured memories of the big day...

Read your FREE COPY of Your Kent Wedding now

Emily and Dan had already been friends for a number of years before they found their relationship developing into something much more. “Our first date was different to any we'd been on before as we already knew so much about each other: our hobbies, likes and dislikes, each other's families... We have so much in common, but also complement each other's differences,” Emily tells us.

Check out the Mar/Apr23 issue to find out more about their wonderful wedding day. It's free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

“I wanted to do a shoot full of eye-catching warmth, a drama reminiscent of old-school glamour, with a modern twist,” says shoot coordinator and make-up artist Sarah Katzaros. Indeed, she found ample inspiration in the rich, jewel tones tying in nicely with the Pantone colour of the year, Viva Magenta.

When searching for a venue along with collaborator and wedding planner Evie from The Country Blush, Sarah and the team were immediately drawn to Chafford Park. The oak-clad walls of the barn covered in fairylights, along with its copper bar, created a warm backdrop to showcase the vintage furniture and crockery. Meanwhile, the overall look was brought right up to date through the stunning floral design, finishing touches, contemporary dresses and pearl jewellery.

Discover more in the current issue, Mar/Apr23, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

We adore this styled shoot at Rowhill Grange.

"When you talk woodland wedding ideas anything you conjure up will normally involve autumnal hues, pumpkins and turning leaves. So, I wanted to create a shoot full of these textures, but with everything winter. Think cones, bare branches, bark, faux fur, pheasant features and antlers,” explains shoot coordinator Laurie Edwards of Chic Weddings and Events.

The focus of the shoot was on the woodland area surrounding Rowhill Grange, where the team created a dramatic moon gate as the ceremony backdrop. Then, to bring the outside in, they selected the wood-panelled private dining room in the main hotel for the wedding breakfast set up. A decadent tablescape fit for a hearty winter meal was created using a mix of vintage gold velvet tablecloths layered with faux fur, while natural, low floral arrangements in gold-footed bowls ran along the centre with a mass of gold tea lights and candles to bring the warmth and winter glow. And of course, what winter setting would be complete without a dusting of snow and a reindeer?

See more from the shoot in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Madeleine and Ray met through Tinder, but their first date didn't get off to the best start. It was a dark, rainy night and Madeleine was half an hour late. They hadn't booked anywhere to eat, but together they settled on somewhere and once in the warm and able to see each other properly for the first time, the evening started to improve. “I thought Ray was very handsome and was attracted to his amazing big smile. He's also an excellent conversationalist and really interesting. We had a great evening and I knew then that he was the one,” Madeleine shares.

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Love is in the air at this styled shoot at Chapel House Estate's apple and pear orchards.

"When I visited Chapel House Estate I was wowed by the outdoor ceremony area and open-air spaces. The greens and oranges that naturally colour the surroundings inspired the vibe of this shoot,” says shoot coordinator Julie Walker of Wedding Cakes By The Sea. She was also keen to present an LGBTQ+ wedding shoot and enlisted the help of two real couples. Neither had prior modelling experience so this lent the images a casual edge as we see how much everyone is enjoying themselves. There were even a couple of super- cute furry models involved since the venue is dog-friendly."

See more from the shoot in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

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