Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Kent Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Ich liebe dich

Ich liebe dich

Christina and Andrew met in Berlin in 2016. Andrew was there on a business trip, and Christina, who is German, was on a weekend away celebrating her friend's birthday. Both were sitting with mates at neighbouring tables when the two groups got talking and the pair noticed each other straight away. "We had a really great night, dancing and laughing, and ended up swapping numbers," Christina says. At that point Andrew was living in Helsinki, Finland, and Christina in Frankfurt, so despite not being able to see each other for a few months, they managed to keep in touch. "Andrew was travelling a lot for his job and I'd meet him at some of the destinations where he was working at the weekends. So, our early days were spent on really cool city breaks, which we still love to do," Christina explains. Following several months of long-distance dating, during which time Andrew had moved back home, Christina got the opportunity with her job to relocate to the UK also, and so they lived happily ever after!... read more

A fairytale romance

A fairytale romance

Sandra and Lyndon met online three years ago where they discovered a mutual love of cooking, walking, keeping fit and dogs. By 2019 the pair were discussing marriage plans and became engaged on Sandra's birthday that year. Dreams of a fairytale castle wedding started to become a reality when they booked Lympne Castle for the big day. "Dating back to the 12th century, it has a delightful great hall with panelling, beams and Medieval windows. It was ideal for us," Sandra says.... read more

Happy new year

Happy new year

An online introduction led to a first date for Lian and Mark, at Pippin, Maidstone, one bank holiday Monday. "Bottles of prosecco were consumed, chips were shared... We chatted and laughted with no awkward silences, and there was even a little kiss! It was a great first date," Lian remembers. Their relationship grew strong, and after five years together Mark proposed in Gran Canaria, where the pair were on holiday. As Lian works for her father at their family-run bespoke jewellers, Mark understandably, felt the pressure of choice. So wisely, he opted to pop the question with a can ring pull, allowing her to select her engagement ring at a later date. "He asked twice in Spanish first, but I had no clue what he was saying! Then, he got down on one knee and asked again in English. It was a complete surprise," Lian tells us.... read more

A passion for purple

A passion for purple

Melissa met Jamie on a dating app. She messaged first, but it was he who suggested they meet up. A quick drink soon turned into three on a summer's evening in a local pub garden. Melissa says, "I remember coming away from our first date with aching cheeks from smiling and laughing so much." Jamie remembers, "I was nervous, and I'm not the best at small talk, but the conversation flowed easily and we never struggled to find something to chat about."... read more

The perfect match

The perfect match

Time stood still for Zac the very first moment he laid eyes on Hannah at the department store where they both worked, during their late teens. "I hadn't met her before as she worked mostly weekends, when I was off. So, when I saw this beautiful brunette walk through my department, everything went by in slow motion," he says. Once Zac had picked his jaw up off the floor, he asked a colleague for her name, and found her on Facebook. Hannah remembers, "We couldn't stop messaging each other right from day one. Zac's confidence and determination are what attracted me to him, plus I love a tall fella!"... read more

Bright and beautiful

Bright and beautiful

Sunita and Simon married on 30th June 2019 at Chilham Village Hall. Sunita and Simon met online in 2015. "When we started talking, Simon seemed very sweet and kind, showering me with lots of attention. Even though we'd only been messaging back and forth for a week, when we met up for our first date, it was as though we'd known each other for years," Sunita remembers.... read more

Beauty and the barn

Beauty and the barn

Melanie and Adam styled their day at The Old Kent barn in pink and white, with a touch of Vegas glitz. Just picture the scene: Salzburg, Austria, 3rd December 2017, it's snowing and the view from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress is spectacular. What an incredibly romantic location for a proposal, and it so happens, the spot where Adam asked Melanie to be his wife. "It was a complete surprise to me; we'd booked the trip to visit the Christmas market, as it's one of my favourite times of the year," Melanie remembers.... read more

I capture the castle

I capture the castle

Emma and Matt styled their big day in white, with just a hint of black... read more

It had to be you

It had to be you

Connie and Ian styled their day in an autumnal palette, with plenty of rustic touches... read more

One Fine Day at Nettlestead Place

One Fine Day at Nettlestead Place

Nancy and Daniel said "I do" at Nettlestead Place on 1st June, 2019... read more

Romance and roses

Romance and roses

Rebecca and Alexander said "I do" at All Saints Church in Hollingbourne, followed by celebrations at Oad Street Food and Crafts... read more

Love, naturally

Love, naturally

Taylor and Tom wed on 29th December, 2018, and styled their venue with natural, earthy touches... read more

Quay To My Heart

Quay To My Heart

Katrina and James first got chatting at their university's badminton club. Serendipity soon struck, as they bumped into each other on a night out the following day. They hit the karaoke with their rendition of Train's Drops of Jupiter, a song that later became their first dance track. James proposed while the pair were visiting the Christmas markets in Tallinn. Katrina says: We were at the top of a tower around the city wall. I was looking out of a window and turned around to find James on one knee! The bride is from Devon, so she found the idea of a beach venue really appealing. Whitstable, being a favourite spot with the couple as well as being close to where they live, seemed ideal. When we came across East Quay, we thought it was perfect, Katrina explains.The location is amazing, and the venue gave us flexibility to do exactly what we wanted in terms of decoration, catering and use of the space. Here we find out more about the big day with the bride.... read more

Love without borders

Love without borders

Kathryn and Robert styled their big day in homage to a british summer garden party in shades of green, purple and blush Images courtesy of Hollister Photography ... read more

Lucky number 13

Lucky number 13

Hannah and James wed on 29th September, 2018, on a day styled in blush, navy, burgundy and gold.... read more

Two hearts

Two hearts

Samantha and Claire wed on 1st August, 2018, on a day steeped in romance with a hint of rustic charm.... read more

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