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