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Real Wedding: Katie & Ryan

A beautiful summers wedding that filled with sunshine, a vintage fayre and lots of love. Katie and Ryan got married at Marleybrook House which is located in Preston, near Canterbury. Their day was captured by Livvy Hukins Photography, who is one of our favourite Creative Brides suppliers. 

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Katie and Ryan Storrar

Wedding Date: 22nd August 2015

Wedding venue: Marleybrook House, Preston, Canterbury

Describe your wedding in one line… The most magical, beautiful, cakealicious day filled with love and lots of laughter.

How did you Save the Date? We didn’t send out Save the Date cards, just sent out invites. I was pregnant when we choose our wedding date though, so Ryan and I were mindful of our due date being in July 2014 and wanting our baby to potentially walk down the aisle the following year!

Whereabouts did the inspiration for the wedding come from? I love colours and cake, so the inspiration for my wedding came from village fetes I went to as a child. We decided on a pastel palette but didn’t want to be too regimental with coordination – hence why my bridesmaids were all in different pastel shades. Another aim for our day was we really wanted to our guests to have fun! We had noticed that during previous weddings we had attended there always seemed to be a lull in the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. When we booked Marleybrook house in early 2014 we discussed the idea with the owners of hiring in game stalls like the coconut shy etc. Fortunately for use during the whole planning process of our wedding they created their own vintage fayre to hire!

Did you create pinterest board, if yes would you mind providing a link to it? I didn’t - it was all stored inside my head!

Did you both and/or your guests get creative for the wedding? I wish I could take the credit for how beautiful the venue looked but I was so lucky that the suppliers I chose were amazing and could translate the ideas in my head and make them reality! I did however make the seating plan for the wedding and we also bought a black sandwich board online and I wrote the Order of the day along with a message to our guests on each side – I’m not particularly arty or creative but I had great fun trying. I was particularly proud of my penguin family I drew (including a catguin – cross between cat and penguin).

What did you both wear and why? I had two wedding dresses. My first dress was a very tight fitted lace fishtail gown; which I wore for the ceremony and drinks reception, this dress meant a lot to me as I was 20 weeks pregnant when I chose the dress with just the help of my Mum, then I got changed into another lace gown which was similar but not so tight and a little bit plainer, this meant I was able to wear flat sandals and dance freely into the night. I was glad I wore two dresses as it was such a hot day - having those 10 minutes between changes to cool down was a great relief.

Ryan wore a tweed suit made by Victor Valentine, it suited the rustic feel of the venue and he had always wanted a tweed suit! We also had little tweed suits made for our pageboys Finley & my nephew Edward these were made by a lady who owns a curtain and blind shop near to us. We provided the fabric and she worked her magic. The boys looked gorgeous !

Memorable moments of the ceremony: For both myself and Ryan, watching our little boy walk down the aisle holding my two best friends hands was a truly special moment. For myself walking down the aisle with my Dad was definitely one of my most favorite memories from the day.

Memorable moments of the reception: When we was introduced as Mr & Mrs Storrar our guests were chanting ‘Finley!, Finley!’ whilst Ryan was carrying him proudly on his shoulder. Then when it came to the speeches, I hadn’t asked my Dad to do a speech as I didn’t want to make him feel pressured into doing anything he didn’t feel comfortable with, but little did I know he had wrote one and read it out as a lovely surprise.

Award for best moment goes to… Such a tough decision! There are so many moments to choose from, ranging from my brother stripping and exposing his bum whilst dancing to ‘Hot Chocolate – Leave your hat on’ to my best friend (and bridesmaid) Hannah making stone angels with my new brother in law ‘Jimbo’.

What did you have for music and entertainment? For entertainment we had the Victorian swing boats, a coconut shy, ring toss and high striker for our guests to enjoy before the wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a DJ too. We got some brilliant photos and it was so great to hear how everybody was having so much fun. Definitely achieved our intention for the day.

What did you do for Food, favours and drink? For the drinks reception we had a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Ryan and I love Cornwall so we had to have the Cornish Ale Betty Stoggs. We also had a Kentish touch with Curious Brew Lager from Chapel Down in Tenterden. As a surprise my Mum had arranged personalized chocolate favours with KFR on the (Katie, Finley, Ryan) these were made by a chocolatier friend of hers. Unfortunately because it was such a hot day they started to melt so when the guests sat down they were already back in the fridge. She also had a marshmallow mountain made for us which completed my vision of the ultimate cake table!

For our wedding breakfast we had a charcuterie board for starter, followed by steak & ale pie, mash and seasonal veggies, then pudding was cheesecake with a toffee baileys sauce. Delicious!

Would change anything if you could do it all again? Ryan and I wouldn’t have changed anything about our day; however I think if I was a bit braver I would have definitely incorporated my hobby of Aerial Hoop and done a routine!

Who were your ‘super’ suppliers?

Photographer: Livvy Hukins – fantastic photographer! Everyone should book her.

Venues: Marleybrook House

Dress: White One by Pronovias

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Hair and Makeup: Hannah Stewart (makeup & amazing yoga teacher) Sam Temple (hairdresser and a very lovely lady)

Groom suit: Victor Valentine

Entertainment: Direct Disco

Flowers: Loulabelles Florist, New Romney – such a talented lady, my flowers were so beautiful!

And anyone else you want to shout about? Melissa at Fairy Dust Bakery provided my beautiful 3 tiered cake and 60 cupcakes! They were so delicious. Also provided log slice cake stands; and was great bouncing ideas for the cake table back and forth. Martin at Vanilla & Spicer catering, providing outstanding service and such delicious food. Cinderella’s Dreams wedding and event décor – provided chair ruffles and table log slice centre-pieces.

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