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Real Bride Spotlight: Jennifer

Jennifer’s appointment was a real ‘when you know, you know’ kind of appointment. Her love for every moment of planning her wedding and to be honest every moment of her wedding after is what we live for! Todays Read Bride Spotlight is the lovely Jennifer, So we knew she would jump at the chance to share her wedding journey with us. 

 How did your partner propose?

On a chaotic Valentines day, just 6 months after I caught the bouquet at a friend's wedding. We were both starving hungry, he brought home takeaway pizzas as our Valentine’s Day tradition. Just before we were about to eat, he gives me a gift to unwrap, I unwrap a beautiful wooden box and open it to find a ring I immediately burst into tears. We never did eat the pizzas. We just drank a bottle of champagne. 

Takeaway Pizza date nights are the best! Especially with a ring involved!! So on to the big day …When and Where did you get married?

On the 2nd September 2023, in my local church at our home on the farm. The first day in a long time for the rain to stop, we woke up on a misty warm morning where the sun broke through and shone all day, it felt just like a spring day in the peak of summer. 

 What colour/ theme did you go for?

Dark green and white with a marquee full of hops and my sisters home grown dahlias for our traditional English wedding. 

Stunning I’m sure you all agree …One bit of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Enjoy every moment of stressing, planning and organising, you’ll miss it when it’s over. Your day will be perfect no matter what, because you’re marrying the love of your life and the day is just about the two of you, and everyone there is cheering you on loving you too. 

We couldn’t agree more, best advice… So, Shopping for your dress... Tell us about it?!

Most people can’t wait to go dress shopping but it was the one part of organising our wedding day I was least looking forward to. My mum and sister saw Vicki's bridal boutique whilst driving through Tenterden and told me about it and so I started looking at their Instagram, after a couple of months later of constant scrolling I booked an appointment. As soon as I walked into Vicki’s bride with my mum and sister, Megan greeted us with the biggest welcome and told me to relax and enjoy the experience. I instantly saw a dress that looked like the style and fabric I imagined myself wearing. Megan said to have a look around and pick out anything I liked, so I went straight to pick her off the rail. I had seen on their Instagram page a two piece which was the reason I booked the appointment, however, after trying it on, it wasn’t the one for me. I went on to try another which was lovely but I wasn’t quite set on. I then tried on the one I had first seen hanging on the rail and I knew it was ‘the one’ it made me completely relax knowing I had my dress ‘Audrey’ and so I just had fun with the process and tried on 5 more, when else will you be able to spend the morning trying on as many wedding dresses as you can?! 

And that is exactly what dress shopping should be! Highlight from your Big Day.

Every moment I loved, each for their own reason. The chill in the morning, walking around the marquee whilst it was quiet and still, before everyone turned up to do all the finishing touches. 

Getting ready with my 2 bridesmaids, MUA and hair stylist in our own room upstairs listening to my family who were downstairs laughing and getting everything ready for the day. 

Having our photographers turn up, James and Hannah Ireland (@jamesirelandphotography),  who were both so lovely, feeding us with little snippets of what was going on at the marquee and what the groom and his groomsmen were doing. 

After photos outside our farmhouse the day goes past so quickly you have to soak up as much as you can. 

Maybe the biggest highlight is being able to breathe after walking out of church, being alone with my HUSBAND whilst heading back, to walk into our beautifully dressed marquee with everyone cheering and celebrating you as the new Mr and Mrs Lavis! 

Honestly welling up reading this, exactly what your big day should be. Your favourite photo from your big day - professional or moment captured by a guest.?

How can I pick just one… 


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