Real Weddings: Kirsty & Luke’s 40’s Military Wedding

Happy Friday everyone! I have been so looking forward to sharing this stunning wedding with you! This is a stunning wedding at a stunning location! Kirsty and Luke’s wedding was shot by the wonderful Steve Wheller of Art By Design Photography and it is breathtaking! Such a beautiful couple, and Steve has captured their day amazingly! Anyway, enough from me, go and enjoy it for yourself……..

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Kirsty & Luke’s 40’s Military Wedding

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What was your budget? 

We had no budget just tried to be realistic and not go over board on things that didn’t really make a difference to our day. Think total spend was somewhere between £16000 and £18000

How would you describe your wedding theme?

We tried to achieve a vintage (1940’s) , military theme as I loved the style of that era and Luke is in the Royal Marines.

kandl-565What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Enjoying the whole day from the getting ready to the last dances with our friends and family.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I already knew in my head what style of dress I wanted: I wanted Bella’s dress from twilight! I went to loads of different shops and tried on at least 80 dresses but nothing matched what I wanted! When I went into Do you Believe in Newport I spoke to Helen and said that I wanted a vintage style dress with sleeves and an open back she explained that she was a designer and stocked her own label. She had a lace dress in store with an open back and we could make some adjustments together. So that’s what we did. Helen added lace sleeves and a beautiful pearl necklace to the back of the dress and it was absolutely perfect!

kandl-122 kandl-379 kandl-384-2Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Our nieces and my best friend Jane was my bridesmaids as I knew that they would be just who I wanted to spend the day with.

kandl-371 kandl-158-3Why did you choose your venue?

Because we fell in love with it as soon as we drive up towards it for the first time.

kandl-185-3Tell us about your photographer

Steve from Art by Design was absolutely brilliant! He was like a secret sniper snapping shots without anybody noticing he was there. He captured our day just perfectly and our photographs tell the story of the day. Everybody who sees out album always comments on how natural and beautiful our photographs are.

How did the proposal happen? 

It’s really not that exciting! I always told Luke that I would die of embarrassment if he ever asked me to marry him in public, so he asked me at home.

What was your first dance & why?

Jack Johnson – Better Together. Because the lyrics are true, it’s always better when we’re together; Luke is in the marines and spends a lot of time away so when he’s home we spend quality time together doing the things we enjoy most.

kandl-613In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Just one thing, we would have hired a videographer to film the speeches.

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Enjoy planning your day, and remember just that..it is YOUR day. Don’t try and please everybody else as it’s important to have what you want.

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Appreciate each other and never take each other for granted!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Shopping every weekend with my mum!

The Suppliers

Photographer: Steve Wheller of Art By Design Photography
Ceremony Venue: Llansantffraed Court Hotel
Reception Venue: Llansantffraed Court Hotel
Bride’s Dress: Do you Believe?
Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Bride’s Headpiece: With Love from Bobbin  
Groom’s Outfit: Army Uniform
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Do you Believe?
Cake: Michelle Cummings Fox
Flowers: Unique Floral Design
Hair: Jenna McDonnell
Make Up: Jenna McDonnell
Band: Ninth Gate
Stationery: A Friend
String Quartet: Cambria String Quartet

The Wedding Album

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Lets Hear it for there Boys: The Heel Kicks

 Hello lovely people!
Its Let’s Hear It for the Boys again! Our little nod to the men of the big day! Today, the fabulous Steve Wheller of Art by Design is sharing an absolute peach!  I love a heel kick shot, especially when they don’t all actually nail it! Its brilliant! Over to Steve to tell us a bit about it………
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The Heel Kicks

This was taken at Llansantffraed Court. Luke is in the marines so was in full uniform but I wanted to have a bot more fun as  lot of the guys were wearing braces and the theme was vintage. So we took them for a walk around the grounds and typical groomsman just walk like bouncers so to fresher it up I always ask them to have little jump in the air and click their heals like Fred Astair. They all feel silly at the time but it breaks the ice and I get to capture some relaxed shots with the boys.
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And are you lot in for a treat! On the 28th of this month, we will be showing the whole of Luke and his gorgeous bride Kirsty’s entire wedding – and it is a stunner! Imagine, a vintage bride, a handsome in uniform…….aaaaaaahhhhhh dreamy!

Real Wedding: Martine & Peter’s 1920s Vintage Wedding by Oliver & Ruth

Martine and Peter tied the knot in October this year at Llansantffraed Court in Abergavenny. Oliver & Ruth were on hand to capture all the stunning details of their vintage 1920s wedding! :)

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How would you describe your wedding theme? We went for a 1920’s theme – we wanted glitz and glamour. We own a 1929 Bentley Special which was one of the features in our wedding. Our invitations were designed in black, white and gold with the pattern from the original book ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

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My dress and bracelet was designed by Jenny Packham in Mayfair, London and my shoes were from Jimmy Choo.

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Peter had a 1920’s suit made in Saville Row and his two toned shoes were from Crocket And Jones, London.

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Our fabulous cake was made by Choccywoccydoodah.

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I wanted the flowers to look vibrant but still vintage, so we had a variety of pink shades using roses and Hydrangeas with lots of foliage.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? My favourite part of the wedding was my surprise for Peter. We are both big musical theatre fans, so I arranged for a amateur theatre company to sing ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables at the beginning of our wedding reception.

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The thirty cast members were dressed as waiters and waitresses and were scattered around the marquee – it was the most breath taking moment ever seeing not just my husband but all of our guests faces as the cast began to sing, there wasn’t a dry eye! Another favourite moment of ours was the helicopter flights over the Brecon Beacons. We chartered a helicopter to take our guests on a pleasure trip to see the views.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? I had three flower girls. My daughter Livia who is 9 yrs old and two of her friends Sophie and Abbie. My daughter was so excited on the day ! Monmouthshire Wedding Llansantffraed Court Oliver & Ruth Photography_015Monmouthshire Wedding Llansantffraed Court Oliver & Ruth Photography_021Monmouthshire Wedding Llansantffraed Court Oliver & Ruth Photography_042

Why did you choose your venue? We chose Llansantffraed Court in Abergavenny to get married because the venue is idyllic and we wanted all of our guests to feel comfortable in a homely environment. The Wedding events manager (Lauren) was fantastic and only surpassed by the food which was amazing! Lauren organised the event, leaving us to enjoy our wedding day.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Peter said if you’re not a natural speaker there’s no substitute for hours of planning and research – don’t try and wing it on the day!

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What was your first dance & why? Peter doesn’t like dancing and had said to me he didn’t want to do a first dance – so I decided to surprise him one more time and do a dance for him! The first part of the dance was the Charleston and the second part of the dance was ‘All That Jazz’ from the musical Chicago. The whole dance fitted in so well with our theme.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? Nothing at all – the day went smoothly and to plan!

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Do you have any advice for future couples? Work hard, play hard, be happy, have patience and be considerate of each other!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Be happy!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? The planning was easy, we often ate at Llansantffraed Court and we knew straight away that it was the place we’d get married.

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Our favourite thing was sampling their food, we made numerous visits and must have ate our way through the menu! Peter and I really enjoyed researching the fashions from the 1920’s era, everything was so tailored and glamorous.

OLIVER & RUTH
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We are an easy-going, enthusiastic husband and wife team with a passion for capturing amazing wedding images. Inspired by people and relationships, we are driven to document the emotion of the wedding day.

Videographer: Alan Grove – Grove Video Services
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Llansantffraed Court
Bride’s Dress & Headpiece: Jenny Packham
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewellery: Jenny Packham
Groom’s Outfit: Savile Row
Bridesmaid’s Dresses & Accessories: Monsoon
Cake: Choccywoccydoodah
Flowers: Love Lily, Abergavenny
Hair & Make-up: Sheer Glam
Band: Classic Soul Dogs
DJ: Resident DJ at Llansantffraed Court
Stationery: Richard Evans, Blackwood
Other: Our guests stayed in near by hotels called The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny and The Beaufort Inn in Raglan. We provided coaches to bring them to the venue. Continue reading