Yasmin and Matt at Reach Court Wedding Venue
It has been a looooooooooonnnnnnngggggggg time since I posted a full wedding blog, SORRY.
However, all good things come to those who wait and Yaz and Matt’s wedding at Reach Court Wedding Venue near St Maragret’s Bay in Kent is well worth the wait I reckon.
As you know by now, I have cut out the crap (specifically my crap blogging) and gone straight to the horses mouth (so to speak, I am not suggesting Yaz is a horse obviously) for all the glorious details about Yaz, Matt, and their awesome wedding day.
So grab yourself cup of tea or rhubarb gin if you are reading this in 2020, sit back, relax, and enjoy the story of an amazing couple.
Ps. If you haven’t booked your wedding photographer yet, GET IN TOUCH with me soon as slots are running out in 2020 and 2021 FAST!
- What’s the story behind you two (where did you meet?)
We both went to the same secondary school so have known each other for a long time however didn’t end up dating until Matt in true 21st century dating style…dropped into my facebook DM’s with a line too hard to resist… “Hey, been a while”. Although even though he made such a smooth first move, it took over 8 months for us to arrange out first date (hard to believe right?!).
- How did the proposal go down?
Matt proposed at the Abode in Canterbury which is the restaurant we visit each year on our anniversary. Matt set the bar pretty high on our first ever date, treating me to a Michelin star dinner…little did he know we’d be going back every year (bet he regrets that now!).
When we arrived we were advised that the main restaurant was full so were sat on a table for two in what I called the “overflow” seating area, which wasn’t an issue until I realised that throughout our meal none of the other tables were filling up! Turns out Matt had specifically requested we sit ‘out back’ as he didn’t want to propose in front of too many people! He had also arranged for all our family and friends to be in the bar after he had proposed therefore he wanted to make sure I didn’t bump into anyone, I even had to use separate loo’s! I always think it’s a good job I said yes!
- Why did you pick your wedding venue, what was good and what not so good in hindsight (if applicable of course)?
The not so good part was that we had to cancel our original venue as after booking we were told they would be unable to support our day! BUT, with every cloud there is a silver lining and for us that was Reach Court Farm Wedding Venue. They say things happen for a reason and without our original booking being cancelled we would never have come across Reach Court Farm! The venue was exactly what we had in mind for our big day, an outdoor ceremony area, a barn for the reception and my favourite part… loads of fairy lights! The best part was that the team were just as relaxed as us and allowed us to really make the venue our own which was one of the main reasons we decided to go with Reach Court Farm.
- What theme or style where you after for your wedding?
It may sound cheesy, but we generally just wanted everyone to have a good time which is why we went for a relaxed/less formal approach to the day. The wedding was pretty much “turn up, have a drink and have fun”! We had garden games made from recycled pallets/crates, crisps and popcorn instead of canapes (because everyone wants a bag of crisps after necking 4 glasses of fizz, not a valiant with a mysterious filling!). Given Matts ‘Mexican background’ we opted for sharing bowls of nachos and roll your own fajitas instead of your traditional sit down three course wedding breakfast. With the style of the venue we kept the decorations and table centre pieces ‘rustic’ using lots of hessian and wooden log slices but other than that we were pretty relaxed on the ‘theme’.
- Can you tell me about your wedding dress, shoes, jewellery and where you bought them from? Any advice for brides?
My dress was a Pronovias ‘Off white crystal gulpure lace & gemstone Alexia’ from Chilham bridal boutique. Although I’ll be honest, I had to look that up as I had absolutely no idea of the make/brand/design it was – I just saw the train and knew it was THE ONE!
My veil was also from Chilham Bridal and was a perfect match for my dress with lace detail and a little bit of sparkle! I then wore Ted Baker ivory heels (advice for brides – invest in some heel protectors if you’re having an outdoor wedding, they saved me from sinking in the grass and unlike my mum I didn’t get my heel stuck in the decking!) I wore some bargain earnings from TK Max, balanced out by a Tiffany bracelet my Mum bought me from New York as my ‘something blue’.
- Who did your hair and make-up and why did you choose them?
My makeup was ‘soft glam’ by ‘Elizabeth Joseph Love’ – her skin work is incredible! Spots do not exist in her world!
I was lucky enough to have two hairdressers work on my hair – Emma & Emma, ‘Emma Flagg’ hairstylist is my regular hairdresser who alongside Emma B both work at Willowtree hair and beauty! I had a low bun with lots of twists and braids – boho style.
- Can you tell me a bit about your flowers and who supplied them?
ME! I made all the bouquets, button holes and venue flower decorations myself (with the help of mum). We decided on a DIY wedding to save some pennies – but we also had some much fun making things ourselves and it has meant our friends and family have been able to keep the bouquets/ table flowers as a keepsake from the wedding in their homes! It also meant we were able to have peonies which would not have been in season for our wedding. On the day we added fresh gypsophila to all the table centrepieces and the cake.
- Where did the chaps outfits come from, what did you like about them?
Matt and his Groomsmen got their suits from Slaters in Canterbury. They were all custom fit which meant no baggy bottoms! I let Matt run solo on the suits & ties and I think he got it spot on.
- Why did you pick me!?!
Why wouldn’t we?!
After our engagement shoot with you we both said how relaxed and comfortable with felt with you taking our photos and after receiving the final prints we were sure we wanted you for the big day!
We knew you’d fit perfectly into our day, not just as the photographer but among our friends and family too!
- What did you love most about your photos?
You make the imperfect, perfect! The shots are relaxed and reflect the ‘real’ love and laughter of our day which is exactly what we wanted to capture.
Most memorable moment of the day?
For me the most memorable moment was walking down the aisle. Matt had arranged a surprise for A3 canvas’ to be placed along the walk with photos of us from the beginning of our relationship to our wedding day with the final canvas being a frame to look through at all our guests sitting down watching us get married (which I didn’t look through as I was concentrating more on running down the aisle!)
- The most important piece of advice you could share with other brides to be?
Enjoy the build-up and all the social events that come with planning your big day, the day goes by so fast it’s almost a blur, so the pre-wedding memories are just as important as the day itself!
Remember that the day is all about the two of you, as long as you are happy that’s all that matters!
- What would you change about the day if you did it again?
It was the most incredible day from start to finish and I wouldn’t change a single thing!
- Can you give a list of other suppliers you may have used at the wedding or in the run up to the big day?
Caterers – Blackbird Catering
DJ – Ben Bell Wedding DJ
Selfie Mirror – Reflections Events
Wedding Car – Big Day Cars
Make-Up – Elizabeth Joseph Love
Dress – Chilham Bridal Boutique
Hair – Emma Flagg Hairstylist (Willowtree)
Cake – Willow Cakes AshfordPhotographer – The one, the only SIMON HAWKINS!