An Exclusive Real Life Wedding - Kirsty and Phil
How it all begun...
We met randomly in our local bowling alley, it actually strangely happened to be Valentine ’s Day - the 14th February 2005! It was a Monday, the first day of half term for me in college so me and a few friends went bowling and Phil was with his friends as Monday nights were unlimited bowling. The rest is history, we have been together ever since.
When he proposed...
Phil proposed to me the morning of Christmas Eve at our home! We both love Christmas. I woke up to a bunch of beautiful roses on our landing floor with a note leading me to more roses throughout our house and a long trail eventually leading me to a Thornton’s advent calendar telling me to open door number 24 (the day we were on!). A beautiful engagement ring was hidden behind the delicate door. That's when Phil got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I couldn’t believe it!!! The final touch was on our Christmas tree that year, it was a big Christmas card saying fiancée on it. I was so over the moon!
Planning the Wedding...
I planned our whole wedding from start to finish with the help of my Mum, Dad and Phil.
Our theme was always to incorporate baby blue, our favourite colour. We wanted a cosy classy winter themed wedding.
We absolutely fell in love with Lainston House, our venue. The house and the barn is absolutely stunning! Every single staff member always had a smile on their face and greeted us welcomingly. Lainston House couldn’t do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble and we would wholeheartedly recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married.
Phil and I incorporated our stag faux fur jars into the theme. All our tables were names after the 9 reindeers and had various reindeer theme throughout the Lainston House Dawley barn, with a tinge of powder blue colour throughout.
For our favours we had 5 almonds per bag with a personalised wooden heart with the traditional each almond has its own specific individual meaning and these are Health, Happiness, Wealth, Fertility and Long Life.
For the place names I added a personal touch as I own an embroidery company called Gemma's embroidery. Each of my 80 guests received an embroided handkerchief with their name on.
I used a company called Essar Aitch to print the rest of our stationary so our invitations, table plan and order of service. I gave her the details of the design I would like and she made this happen.
We also gave thank you wooden plaque magnets thanking each guest for joining us on our special day.
On the day, I felt very happy and excited as I walked down the aisle and also very emotional at the same time.
The first dance song was chosen by Phil, Ed Sheran, Perfect as he says the wording is very appropriate from him to me!
We had a DJ in the evening (Simon Ross , who works on Heart radio) and we danced all night.
The most important investment was for all our guests to have a lovely day and to enjoy the venue, and food and drink as it is them who made our wedding, a wedding with their presence throughout our wedding day.
Our cake was made by Hayley Steel, Cake Angel, Hampshire. Looking back, our cake was a tad on the large side, it was 3ft (6 tiers) and ended up taller than we planned. But Phil and I had always envisioned a big wedding cake, and it also meant that our guests could enjoy a few pieces of cake each.
Overall, the most challenging aspect of the wedding was trying to keep everyone happy with all of the decisions that we made and also trying not to get too stressed and turn in to a Bridezilla!
The happy couple: Kirsty and Phil Gwyther-Gough
That special date: 25th November 2017
Ceremony: St Mary's Church, Twyford, Winchester
Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception: Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel
Photographer: Glen Jevon Photography & Video
Cake: Hayley Steel, Cake Angel, Hampshire
Flowers: Jo Hicks
Hair: Hair by Claire, Claire Varney
Place names: Gemma’s Embroidery
Stationary: Essar Aitch
Wedding Dress: Something Old Something New, Bridal Boutique, Hythe
Suites: Young's Debenhams suit hire
DJ: Simon Ross
Cars: R K Prestige Car Hire