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A wedding filled with rustic-charm at Mountains Country House in Kent

A wedding filled with rustic-charm at Mountains Country House in Kent

Written by Katie Byrne

Laura and Richard filled their pretty celebration with DIY details and oodles of flowers


Laura Collett, 25, a midwife, and Richard Cole, 28, a teacher, were married at St Giles’ Church, Shipbourne, followed by a reception at Mountains Country House in Kent.

Budget: £15,000-£20,000

We met when I joined the gym where Rich worked – he found my number on the system and texted me! We messaged for just over a week before he took me for a drink at a nice country pub, which is where he later proposed. 

We wanted our day to be relaxed, vintage and floral, so we went for a soft colour palette with plenty of flowers. We knew we wanted to have a marquee to complement the country garden feel, and as the British weather is so unpredictable, we wanted the safety of being indoors but knowing we could open the sides to create a free flow from indoors to outside. 

Entertainment was really important to us, so we had a magician mingling amongst our guests to fill the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. The music was provided by the in-house DJ, and as we wanted to make sure our guests were up and dancing, we asked for song requests on our RSVP’s and made a playlist to give to the DJ. 

Flowers were one of the most important factors of the day, but we didn’t have a predominant bloom as there were so many everywhere. I had mainly roses, peonies and freesia in my bouquet. The flower pots were one of the first things I bought for the wedding two years earlier, and they were the main part of our décor as we wanted the whole day to be filled with flowers. 

My mum spent the six months before the wedding growing lots of flowers and herbs in the garden and that’s where most of our blooms came from. We actually spent the day before the wedding in the garden arranging all of the flowers!

My sister made metres and metres of hand-made bunting; she spent hours cutting and sewing it all together. All of our decorations were lovingly made and collected by family members – everyone cleared out lots of jars to display our flowers in.

We also made a large polaroid frame to hang with #thecoles2015 written on so everyone could easily share their photos on social media. 

One of my favourite moments from the day was playing swingball with Rich in front of everyone and me winning! Rich is very competitive, so it was a real achievement. The speeches were also great and really funny. 

The evening was filled with dancing, drinking, eating and playing games. I don’t think I left the dance floor all night. 

We went back to our home at the end of the night and it was the best decision. It was so nice to roll into our own bed at the end of such a mad day. It was around 1:30, but I did ask Rich to make me pitta and houmous as I missed the buffet! 

My tip for brides-to-be: Try to enjoy the planning as it does go by so fast. Fill the day with everything and everyone you love. And choose an amazing photographer as the photo memories last a lifetime – it will be the greatest investment that you’ll make.

Steal their style!

Photography: Sam and Louise Florist: Arranged Flowers (01732 361555) Venue: Mountains Country House Dress: Ronald Joyce at Elizabeth King Designs Grooms wear: Jones and Jones Cake: Hollie’s Little Cakery 

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