Bridie and Bradley’s day was full of laughter and so much emotion, and their wedding photographer Kate Hennessy Photography really captured all the laughter and the tears beautifully. They experienced a very tumultuous wedding planning journey since Bradley proposed atop the O2 Arena at sunset four years ago. Bridie describes this last year as being ‘a rollercoaster for many, a complete write-off for most,’ which sums it up fairly accurately.
Originally they had planned on a very modern wedding at a local zoo with 180 guests, but they had to cancel this after COVID-19 reared its ugly head. It was also an incredibly difficult time for the young couple, as Bridie was working long hours in a hospital, in a change to her usual role there to care for those suffering from Coronavirus, and Bradley was locked down at his army barracks. They doubted whether they would get married at all this year, but fortunately they were able to arrange for an intimate ceremony at their local church with 25 close family and friends, and the reception being held in Bradley’s parents’ garden.
Bridie says, ‘our wedding day was in no way what we had envisioned but, like many others we needed some happiness and something to look forward to. And in some ways it felt like it was always meant to happen this way.’
As a personal touch for the day, Bradley’s dad made a video of his life and his achievements, to show how he got to where he is today; Bridie says, ‘it was very emotional and as you will see from the photos, many tears were shed.’
The bride and groom did have a first dance in the garden, and chose ‘Like I’m going to lose you’ by Jasmine Thompson for this memorable moment. Unfortunately, their wedding cake maker cancelled just before the wedding, so Bridie’s nan and grandad surprised them at the reception with a gorgeous cake they’d had made.
They say that planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things you can do, and I know Bridie would agree with this (!) but she does also say that, ‘It's easier said than done but, don't stress. Honestly, I think there is something very perfect about the imperfections we faced when planning and rescheduling our wedding day.’
Huge congratulations to you both, Bridie and Bradley, and thank you so much for sharing your very personal and incredibly special story with Weddings in Kent!
Ceremony Venue - All Saint's Church, Iwade Reception Venue - The Groom’s parents’ house Photographer - Kate Hennessy Photography Caterer - The Bride’s mum and family Wedding Dress Designer - Victoria Kay Wedding Dress Shop - Victoria Grace Bridal, Faversham Make-up Artist - The Bride Hair Stylist - Sarah Fowler Decor/Hire Provider - The Bride and Groom Cake Provider - Family friend