Jen & Phil - a truly ‘blue-tiful’ day at Port Lympne Hotel


Jeff Oliver Photography | Bride and groom standing together outside, white and blue wedding dress

Wow! What. A. Dress! I absolutely love the shock of that gorgeous blue cascading down the back of the delicately beaded white dress.


‘Blue’ was definitely the theme of Jen and Phil’s beautiful wedding, being their favourite colour, and included in every aspect of their day, from the flowers and the cake, to Phil’s suit and the decor. Their wedding planning process was fairly straight-forward, as they agree on most things and knew instantly that they wanted ‘an elegant, sophisticated wedding, but with a touch of the amazing and unique’, so they chose the truly individual Port Lympne Hotel with a special safari after their ceremony. They were due to get married in June, but due to the Coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions in place, they decided to reschedule and have an intimate ceremony when restrictions were lifted, with only their parents present. The date they chose was also Phil’s birthday, making it extra special, and as Jen recalls, ‘all our suppliers leapt at the chance to support us and gave us such a magical day that we will never forget’.

The personal details were particularly important to them, after all their planning and re-arranging, as Jen says, ‘I wanted to make everyone feel special and thought about. From writing personal letters to Phil, his parents and my parents, which I gave them the night before (and made everyone cry!), to putting little personalised decorative name tags on everyone’s wedding outfit hangers; I thought these little touches were just as important as the much bigger decisions on flowers, dresses and suits etc.’ Jen also made personalised confetti bags and personalised packs of tissues, that no-one wanted to use because they looked so good!

Phil says that there were two particularly memorable parts of the day for him; the first being when Jen walked down the aisle towards him. He was so captivated by her that he didn’t notice the stunning blue of her dress until she was standing next to him! The second part was the safari, and it sounds truly amazing, especially as an obliging giraffe popped its head into their truck to say hello to the bride and groom!

When asked about any advice they would offer to couples planning their special day, Jen says, ‘[something that is] particularly poignant in the current climate; ‘never put off until tomorrow something which you can do today, because you never know what is around the corner’. Life is for living and if you’re happy now then seize the moment!’ Definitely words to live by.

Lastly, Jen added, ‘We might have gone from an initial planned wedding of 160 guests to one with only 6, but the much more intimate gathering made it so much more personal and relaxed and while we are still planning on having our big wedding celebrations next year (or whenever COVID allows!), I cannot help but feel incredibly lucky with how our wedding turned out. Besides, how many women get to marry the man of their dreams twice!’

Huge congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing your ‘blue-tiful’ day with Weddings in Kent!





Supplier List


Venue - Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve Photographer - Jeff Oliver Photography Wedding Dress Designer - Nova Clarke Menswear Provider - Moss Bros Make-up Artist - Holly Kathleen Hair Stylist - Angela - RKW Hair Florist - Dream of Flowers Decor/Hire Provider - Bows Chair Covers Cake Provider - Lizzie Bizzie Cakes Stationery Provider - Inki Pinki

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