As soon as I saw the images from Kate and Joseph’s show-stopping wedding, I knew I wanted to feature it! It was so different to ‘traditional’ weddings in terms of style but you can immediately tell that it was incredibly personal and their style is just fabulous.
Kate and Joseph were one of the many, many couples whose wedding was affected by the national lockdown imposed in March 2020, four weeks before they were due to get married. Having been together for over ten years, and after a magical proposal in Disneyland, they had decided on a big barn wedding, with plenty of flowers, candles and gold frames. However, COVID-19 then struck and after they had to postpone their wedding (twice!), they decided to just go for it and have two weddings! They explained to me that, ‘we took the opportunity to have two weddings and to do something a little different for the registry office marriage... Obviously it was a hard decision to go ahead and get married without everyone we wanted there with us but we feel so lucky that we managed to get married how we did.’
Kate went on to say that, ‘We are a creative couple, we met in art college. Joseph is in the funeral business and we like to be a bit different so decided Halloween would be perfect for our ‘Covid wedding’ before we could have our more traditional wedding day with all our friends and family. We both wore black, and I made my own autumnal bouquet and buttonholes. Subtle skulls and pumpkins were included in our accessories and we took photos in a cemetery. It was such a personal day with only our parents, my sister and her partner present at the ceremony.’
They were surprised on the day with an amazing tiered wedding cake made and decorated by Kate’s mum, which had a pumpkin bride and groom on top created by Kate's sister. Kate says, ‘[My mum] also gifted me with a reversible garter she had made me, one side was black and orange for our registry office wedding to go with my black dress and the other side white with a blue ribbon (my something blue) for our more traditional wedding day we will have in the future.’
Joseph said that the most memorable part of the day for him was ‘seeing that my bride was all in black, black veil included! It was typical Kate to go that bold.’ (And I think it’s fair to say - they both looked incredible!)
For their reception, The Ferry House Inn provided a private area where they could sit in their socially-distanced ‘bubbles’ but they said it actually felt like a ‘proper little reception. It was so personal and just perfect.’ Kate said that, ‘If couples are having to postpone their big weddings but really want to get married, use this opportunity to do something a little bit different. If there is something you wanted to do for yourself or as a couple on your wedding day but maybe you didn’t want to risk it (like wearing a black dress) use this as a time to just ‘do you’ and have fun with it. At the end of the day for Joseph and I, we just wanted to be legally Husband and Wife but we ended up having such a wonderful, intimate, happy day in the middle of all of this uncertainty. Don’t forget who this day is for and why you are doing this.’
They both acknowledge that their wedding was nothing like the one they had originally imagined, but they said ‘we made the best of it and it was a day full of love and pure joy! This day was for us, our next wedding day is for all of our amazing friends and family to finally celebrate with us!’ and I think this is such a great way to look at it.
Huge congratulations Kate and Joseph, and thank you so much for sharing your stunning wedding with Weddings in Kent!
Kate and Joseph also took their own photos of some of the details and later on at the reception…
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