September 4th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Andrew and Kimberley’s wedding was destined to be a relaxed family affair from the very beginning, with the couple determined to pay tribute to loved ones and their two children playing a prominent role throughout the day.
Their grey and lemon colour scheme is light and fresh – perfect for a wedding in the height of summer – and everything from the bride’s bouquet to the table details ties together in perfect cohesive harmony. And those beachfront photographs – err, stunning much?
Their wedding, Kimberley happily reports, was the perfect combination of intimacy and ‘partyyy!’, with vodka Skittle shots, a packed dancefloor and too many joyful memories to choose just one. A+ for positive vibes, guys.
With images by Marcia’s Photography.
kimberley says: Andy and I had booked a last-minute holiday to Turkey; we had recently suffered a miscarriage with our first baby and had recently found out we were pregnant with our son, Dylan, so we decided to have a last holiday together as ‘just us two’. One evening, Andy arranged a meal on the beach right next to the sea – we literally had sand between our toes! Afterwards, we went for a walk in the moonlight when Andy said, “Guess what?” “What?” I replied, and he produced a ring and got down on one knee. Andy has a reputation for saying, “Guess what?” and following it up with some silly remark or taking the micky, so I was completely shocked when he actually asked me.
Our wedding date was 1st July 2017, which we booked two years in advance. The reason was simply so that my sister and family were able to fly over from South Africa to make the wedding.
We were married at St Luke’s Church in Crosby where our children had been baptised. We chose our venue because we loved the idea of watching the sun go down on the lake and how beautiful the location was on the beach front.
We didn’t really have a theme; we just wanted the day to be as relaxed and as natural as possible. However, our chosen colour was lemon, which we picked because we wanted a nice light colour for a summer wedding.
My dress was from ASAP Bride, which is an outlet in the heart of Liverpool. I‘d tried on a few different dresses but none of them made me not want to take it off. As soon as I put mine on though, the idea of taking it off made me want to cry!
Andy wore a light grey suit from Slaters with an ivory cravat and pocket square. I picked it, of course!
My maid of honour wore a lemon dress from ASOS, while my flower girls wore bargain dresses from Wish. Our groomsmen wore the same suit as Andy with lemon cravats.
Our wedding car was a vintage car called the Imperial Viscount, hired from Love and Carriage. Their service was absolutely fantastic; the driver was lovely and made a stop on the way to the church with my dad so I was able to visit my mum’s grave. Sadly, my mum passed away when I was 17 before I met Andy. Andy’s grandad also passed away while we were dating, so we wanted to remember them on the day. I ordered a charm with a picture of my mum in to tie around my bouquet and a charm with a photo of Andy’s grandad to go on his buttonhole.
Marcia’s Photography captured our day beautifully. I would highly recommend her service; the photos were exactly as we’d discussed prior to the day and she made sure that nothing was forgotten. I didn’t have to worry about a thing!
My flowers were a lovely bouquet of ivory and lemon flowers designed by The Bride’s Bouquet, an online store which sells artificial flowers.
I set the venue up myself with my maid of honour and my sister, buying birdcages and wrapping flowers like those in my bouquet around them. We scattered clear crystals and confetti on tables along with the birdcages and table names. The table names were produced by Fussy Pants Design, who did a fantastic job.
I made vodka shots with Skittles, and these along with some chocolates were our wedding favours. We wanted all of our guests to have a shot as part of the toasts.
My lovely sister made my cake – I gave her completely free reign so that I had one less thing to worry about!
For our food, we opted for chicken curry or beef in red wine sauce as we knew that most people would like one or the other.
Ever since I was a child I’d wanted a live band at my wedding, and Kikosi Music did not disappoint. It isn’t stretching things to say that they made my wedding! The dancefloor was full all evening and I couldn’t have asked for a better night of entertainment; we’d recommend them highly.
I would highly recommend our venue for a bride looking for somewhere suitable for a small, intimate reception. We had around 100 guests – perfect for the size of the venue.
I have two standout memories from the day: saying our vows in church, although due to nerves it seems like a blur now! Secondly, our first dance as man and wife.
We went to Albufeira in Portugal with our two children for our honeymoon. It was the perfect holiday and there was so much for the kids to do.
Our advice? Enjoy every second of your day because it goes over so quickly! And try to spend as much time together as you can.
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Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.
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