The Bride & Groom Vicky & Rob Morris, 18th July 2009, Ramada Hotel & Resort, Maidstone.
Vicky explains - ‘As much as I would like to say it was so romantic and memorable it wasn’t! Rob was on his usual fishing trip and decided to text me ‘Shall we get engaged!’
We were then engaged for another 5 years before actually getting married!’
Planning the day
‘Once we had got a house we decided we should get married, so I dragged Rob along to a few wedding fairs where I was very surprised at how far in advance you have to book everything.
We were planning to get married the following year, thinking that it would give me plenty of time to find and book everything, but a lot of things were already booked. I found the wedding fairs and internet most useful as they gave lots of different ideas.’
The hen and stag nights
‘For the Hen Night I went to an 80's weekend at Butlins in Bognor which was ‘Whamtastic’! It was a really good weekend with so many other stag and hen nights there which made a brilliant atmosphere and weekend I will never forget.
For the Stag night Rob went to Newquay for the weekend. They weren’t sure about it but once they were there they all absolutely loved it and had a really good weekend! Not that I have heard a lot about it!!!’
‘I was really worried about the weather during the weeks leading up to the wedding as I was having the ceremony outside, but it turned out to be a dry day which was good. It was a bit windy but it worked out well for me in the end as some of the photos looked really nice with my veil and dress blowing in the wind!
Apart from the weather I wasn’t to worried as I had the room for the wedding breakfast set up the night before and all the flowers arrived early so everything was in place leaving me to relax a bit whilst having my hair and makeup done which I highly recommend!’
‘I went to lots of different places, but I really wanted the ceremony to be outside and was therefore limited to a few venues.
I also had a lot of guests and wanted them to be at the ceremony and reception which meant I had to spend a lot of time choosing the right place.
In the end I chose the Ramada Hotel in Maidstone which turned out to be a really good venue and was very pleased with it.’
‘I stayed at the hotel the night before with my mum and bridesmaids which I recommend as well as it meant I could just check everything was ok.
It also meant I didn't have to worry about getting there or forgetting anything.’
‘I had an Ivory Alfred Angelo dress which I got from the first shop I went in! I really liked the way that it looked modern but with an old fashioned twist to it with the panelling at the front.
My little bridesmaids had similar dresses to me from BHS and my older bridesmaids had Alfred Angelo prom dresses that were a charcoal silver and matched my colour theme and Rob’s cravat.’
The flowers and table decorations
‘It was really difficult to choose the table decorations as I was having a lot of tables and didn’t want it to look too much and obviously didn’t want it to cost too much.
I managed to find someone at a wedding fair that did my chair covers, and table decorations, and was very reasonable and a lovely lady to work with. I had simple tall vases with lilies and grass with pearls on. The vases were on mirrors and I also had diamantes on the table.’
‘Rob’s life revolves around fishing so we had to have something to do with fishing!
We had a three tier chocolate cake, the middle tier had a lake in and the top tier had me and rob with rob fishing into the lake in the middle tier!’
The first dance
‘We struggled to think of a song to dance to but in the end we decided to have ‘Somebody to Love’ by the Blues Brothers.
We had the beginning bit adapted to say our names and to thank everyone who came which made it really personal.’
‘We had a DJ for the evening entertainment. We also had a chocolate fountain and a popcorn machine which were great fun!’
The memorable moments
‘The most memorable moment was walking up to the Gazebo and seeing all my friends, family and Rob waiting for me.’
‘We went to Bandos Island in the Maldives which was excellent.
This was our second time there and it was still as good as the first.’
‘Make sure you have a list of things to do on the day and give it to your bridesmaids to organise.
I also found it really useful to have a list of the photos that I wanted that was also given to the bridesmaids and ushers who sorted everyone out!’
Venue - Ramada Jarvis Hotel and Resort, Maidstone
Chocolate Fountain & Popcorn Machine - Choc Watts
Photography - Helen England Photography
Brides dress - Belle Amore Bexleyheath
Grooms suit –Belle Amore Bexleyheath
Flowers – Flower Box Bexleyheath and Yvonne Aldridge- Dressing rooms
Entertainment – Bee Jay entertainment