When Kirsty and Liz began the preparations for their spring wedding at Wasing Park, not only had the two of them relocated to Switzerland, but Liz had also received the glorious news that she was expecting twins!
Unexpectedly, this wedding had become even more poignant, so Kirsty and Liz wanted to ensure that every detail reflected them, their love in a perfect day.
Our Wedding, Our Way
Kirsty and Liz set out on their wedding journey with only one prerequisite in mind – good food!
Their decision of which venue they would choose for their Spring wedding was initially inspired after Kirsty and Liz had a taste of wedding caterer Galloping Gourmet’s food, they knew they had to have the same good quality food at their wedding.
Wasing Park offered everything they wanted, the rustic charms of the Berkshire Barn had lovely open gardening space for their guests to relax in at the wedding reception.
“After tasting the food at my sister’s wedding, we knew that we had to have equally delicious food at our wedding. Galloping Gourmet offered us complete flexibility when planning what we wanted,” says Liz.
Every aspect of the wedding was thoroughly thought out. Liz, an avid bassoonist, created a compilation of her favourite classical music for the wedding ceremony.
Even the lilac-to-purple ombre cake was carefully planned. With Liz being coeliac and her mum having a nut allergy, the purple ombre, handcrafted cake creation had to be gluten and nut-free, catering for many dietary requirements, but still tasting delicious.
Many ‘Little’ Hands Make Light Work
When it came to planning, DIY was the order of the weekend and the couple even enlisted help from friends. Kirsty and Liz flew over to the UK from Switzerland for five whole days of planning and meeting friends – with wedding preparation top of the to-do list.
“Our friends and their children came over to my parent’s house and we spent the weekend getting hands-on creating our own wedding decorations. It was a full-on task, but really enjoyable having our friend’s children to be a part of the big day, as for us it was their small touches that made our day even more special” notes Liz.
The outcome of the ‘crafty’ weekend was the creation of 100 unique, hand-painted jars and beautifully painted tin cans in purples and teals, all of which adorned the venue.
Kirsty and Liz also hand wrote their own vows, and Liz’s mum printed the menus for the wedding day.
Every detail included that personal touch: The Alice in Wonderland sweet jars and the hints of purples and teals that were elegantly instilled in the whole wedding day – from the ombre cake to wedding bouquets.
Babies On Board
Both their wedding dresses were statement pieces. Kirsty wore a contemporary, blue embroidered dress which matched the bridesmaid embroidery. And for Liz, a simple, classical dress, designed by Suzanne Neville, which required a little more thought than what was first planned…
Being six-months pregnant with twins is an effort on its own, but when altering a dress to cater for two growing babies, a well thought-out contingency plan is required. When it came to her wedding dress Liz had to resort to plan B, and have a new bespoke wedding dress due to her ever-growing bump.
“I had to have a tailor-made dress for the wedding day that required various fitting appointments to make sure it was perfect for the wedding day. Being six months pregnant with twins, it was anyone’s guess to the final size the dress needed to be, so extra room was included in the design, which was needed – luckily when it came the actual day my morning sickness had stopped,” laughs Liz.
“Our first dance [to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You] was a bit of a comedy moment. Due to my growing bump, poor Kirsty’s arms were stretched to the utmost as we danced to our first song.”
Kirsty adds: “Looking back on it, it was a lovely way for the twins to be involved in the ceremony and it will make for good stories and treasured memories as they grow up.”
A Not-So-Very Corporate Ice Breaker
Being a project manager, Liz, came up with a great idea to get their guests chatting as, for many of them, this was the first time they had met: “We had many guests from the UK and Switzerland that had never met each other, so we decided to cut any possible awkwardness long before we cut our cake,” explains Liz.
To get all the guests involved, Liz and Kirsty created a quiz, getting guests to guess the sex of their twin babies and come up with names. They then announced the sex of both twins before they cut in to their gorgeous, gluten-free ombre wedding cake.
“It was a good way to get guests talking to each other,” continued Liz.
The children were not overlooked at the wedding either. As it was Easter, Liz and Kirsty put on an Easter-egg hunt to keep the little ones just as happy as the grown-ups.
Key to a Slate Heart
It may only last for a day, but wedding memories last forever. As a keep-sake, Kirsty and Liz gave their guests a slate heart as a wedding favour.
The children even got to take home their handmade jars too, as their own memento.
Liz and Kirsty’s top tips
- Pick the things you love then build the wedding around them.
- Think about the things you believe your guests will care about and remember about the wedding; focus your effort on those areas.
- Don’t worry too much around the small things that don’t have a huge impact on the day – there is no point stressing out about them.
And for those who are curiously wondering – we know you all are! – Liz and Kirsty are the proud parents of two beautiful baby boys, Joshua and Oliver.
Images © Kevin Browne Photography
If you’d like to find out about weddings at Wasing Park, get in touch with the wedding team on 0118 907 0199.