Sarah: A KYHA Bride
A perfectly quaint English wedding set in the unsuspecting surroundings of an eclectic styled house. Filled to the brim with beautiful white florals and unique personal touches. Sarah & Luke kept it modern, fresh and was completely them.
BRIDE... Sarah Gandy
GROOM... Luke Horrigan
WEDDING DATE... 21.02.2015
WHEN AND HOW WE MET... Luke and I have known each other for many years, growing up as kids, our families both spent summers in a small beach town in North Wales called Abersoch which is where we met through mutual friends. It was in my late Teens and Lukes early 20s that our friendship grew into something more and we have now been together now for 9 years.
OUR WEDDING LOCATION... Both originally being from the UK, it was important for us to go back to our roots for the big day, and share it with friends and family. As England is famous for its un-predictable sunny days (even in summer) we opted for a Winter Wedding, embracing the Great British Weather.
The Wedding was in a beautiful part of the world in Northumberland, right on the coast (similar setting to where we first met.)
The venue was an old English House called Newton Hall. From the outside what may appear to be a very traditional English wedding venue, inside we loved the surprise factor. Amazing interior design, old meets new. A collection of retro and vintage one of a kind furniture alongside stag heads & taxidermy. Everyone was pleasantly surprised when they arrived.
STYLE CONCEPT... The theme of our wedding was that there was no theme. We just wanted the day to be personal to us and a big celebration. We really were both instrumental in the decisions and style of our wedding, making choices and planning together. Melbourne played a massive part in our inspiration, with styling and stationary often inspired by restaurants and cafes we love!
The venue itself was so eclectic and unique, that we really didnt require much decoration; we added our own flowers and my good friend Abi helped us to make Terrariums for the center pieces, as we love green foliage and tropical looking plants.
INSPIRATION... Hello May is an amazing bridal magazine if you are not the typical traditional bride and even if you are, theres lots of fresh ideas, I loved reading this magazine for inspiration. Rock my Wedding is a great Instagram account with some really nice ideas tooPinterest is always a great starting point to create your own boards as a point of reference.
As I mentioned before, we drew inspiration from all aspect of our life! Travels, restaurants we lovedanything and anywhere could be something amazing to inspire your wedding styling.
THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN... A lot of people had said to us before the wedding, to make sure you take a moment together at some point in the day, just the two of you, and this was great advice. We managed to do this before we walked into our wedding breakfast we sat at the main bar on our own and had a glass of champagne while everyone took their seats in the other roomwhen we walked down to the reception, the atmosphere before we walked in was amazing, hearing the buzz of everyone from outside was a really special moment.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY? For me... my one must have bridezilla request was a pair of Valentino Rock Studs! Being a shoe lover, this was my ultimate shoe to walk down the aisle. I fought my case with my husband-to-bethey are an investment after all!
Having a great photographer was also a must for us, and Harriet was a no brainer. We were lucky enough to have our friend James Video the whole weekend for us.
HENS DAY... The Hens was UNREAL!! I wish I could do it all over again. As I am now living back in the UK, my Maid of Honor Laura & the Bridesmaids organised a weekend away to Amsterdam with gorgeous friends!!!
We stayed at the Sir Albert Hotel which was amazing, and the whole weekend was just me to a T, amazing food and LOTS of cocktails. I dont think I could have even imagined a more perfect hen party for me.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Newton Hall Northumberland UK
We loved the ease of having everything under one roof, eat, sleep, party all in one place, we also had a welcome party on the FridayIt was a whole weekend of fun!
EVENT STYLING: All styling was done by us. For the evening we had personalized banners to hang behind the band and our own DIY photobooth with a Polaroid camera. Instead of a cake, we opted for dry ice dancing juice cocktails and my mum made her famous Rocky Road for everyone to take home with them, which we packaged in personalized bags.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Harriet Gill Weddings Vintage
We heard about Harriet through word of mouth, I had seen her work and as soon as I showed Luke we both agreed her style of photograph was perfect for our day.
DRESS & VEIL: Before finding KYHA, I spent some time in the UK & London trying on lots of off the rack dresses. I fell in love with elements of an Alice Temperly gown, her designs are so beautiful. But everything I tried had a question mark over itI didnt quite get The feeling everyone tells you about, and I didnt have a lot of time before I returned to Melbourne.
When I met Kyha, I felt at ease, and that she understood my style. She is super stylish herself and the KYHA brand is so cool. I felt like I would trust her to dress me in everyday life which was key for meI needed to be able to relate.
The process of having a custom gown was so exciting, being able to see the dress come to life week by week, and knowing it was one of a kind was felt really special.
SHOES: Valentino Rock Studs-Ordered online from America. I wore Monica Vinader necklace and rings, with simple gold studs my mum had bought me when I moved to Australiamy something old.
BRIDESMIAD DRESSES: We had four very different, but all very beautiful girls as our bridesmaids (if I do say so myself). Living all over the world during the planning stages of our wedding. Luke & I living here in Melbourne, one living in Canada, one travelling all over the world for work and two living back home in the UKThere was one weekend where everyone would be in the same place, so time was limited. I stumbled across Two Birds when trying on some wedding dresses in Manchester. I booked the girls in for an appointment and they instantly fell in love with them too. We went for the Rosewater ball gowns as this suited everyones different skin tones and the different ways the dresses could be worn meant that they suited all the different shapes and heights. They all looked so beautiful on the dayI was very proud!
FLOWERS: Luke was quite particular when it came to flowers, that he only likes white flowers. So with this in mind all the flowers were therefore white, but with lots of greenery. We wanted them to look quite rustic with un-cut stems for the bouquets and a mixture of wild flowers which had a real whimsical feel. I wore a real flower crown and the girls had fresh cut flowers delicately placed in their hair.
CAKE: We opted out of a cake, which was actually quite a shock to people as I famously have a very sweet tooth. It was one of the traditions that didnt feel as important to us, so we used the budget for this towards more food and drink for our guests.
BAND OR DJ: We had a live band for our reception and also made our own playlists on spotify for in between sets! Luke has great music taste, so we had some really personal songs to us. We walked down the aisle to Kim Churchills- Window to the Sky and James Vincent McMorrows- Higher Love.
Our first dance The Lumineers- Hey Ho was performed by the band, followed by David Bowies- Lets Dance!
During the ceremony, my Aunty Katie played a live piece on the violin as we signed the wedding certificate.
Any further mentions: We cannot begin to thank our family enough for all their love & support both emotionally and financially during our big day! We still smile just thinking back to our wedding day, sharing it with people that we love the most. My advice to any bride to be is dont lose sight of what the wedding is all about, keep it personal, and dont sweat the small stuff!! Enjoy every momentxxx