An Autumnal English Wedding
Tell us your love story!
We met whilst traveling in New Zealand on a dating site. We started chatting because we were both British and missed the British humour!
What about the proposal?
There was no proposal just an instant connection, we both knew we would spend the rest of our lives together. Khiana just brought home a ring from work one day and handed it to me at our kitchen table over a Mexican dinner and a bottle of red. We love being home and we are both very chilled relaxed people, we didn’t need anything fancy to prove our love for each other.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We wanted a quiet wedding, just immediate family! Although our immediate family was over 100! We decided on a Christmas wedding and had planned it for a year! We then fell pregnant and ended up with our due date on the exact day of the wedding! Just our luck. So we brought it forward to autumn and it was perfect. Planning was easy, nothing was stressful! We did everything little by little. We didn’t need much decoration as the venue was already a beautiful 16th century building. The decoration was autumnal with lots of leaves, pumpkins and fairy lights. It was magical. There were a lot of personal touches.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Finding the right vendors wasn’t too difficult especially as we are both quite laid back and knew we didn’t want anything too over the top.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
When I (Lauren) was planning the wedding the only thing I regret was ordering so much food! Everyone was so full from the hog roast that the evening buffet didn’t get touched. We donated it all to a homeless shelter though so that made me feel slightly better.
As I (Lauren) was 8 months pregnant at the time I was exhausted by 7pm, but I think even if I wasn’t pregnant the day was exhausting. Although the marriage itself was perfect, I found that the whole day I was being pulled aside for photos and chats. I hardly saw my wife (Khiana)!! I was so glad to get home at the end of the night and take my shoes off! We didn’t stay in a hotel, as again, we just wanted the comfort of our home. Simple souls!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
For couples still planning their big day, I would say DON’T OVERSPEND! You don’t need to over do decoration, or spend hundreds of pounds on cake toppers or stationary, cutlery or favours. No one cares or remembers stuff like that! All they care about is nice food and good music!! Save your money for after the wedding when you need to relax!!
Also, as far as is possible, surround yourself with people who love you and whom you love. It doesn’t matter if they are not the ‘traditional’ people to have/to do the task.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our favourite part of the day other than marrying our soul mates was getting ready with the bridesmaids. It’s such a special moment and I’m so glad I had an amazing photographer to capture it all