Wedding at Bickleigh Castle, Devon
Kasha and Nathan's activity-packed wedding at Bickleigh CastleTeenage sweethearts Kasha and Nathan first met at 18 through mutual friends. "We spent four years together before we split up, going our separate ways and losing contact," explains Kasha. "In 2016 Nathan got back in touch with me to ask if he could give me a call. The rest is history." The couple soon moved into their first house and Nathan promptly popped the question.
Excited to kick-start the planning process, Kasha and Nathan were enchanted by the historic setting of Bickleigh Castle, and bowled over by what they could offer. "Weekend use of the castle, clay pigeon shooting, fireworks and so much more!" she exclaims.
With shades of mint and rustic touches carrying through the details, Kasha joined forces with friends and family to create the day's handmade look. "I made our favours, which we called 'the wedding recipe': a hessian bag that included a Celtic knot, wooden heart, Lego brick, highlighter, a little toy and a spoon, which all meant different things," she says. Flanked by bridesmaids mint maxi dresses, Kasha wore a simple and chic gown by Rebecca Ingram with delicate back detailing.
"The best part of the day for me was not only marrying my best friend and the love of my life - and sharing it with everyone - but my mum walking me down the aisle," says Kasha. "We walked down the aisle to 'Slipping Through My Fingers' from the first Mamma Mia! movie and it just told the story for me."
After the legal ceremony, a humanist blessing took place in the historic and atmospheric chapel, after which the celebrations started with a traditional fun fair, including games such as buzz wire, hook a duck, ball in a bucket, coconut shy and tin can alley.
Dolly the Vintage Caravan also made an appearance, which doubled as a photo booth and came complete with a sweet cart, candyfloss machine and guest book. "It was a hit with the guests and was lovely to look through the photos and messages the next day," comments Kasha.
A barbecue allowed guests to informally mingle while tucking into an array of dishes, while the cake, lovingly made by Kasha's sister, provided the perfect centrepiece: a three-tiered castle-themed confection in rustic colours with layers of red velvet, chocolate and strawberries and champagne. A fireworks display over the valley made for a spectacular endnote to the day.
Succinct with her wedding advice, Kasha's tips focus on an organised approach to the planning process: "Don't leave anything until last minute, do things the way you want them done, and try not to be Bridezilla!"
Photography Dean Elliott Photography deanelliottphotography.co.uk
Venue Bickleigh Castle bickleighcastle.com
Dress Rebecca Ingram maggiesottero.com/Rebecca-ingram
Bridesmaids' dresses Hobbs hobbs.co.uk
Hair & make-up The Hut thehut.mysalononline.com
Photo booth Dolly the Vintage Caravan dollythevintagecaravan.co.uk
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