After convincing Kim that he didn't ever want to get married, a proposal was the last thing on her mind as she queued with Sam for a photograph under the Rockerfeller Christmas tree in New York on Christmas Day 2013. "After two photos had been taken, he bent down on one knee. It was a complete surprise, we both cried - I didn't even let him actually 'ask'. I just shouted: 'Are you kidding?' Then: 'Yes'!" recalls Kim.
The couple had a specific checklist of features they required of their wedding venue. "It had to be in Cornwall as that's were I'm from and where we met," explains Kim. "It had to be near a beach so Sam could have a morning surf; we also wanted it to have character yet feel informal as well as plenty of accommodation nearby so our family and friends could join us for a weekend of celebrations." Gwel an Mor ticked all the boxes.
Rejecting a strict theme, the wedding was brimming with DIY details, flowers in a rainbow of colours and brilliantly personal touches. "Anything we could collect or make ourselves, we did, including the bouquets, flower crowns and hair pieces, the groomsmen's ties and buttonholes, vintage embroidered tablecloths, vintage teacups for flowers and the dalek and dinosaur cake toppers," says Kim.
The wedding party's attire reflected the vibrant vibe of the day: Kim teamed her classic, vintage-inspired gown with a colourful crown of silk flowers, a brooch bouquet and red court shoes; her bridesmaids accessorised their floral print frocks with silk flower and brooch bouquets, and her flower girl donned a gold, glittery dress. Meanwhile, the groom's party looked dapper in varying shades of blue finished with ties handmade by Kim in the same fabric as the bridesmaids' dresses.
They also made the 100 origami cranes - thought to be a sign of good luck - which the couple exchanged their vows beneath in the beautifully decorated bohemian yurt. "We sang 'It Must Be Love' by Madness and 'I'm a Believer' by The Monkees with all of our guests, and read the vows that we had written ourselves," reflects Kim of their memorable ceremony.
In keeping with the fun and colourful mood of the day, a Dutch street organ made for novel entertainment during the drinks reception as guests enjoyed pink perry and ice cream before an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes, scones, Cornish cheeses and port. Glitter-loving Kim then changed into a sparkly Jenny Packham gown for the evening, which saw indie rock band, Plastic Pantomime, wow guests with a dance floor-filling set. "All evening was spent dancing and singing with a room full of colourful love and happiness," she reflects.
Photography Enchanted Brides www.enchantedbrides.photography
Venue Gwel an Mor www.gwelanmor.com
Dress The Bridal Sweet www.bridal-sweet.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Cath Kidston
Flower girl's dress Monsoon
Groom's outfit Moss Bros Hire www.mossbroshire.co.uk
Bouquets, flower crowns and ties Kim's Crafty Couture www.kimscraftycouture.etsy.com
Music organ James Dundon's Dutch Organ www.blauwtje.weebly.com
Entertainment Plastic Pantomime www.plasticpantomime.co.uk
Arch Cornish Wedding Hire www.cornishweddinghire.co.uk
Cake The Cake-Hole www.thecake-hole.co.uk
Chocolate fountain Absolute Chocolate www.absolutechocolatefountains.co.uk
Ice cream bike www.cornwallentertainment.co.uk
Vintage china The Creative Crockery Company www.thecreativecrockerycompany.co.uk
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