Kirsten & Dan – A Dreamland Wedding
I’m not going to lie, I was really looking forward to shooting this wedding. A retro theme park with a wedding, who could refuse! Kirsten and Dan got married at Dreamland in Margate back in the summer and I went along to photograph the big day. Now I’m not a huge fan of rollercoasters, I’m normally the person holding the bags whilst everyone else gets on. I couldn’t not get on a rollercoaster with the couple to get a shot, and boy I’m glad I did as I got some amazing stuff from the ride.
Kirsten and Dan are the kind of people you instantly want to be friends with. Their so easy going and funny it’s hard not to like them. Their wedding day was one filled with friends, laughs and a good old bit of dad dancing. A huge thanks to Martin Hobby for second shooting this wedding with me
How did you meet?
11 years ago we met on a skiing holiday with (predominantly) Kirsten’s university friends (Newcastle). One of her mates went to school with a mate of Dan’s from university (Glasgow) and so he came along. Well that’s the story Kirsten remembers, according to Dan they’d met a number of times before – his persistence paid off!
Tell me your proposal story?
Having been together for a number of years, and both being not the most romantic souls on this earth, we of course talked about it before – but the official proposal happened in Porto on a holiday together – the last morning of the holiday in fact!
Why did you choose the venue(s) you chose for your wedding day?
Dan’s sister bought a holiday flat 10 years ago and so Margate has been a constant through our relationship – and we feel we have developed as (charmingly) as Margate has – as well as still being a little rough around the edges! We knew we wanted to spend as much time with as many of our friends as possible, so a weekend away felt more natural (and affordable) than doing a London thing.
What was it you loved about your outfits and accessories that made you choose them?
I loved designing my dress, with an extremely talented designer (Tessa Cox Birch of marryby.com) – who best of all has become a good friend off the back of it. Dan has developed a rare love of Paul Smith – that we are both going to have to earn a lot more money for him to stay in the lifestyle he has become accustomed to over the wedding proceedings!
Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers:
Oh no theme – unless fun, creative and colour is a theme?! A wonderful, talented florist, Mark from The Urban Flower Firm https://theurbanflowerfirm.com swooped in to the rescue a week before the wedding when we realised we probably needed some help! And oh how they polished the room & perfectly matched my dress! Food was also a theme as I work in the industry so our amazing wedding favours – was personalised single origin chocolate bars by Land Chocolate (www.landchocolate.com), and home made Sandows Espresso Martini Jars (www.sandows.com) – alongside pudding of LAND chocolate brownies and Naughty Floss (natural candy floss) – www.naughtyfloss.co.uk!
What was your first dance and why did you choose it?
Hall & Oates You make my dreams come true. Over the 11 years of being together we haven’t ever ‘identified’ a song that is ours so we had quite a lot of fun picking one – fun because we tried to out do each other by identifying the worst ideas (You’re the one for me, fatty etc.) or found ones (by a mistake) with inappropriate lyrics – take a listen to ‘in the summertime’ by Mungo Jerry?!? In the end it was a rush and even 30 seconds beforehand Dan asked me what song we had finally picked!
What were the most wonderful parts of the day for you?
Getting to hang out with so many of the people we care about, but also a chance for all of them to meet each other in some cases for the first time. To be able to call them our friends is a pretty amazing achievement!
Why did you choose me as your photographer, and what was your experience of your photography on the day?
We really liked your relaxed, docu type photos – we didn’t want anything to overly staged or soppy and it just felt right as well as being good value for money!
What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their wedding.
Share the organising and do as much of it together, remind yourselves its just a party and make sure it doesn’t take over your life for as long as possible.