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Love without borders

Kathryn and Robert styled their big day in homage to a british summer garden party in shades of green, purple and blush. Images courtesy of Hollister Photography

Kathryn and Robert met at the Christian Union at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. Robert was studying there, and Kathryn, originally from Florida, was spending an overseas semester there. Two months later, she flew back to the U.S., but they both knew what they had was special, so the pair embarked on a long-distance romance for the next three-and-a-half years. They chatted every day and were able to visit each other twice a year.

Kathryn, bless her, inadvertently ruined the proposal surprise as she walked in on Robert's Skype call to her father, who was being asked for his daughter's hand at the time. By the time Robert returned to her side, it was pointless holding the secret in any longer, so he dropped to one knee and popped the question there and then, in front of Law & Order: SVU! They shopped for an engagement ring together the following day.

Here we learn more from the bride about the British leg of the couple's international wedding on 30th August, 2018. The couple received a blessing at St Mary of Charity Church in Faversham, followed by celebrations at Mount Ephraim Gardens...

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It was important to both of us to get married in the churches that raised us, so the plan was to have one wedding in Sarasota in April and a blessing and reception in Kent. I fell in love with Mount Ephraim Gardens for our reception venue and felt it captured our desire to make it a beautiful, casual summer garden party.

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I wore Olivia by Rebecca Ingram, which was accessorised with earrings and a bracelet from my aunt and a blue necklace wound around my bouquet, which belonged to my grandmother. Robert wore a grey DKNY suit.

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Our favours were little flowerpots containing pansies and labeled with guests' names. These kept to the garden theme and were something that would last beyond the day itself.

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I relied heavily on our florist, Lucy from Wild Bloom, to create the summer garden party theme, and she didn't disappoint! Her mix of centrepiece jars, small floral details added throughout the house, coupled with a stunning moon gate floral arch were all thematically important to the day.have a Scottish parent.

Love without borders: Image 3 The cake was really important to us! We wanted it to be flavourful and visually stunning. We made a last-minute decision to add edible flowers, and The Little Cake Box in Canterbury was super flexible and accommodating.

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Because we were having an early dinner reception, Pomegranate Catering prepared food that tasted really fresh, delicious and wan't too heavy.

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I used a free graphic design website to create the consistent garden theme in our stationery. I used these elements in the table plan too, which I printed on to card stock and placed on the back of our welcome sign board.

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I used a free graphic design website to create the consistent garden theme in our stationery. I used these elements in the table plan too, which I printed on to card stock and placed on the back of our welcome sign board.

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It was a really special moment to be able to serve apple juice from the Kent orchard where Robert worked as a teenager.

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So many of our suppliers truly made the day so special. When planninga wedding long distance, it was so important to hire suppliers we could trust and establish a rapport with.

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Gosia from Mount Ephraim made our day a breeze and was totally in control of everything. Our photographer, Darren, went above and beyond to capture every detail. And Lucy, our florist, turned our theme into a beautiful reality.

Love without borders: Image 7 We took our honeymoon in Indianapolis following our Florida wedding and loved exploring the local food, nature trails and indoor rock climbing.

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I think it's important to remember that your guests aren't comparing your day to the Pinterest board that you've been comparing it to.

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They just want to celebrate with you. Enjoy the day with close friends and family, and savour it for the celebration of love that it is.

Kathryn and Robert's contact book

Bride's dress


Little Cake Box


Pomegranate Catering


Groom's suit

Moss Bros

Hair and make-up

Kirsten Hair and Make Up


Hollister Photography


Mount Ephraim Gardens