Real Wedding: A castle wedding in Kent with a pink and champagne gold colour scheme
Claire's gown added a hint of sparkle to their pink and gold colour scheme, and they had lots of DIY touches dotted throughout their wedding day, from crate table plans to a very special heart shaped guest book, created by Claire's grandad.
The couples' top tip for others getting married is not to buy anything wedding related until your theme is set it stone, and to invest in unique entertainment to really set your day apart - they had a saxophonist that kept guests dancing all night long.
Photographer | Kerry-Ann Duffy
The Kent wedding venue
Claire and Ross got married at <a href="https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/lympne-castle_1245.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lympne Castle</a> in Kent. <br /><br />"I can only describe choosing a wedding venue as similar to buying a house," says Claire. "As soon as we walked in we both instantly knew it was the venue for us."<br /><br />"The incredible views at Lympne Castle are just breathtaking and were a big selling point for us."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/uk-wedding-awards-2016-best-castle-venue/21535.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The best castle wedding venues</a>
The outdoor wedding ceremony
"I loved the fact you could get married inside or outside, and they have a marquee too, so you can have multiple areas to entertain guests, rather than being in one place all day," explains Claire.<br /><br />Claire and Ross opted to hold their wedding outside, decorating their aisle with candles, rose petals and birdcages. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/ideas-for-outdoor-and-woodland-weddings/20535.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Great ideas for outdoor wedding ceremonies</a>
The pink colour scheme
"We went for pink, cream and champagne gold colour scheme," says Claire. "These shades complemented the dark woods in the castle, and brightened up our marquee."<br /><br />"We didn't have a set theme, but went for a pretty, rustic look."
The wedding flowers
"We never wanted to overspend on flowers, but as you get caught up in wedding planning you soon realise that they're such a focal point," says Claire.<br /><br />"We had so many places to decorate, with the ceremony outside, the wedding breakfast in the marquee and the evening celebrations in the castle, so we wanted flowers that could be used in all areas, and moved easily. We put the flowers in pedestals and vases so they could all be moved around the venue."<br /><br />The tables were all named after places the couple had visited.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/24-unique-wedding-table-name-ideas/22479.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 24 Unique Wedding Table Name Ideas</a>
The wedding sign
We love this floral wedding sign - it's the perfect way to let your guests know what's happening when. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/your-reception-timeline/5.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Your reception timeline</a>
The wedding card table
"My grandad made quite a few bits for our wedding, including the heart guest book," shares Claire.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/best-alternative-wedding-guestbook-ideas/20969.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Best alternative wedding guestbook ideas</a>
The white wedding cake
Ross and Claire's three tier wedding cake was made by <a href="https://fairydustbakery.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fairy Dust Bakery</a> in Canterbury.<br /><br />Check out our gallery of stylish <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/17-white-wedding-cakes-perfect-for-traditional-weddings/22882.html" target="_self">white wedding cakes</a> for inspiration for you own big day.
The sweet table
As well as their stylish wedding cake, Ross and Claire also treated their guests to a wedding sweet table.<br /><br />"Don't pay for someone to do your sweet table, if you're having one," Claire advises. "It was a great money saving ideas to bulk buy the sweets and jars."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/the-top-10-treats-you-need-on-your-wedding-sweet-table/22923.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The Top 10 Treats you NEED on your Wedding Sweet Table</a>
The unusual wedding tower
How tasty does this Ferrero Rocher tower look?! Take a look at our gallery of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/best-unusual-wedding-cake-tower-ideas/20719.html" target="_self">unusual tower ideas</a> for your wedding day. <br /><br /><br />
The fishtail wedding dress
Claire wore a gorgeous <a href="https://www.morilee.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mori Lee</a> fishtail wedding dress, purchased from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TiaraandTailsBridalBoutique/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tiara and Tails Boutique</a>. Unlike many brides, Claire had a strong idea of her dream wedding dress.<br /><br />"Everyone told me that you don’t get the wedding dress that you think you will, but I always wanted a sparkly fish-tail and that's what I got!" says Claire.<br /><br />"I did think I would have a strapless dress but after trying on one with straps I felt so much more comfortable."<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/fishtail-wedding-dresses/18471.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Fabulous fishtail wedding dresses</a><br /><br />
The sparkly wedding dress
"I love sparkle – I knew from the start I would fall in love with a sparkly dress," admits Claire.<br /><br />"I had seen my dress online and then I saw it on Tiara and Tails stand at a wedding show. I was instantly drawn to it and spotted from a distance that this was the same dress I had seen online. It was the first dress I tried on and despite trying on numerous others, I always went back to this dress."<br /><br /><br />
The pink bridesmaid dresses
Claire chose <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/perfect-pink-bridesmaids-dresses-for-your-girls/19649.html" target="_self">pink bridesmaid dresses</a> from <a href="http://www.asos.com/women/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASOS</a>.<br /><br />"The back detail and sparkle on these dresses was simply stunning. Not only this but they were the exact colour that I wanted for my colour scheme," she says.
Jenny Packham wedding shoes
Claire's <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/21-sparkly-wedding-shoes-perfect-for-your-big-day/22668.html" target="_self">sparkly wedding shoes</a> came from Jenny Packham. <br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/lk-bennett-and-jenny-packham-have-teamed-up-for-an-amazing-collection-of-wedding-shoes/22819.html" target="_self">READ MORE: L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham have Teamed up for an Amazing Collection of Wedding Shoes</a>
The groom's outfit
Ross looked dapper in a three-piece <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/grooms/suave-blue-wedding-suits-for-the-groom-what-real-grooms-wore/22357.html" target="_self">blue wedding suit</a>, purchased from <a href="https://www.anthonyformalwear.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Anthony's Formalwear</a>.
The best part of the day
"Aside from marrying my best friend, I loved how our day flowed so seamlessly," says Claire.<br /><br />"There were no big pauses, and the atmosphere in the evening was incredible. The dance floor was never empty."<br /><br />"Being able to share such a special day with close friends and family is something you won't ever forget."