How did you meet?
Pete and I met on the internet. After living alone with my sons for many years a friend encouraged me to join the friends reunited dating website. I was very sceptical but gave it a go and to my surprise Pete messaged me; hello. Three months later we met for lunch and the rest is history. Now 10 years and one week from the day we met we married at West Heath.
Proposal – As a mature bride and groom we just decided that we wanted to make a declaration of our love to each other, our children, our families, and our close friends. We wanted to share the same name and feel an even closer part of each others lives for the rest of our lives! We had discussed it over the years but really it was a commitment we wanted to make to each other rather than to please anyone else.
Why West Heath?
We had been looking at venue’s across Kent for a while and could not find anything we thought was perfect for us; its like buying a home, you know as soon as you walk through the door! We did not want a big wedding, just 40 of our closest friends and family. A venue that is not too big or too small is hard to find. A close friend told us about West Heath as she has attended a wedding there. I investigated, went along to meet Naomi and wow! it really is a secret venue, I live seven minutes away and did not know it was there. A hidden gem that I knew it would be perfect for our intimate, special day we would remember forever. I was so excited when I left and had the whole day and decoration planned out in my head. Naomi was amazing answering any questions and honestly nothing was too much trouble for the whole team at West Heath.
Elaine’s Hen’s do
I have a handful of very close girlfriends who have been with me through thick and thin for many years. We got together like excited teenagers and had a wonderful dinner with plenty of expensive champagne!
Pete was taken to dinner in London by his close friends of many years. A few to many to drink I think but he got home safely and happy!
Elaine’s dress – Something old, new and blue?
Un-traditionally my dress was blush pink, straight and long with a chiffon cape bordered in translucent beads, dare to be different! My something old were my pearls. Something new was a beautiful watch bought by Pete the day before and given to me on the morning of our wedding. I had a blue ribbon pinned to my underskirt which my friend had for her wedding so blue and also borrowed.
Pete wore a navy BOSS suit blue shirt and blue tie – very handsome!
West Heath’s oak panelled rooms and the red wedding room lend themselves to opulence and style with high ceilings large windows, huge marble fireplaces and lovely chandeliers. This style was mirrored by our wonderful florist Lucie from ‘Floral Workshop’ Edenbridge, who created stunning arrangements of large white hydrangeas, white roses and white freesias intertwined with green foliage and wispy ferns. These wonderful displays adorned stunning gold candelabras on our tables which were lit with white candles for our wedding breakfast and mirrored the gold chandeliers on the oak room ceiling. The three fire places were draped and bedecked with the same flowers in large swags and assorted sized pillar candles were lit in the fire-haves. The design was simply green and white with gold notes in the table accessories, seating plans and chairs. It looked stunning and raised gasps of appreciation from our guests when the doors were opened.
First dance, Song
We had two special songs performed by Jamie Bailey with his guitar during our wedding and again with his band for our first dance. Billy Joel’s ‘ Just the Way You Are’ and Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’ Jamie played all day for our guests on the piano or his guitar. He is a fantastic young artist, graduate from the Brit School whom I have known since he was 5 years old. In the evening Jamie gathered four other musicians’ friends from the same background who played and performed a fantastic set for us.
Our favourite moment on the wedding day …
One moment from a whole day of fabulous memories is hard to define so I would say that my favorite moments were – My six foot sons walking me down the isle and kisses they gave me when we arrived, the tear in Pete’s eye when we got there and both Pete’s and my grown up children giving us away to each other with their blessing during the ceremony. The other precious moments were having all of the people we love in one room to celebrate with us, the smiles, laughter and shear happiness that was evident in everyone’s demeanor the whole day.
I have to say in conclusion, we could not have wished for a better venue or a better team of people than West Heath, from Naomi’s coordination to Michael and his catering team. The service was fantastic. The food was fantastic and remarked upon by everyone, the wait and bar team were simply professional and seemed to enjoy their day too. The Venue is wonderful, the terrace, grounds and stunning entrance hall, grand staircase, oak panelled rooms and striking red room. Perfect for an intimate wedding like our. Thank you West Heath you really are a hidden treasure you made our day special and a happy lasting memory. Book soon brides to be as dates will go fast !