Mary and Andy’s The Lost Village of Dode wedding and handfasting ceremonies were just gorgeous. Set within a beautiful Norman church, over 900 years old, Dode Church is a stunning and spiritual building, certainly a place of myth and legend. Complete with vintage carnival games, this wedding was a joy to document. Check it out below.
First names: Mary and Andy
Ages: 34 & 30
Wedding date: 10th August 2019
Venue: Dode Church at The Lost Village of Dode, Great Buckland, Kent.
How did you guys meet, tell me all?
We met online. Andy found me, despite being below my ‘30s and over’ threshold! The purpose of his opening message was to boldly check that I let my school children split the infinitive. How could I resist?!
How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?
It’s a bit cheesy (sorry!). Mary was off work with horrendous tonsillitis being waited on hand and foot by a very attentive Andy. Whilst munching through a packet of love hearts, Andy found the ‘Marry Me’ heart and said that he realised he wanted to take care of me forever, and so gave it to me. Mwah!
What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many?
We found Dode Church and its cottages when we were searching for a peaceful place to get away, where we could see the stars at night. We fell in love with the place and have spent quiet breaks there together over the years. Dode is our escape and there was no question for us that this would be the place that we would get married.
What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
The spirit of Dode absolutely lends itself to our shared passion for nature, dragons, wizards and colour! We don’t have a specific theme, but we have included many of the things we both love.
What is your first song and why?
Why Worry? By Mark Knopfler is our first song. We are both fans of Mark Knopfler and recently went to see him and his band perform at the O2. Andy loves to play the guitar and has taught himself to play through Knopfler’s tracks, which are on a continuous playlist in our home! We particularly love the lyrics of this song and often dance to it in our little kitchen.
What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?
Be engaged for years and enjoy all the little planning stages. Let yourself discover the things which are meaningful to you at your own pace.
Check out Mary and Andy’s The Lost Village of Dode wedding below.
You can follow my Instagram here.
Feel free to pin any image you love on your Pinterest boards.
The photography: All images captured with two Fujifilm X-T3 cameras.
Lenses: Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 R WR, Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4 R, Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 R and Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2.
Other awesome suppliers who helped during Mary and Andy’s The Lost Village of Dode wedding
Hair stylist: Shanon
Brides dress: Monsoon
Bridesmaids dresses: Handmade by Mary!
Suits: Marc Darcey
Florist: Mary’s dad & Riverside Flowers, Lewes
Cake: Mary’s mum!
Caterer: The Flying Pig Kitchen
Stationery: Lyndsey’s Lettering
Wizard Favours: Andy’s Mum (hand made).
Any other suppliers of note: Vintage Carnival Games,
Shiruba Tree http://www.shirubatree.co.uk (wedding rings),
Loved By One – Etsy (floral headpiece),
GloriosaArt – Etsy (dragon cake topper)
Are you looking for a wedding photographer? Would you like someone who photographs it in an alternative, fun and natural way? Fancy seeing your wedding pictures on my Instagram and on other cool wedding blogs? Get in touch and let me know all about your day! I need to know the date, ceremony and reception details and most importantly all the ideas you have!
Let’s chat about your day!
I am a Kent wedding photographer who has been featured within Your Kent Wedding Magazine, Rock n Roll Bride and Your Sussex Wedding Magazine, with images also published in the The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Independent, The News Of The World and many other large newspapers and magazines.
The Lost Village of Dode wedding| Kent Wedding Photography | Kent wedding photographer | https://www.rosshurley.com | Copyright Ross Hurley Photography 2019