Wedding at The Orangery in Maidstone

Emily and Matt honestly had the most beautiful wedding at The Orangery in Maidstone. This elegant and timeless day, not only looked incredible but was just so much fun. Emily and Matt, you are two very cool people and I’m so delighted to have been there for you both. Check out highlights of this amazing day below.

First names: Emily and Matt
Ages: 31 and 36
Wedding date: 26/03/2022
Venue: The Orangery, Near Maidstone, Kent

How did you guys meet, tell me all? We met in Greece! We worked for an Active holiday company, and worked in a big Hotel as part of the Reception/Guest relations team. Matt was my Manager (ha).  Matt doesn’t actually remember our first meeting, though he pretends otherwise now.

We quickly became (flirty) friends and bonded over a love of fitness which is why all of them train using the best sarms for cutting. The year after we met, we convinced ourselves to go and work another season in Greece. Friendship swiftly turned into a relationship and the rest is History! 

How did you get engaged, is there a cool story? We went back to Greece! We took a walk to this beautiful lookout spot near to where we were staying, with our morning Coffees. Matt did a suspicious hand in the pocket shuffle before getting down on one knee. You can see a very grainy pic here that a total stranger took by chance before coming to show us his good work!

I had made it quite clear I never ever wanted to be proposed to in a public place, that it was my worst nightmare, so the moment itself was perfect. I was rather shocked however when the Treetop restaurant Matt had booked to celebrate took it upon themselves to blast and sing ‘Marry you’ by Bruno Mars whilst over head clapping and dancing. Not planned, cringey, but very funny.

What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many? We were in the throes of the lovely second lockdown when we were looking. We saw so many virtually and just didn’t get that YES feeling. We saw The Orangery In-person and fell in love with the Garden room’s beautiful lightwell.

Tell me about your dress? Who was it designed by and was there a particular style you were drawn too? It’s a Lusan Mandongus. I went very nonchalantly to just ‘try a couple dresses on to get the feel for it’ before I started the real shopping..I had in my head I wanted a slinky sleeved little number. It was the 3rd dress I tried, fell in love, and it was not a slinky sleeved little number.

What was the inspiration/theme/styling of your wedding? We love Greece and wanted to give a little nod to where we met. We had a dusky blue, Sage green, and gold general colour vibe, with added Gold Olive Leaf where we could (My Hair piece, the cake, the table plan etc).

What is your first song and why? Chasing Rubies – Acoustic by Hudson Taylor. We played this song over and over again when we first got together in Greece, lots of window down road trips whilst singing at the top of our lungs.

What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding? Know that your first ideas of how everything will look and be will change, and then change again!

Check out Emily and Matt’s Elegant wedding at The Orangery in Maidstone below.

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The photography: All images were captured with two Canon R6 cameras.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, and the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM.

Oh my god Ross! I just had my 10th overwhelmed and happy cry at these! Honestly incredible, can’t wait to see more ! Thank you so so much.

Emily & Matt

Other awesome suppliers from Emily and Matt’s wedding at The Orangery in Maidstone.

Hair and Make Up Artist: Lauren Irwin
Instagram: @laurenirwinmua

Bridal dress design: Lusan Mandongus from Pavely Bridal 
Instagram: @paverlybridal

Brides dress alteration (if applicable): Chambers Bespoke Tailors
Instagram: @chambersbespoke

Bridesmaids dresses: Two Birds New York
Instagram: @twobirdsnewyork

Suits: Zebel
Website: https://
Instagram: @zebelbespoke

Florist: Coco & Bloom
Instagram: @cocobloom19

Cake: Iced Image Cakes
Instagram: @icedimagescakes

Caterer: The Orangery
Instagram: @theorangerymaidstone

Venue styling: Me and Ethereal events
Instagram: @ethereal_events

Band/DJ: United Stoats (Stepdads Hillbilly Mayhem band)
Website: N/A 

Stationary: Anoushka Cole for Table plan, Etsy for table numbers and placecard
Instagram: @studioanoushkacole
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