Wedding of Holly Nickalls and Stan Hunt at Boughton Golf Club, Canterbury, Kent

Childhood sweethearts Holly Nickalls and Stan Hunt’s wedding was a rollercoaster of emotions but one which Holly relives endlessly.

The couple’s modern-day romance began 10 years ago, when 15-year-old Stan messaged Holly, on Facebook.

“When we met up I just knew we’d be together,” said Holly. “We’ve grown up together and the rest is history.”

Although it was their big day, Holly said the most important part was being with Stan
Although it was their big day, Holly said the most important part was being with Stan

The night before the wedding, beauty therapist Holly, 25, walked down Canterbury High Street in the pouring rain, praying the sun would shine for her big day.

The following morning the weather didn’t look too promising either but Holly woke all her bridesmaids with personalised, silky, robes before they changed into their bejewelled, halter neck, sky blue dresses.

“I cried when I heard Stan was on his way to the venue,” recalled Holly.

"It was an emotional day. We were all crying. My sisters Hannah and Amy were emotional, my dad was crying - he’s the worst, he can never hold back the tears.”

Holly and her very proud, and emotional, father Steve Nickalls
Holly and her very proud, and emotional, father Steve Nickalls
The bridesmaids always knew Stan was head over heels for Holly
The bridesmaids always knew Stan was head over heels for Holly

ARRIVING IN STYLE

As if by magic, when Holly stepped outside in her sweet heart neckline, lace, princess dress, the clouds blew away and the sky finally matched her blue and silver wedding theme.

Motor car mad Stan, 25, arrived at the venue, Boughton Golf Club, in style riding in a Hummer. Holly opted for a Range Rover decked out with bows and ribbons. The indoor ceremony was lit by twinkling fairy lights and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri was playing.

Here come the girls... bridesmaids Hollie Bryant, Hannah Nickalls, Amy Nickalls and Abbey Bingham made there way to the reception
Here come the girls... bridesmaids Hollie Bryant, Hannah Nickalls, Amy Nickalls and Abbey Bingham made there way to the reception
Together forever, Holly and Stan share a moment under the veil
Together forever, Holly and Stan share a moment under the veil

Holly said: “Dad and I started to walk down and my dress got caught in the doors, I got the giggles. It was crazy.”

Luckily Holly, and her dress, made it up the aisle in one piece. Stan, turned to face her, both were so overwhelmed with emotion that they cried again.

Holly went for warm, soft glam make up. AbbyDaviesPhotography
Holly went for warm, soft glam make up. AbbyDaviesPhotography
Pictures by Abby Davies and Dan Crockford
Contact: abbeydavies.com and dcrockford.co.uk
Pictures by Abby Davies and Dan Crockford Contact: abbeydavies.com and dcrockford.co.uk

THE RECEPTION

Every table at their reception was named after a place in Mexico, where Stan took Holly for his surprise proposal. Each guest was given a jigsaw piece as a favour because everyone made up an important piece of the day.

They chose Perfect by Ed Sheeran for their first dance. Then all the guests were wowed by magician Chris Harding before hitting the dancefloor.

Holly said: “But it was an amazing day, everyone being together and being there for us. I’d love to do it all over again.”

The couple, and a few family members, even managed to keep a tiny secret throughout the day. There will be one more addition to the Hunt family as Holly is expecting her first child in the spring.

The men looking dapper in their grey tailed suit from Jodi's of Maidstone,From left, Steve Nickalls, Jack Nickalls, groom Stan Hunt, Mike Harwood and Chris Nickalls
The men looking dapper in their grey tailed suit from Jodi's of Maidstone,From left, Steve Nickalls, Jack Nickalls, groom Stan Hunt, Mike Harwood and Chris Nickalls
Twinkling fairy lights, lit up the room as Holly and Stan said their I dos
Twinkling fairy lights, lit up the room as Holly and Stan said their I dos

NEED TO KNOW...

Dress: Holly by Sincerity, £980 from Perfection Bridal in Gabriel’s Hill, Maidstone

Shoes: Open toe, silver and glittered heels, £17.70 in the Monsoon sale

Hair: Half up half down with soft curls. Styled by She Said Yes Bridal Hair based in Maidstone

Make-up: Amy Leigh Make up. Warm and Natural colours with taupe eyeshadow and a nude lip

Groom’s suit: Grey tailed with tweed waist coat from Jodi’s in Maidstone

Bridesmaids dress: Baby blue, floor length, halterneck dress with lacey top from Sexy Her, Sundridge Place

The cake: Three tiers, one layer coffee, one lemon and the final layer Victoria sponge. Made by a family friend

The young couple got the giggles at the alter
The young couple got the giggles at the alter
The sun set on Holly and Stan's perfect day
The sun set on Holly and Stan's perfect day
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