White Cotton Peonies

For those of you who have been exposed to my many dating horror stories over the years, you’ll be more than aware that I’d started to cross over into serious spinster cat lady territory. It was a status I was more than happy to take and genuinely thought would last for life, move over Bridget Jones. That was until I met Dickie.

On 5th September, I officially lost my spinster status (I’m still a cat lady) as we finally tied the knot and I took the Kentish name – a name I’m incredibly proud to adopt.


Throughout all of my dating years, I remember being told that I needed to learn to lower my standards and to make compromise but I refused. I would rather feel truly alive and happy for a week or a month than spend a lifetime of average. Having finally met my Prince Charming, I now truly believe that fairytales do exist. You don’t have to make massive compromises when you slot together like two peas in a pod. It’s just easy. That’s no mean feat with the challenges that we’ve faced.

Everybody tells you that your wedding day the best day of your life and I have to admit there is a certain level of expectation put upon you to feel that way. I needn’t have worried. It was such an AMAZING day. I beamed from the second I woke up until the early hours of the next morning when I finally went to sleep. Taking on board advice from friends and family, we made sure that we stuck together like glue throughout the whole day (we could mainly be found on the dance floor) and that we took mental images of special moments throughout the day. I don’t have a single regret.


We kept our day intimate, with only 50 guests in the daytime and 110 in the evening. I desperately wanted to share the plans with you guys on my blog during the lead up but I didn’t want to take away any of the surprise for our guests (and I know that most of my readers are my family, ha). However, now that it’s done and dusted, I’ll be sharing some tips and advice along with the choices that we made for our day.

In the meanwhile, however, there is the AWESOME honeymoon to share – Fiji and Hong Kong – both of which stole my heart. We stayed in some incredible places and stumbled across some hidden gems – so keep checking in over the next couple of weeks for more instalments…

Much love,

Mrs Kentish xox
(still not sick of saying that yet!)

Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.


  1. JJ


    Absolutely blessed to be included. Love you so much…as you know…and couldn’t be happier to know Dickie, who’s love for you so clearly matches yours for him. Seeing his face light up when he looked at you that evening blew us all away. You really have found your lobster and I’m so happy to know you both and watch the rest of your adventures unfold xx

  2. Laura


    Big fat congratulations! Looks like you had a great day. True love means not having to lower your standards! Congrats on your Prince Charming and all the best for the both of you. 🙂

    • Mel Kirk


      Thanks so much Laura, I certainly kissed enough frogs 🙂

  3. Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)


    Congratulations Mel!! You look stunning xxx

    • Mel Kirk


      Thanks gorgeous. As you know, being married rocks! xx

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