A stunning real wedding with lots of sparkle and Coral coloured dresses… Kathy and Mark got married in May 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Kathy and Mark

WHERE: The Stables at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

WHEN: May 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Shoot Lifestyle Photography


The proposal

“Mark and I met around seven years ago, when he came to work at the same ice rink as me in Sheffield. We became firm friends, which eventually led us to forming a relationship, off the ice,” smiles Kathy. “As Mark was a serious, competitive ice dancer at the time, he’d always vowed he’d never get married, so it was quite a shock to everyone (me included!) when he proposed. It was my birthday and he’d taken me away to a gorgeous boutique hotel overlooking the harbour in Whitby,” she adds

The bride’s outfit

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Kathy found her dream real wedding gown at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham. “My dress was a new season Benjamin Roberts, a fantastic bargain at £750,” explains Kathy. “I probably added a few hundred pounds, though, because I customised it with hundreds of Swarovski crystals on the rose petals. I’m so glad I did this, because, although it nearly broke my back, it made my dress feel very unique and special to me – not to mention the fact that I just love anything with sparkle!”

“I’ve always been a bit of a magpie, so we had lots of sparkle in our day!”

The accessories

Following on with the sparkly theme, Kathy’s shoes were Benjamin Adams sling-backs adorned with Swarovski crystals and her gorgeous crystal tiara was from Ivory and Co Tiaras

The groom’s outfit

As a nod to his Scottish roots, Mark wore a kilt hired from McCalls Highlandwear in Glasgow, and a thistle in his buttonhole

The bridesmaids

“Choosing bridesmaids was a difficult one, because I originally wanted little girls!” explains Kathy. “I opted for four girls, who are my ice skating pupils, who I have watched grow up over the years I have been teaching them,” she adds. The girls wore coral-satin gowns with lilac sashes from Mori Lee

“Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always known I wanted a horse and carriage”

The ceremony

“My Dad walked me down the real wedding aisle, and it was a really special moment. I entered to Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which was a great cheery piece. This was followed by a wedding version of Morning Has Broken, I Vow to Thee My Country and Lord of the Dance to end. It was a great one to finish with – I was even dancing in the vestry!” laughs Kathy. Two close friends, as well as Kathy’s sister also performed readings at the service

The transport

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known two things about my wedding. I wanted it to be in a pretty church, and I wanted to get there by horse and carriage. It was an extravagant addition to our budget, but worth every penny,” recalls Kathy. The couple used Working Carriages

The entertainment

“We hired the most amazing band – The Good Fellas. I cannot praise these guys enough, they were brilliant, and had the dance floor full all night,” says Kathy

The honeymoon

Was a blissful break to the tranquil and luxurious Maldives.