The proposal

“It was all very emotional actually, sadly my mother was very ill, and we just found out she had a week left to live,” explains Catherine. “Poor Ollie had been hiding the ring for weeks, but each time he’d gone to ask me, it just hadn’t worked out. Amazingly, though, he did it just in time. My dad took a message to the hospital where my mum was staying, by writing on a piece of paper ‘Today Ollie Asked Catherine To Marry Him’ – her reaction was ‘wow’, with a great big beaming smile on her face. We had one more amazing week with her, and then she left us. I know she was definitely with us in spirit on our wedding day. I like to think she was also in charge of all the dramatic weather on our day, too.”

The bride’s outfit

“I decided I wanted to design my own dress, and so I found a wonderful lady called Mary Treacy in London who was like a mother to me while we worked on the dress together,” remembers Catherine. “I found this one of the hardest things about the whole planning of the wedding, because I would have given anything to just have my mother’s thoughts on my dress. But Mary was incredible and together we made the most beautiful flowing dress that was light, delicate and dream-like,” she adds OllieKatie-480

The groom’s outfit

Ollie wore a genuine vintage tail coat, along with ‘puppy tooth’ trousers from Hackett. His gorgeous wife also designed him some personalised cufflinks (she’s a jewellery designer) to wear with his great grandfather’s waistcoat

The bridesmaids

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Catherine’s wedding helpers included little flowergirls and pageboys, along with the couple’s lurcher Fox-In-Socks!

The ceremony

Was a classic church ceremony that included two readings and three hymns. Two of the couple’s friends also sang Will You Go Lassie Go – a Scottish folk song that originated not far from where the bride grew up

The reception

Catherine and Ollie hired lots of different shaped tents from Space Intents to create their festival atmosphere. Crafty bride Catherine and a team of helpers made a stunning ‘indoor’ blossom tree to fill their marquee. “We got so good at making pom poms by the end!” laughs Catherine. “They were attached by wire onto branches we’d collected from a fallen tree, to create the effect of a beautiful pink blossom tree,” she adds

The honeymoon

“Ollie kept it a secret from me!” says Catherine – and we love this idea! “Originally he told me we were going to the Shetland Islands, but it wasn’t until we were going to leave he said you might want to re-pack – we’re going to Rio de Janeiro!”

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