Beautiful bride Catherine wore a stunning designer dress for her charming, countryside wedding day. This wedding was elegant, timeless and a day to remember…
When Catherine and David met, they did the classic ‘just friends’ for a while. They had their first date at a restaurant in Clapham, which got off to a bad start when Catherine walked into a glass door as she rocked up late to meet him. David proposed in their flat, after filling it with roses and candles, on one knee. Catherine was completely surprised but of course she said yes!
Lillibrooke Manor was the chosen venue for their lovely big day and Catherine says that the ceremony was the most special part of the day. She loved walked through the arches afterwards, with confetti drifting down around them. With a relaxed, countryside theme, the decoration involved lots of flowers, fairy lights and candles, with hundreds of tea lights twinkling outside.
The speeches were made by Catherine’s dad, David’s mum, Dave and his best man, and Catherine said they were “amazing” – a great mix of sentiment and humour, which made her very emotional. Catherine and David have agreed to listen to them again on their first anniversary.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal including smoke haddock and creamed leek tart, rack of lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes and citron tart with raspberry coulis. During the ceremony, a string duo played classic songs like The Beatles’ All You Need is Love and the evening, band The Duke kept guests entertained. The first dance was Sade’s By Your Side as it’s one of the couple’s favourite songs, and is the song that David played when he proposed, so truly special.
Catherine’s exquisite Suzanne Neville dress and veil came from Ellie Sanderson’s boutique in Beaconsfield. She accessorised it with a gorgeous hair slide by Jenny Packham in the evening and wore fabulous shoes by Rachel Simpson. David wore a three- piece Paul Smith suit and the four bridesmaids, including two old school friends, one friend from university and an old work friend, wore sky blue Ted Baker dresses.
Katie Griffiths from Love From Katie supplied the table decorations, bouquet, button holes and urns of flowers, which formed the lovely decor. Mismatching jars and vintage jugs and pots held loosely tied bunches of flowers that looked like they had been hand picked in the garden. Other lovely touches included an endless supply of real ales, a sweetie buffet table and the cake, which was an open Victoria sponge decorated with summer fruits, berries and fresh flowers.
Venue: Lillibrooke Manor
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Groom: Suit by Paul Smith
Flowers: Katie Griffiths
Entertainment: The Dukes
Honeymoon: Lake Garda, Florence and Sardinia, including hiring a boat and simply relaxing together!
Photographer: Annie Olliver