A fab real wedding inspired by  Swan Lake for this beautiful ballet theme… Katy and Matthew got married in March 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Katy and Matthew

WHERE: Parklands, Quendon Hall, Quendon, Essex

WHEN: March 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Assassynation



The proposal

“I knew that Matt was going to propose, I just didn’t know when! One evening, I came home and Matt wasn’t around. He sent me a text saying; ‘I’m sorry, Katy, I’m not coming home. There’s a letter for you in Amy’s bedroom’. The letter explained that I was to pack an overnight bag, and that Matt’s Grandfather would be picking me up. Further letters took me to the train station, to Piccadilly, then finally The Anthenaeum hotel in Mayfair. The receptionist there presented me with my final envelope, containing a room key that took me to Matt, waiting for me on bended knee! We both burst into tears. My final surprise was a delicious meal and tickets to see the Cuban National Ballet perform Swan Lake. Later, this inspired our real wedding,” swoons Katy

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Katy looked pretty as a princess in her ivory, strapless, fairytale gown by Sue Goodchild at House of Couture. “I felt like a princess and instantly knew it was the one,” remembers Katy. “However, I didn’t want to make any rash decisions, so I didn’t buy it that day. I tried on a couple more, but nothing compared. I even dreamt about my dress every night until I went back and bought it,” adds Katy

“I found myself dreaming about my beautiful dress every night until I eventually went back and bought it!”

The accessories

Katy added a glittering tiara, a cathedral-length veil and swoonworthy pink Kurt Geiger shoes to her dazzling bridal look. Her bracelet was a gift from Matthew – a pearl Thomas Sabo charm bracelet with ballet shoe charms, to tie in with the day’s ballet theme

The groom’s real wedding outfit

“Matt is very particular when it comes to suits, and will only wear something that has a good cut and fits well. I think he tried on more suits than I did dresses!” laughs Katy. The men’s suits were all hired from Anthony Formal Wear

The bridesmaids

“I didn’t want conventional bridesmaid dresses,” explains Katy, “I wanted something floaty and vintage looking.” She chose babydoll-style creations from Fever Designs in dusky pink

The ceremony

“Our service was just so beautiful,” recalls Katy. “I was so happy I was grinning from ear to ear the whole way through. Matthew and I both thought we might cry, but we didn’t, we just held hands and smiled!” Xanthe, a work colleague of Katy’s, kindly offered to play the flute for the couple during the ceremony. She performed Dance Of The Blessed Spirits and The Bridal March

The flowers

All the soft and romantic floral decorations were created by Elegant Stems

The stationery

Katy designed and made the wedding stationery herself, but in hindsight, would do things differently. Being a bit of a perfectionist, I found the process very stressful, time consuming and fiddly. By the time we had bought all the materials, I think it would have been cheaper to have someone do it for us,” recalls Katy

The theme

Inspired by their romantic Swan Lake proposal, the couple chose a ballet theme for their big day. Using a colour palette of dusky pinks and nudes, they perfectly created a vintage-chic feel for their real wedding

The cake

“Our cake was a total bargain from Waitrose. Our florist added fresh posies between the tiers and on top to decorate. It was so simple and cheap, yet everyone commented on how great it looked. The fruit cake also got my Grandma’s seal of approval!”smiles Katy

The entertainment

“We didn’t have much budget for a DJ, until I found Luke Harrod (07936 731 811) on the internet. He was great value and I have to say he did a wonderful job on the night, playing everyone’s requests and keeping the dance floor full,” says Katy

“Our Waitrose fruit cake definitely got my Grandma’s seal of approval!”

The favours

Were pretty, pearlescent card boxes, decorated with pink ribbon and filled with lots of lovely chocolates

The first dance

“We chose Ellie Goulding’s version of Your Song (Kate and Wills copied us!),” laughs Katy. “Because Matt isn’t much of a dancer, I tried to persuade him that we should take a few lessons so we didn’t look like two awkward teenagers dancing stiffly at a school disco! He did agree, but when we arrived he chickened out and refused to go in! Two days before the wedding, we panicked, and with the help of YouTube tutorials and lots of practice, we just about choreographed a routine!”

The honeymoon

Was 11 nights of luxury spent on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.