Katie and Patrick
BURNT ORANGE | AUTUMN LEAVES | RONALD JOYCE GOWN | WHEAT BOUQUET | LAND ROVER WEDDING CAR | TWEED SUIT
When and where was your first date?
Patrick is a member of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, so our first date was a walk along a popular local trail. It was lovely.
What is your best memory of your time dating?
We went camping in France together a few months into our relationship and had a wonderful time visiting seaside towns, eating alfresco and drinking French wines. It made us realise how much we wanted to be together.
How did the proposal happen?
We were walking in the beautiful Peak District village of Castledown when, at the top of a dale, Patrick told me to look down. Beneath us lay 40 of our friends, spelling out the words “marry me?”. Patrick then got down on one knee and asked the all-important question himself. I was amazed and of course said yes straight away!
I found my ‘Bianca’ gown by Ronald Joyce in The Bridal Room, Glossop. I had it altered, removing the high satin neck. I loved the appliqué over the bottom half with the lace bodice, jewelled belt and V-shape open back.
My handmade silk veil was sourced from Dream Veils, and I paired it with a vintage silver effect hair comb of acorns and oak leaves. My mum’s pearl earrings were my something borrowed, my great-grandmother’s necklace given to me when I was little was my something old and blue, and I also wore a silver bangle bought for me by my late father.
Patrick wore a tweed suit found in Victor Valentine and a burnt orange patterned tie teamed with brogues from Next. I also gifted him tiger’s eye acorn cufflinks on the day of our wedding. He looked like a very handsome country gentleman – I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the aisle to be with him.
My four maids wore bespoke dresses from dressmaker Yvonne, who also did all my dress alterations. She made the ties for the groomsmen from matching material.
Hair and makeup
The Retreat, my hometown beauty salon, came to do our hair and makeup at a bright and early 5:30am! I’d definitely recommend a hair and makeup trial to make sure you’re happy on the day.
What was the best part of the ceremony?
I loved walking down the aisle with my step dad, seeing our family and friends there to celebrate and Patrick waiting for me. I also loved the moment we walked out of the church as husband and wife being showered in confetti.
My step dad gave a lovely speech and it was so nice to hear all the things he remembered about me growing up. Patrick’s older brother and his best man also said kind words about Patrick and I, before my new husband thanked everyone who had supported us and gave out our thank you gifts.
Our wedding was inspired by a country autumn theme. I love Wedding Ideas and bought it religiously as soon as it was released each month. I found so many ideas I liked and used to help with my own wedding day.
Most of the decorations were handmade by my mum, best friend and I. We made bunting, the table plan, place names and an old suitcase customised with bunting for a card box – all using a rustic autumn theme.
Hadfield Florists, based in my local village, supplied our flowers. They put wheat and country-style dried flowers in my bouquet, all held together by twigs. My bridesmaids had smaller versions and my table centres included a similar mix.
Icing On The Cake in Marple, Cheshire made our four-tier cake from three sponge layers and one fruit. We had a bride and groom fox cake topper with burnt orange coloured autumn leaves, acorns and hedgehogs scattered across the layers. They also added a small Series 1 Land Rover on the bottom in a nod to our wedding car.
We had a DJ for the evening reception and in the afternoon we played bingo. We also had a poem writing competition that had to include the table name and our names, with prizes ranging from Yankee candles to rubber chickens!
The first dance
We chose ‘Set The Fire to the Third Bar’ by Snow Patrol – it came out at the time we first got together and ever since it’s been ‘our’ song.
We backpacked around China, Hong Kong, Laos and Thailand, visiting the Great Wall of China, a panda sanctuary and tubing down a river in Laos. For our final week we relaxed in a villa at a beach resort on Koh Tao island.
Both of you play to your strengths and take the lead in the areas you know best. Try to take a moment for yourselves on the day away from your guests so you can take it all in.
CEREMONY | All Saints Parish Church, Old Glossop, Derbyshire RECEPTION VENUE | Glossop Golf Club, Derbyshire DRESS | Ronald Joyce at The Bridal Room, Glossop
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Custom made GROOM | Victor Valentine and Next HAIR AND MAKEUP | The Retreat, Glossop FLOWERS | Hadfield Florists CAKE |The Icing On The Cake, Marple, Cheshire PHOTOGRAPHY | Tim Hensel Photography