KATIE & ROSS
Ross proposed on a black sand beach in Iceland – it was absolutely stunning! We’d been driving along the south coast all day, stopping at incredible waterfalls and sights, and I had a feeling he might ask me because he was really nervous all day! He waited until the end of the day when we were alone and proposed with the most perfect cushion cut diamond ring!
I’ve always known I wanted a bespoke dress by Phoebe Blockley Bridal – we went to school together and she really is an incredible dressmaker, so I went straight to her. The dress she designed was perfection. It featured a beautiful gathered silk tulle skirt, t-shirt sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. Phoebe helped me to pick out the beautifully delicate Chantilly lace for the body and the back was a sheer lace with silk buttons. A crystal belt completed the look. I felt like a goddess! My dress was so soft and light and I have never felt more beautiful in my life.
“I wanted the dress to take centre stage, so I just added a delicate tennis bracelet from Estella Bartlett, hairpins by Roslyn Harris Designs, and a pair of Rachel Simpson shoes.”
As well as making my gown, Phoebe also created my veil.
Ross wore a smart black suit from Hugo Boss, teamed with a white shirt and black tie, both
from Next. His shoes came from River Island and he added a tie clip with his initials on it from Handstamped Wotnots. He looked incredible, very dashing and more handsome than ever!
Three best friends from school and one from university made up my four beautiful bridesmaids. I knew early on that I wanted blush dresses for them and found the perfect Elise Ryan low back maxi dresses on ASOS. They were very flattering on all my maids and they just looked beautiful!
Rebecca Frances was my amazing makeup artist – not only is she supremely talented, she’s also the loveliest woman! My lipstick was my favourite – Velvet Teddy by MAC. Hollie, one of my bridesmaids, did my hair for me. I walked down the aisle to ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Daniela Andrade – we both adore this cover and the sentiment of the song. As we signed the register we played her cover of ‘Crazy in Love’, and we walked out to ‘She’s a Rainbow’ by the Rolling Stones. It was such a happy tune to leave to and is one of our favourite songs!
Straight after the ceremony we had delicious canapés, including mini Cumberland sausages, which went down very well! For the dinner we tucked into rotisserie chicken with cream and tarragon sauce and dauphinoise potatoes, before indulging in an extremely chocolatey brownie for dessert with vanilla ice cream.
Blush pink, white and grey tones guided our wedding décor, rather than choosing a specific theme. I made all the signs and decorations myself and used these three colours in everything I made.
“Our table plan was a blush map with each table named after one of our favourite cities.”
We also made a series of hand painted signs using the same font as featured on the stationery to tie everything together. At each place name there was also a compliment (for example, ‘nice suit Paul’ or ‘you look lovely Emma’) because we thought this would be a nice way to do it. The rest of the venue was decorated with painted wine bottles filled with gypsophila and eucalyptus, which looked beautiful against the red brick of the barn. A final touch were Anthropologie mugs that spelled out ‘LOVE’ and were filled with fresh white flowers.
My husband is a designer and we’ve always been very creative, so we designed our own stationery, keeping the colour palette to subtle white and grey, and had them printed locally.
“Continuing our DIY approach, I did all the flowers myself, too!”
I worked with all white blooms – peonies, hydrangeas, spray roses and gypsophila – alongside eucalyptus and greenery to keep the arrangements relaxed.
Our beautiful cake was made by our good friend Jo Bee who runs Bee’s Buns. It was a lemon sponge cake, filled with lemon curd and buttercream. It looked beautiful and was light and delicious, topped with white peonies and a ‘love’ cake topper. We made S’mores packets to gift to our guests with labels that read, ‘S’more fun for later!’.
VENUE Shustoke Farm Barns, Coleshill
DRESS Bespoke from Phoebe Blockley Bridal
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Elise Ryan at ASOS
GROOM Hugo Boss and Next
JEWEllERY Estella Bartlett
SHOES Rachel Simpson
MAKEUP Rebecca Frances
CAKE Bee’s Buns, Bromley
DÉCOR Painted by Katie
PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Sakal, D&A Photography