VIOLET MAIDS MULTIWAY DRESSES | BISCUIT THEMED TABLES | VANILLA POD CAKE WITH ELEPHANT TOPPERS. ROYAL BLUE GROOMS MEN | DIY GOLD SPRAYED ANIMAL NAME PLACEMENTS
Dean proposed to Katie back in 2014. “We’d been dating a year when he got down on bended knee during a late night event at London Zoo,” say Katie. The planning for their country wedding soon began.
Her ivory lace A-line dress was from Proposals of Witney, Oxfordshire. “I changed the belt to add more sparkle and opted for button closing. A wedding dress can’t fail to make you feel like a princess,” smiles Katie. “My twin sister also bought her dress from the same place four years earlier!” The bride accessories with something borrowed from her twin sister and bridesmaids who provided a diamond necklace, hair slide and bracelet. Her gold glitter shoes came from Dune.
Dean found his three-piece royal blue suit from Marks and Spencer, pairing it with an elegant rose buttonhole. “He looked very handsome.” The bridesmaids dresses came from In One Clothing. “The design of the dresses allowed them to choose their own style and length, the perfect choice for girls who all have different tastes,” says Katie. “We found them in Wedding Ideas first, as well as ideas for the flowers, sweet table and invitations!”
The couple tied the knot in a religious ceremony at St Giles Church in Standlake where Katie’s siblings had also married and had a reception at Lains Barn in Wantage with a three course meal. Guests enjoyed a selection of canapés before sitting down to a free range hog roast complete with homemade sage and onion stuffing, crackling and bramley apple sauce followed by lemon and lime tart for dessert.
In keeping with their country wedding theme, the couple handmade many decorations, decorating jam jars as candle holders using ribbons, buttons, hessian and lace. They made name cards by spraying toy plastic zoo animals in gold as a nod to their engagement. “We also bought tiny elephant cake toppers from Etsy to match the invitations which were kindly made by a colleague using a bespoke design of bunting, mini elephants and hearts – a nod to where we got engaged,” says Katie. “Our flowers were provided by Keith Davies & Sons in Burford – we had a mix of seasonal flowers in purple.”
One of their bridesmaids who runs The Vanilla Pod baked their three-tier Madeira wedding cake. “It was delicious!”
“In lieu of favours, we made a donation to Sobell House, the hospice which cared for my Dad so brilliantly.” The speeches were real tear jerkers, but such a highlight, kicked off by Katie’s brother and twin sister. We had a great local DJ, Visually Sound, playing a mix of cheesy disco classics and recent releases.” The first dance was ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz. “We had some dance lessons to help us and it went down very well with the crowd!” beams Katie.
The couple embarked on an American road trip for their honeymoon, visiting Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco and LA!
VENUE | St Giles Church, Standlake
RECEPTION | Lains Barn, Wantage
DRESS | Proposals of Witney, Oxfordshire
GROOM | Marks and Spencer marksandspencer.com
BRIDESMAIDS | In One Clothing
CAKE | The Vanilla Pod Bakery
FLORIST | Keith Davies & Sons, Burford 01993 822511
ENTERTAINMENT | Visually Sound
PHOTOGRAPHER | Matt Harris Photography
Words by Lauren Fraser