A sumptuous autumnal themed wedding, just perfect for this time of year…

WHO: Kathryn & Paul

WHERE: A village hall in Soham

WHEN: October 2011

PHOTOS: Hayley Ruth Photography


How they met…

“We first bumped into each other at middle school, at the age of nine. I can’t remember how I felt – but I do remember Paul helped me to find my classroom, as I was a bit lost!” smiles Kathryn

The proposal

“Paul and I are not your typical romantics, so there was no grand ‘proposal’ as such. Paul was insistent that he wanted to buy an Xbox console, which I thought was a bit unfair as I’d have no use for it. Jokingly, I decided that if he bought an Xbox then I would get a sparkly ring on my finger,” she smiles, “at which point he was promptly frogmarched down to the jewellers!”

“We first met at school aged nine – he helped me find my class!”

The bride’s outfit

“The week we decided to set a date for our big day, my friend spotted an advert in the local classified ads for a brand new wedding dress. I was sure that my gown was going to be light gold in colour – which this particular dress was. I tried the dress on at the lady’s house, who explained her daughter had changed her wedding plans, so the dress was just sitting in a wardrobe. I felt a real mix of emotions – excited that I’d found a dress, but also sad that my late Mother couldn’t be with me to see it,” remembers Kathryn

The groom’s outfit

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Paul and his best man both wore chocolate brown suits, with light-gold waistcoats to match Kathryn’s dress, and burnt orange cravats to tie in with the autumnal theme. “I thought Paul looked amazing if a little bit flustered!” smiles Kathryn

“At Last was a good choice as we’ve been together 16 years!”

The bridesmaids

“I just had our four-year-old daughter, Helayna walk me down the aisle,” recalls Kathryn. “She wore a handmade flowergirl dress that I found online. Although it was orange, it had pinky undertones, which our little girl loved!”

The ceremony

“We wanted the service to be informal and not too ‘slushy’,” explains Kathryn. “I walked down the aisle to the Beach Boys, and during the signing we had Etta Jones’ At Last – very appropriate considering we have been together for over 16 years! Our Godson Jack read Tips For A Successful Marriage and his sister read Carrie’s poem from Sex and the City as I am a huge fan of the show,” adds Kathryn.

The reception

“The hall was quite bare, with high ceilings, so we opted to have balloon bunches made up to fill the room, using small pumpkins as the weights. On the tables I had silk autumn leaves scattered and vases with orange candles, filled with pine cones and conkers. The evening guest tables had large pumpkins carved out, with a candle inside,” explains Kathryn

The honeymoon

Was a chic city break – a long weekend in New York.