Katherine & Chris
Antique décor | vintage furniture | Photo Booth wall | Inspired by their life and loves | pink and grey | Maggie Sottero Dress |
How did the proposal happen?
Chris flew me to New York and, knowing my love for Christmas and the lm ‘Home Alone’, proposed under the Rockefeller Christmas tree at night time! We went to Tiffany’s the next day so he could show me the ring he’d chosen, I loved it straight away!
I thought I would never find the one until I tried on my Maggie Sottero gown. I was so surprised at how comfortable I was and I didn’t want to take it off. It was the first dress that made my mum cry. I also had a cathedral-length veil which made me feel so special.
My shoes were from Carvela and I chose earrings and a hair clip from Debenhams.
Chris and his groomsmen all hired suits from Austin Reed. He looked so smart and just as amazing as I thought he would do!
I had two bridesmaids and found their dresses in H&M! I had described my ideal neutral coloured and informal dresses to my maid of honour and she spotted them. I picked them up in multiple sizes. This was really helpful as both my bridesmaids changed shape after having a baby and becoming pregnant in the run up to the wedding.
What was the best part of the ceremony?
Seeing my 93-year-old nan standing in the front row as I walked down the aisle was amazing. She had been unwell before the wedding but was determined to be there for the day – we were so happy she shared the day with us!
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
A tartlet of Capel mushrooms was the starter, followed by breast of chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Our theme was pretty vintage, using pink, white, cream and grey with a few metallic hints too! I got so much inspiration from Wedding Ideas and cut out a lot of pages for my wedding scrapbook.
For about a year before the big day I collected pieces for the reception. I wanted it to feel laid back but also represent our life and loves – things like travel, vintage items and antique books. I also adore quotes of all kinds so we used a different romantic quote for each table in vintage-style frames. We hung honeycomb pompoms from the ceiling and had strings of pearls and antique china as decorations, as well as light up LOVE lights.
A local orist provided the bouquets and buttonholes. My mum and I sourced the rest of the owers from a wholesaler and our friend’s mum who works with owers put them together at the church and reception venue for us. We had them in rustic pitchers and jars to t our vintage theme.
My brother, who is a chef, made us ve wonderful fruit and Madeira cakes. Our main cake had fruit, ginger, red velvet, chocolate and carrot cake layers! I nearly cried when I saw them – they were absolutely perfect and I was so proud!
I’m quite creative so I made all the save the dates, invitations and orders of service.
I painted a cute vintage kitchen cabinet pink and filled it with glass jars of sweets on the top for guests to help themselves to.
The first Dance
We couldn’t choose between two songs, so we started off with ‘Earth Angel’ by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters. Our DJ then wrapped the night up with our second song choice – it was lovely to have them both included in the night.
We did a Route 66 road trip! We like a good adventure and although a dream beach
holiday was tempting, we listened to our adventurous sides.
The ceremony was surreal and the day went in a complete happy blur. I’m so glad we had
a videographer to capture the day because watching back those precious moments is priceless. After deliberating about whether to involve our pugs in the wedding and deciding not to, I surprised Chris by having them arrive for our cocktail hour to join in some of the family photos.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you don’t realise how much work is in a wedding!
CEREMONY St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Alconbury | VENUE Rectory Farm, Cambridge | DRESS Maggie Sottero BRIDEMAIDS DRESSES H&M GROOM Austin Reed SHOES Carvela | JEWELLERY Debenhams | FLOWERS For similar, try Interflora |
CAKE For similar, try The Custom Cake Boutique | PHOTOGRAPHER Nicola Rhodes of Bumble and Brown | HONEYMOON Route 66 road trip, USA