Katie & Hugh
We both went to university in London, so for our first date we had dinner and drinks on London Bridge, before stumbling across Boy George singing in a tiny bar!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
I had organised a trip to Bath for a post-Christmas break. Hugh surprised me by proposing while we were there near the beautiful Pulteney Bridge. We had to climb over a wall to get into the surrounding gardens because the gate was locked!
I absolutely loved my floor-length ivory lace dress! It had delicate lace sleeves and looked beautiful with the pearl earrings and necklace I added from Dower and Hall.
Hugh and his ushers wore mismatched tweed waistcoats and chinos in a range of colours. He looked very dashing and handsome!
I had five bridesmaids, my two sisters and three friends from university, one of whom was my Maid of Honour. They wore light yellow dresses with detailing over the arms and cross over wrap skirts found on ASOS that looked beautiful with their bouquets of gypsophila and sunflowers.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Evolve Hairdressing took care of our hair and makeup on the morning of the wedding. Don’t forget to keep some waterproof mascara, powder and lip-gloss with you to keep yourself topped up through the day.
My dad walked me down the aisle for our civil ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall. Seeing
my soon-to-be husband waiting for me at the end was the best feeling. We left the ceremony being showered in confetti by all our family and friends and had a big red wedding bus for transport to our reception venue.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Tom’s Bespoke Bartending served us cocktails and we had a hog roast with apple tart and lemon pie for dessert. Later in the evening we also served fish and chips.
We didn’t choose one set theme but we got married by the beach so the sea inspired us. We had to decorate the whole room ourselves from scratch, hiring chairs, making bunting and getting tablecloths and hessian runners. We also added ‘Katie and Hugh’ bunting and pots of herbs to each table to add colour. Bright yellow umbrellas and multicoloured swimming shorts were strung along one wall to continue the beach theme with a few straw hats thrown in too. We used an easel to create our seating plan and added hanging signs. Wooden crates with brown paper complemented the rustic beach look.
We grew the sun flowers ourselves for the tables and our bridesmaids and the ushers wore gorse flower buttonholes picked from the heath on the morning of our wedding. We added gypsophila to the bouquets for a little something extra that still looks rustic and natural.
My step mum kindly made a tower of buttercream cupcakes for us, served in intricately detailed cupcake wrappers. They were delicious!
A guitarist played during the day and a DJ took over in the evening to get the dancing going. There was also a selection of games for guests to take down to the beach so we could really make the most of the pretty seaside location (and sunshine!).
Instead of individual favours, we made two hampers full of delicious treats to win. All our guests played a game of bingo and the two winners won the hampers.
We first went to Jersey and then to France, stopping off at vineyards along the way. We spent the longest amount of time in a Covert Cabin with a private lake and had to survive a week off-grid in the wilderness – it was a fantastic experience!
Please yourselves before your guests – it’s your day and they’re all there for you. Take time every so often to just be with your bride or groom and tell each other your favourite bits of the day so far. Try not to let yourself worry about the little things that aren’t quite perfect – your guests probably won’t even notice and you’ll forget to enjoy yourself if you’re worried all the time! Make sure you treasure every moment, it goes so fast.
CEREMONY Bournemouth Town Hall | RECEPTION VENUE Branksome Dene Community Room | DRESS For similar, try Agnes Fashion Group | BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS, asos.com | GROOM For similar, try Slaters, slaters.co.uk | JEWELLERY Dower and Hall | HAIR AND MAKEUP Evolve Hairdressing, Poole | CAKE For similar, try the Hummingbird Bakery | HONEYMOON Covert Cabin, France | PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Morgan