Get ready to step back in time! Katie and James had an unforgettable Art Deco wedding in Devon which suited its venue perfectly…
When Katie and James first met, Katie was immersed in a teaching qualification, and could only spare a few hours on a Friday evening to see her new beau. “He was always so patient and supportive,” Katie says. James went on to propose after a meal in the Somerset village of Dunster. “He wanted to go and explore, even though I said it was too dark and cold,” Katie recalls. “When I saw him down on one knee, I thought he was joking and told him to shut up and get off the floor!”
The bride’s outfit
Katie found the ideal dress for her 1920s wedding theme at Treasured Moments in Minehead. The Maggie Sottero gown featured a sweetheart bodice and an Art Deco band. “It was extremely heavy with its reams of fabric, but it looked amazing and made me feel incredible,” Katie says. The bride added a 1920s-inspired tiara, necklace and earrings from Grace at No. 5, before throwing in a contemporary twist with her shoes – high-top trainers!
The groom’s outfit
James looked sophisticated in an Edwardian grey three-piece suit from Treasured Moments, twinned with a pink cravat. “He’s in the building profession, so is always dressed in workwear,” Katie explains. “He looked so handsome all done up to the nines in his suit.”
Because of the compact size of the venue and the intimate guest list, Katie decided to have just her two young cousins escorting her down the aisle. Her namesake, little Katie, looked the part in a white flapper dress from Monsoon, while the pageboy Max wore a miniature version of the groom’s suit.
Burgh Island Hotel, a stunning Art Deco venue on its own tidal island in Devon, was the perfect setting for Katie and James. “Walking down the aisle made me cry – it was amazing to have so many special people there for our big day,” Katie smiles.
The venue was decorated with homemade bunting and birdcages filled with fresh flowers and peacock feathers. “The highlight was when the waiter who had been serving me all night suddenly put down my dessert, produced a microphone and started singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Katie remembers. “Another waiter then joined in, and another, until there were three singing in harmony around the room. My parents had booked the Bravo Singing Waiters as a complete surprise, and they were fantastic!”
Katie and James relaxed on their honeymoon to Side in Turkey, where they stayed in a luxury suite with its own private swimming pool.