This pretty spring wedding with its sage and white colour scheme has us green with envy!
How they met
Kate and Ian were first introduced by one of Kate’s workmates. “I was at a work party, and Ian had been brought along by one of my colleagues,” she explains. “We were both rather drunk, but we hit it off straight away, and before long, we’d arranged our first date at a local pub.”
Ian proposed to his Welsh rugby fan bride just before the England vs Wales Six Nations match at Twickenham. “We were staying at a fabulous hotel nearby, and that was where he got down on one knee before the match,” Kate recalls. “It was totally unexpected, and he couldn’t have picked a better day to do it, as later that afternoon, Wales beat England! It’s a day I’ll never forget.”
The bride’s outfit
With a country wedding on the cards, Kate had her heart set on a floaty lace dress to match their theme, and found it in Maggie Sottero’s Colette – a slim-fitting ivory gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and Swarovski crystal beaded embellishments. “Because I’m petite, I didn’t want a wedding dress that would swamp me, and this one just felt right – light, soft and beautiful,” she explains. “I knew it was ‘the one’ when I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and found myself Googling for pictures of it every day!”
Kate finished her look with a crystal hair vine by Dolores, vintage-style peep-toe shoes from Belle by Paradox, and silk blue underwear from Debenhams as her ‘something blue’.
The groom’s outfit
With a little assistance from his bride-to-be, Ian chose a traditional grey morning suit from Moss Bros, which he teamed with an ivory waistcoat and sage green cravat.
Kate chose just one bridesmaid: her twin sister, Sarah, who looked stunning in a thyme green chiffon maxi dress from Coast. “Her dress was one of the first things we bought,” Kate explains. “As soon as we saw it, we knew it was just what we wanted. The colour, style and fit were perfect for a spring wedding.” Sarah wore her dress with a cream shrug from Monsoon, vintage jewellery and a diamanté hair comb.
Kate and Ian were married in a civil ceremony in the beautiful Hyde Barn – a purpose-built contemporary barn in the Cotswolds. “Ian created an iPod playlist for before the ceremony, which included some tongue-in-cheek songs like Under Pressure by Queen and Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble,” laughs Kate. “It kept everyone entertained, especially as I was a little late.”
For Kate, the flowers – from Bumblebeez of Cheltenham – were one of the most important elements of the day. “We had a mix of wild flowers, gypsophila and spring blooms, including some amazing oversized peonies,” says Kate. “I loved my bouquet, and didn’t want to put it down all day.” The men’s buttonholes included eryngium thistle as a nod to Ian’s Scottish heritage.
The guests dined on a three-course meal, which included buffalo mozzarella and vine tomato salad, Cotswold chicken supreme, and chocolate and walnut brownie with white chocolate sauce. “We brought in outdoor games including giant Jenga and Connect 4 to keep everyone entertained,” says Kate. Later, live band The Hype kept the dancefloor packed until midnight.
“I wanted to keep things simple, but also put my own stamp on things,” says Kate. The ceremony room was decorated with posies of gypsophila and giant white balloons, which were later moved into the reception hall. Kate used old jars for the table flower arrangements, and, instead of printing orders of service, made a display using a picture frame and chalkboard paint.
“We bought a plain white tiered vanilla sponge from Waitrose and decorated it with Mr & Mrs cake bunting from Ginger Ray,” Kate explains.
Kate and Ian gave their guests miniature jars of chutney with labels from Relish the Taste. “We gave bubbles and finger puppets to the little ones, too,” adds Kate.
After three nights in Hong Kong, the couple spent 10 nights in Koh Samui.