Cathedral
Cathedral
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Light-up Tree
Light-up Tree
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Katie & Ben
Katie & Ben
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Groomsmen
Groomsmen
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Reception
Reception
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Cake
Cake
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
Fireworks
Fireworks
Suzanne Neville Lace 'Antonia' Wedding Dress and Jenny Packham Bridal Accessories for a traditional wedding ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral and a reception at Stapleford Park. Bridesmaids wear pale pink dresses and Groomsmen in tails.
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Katie & Ben

The beautiful Katie and equally handsome Ben married in Peterborough Cathedral; where they both have strong childhood memories and spent many an afternoon singing there. After that they headed to Stapleford Park for their beautifully elegant reception, where guests were greeted with a monumental light up tree in the entrance hallway and encouraged to hang notes on for the bride & groom.

All the autumnal mist in the picture’s, added an air of romance to their traditional English wedding and kind of makes you feel a bit like a you’re in a Richard Curtis movie! Katie looks like the perfect leading lady in her Suzanne Neville ‘Antonia’ lace gown. So if you enjoy enchanting love stories and all thing pretty you’re going to LOVE this!

Bridal Fashion & Accessories

Katie The Bride: I’ve lived and grown up in the Stamford area and since the Bridal Rooms opened in 2011 I have stared longingly through their gorgeous windows! It was my first port of call – and the owner Aimee was an absolute star from the word go. She pulled a cross-section of gowns for me to try (as I really didn’t know where to start) and ‘Antonia’ was the very first dress I tried on…! I did play devil’s advocate and try a few more on (both there and in London) but my heart was stolen by dress #1!

Aimee and Rachel at the Bridal Rooms helped put my whole look together, including the Jenny Packham “Acacia” head piece and belt, stunning HM Veils veil and Rachael Simpson shoes.

I had a bit of a last minute panic that I was going to be freezing on the day (as our wedding was mid-November) so had some bespoke sleeves added to the dress, which I absolutely adored.

The Grooms Fashion & Accessories

The navy tailcoats, waistcoats and ties were all hired from a reputable local shop in Stamford, Lincs (Bride & Groom’s hometown); Colin Bell Menswear.

Ceremony Venue

Ben and I met when we were 11 years old at the King’s School Peterborough back in 1997. Kings is the Cathedral School of Peterborough, so Ben and I spent many an afternoon at services singing ‘Jerusalem’ together in this beautiful building! I was also a chorister there for 4 years so the Cathedral means an incredible amount to us – as it was such a big part of our childhoods. It was so moving to be back in the same building getting married – surrounded by family and a lot of our school friends, who we’ve remained close to.

Reception Venue

I stumbled across Stapleford Park a few years back when on a spa day with a close friend. Ben and I weren’t engaged at the time but I snuck the wedding brochure home after our visit (keeping it well concealed, obviously!) After Ben proposed on Christmas Eve 2013 I suggested we could perhaps just drive over and have a little look at this place I’d heard about… luckily Ben loved it as much as I did!

We had a beautifully misty wedding day which made Stapleford Park and its surroundings look extra magical! The staff were incredible and did everything they could to make sure our day ran smoothly. Most of our guests stayed at the hotel (in a selection of beautiful individually-designed rooms) which just added to the party feeling! My bridesmaids and I also stayed at Stapleford the night before in the Pavilion Cottage – which is where we got ready on the morning of the wedding.

Colour Scheme/Décor

The colour scheme was a lot of gold! Stapleford has gold running through its interior (particularly in the Grand Hall) and I felt that it was the perfect winter-wedding hue! Gold was complemented with different soft tones of dusky/rustic pinks (reflected in the bridesmaid’s dresses, cake, flowers and reception venue décor).

The Flowers

Our florist was Rebecca Moody of Pollen Designs – who was incredible and truly brought our wedding vision to life (she also doubled up as a wedding ‘counsellor’ in times of need!!!)

We decided not to do any flowers in the Cathedral at all as were worried that they could potentially get a little bit lost!

My bouquet was a classic hand tied style with a golden satin ribbon (and gilded succulent!) and it was absolutely stunning.

In the table centrepieces Rebecca used lots of ivory flowers, roses and dendrobium orchids alongside tuberose and light caramel peach roses such as ‘quicksand’ and ‘caramel antike’.

Rebecca was amazing – not only is she incredibly talented but she made all our beautiful bouquets less than one week after having a baby! Amazing woman!

The Bridesmaids

I wimped out a bit with bridesmaid dress shopping! Instead I browsed the internet – and came across these dusky pink maxi dresses on Little Mistress London’s website. They also had an embellished gold flower at the top and were absolutely perfect for our colour scheme. I sent a cheeky snap to all the bridesmaids and luckily they loved it and all looked stunning on the day.

The flower girl was my gorgeous niece Eliza. She had a little ivory, silk dress from Next and had a mini version of the Bridesmaid’s bouquets.

The Groomsmen

The boys all wore hired suits from Colin Bell (as above). On the morning of the wedding I had one of the groomsmen give Ben a wedding gift from me – which was a Rotary watch. I’d set the watch to the time of our wedding (12.30) and stopped it – with a note telling him to start the watch as I walked down the aisle towards him (it was a nice thought but being as I was 20 minutes late this didn’t work out as I’d hoped!!!)

The Ceremony

Being able to get married in the Cathedral, which held so many childhood memories, was a huge honour and so special to us both. Although it took me a while to arrive (our wedding cars got lost, were 20 minutes late, and even then dropped me and my bridesmaids at the back of the building behind a locked gate – meaning we had to traipse down an alleyway through Cathedral Square, with all the Saturday Christmas shoppers! It was a bit fraught at this particular moment but we arrived in the end!)

A particularly emotional moment was being walked down the aisle by my father, as Ave Maria was sung by an old friend and ex-chorister, Hannah Sandison. It was truly beautiful.

The ceremony itself was very intimate – despite the large setting. We began the ceremony in-front of our friends – to be greeted and say the first part of our vows. We then moved further up towards the high alter, where our families were sat, and completed our vows/exchanged rings. Following this we moved up to the high alter to receive our blessing together as a couple. This was to symbolise the journey of meeting one another (as friends), then becoming part of one another’s families and then moving on together to start our own family (being blessed at the high alter). Then when we turned to exit (after ‘Jerusalem’ – our school hymn – had been belted out) we were able to walk the full length of the Cathedral together, through our family and friends, and out together to start our married lives! The Dean had suggested this format for the ceremony to symbolise the journey of marriage and it worked beautifully (it also allowed us to make the most of the building!)

The Entertainment

We made play lists for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast (a lot of jazz/swing music) and then had a brilliant DJ for the evening party. The DJ was Nigel from Premier Events

We then had a fireworks display at 10pm courtesy of Komodo Fireworks – the display was in our wedding colours (a lot of gold and pink) and blew us away…!!! It was bigger and better than we could have possibly imagined and was the perfect way to start the party in the evening.

The Food

We selected the following menu at Stapleford Park:

Starters

  • Ham Hock Terrine, red onion marmalade, roquette
  • or

  • Goats Cheese Mousse, roquette, picallili, sour dough crisp

Mains

  • Loin of Lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, ratatouille, rosemary sauce
  • or

  • Risotto of butternet squash and sage, parmesan crisp, mixed shoots

Dessert

  • Crème brulee with raspberry sorbet

Wedding Cake

Our wedding wake was 4 tiered (with one dummy layer) and 3 different flavours: carrot cake, lemon drizzle and chocolate with salted caramel. It was DELICIOUSSS and every single morsel was devoured (luckily someone at Stapleford very sweetly boxed some up and put it in our Suite, otherwise we would have missed out!) The cake was made by PJ at Emily Harmston Cakes

Photographer

Our photographer was the amazing David Wickham of Modern Vintage Weddings. Rebecca Moody (Pollen Designs) recommended him and the minute I laid eyes on his portfolio I was in LOVE. We had an hour-long skype meeting with him to get to know each other and describe what we were after – which confirmed that he was definitely the man for us! We also had a face-to-face meeting with David nearer to the big day and booked a pre wedding photo session, which helped put us at ease when being photographed and I would definitely recommend it to others.

On the day, David was an incredibly calming, amusing and reassuring presence. He helped bring out the best in everyone and his ability to capture all the split-second, sentimental moments was incredible. He was also very helpful to have around – without being pushy he managed to round people up and get all the ‘portrait’ pictures done within a matter of minutes!

We were overwhelmed when the photos of our wedding came through – we love them so much. David captured our day perfectly and we will treasure the images (and re-live the moments) forever.

Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.
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