There is nothing not to love about Kat & Alan’s wedding. They married in the alpine mountains with a million little touches to really make their day their own. Kat’s Jenny Packham gown in perfect. Their humanist ceremony was conducted by their best friend and Kat’s family sang an Irish blessing (seriously, how cool is that?!). Their son was dressed in traditional Austrian dress and there were Kattoos and guests had to buy drinks with memories (FYI, it is such a fun idea!). Over to Kat to tell you more.
Kat the Bride: We were always set on an outdoors wedding on the field of our Austrian house particularly a specific tree my nan had planted when she built the house. We also knew we wanted to convert our wood hut into a bar (named after my twin brother: Bene’s bar) and add some personal touches around the property such as bespoke signage, bunting, pictures in trees. We initially looked into hiring a Tipi for
the party and reception but the closer the day came we realised the weather wasn’t going to be in our favour. And when it rains in Austria it is not a nice field experience. So we wanted to be safe and ended up hiring the Gamsalm. A walking hut above our house we hike to a lot which would be exclusively ours and fit into the tradition we had in mind. It worked perfectly for our needs.
I had always dreamt of a Jenny Packham dress. Jenny Packham has a stunning eye for detail but also simplicity and I was pretty set from day one on the Tilly style. It fitted my figure well and emphasised the right bits. Accessories were simple as I also knew I wanted a floral headpiece. So a gold bracelet from my grandma and J crew earrings. Shoes were an impulse buy when walking down Bond Street at French Sole and worked perfectly for the occasion; a bit sparkly but practical.
Alan wanted a classic British suit that was bespoke and well cut. Something that would work in the outdoor setting. For accessories he wanted not too bright but still with a slight punch so went for a magenta pink tie and a teal pocket square. The accent colour on the jacket, the lining and the shirt all matched. He also asked Simon to initial and date the jacket for the special occasion. Best man had his suit made by Simon as well.
We wanted colours to fit into the environment, alpine beauty with an autumnal feel. Whites mixed with a few accent colours (magenta, pastels, apple green) and just to fit within the general theme. Alan was mainly in charge of decor and personal touches. We wanted people to get to know each other so we collected facts about each guest over the months and put them in envelopes on the table for people to guess when sat which fact is attributed to which person on the table. It was a lovely icebreaker. We did make some up to make it more entertaining especially at the family tables. Names where painted on little rocks from the same mountain we spent the day on, we had collected them in advance.
There was only one choice and that was worth getting over from London: The Fresh Flower Company. I am a bit of a flower snob and after being a loyal customer I insisted on using them. They kindly did us a lovely deal and exactly delivered on our wishes being so flexible and literally driving over a van of flowers, vases, hanging options and garlands for the occasion. As I had been their customer in London for years they knew pretty well what I was after. We wanted little punchy colours, more an earthy look. They excelled our expectations and even moved some ceremony decorations to the reception venue within minutes.
Our close friend Patrizia initiated the humanist ceremony. She also included a family blessing with our son Noah. A lot of friends contributed which was important to us, Juliana read a poem she chose for us (You were a bird by Katharine Kilalea). Kat’s brother, sister and dad sang an Irish blessing, my friend Dunja played violin and my godmother and cousin read a love theme from the bible in English and German. Another special moment was our little dog Missy being able to be part of the wedding.
Alan surprised me with ‘Kattoos’ he had secretly designed, printed and packaged for guests to enjoy. They are actually quite easy to make and guests loved them. Our best photos are around people putting them on. They are also an homage to Alans Grandad who was a sailor and Kathleens Hamburg roots.
Alan also came up with the idea of having people pay for the drinks during the evening by leaving memories of us, the couple. We put a little box next to the bar and briefed all the waiters as well. Most people got the idea quickly and all participated. We looked over the memories a couple of days after the wedding and they are such a funny and heartfelt momentum. You can tell they get bolder by the progression of the night.
We came across a few blogs and there was only one style that stood out for us and that was Melanie. She lives locally to us in a nearby village, shoots in various styles and seems to have a wonderful connection to nature and natural shoots. So we had found our match and we couldn’t have asked for more.
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.