This wedding is just brimming with gorgeous details, but you’d expect nothing less when the Bride is an art teacher! Kate & James drew influence for their wedding style from a trip to Morocco, and then Kate pulled it all together to create colourful and intricate table centrepieces, signage and favours. The resulting look is just gorgeous.
If you’re having dress wobbles, make sure you read about Kate’s decision over her gown, as it will probably ring true with lots of people and make sure you look out for the confetti too – made from roses that James has given Kate over the years! How unbelievably romantic is that?
Kate The Bride: After booking the venue, my mother and I went dress shopping in Morgan Davies, Hitchin. I had the dream dress in my head – open back, all lace, long sleeves to cover my tattoos and a long fishtail. However, once trying on similar styled dresses I soon realised this was not me. I felt like I was dressing up to be the ‘princess’ I am never going to be. It then occurred to me, my tattoos are part of who I am and therefore I want to show them off! I saw the Eliza Jane ￼Howell ‘Mary’ dress hanging, the soft floaty jersey material and beautiful beading and I was immediately drawn to it. I tried it on, and I fell in love with it. It’s hung beautifully and worked in harmony with the tattoos on my arm. It looked very bohemian, which is my style. I also wore my Grandma’s necklace as a headpiece which worked really well with the beading on the dress and emphasised the bohemian style.
James The Groom: After looking in numerous classic wedding suit shops I was left uninspired! A lot of the suits were your stock navy blue, black or grey and fitted like your first school blazer! After trying on a few I went back to my store of choice from my early 20s that guarantees a well fitted outfit for us slim jims…Topman. Whilst not designer label or hugely expensive the mid blue skinny fit 3 piece number was perfect for our summer wedding and fitted like a glove! I chose a Paisley blue and yellow tie from TM Lewin and a slim fit high collar classic white shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt. My 2 best men wore the same suit but with a less fancy tie, after all I did have to look the best!!
Although we looked at a few venues, I always knew South Farm would be the venue for our wedding day. I grew up in Shingay-Cum-Wendy, the hamlet with about 10 houses, lots of fields and a postbox, so therefore getting married in the place I grew up just seemed so right. The beautiful gardens and fields at South Farm meant that a summer wedding was a must and luckily the weather was perfect for the guests to be outside and embrace the beautiful atmosphere. The staff are incredible and they work together so well that you barely notice them around, sorting everything out to make your day perfect. Becky Duncan was our wedding planner and she was outstanding.
I am an art teacher and wanted to express my colourful creativity throughout the venue with the decor and styling. We went for a Moroccan themed wedding to reflect our bohemian style and emphasise the personal touch we wanted. We went to Marrakech, Morocco a couple of years ago and loved all the colour and patterns! Almost everything that could be hand made, was hand made by me (James did offer to help – I kindly declined his offer haha). We had Moroccan patterned decorated jars, tables cloths decorated by spray painting gold paint though lace doilies and Mandala’s finely drawn onto seating plans and table names. The table names were ‘forever’ translated by my overseas students from Princess Helena College.
I left the flowers in charge of the amazing Ofelia Cruz and step mother Christine Lyon. I told them the flowers and colours we wanted and let them use their creativity to create the beautiful bouquets and arrangements. Having my step mother do the flowers also made the whole day feel more personal and special.
The weather was perfect and therefore we were lucky enough to have the wedding outside in the summer house. To make it more personal we had personal vows and asked my brother to do a special reading for us by Bob Marley, ending in ‘Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you’ which couldn’t be more true. We took 5 mins out during the evening to go back to the summer house together and reflect on what a spectacular day we had had.
The Titan Roadshow (aka DJ GARRY) was the perfect DJ! Played the music we wanted, the requests the guest had and had the guests dancing all night!
My step mother Christine Lyon is the catering director at South Farm, and therefore we knew the food was going to be amazing and oh my it really was! All the food is home grown, organic and fresh and you can really tell. The chefs were fantastic and even though our speeches overran (we had them before the meal), the food was perfectly cooked!
Marie Wootton was the perfect photographer for us…She captured our colourful and relaxed style perfectly and she was really enthusiastic and easy to work with. We had previously met in Hitchin for a coffee, and although having met her once before, I felt I had known her for years and felt really comfortable around her. Being an art teacher, I know when someone has naturally creativity and with Marie there is no forced creativity and she creates stunning, quirky and outstanding photographs with exceptional skill.
TIPS FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY:
– Make it personal and use the things close to your heart
– Take time for yourselves during the day – take a walk and reflect
– Have the top table in the middle, helps you absorb the positive energy around you
– Stay relaxed, do yoga on the morning of your day and BREATHE!
– James the groom: Don’t panic, everything will be great and take time to appreciate how good the day has been 🙂