Kate and Kim, by their own admission spent much of the the time planning their country house inspired wedding in the pub. Frankly, if this beautiful big day is anything to go by then I heartily recommend that more couples spend any wedmin related time in the pub. Any excuse for gin eh? 😉
On a serious note, I take my hat off to any bride that encourages her maids to be A) mismatched and B) clad in a jumpsuit. I haven’t forgotten the boys either who look pretty snazzy in their contrasting tweeds.
Photographer on the day Matt Ethan has taken probably some of my favourite ever shots of the wedding toasts and first dance. You can feel the love and excitement and laughter in the room almost as if you were there with Kate and Kim and celebrating with them. Beautiful!
Kate The Bride: Kim and I very much planned the wedding together, which was great as it meant we got to spend a lot of time ‘planning’ in the pub. We didn’t target a specific theme as such from the beginning; we just picked things we liked and this gradually turned into a sort of country house library theme.
I went to a few shops but ended up going back to the first shop,Morgan Davies, I visited in the end for my dress. Having picked the venue as an old stately home, I could really feel the dress (which was a bit 1930s) fitting in with the surroundings. Also, the dress had sequins on, which I am a massive fan of. In the end I wore shoes I already had which I knew were comfy and went with the dress, and found a gold dragon fly clip at a vintage sale in Shoreditch for my hair. It cost a fiver.
I was determined that one of my bridesmaids would wear a jumpsuit and Amy finally capitulated. I wanted to get them each an outfit they felt great in and would wear again, and we had some really good fun days shopping. The jumpsuit is from Reiss, Charlotte’s pale blue dress is Hobbs, and Jasmine’s navy blue dress is Whistles. My sister-in-law, Manon, made Tilly’s dress (flower girl), and she looked brilliant.
Groom And Ushers
Kim originally wanted a blue suit, but having tried on a few did not find ‘the one’. Drawing inspiration from RMW we looked at tweed, and found a great shop near Southampton. Kim tried on an olive green number from Victor Valentine and it was love at first try (particularly when we found there was a sale on). The other groomsmen also decided to go tweed, and all looked smashing. Kim’s shoes came from Joseph Cheaney on Jermyn Street, and he got a ‘silver Albert’ for his Grandad’s watch from Metal Crumble in Stoke Newington.
Hair & Makeup
I hired Megan Green to do hair and makeup. She was friendly and professional, and managed to do five lovely ‘dos in record time.
We saw some photos of Matt Ethan’s on RMW and really liked his style. I gave him a call, found out he was northern and a really nice chap, and he was hired! Lots of people remarked on how nice and friendly he was, and most importantly the photos are amazing.
My mum made the main wedding cake, which was layers of different sponge cakes (lemon drizzle, orange and Victoria sponge). This was Mum’s first go at a wedding cake and despite the numerous sleepless nights and stress over cake tins / decorations all turned out well. The cake looked and tasted delicious. Kim’s brother-in-law brought a Luxembourgish ‘bamkuch’ over and friends made other cakes and biscuits.
Jane from Blackburn Florists in Horbury was brilliant. She gave us lots of advice on what would work / what wouldn’t and was right. I heard afterwards that she also rescued the cake from collapse – so thanks to Jane for that too!
We roped in some friends to make most of the decorations – stacking books as centre pieces and chopping up a copy of ‘Emma’ for bunting. We’d asked guests to bring along a photo of us and them, which they could hang up inside a large frame that Kim made for the occasion. Kim also made the wedding cake board as he dabbles in woodwork.
Ged and the gang at The Hog and Apple were ace. We gave Ged a brief of germanic food (as Kim grew up in Luxembourg) and he produced some brilliant dishes: chicken with different salads (spicy carrot and chickpea was the highlight) and bratkartofelln. Can’t recommend Ged highly enough. We sourced drinks from various locations: Belgian beer, Breton ‘cidre’ and delicious beer – Chelsea Blonde – from the London Beer Factory.
The whole shebang took place at Newburgh Priory, North Yorkshire. Having traipsed round numerous venues and been bored to death by lists of different wedding packages, Paul from Newburgh’s comment that we could do ‘what the hell we liked’ sold it to us. The ceremony room was absolutely beautiful – full of light and quite cosy. It made the whole thing feel really intimate and special. The party was in a marquee (courtesy of Your Marquee) in the ruins, which looked super cool in the dark all lit up.
We had my brother’s band Jazz on Tap playing during cocktail hour, who got everyone dancing when they were supposed to be chatting politely, then Simon from DiscoWed to play in the evening. Our friend Zena designed some amazing colouring-in books to keep the children entertained. Special mention also to our friend Oli who ran a tombola that was provided courtesy of Bletchingley Horticultural Society – the hit of the night.
We wanted as many guests as possible staying near each other, so we hired out Thirkleby Hall cottages (the party house for 36) and the amazing Water Hall Farm (sleeps 22 and has Alpacas!). We hired a couple of coaches to take us back from the venue – the party bus was great fun, what with all the singing and cheese-throwing (don’t ask).