I think I need to take a lie down after putting this together for you lovely lot, seriously, everybody is SO cool and not just because they are all casually strolling around the laid back garden party looking effortlessly chic with a Calippo!
Katherine wears the most adorable tea length gown with a ‘Bardot’ bridal up-do to die for; I actually have fringe envy too! And Rich, well I just adore his body art and piercings and his choice of tweed suit gives him a great alternative edge whilst looking very dapper indeed.
I won’t spoil too much more, but Katherine takes the term ‘grand entrance’ to another level as guests gather outside the ceremony venue to watch her stroll up the path with her parents. And the Moroccan Yurt… Oh. My. Gosh. I’m in love, perfectly decorated with aztec print rugs, hay bales and gathered trinkets. I know I say it all the time but I really do wish I could have been there!
Katherine The Bride: I wanted a 50’s style dress. as I knew the wedding would be relaxed and in a garden I didn’t want a long gown that would undoubtably getting muddy.
The necklace, bracelet and earings where all family heirlooms belonging to my Mum (Sandra) They all had sentimental value.
I wanted a Bridgette Bardot hair style. And Donna the hairdresser at Cabello did a fantastic job. My close friends or ‘faux bridesmaids’ Eleanor, Rachel and Kirsty also had their hair done the morning of the wedding and had flowers in their hair as well to keep the garden party theme.
Rich wore a tailored slim 3 piece tweed suit, the jacket had a black velvet contrast collar for a 50’s feel and a light blue denim shirt to add a casual element. black tie with small polka dot skulls and pink matching pocket square and brown brogue shoes.
The florist is a beautiful place in Sheffield called Swallows and Damsons. As we live in Sheffield we have used the florist before. They have a unique style that complimented the vibe we wanted from our wedding.
We didn’t want formal but we still wanted to have an impact. Rich has a real love of history and loved the idea of a wedding in a 500 year old building. We kept our fingers crossed for good weather with having the beautiful yurt in my parents garden. We were extremely lucky to get one of the hottest days of the year.
The amazing wedding cake was made by Kirsty Lowe fellow Midwife and close friend.
I didn’t wish to have the typical Bridesmaids but 3 of my closes friends were with me the morning of the wedding helping with some final preparation, getting their hair done with me and Eleanor was the ring barer.
We didn’t have a wedding planner but took eight months to arrange and collect decorations to provide the atmosphere.
The wedding ceremony was at 2pm returning to my parents Sandra and Tony’s house. Instead of a DJ we made our own playlist and borrowed DJ equipment provided by a friend.
With it being a garden party we didn’t want a formal sit down meal, the caterer provided a platter of antipasti to keep guests happy while waiting for the hog roast. The guests were asked to make there best cake for a wedding ‘bake off’.
The guests favours were jams and marmlade made by my.
The main aim of our wedding was to create a small personal relaxed garden party. We created the wedding ourselves over the eight months prior.
We married at rufford old hall a beautiful 500 year old Tudor hall owned by the national trust.
The Groom and guests waiting outside the hall in the sunshine while I walked towards the hall. I was then walked down the isle by both my Mum and Dad.
After the ceremony photographs were taken by Emma Billsborough around the grounds while the guests relaxed played croquet and ate ice creams.
We then returned to my parents house in a local village. The house is a beautiful thatched cottage were a gorgeous yurt was waiting in the garden for the guests decorating by the Bride and Groom.
The guests were greeted to a relaxed atmosphere with straw bails and plenty of chilled champagne followed by a delicious hog roast to devour.