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A glorious vintage broadway wedding in Preston

I love the couples whose weddings I can share on this blog, I truly do! Richard and Katey are fantastic – both absolutely gorgeous and the loveliest people. Here’s proof for you – when I asked for wedding day advice Richard and Katey suggested this little gem:

“The day should be about the marriage, not just the fuss afterwards, remember why you are making the commitment to begin with and embrace it.”

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A beautiful sentiment from a lovely couple – and one I’d reiterate with every blog post if I thought for a second you didn’t know it already! But of course, this being a wedding blog there are as many gorgeous details as there are magical moments. Katey wears Jenny Packham, Richard looks amazing in Duchamp. Their vintage broadway wedding theme included the most amazing tickets as escort cards and – oh, yes – a red Cadillac to take Katey to church.

The fabulous images of Katey and Richard’s wedding are by Chris Milner Photography, and the words below are by Richard and Katey. This is such a cool wedding – full of ideas and absolutely bursting with love and romance. Enjoy the blog post 🙂

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Katey wears Eden by Jenny Packham with a beautiful vintage hair accessory from Queens and Bowl (links below)

Jenny Packham: www.JennyPackham.com
and Queens & Bowl: www.QueensandBowl.com

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What did you wear?

The Bride wore the Eden dress by Jenny Packham and was unique as it was platinum and ivory, a combination not normally used for that dress, and her shoes were also Jenny Packham. The headpiece was called Charleston and was handmade by Madeline Isaac-James

The groom wore a tuxedo by my favourite menswear designer Duchamp London, my bow tie, shirt and pocket hanky (pochette) were also Duchamp London. My socks were pink Paul Smith and my shoes were silver Kurt Geiger. I also had a dress cane from ebay!
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Who proposed, and how?

I (Rick) proposed in Malta in June 2010. I drove us across the island in our hire car to a church we could see at the top of the hill. When we got there it was dark and because the church was celebrating its 400th birthday it and the surrounding streets were decorated with white lights. After walking around the church I dropped to one knee and proposed.

Wedding venue: We got married at St Mary’s Fernyhalgh RC church in Preston, it’s a beautiful yet understated church. The priest is called Father Tom. Our reception was at Ferraris country house in Longridge, Preston. It’s a fantastic place.

Wedding photographer: The very talented Chris Milner

How would you describe your wedding style? We decided upon a vintage Broadway theme quite early on. We kept touches of the UK in there though; the flowers were cream roses and pale hydrangea. We had a superb ticket system as our seating plan, once you found your ticket with your name on it, it admitted you to the table you were to be sat at. Our good friend and bridesmaid Kate Bellamy designed and created our invitations, seating plan and ticket idea and our menus.
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Which readings did you choose?

Katey’s step brother Christian read from Corinthians 13:1, it’s an often used reading. We also had our nieces and nephews (Poppy 10, Harry 8, Annabel 7 and Oliver 5) read a version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Changes Everything between them. It was a lovely touch and they received a well-deserved round of applause.
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A vintage broadway wedding reception: Ferraris Country House

Wedding venue styling and details: We had a company called Dancefloor Couture light the room with uplights and downlights, they lit the top table swagging and we had a lit backdrop as well. The table centre pieces were 5 candelabras decorated with pale pink and cream flowers, the chair covers were white with a cream sash. The favours were small pots of Wilkin and Sons Strawberry and champagne jam – again a very English detail. We also used vintage leather suitcases and trunks for our card and gift box.

What were your wedding highlights?

We loved the whole day from start to finish but particular highlights were getting to kiss the bride, we danced into our wedding breakfast to a Rihanna song called ‘Who’s that chick?’ which was superb. The speeches were all brilliant, fortunately there are just too many highlights to mention, the whole day was a highlight!
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Wedding music and entertainment:

The music at the ceremony was provided by an excellent string quartet from Music Students For Hire. We had Canon in D for the bride’s entrance, whilst signing the register we had One Day Like This by Elbow and Paradise by Coldplay. And we had Coldplay Viva la Vida as our exit song. Our hymns were Jerusalem and Give me Joy (in my heart).

At the reception Robin Kershaw from Dancefloor Couture MC’d and played broadway musical and show tunes throughout the wedding breakfast. Once the room was turned around for the evening reception Robin was also our DJ. We also had a photobooth from Picture This Photo Booth, that was an excellent idea, everyone got involved in the fancy dress and had a great time in the booth. The photos in the guest book are hilarious!

Memorable wedding day moments:

The day as a whole was so memorable. The speeches were so touching and funny, our wedding breakfast entrance was great fun, I’ll never forget our first dance, we danced to Is This Love? By Bob Marley. The day ran perfectly.
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Wedding day advice from Richard and Katey:

  • Before the wedding I would say all the extra effort planning and saving so we could have everything as we wanted was so so worth it. The compliments we received were much appreciated.
  • On the day I would say don’t worry about the weather, the bad weather worked out very well for us as it kept the guests together in the building, we had quite a large wedding, 164 at the wedding breakfast and over 200 at the evening reception and everyone mingled and got on so well.
  • I would also say try and remember it, the day goes quickly so try taking some time out to reflect slightly with your new hubby/wife throughout the day, just 5 mins here and there.
  • Be yourselves as you can’t please everybody. We don’t really like wedding cake so instead we had a large selection of different cakes, chocolate cake, carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, lemon drizzle cake, fruit cake etc. Also, I really don’t like the tails look so the groomsmen and myself were all in black tie, an American tradition I think should be embraced more.
  • And most importantly, the day should be about the marriage, not just the fuss afterwards, remember why you are making the commitment to begin with and embrace it.

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Richard and Katey’s recommended wedding suppliers

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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16 COMMENTS
  • Wendy Bell
    7 years ago

    Wow I totally have wedding stationery envy! I love the way Richard & Katey had their table plan; brilliant. 🙂 x

  • chris hanley
    7 years ago

    Top shots from Chris Milner, his eye for detail is great. Katey’s jenny P gown is gorgeous. A lovely vintage wedding tastefully done by all.
    C
    PS lovely to see Ferrari’s. its where myself and Claire got married 🙂

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Chris H – noted. I loved Chris’s images as well, and the emotions he captures in the photographs just seem so genuine, natural and spontaneous.

      Glad to be bringing back lovely memories for my favourite people today as well then 🙂
      Hope you’re both well and happy!
      C xxx

  • Neale James
    7 years ago

    Normally a b&w fan, I have to say that in this wedding, it’s the fabulous colour images from the church and ceremony that stand out. Lovely photography, with some great detail shot from Chris. Oh, and can’t leave a comment without a nod to the groom’s shiny shoes!!

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Neale – lovely comment. Those shoes are amazing aren’t they! I love a groom whose wedding shoes are as special as anything Jimmy Choo or Louboutin can create! (Katey’s Jenny Packham shoes are gorgeous too)

      More shiny groom’s shoes here – As if we were in a love scene from a movie by Chris Hanley – and proof that he is indeed a winter weddings specialist (see comment above)

      Claire x

  • Kate Bridge
    7 years ago

    Wow! What a beautiful wedding, totally adore the sentiment and all the little touches – especially the silver shoes!
    x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Kate, thank you for your lovely comment! There’s so much to love in this wedding isn’t there 🙂
      Those shoes are quite a hit! I love them too.
      Claire xx

  • Dearest Claire,
    What a joyous wedding event you shared here with your readers. Very stylish but done in a way to just follow their own heart. Unique wedding invitations and escort cards, adding glamour to this special day. The bridal gown was so elegant and with the vintage hair piece just perfect. The groom choose wisely too and looked likewise dashing. Regardless the rain; this couple managed to pull off a lovely wedding day with their guests. Good luck to them!
    Mariette

  • Wow love this wedding it really has a nostalgic feel. Just love the attention to detail.

  • hayley
    7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding!! Please can you let me know where the bridesmaid dresses are from? I am on the search for some dresses at the moment for my friends wedding and these would be perfect!

    Thanks so much x

  • I love these vintage weddings, they have so much personality in them and so many quirky details.
    And the dress is gorgeous!

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