Today’s beautiful bride Katherine used lots of independent and creative suppliers to help with her wedding to gorgeous groom David. They’re the loveliest couple – and as well as the stunning images of their vintage country fair wedding they’ve shared a brilliant wedding report at the end of today’s feature. Don’t miss it!
The wedding venue is Mythe Barn in Atherstone, Warwickshire. I love a barn wedding, and this is such a wonderful venue in lush countryside. Wedding photographers Peter and Sara at Pixies in the Cellar captured Katherine and David’s wedding beautifully. Do get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer:
- Pixies in the Cellar official website www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk
- The Pixies in the Cellar blog – latest weddings, engagement shoots and news! http://pixiesinthecellar.blogspot.co.uk
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The details of their wedding day are beautiful; the styling simple but effective and oh my what a stunning bride Katherine is! Her top tip for other couples is to “take in as much as possible because it will be over before you know it! It goes by so fast that you don’t have chance to appreciate everything, that’s another reason to have a great photographer like we did, they can capture you’re whole day beautifully so you don’t miss anything!”
Our wedding story: Katherine & David
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Over the moon! Couldn’t have asked for anything more. They made us feel so comfortable which made for even better photos.
Mythe Barn, Atherstone
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A vintage-y, pastel coloured homemade affair.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were totally blown away; neither of us could believe how beautiful they were. They were everything we wanted and more, they managed to get our ‘style’ exactly and pick out dramatic and gorgeous details and features – awesome!
Your wedding style and theme:
Vintage, country fair style with pastel colours and spring themes – little personal touches that were very ‘us’. We wanted to capture both our personalities and what we love in life.
Any happy tears on the day?
A few from the father of the bride and the bridesmaid/sister of the bride when walking down the aisle, the bride held it together all the way through! (Plus the groom was on the verge of tears throughout his vows, not that he’d admit that!)
How did the two of you meet?
We met at school back in 2004 through mutual friends when we were both just 14 & 15, textbook childhood sweethearts! We have been truly inseparable since then.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
In total 18 months. We wanted to have plenty of time and not have to rush into anything, we were very casual about it and the process was far less stressful than we’ve seen with other people going through it! That way once we had decided on the venue we felt we could really relax and enjoy the planning on the best day of our lives rather than feel like it was a chore.
Best bit of budget advice?
Spend more on what means more to you, work out your priorities from day one and work your budget around that. Our biggest expense was the fabulous venue so we focused on that and did a lot of the decoration etc. ourselves (this also meant we could give it the personal touch we were after). For some people it will be the dress, the cake or the show-stopping entertainment but whatever it is, make sure it is affordable in the long run – don’t get into debt for it (there are plenty of ways to make your wedding both gorgeous and affordable)!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Kindly printed for us by the bride’s sister (bridesmaid) and brother-in-law at Awesome Merchandise.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, the first time I tried it on! I tried on plenty of other dresses but kept on looking longingly back at the first one hanging on the rail. It felt ‘right’, I felt beautiful in it and it fit perfectly – I knew it was the one! It was nothing like I had pictured it but I went with my gut feeling and I think it paid off.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sincerity (part of Justin Alexander) from The Dressing Rooms, Halesowen.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My shoes were the first thing wedding related that I bought – gorgeous Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoes with big red hearts on (I’m not really into traditional wedding shoes!). I got my lovely chapel length veil with Swarovski crystals from The Wedding Veil Shop, a bit of sparkle to complement my very plain dress. The beautiful and delicate silver link bracelet that I wore on the day was my ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something old’ – it was my mother’s. As for my earrings, they were a spur of the moment purchase from Not on the High Street, a shop called ‘Badgers Badgers’ and my ‘something blue’.
The groom wore:
A stunning simple grey slim fit suit from Calvin Klein, a classic white slim fit shirt from T M Lewin, a gorgeous pink and grey striped tie from Paul Smith and black brogues from Ted Baker. The cufflinks were personalised with the date we met on one and the date of the wedding on the other and were a gift from the bride – bought from ‘Posh Totty Designs’ at Not on the High Street.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My one and only bridesmaid wore a pretty pastel pink strapless maxi dress from Mango, we wanted something that she could wear again and this fit the bill perfectly and went so well with the theme! She picked her own shoes and got some lovely gold flat sandals by Sam Edelman on Shop Bop.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired professionals for both hair and make-up, I’m rubbish with both so really wouldn’t trust myself to DIY on the day! I used Katy Bird for my make-up; she did such a fabulous job and got the look that I wanted spot on – I felt gorgeous all day and would recommend her to anyone that will listen! I used Helena Sinclair for my hair and again she did a perfect job, my hair stayed in place all day and she managed to do things with my hair that I could never do. For both my make-up and hair, I didn’t want it to be too ‘wedding-y’ and both Helena and Katy managed to understand that and work with it so well – excellent work from both of them!
Gorgeous bouquets, buttonholes and centrepiece flowers from In Bloom (Birmingham Jewellery Quarter). We used all the flowers that I love, soft pastel colours with Peonies, Hydrangeas, Ranunculus and Miss Piggy Roses.
We didn’t want to mess around with the ceremony so went very ‘traditional’ with the civil ceremony, we didn’t write any extra vows of our own, as we wanted to keep it very simple. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of ‘Here comes the sun’ and we signed the register to Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ and Dashboard Confessional’s ‘As Lovers Go’.
The only reading we had was done by a very good friend of ours from University and was an extract from A A Milne’s ‘Now We Are Six’ – a short and sweet reading about soul mates.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was so beautiful that it didn’t need much decoration, we kept it simple by using old books and birdcages for the centrepieces with cut outs from old music books as table confetti. We hand made a ‘Mr and Mrs’ banner for the top table but didn’t decorate the ceremony room too much – just a few hand made pomanders for the ends of the rows and some flowers on the table. We used old jars and milk bottle vases for all the ceremony and centrepiece flowers, which we decorated ourselves with twine, buttons and ribbon for the homemade feel so wanted to keep it simple so we could focus on the small details and enhance the venues great features. We simply added a few tea lights for the evening to give the venue a romantic glow.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Fairly traditional three-tier round cake with a cute modern twist – all white with small ivory flower embellishments and two love birds sitting on the top. We didn’t design the cake ourselves as we fell in love with this design on the cake makers website when we first saw it, we used Cotton and Crumbs based in Sutton Coldfield.
We had an awesome DJ – Harry Walker from Disco Wed. He managed to please everyone whilst working with our personal music tastes (that aren’t necessarily great for weddings). There was definitely something for everyone and he kept everyone dancing all night, everyone we’ve spoken to since has complimented us on the DJ choice.
On the day tips and advice:
Our best advice would be to try to relax and enjoy the day – take in as much as possible because it will be over before you know it! It goes by so fast that you don’t have chance to appreciate everything, that’s another reason to have a great photographer like we did, they can capture you’re whole day beautifully so you don’t miss anything! Also really enjoy the time alone when you are having your couple’s pictures taken with just the two of you, it’s the only time you’ll get to be alone with each other all day and take it all in!
What’s the best thing about being married?
For us, nothing much has really changed because we had already been together for 10 years by the time we got married but the best bit is definitely being able to call each other Husband and Wife – bit surreal at first!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographer – Pixies in the Cellar
Venue – Mythe Barn, Atherstone
Caterers – Galloping Gourmet (compulsory with venue hire)
Cake – Cotton & Crumbs
Flowers – In Bloom
Wedding Dress – The Dressing Rooms, Halesowen
Groom/Groomsmen – Moss
Stationery – Awesome Merchandise
Make-up – Katy Bird
Hair – Helena Sinclair
Wedding Rings – Mitchel & Co., Jewellery Quarter Birmingham
DJ – Disco Wed