It’s perfectly possible to make any theme look amazing: Katrina and Pete’s “twist of Harry Potter” wedding knocked me for six when I saw their gorgeous, vintage-inspired hanging table names. Wow. This is a wedding I KNOW you’ll love.
“The table plan was old keys that I bought and attached little butterfly wings to each one. We hung them on fishing line and attached them to a tree where we had the welcome drinks. They were supposed to resemble the flying keys from the first harry potter book. The effect was awesome and everyone took them home as a keepsake.”
“The best thing about being married is once everything settles down it becomes ‘normal’. That sounds bad. But actually once all the wedding bubble has gone you get to be just you two again and work towards all those promises you made on your wedding day. Normal for me means meant to be, and we are more in love than ever.”
Images are by fabulous wedding photographer Fiona Walsh Photography. Discover more from Fiona here:
In the English Wedding Book I talked about traditions and why we shouldn’t adhere to them blindly, but choose the traditions we’ll enjoy keeping. Pete and Katrina have the perfect example: “We went for a chocolate and fig fruit cake and it was delicious. We even got to make a wish whilst stirring the bottom mix. Some traditions are worth keeping.” Their English Wedding interview below is full of fantastic advice, so please do snuggle up with a cuppa for this one: it’s a beautiful feature I’m proud to be sharing, and wonderfully written by our bride and groom too. Enjoy!
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Katrina and Pete
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We saw her beautiful photos on her website.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
When I first contacted Fiona, we talked for nearly an hour she was so enthusiastic about all of our ideas. She was getting married too and so it felt like chatting to a friend. On the day she was a star, I didn’t want many formal photos but she got the few that were important. She made suggestions in the evening to walk down the road to a corn field where we got the most beautiful pictures. She got on well with all our guests and we are really lucky that we booked with her. We have since kept in touch and she even sent us a Christmas card.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The day after our wedding was my birthday. Fiona sent me a beautiful photograph of us both in a corn field as a birthday present. We managed to see our full wedding album when we were on our honeymoon in Cape Town. We sat up late into the night in our hotel room reliving every minute of it. It was wonderful.
The Old Rectory, Pyworthy
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Tears and beers shared with all who are dear…
Your wedding style or theme:
A beautiful country wedding with a Harry Potter twist.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly the internet and crafty ideas came from blogs
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Accept any offers from friends and family. Pete’s mother and sister made our five tier wedding cake and my mother made the table cloths and altered my wedding dress. Listen to your fiancé (sometimes) when he says “do we really need that?”
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photography, food and live music.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My friend is a graphic designer and so I worked closely with her to create a design that became the logo that appeared on our jam and chutney favors. The laser cut tree that enclosed it was created with help from friends at work.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely, it was like nothing I’d pictured I would get but it was perfect.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ian Stuart, Frangipani La Boutique, Exeter
La Boutique donates ALL profits from the sale of its dresses to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. The charity organises & funds weddings for people around the U.K with a life limiting or terminal illness.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My necklace was found in antique store in Topsham, Exeter. My ivory T-bar shoes and vintage veil were found in La Boutique, it was a very successful visit.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
He wore a blue, three piece Ted Baker suit which he absolutely adores.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids wore a long coral dress from Debut, Debenhams.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My make-up artist was Zoe Bowie. Before the wedding she shellacked my nails and applied Nouveau Lashes. She did my make-up and my bridesmaids. I was so happy with the way she talked me through the colours she would use. The end result couldn’t of been better it really made me feel special.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our flowers were from Floral Design in Holsworthy. Pete came with me as he wanted to pick out his button hole. She was amazing she took our colour scheme and ideas and ran with it. She created my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ and decorated our cake which looked stunning.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was an old village hall so we did do quite a bit including bringing in two big birch trees to act as our altar. The beams were beautiful so we just strung lights between them. In the front garden we erected a marquee and decorated it with pictures of us and friends.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our favours were jars of jams and chutneys. The jams were made by Pete’s mother and a close family friend, who own a farm made our chutneys.
Pete proposed at Harry Potter studios in London right outside the Weasley’s wizard wheezes. Which suits his personality perfectly, as he is always telling jokes. From this we decided to name our tables after shops in Diagon Alley, so Pete and his dad made the signs and my mum and I painted them.
The table plan were old keys that I bought and attached little butterfly wings to each one. We hung them on fishing line and attached them to a tree where we had the welcome drinks. They were supposed to resemble the flying keys from the first harry potter book. The effect was awesome and everyone took them home as a keepsake.
We created a wall of friends, where we printed out a picture of every one of our guests with us on different outings, holidays and meet ups. To show how much we appreciate each and every one of them being in our life. It was important to us that they felt part of our day too.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I don’t particularly like fruit cake but because the cake was being made by family it was the best solution to get it iced before the wedding. So in a compromise with my mother in law who loves tradition we went for a chocolate and fig fruit cake and it was delicious. We even got to make a wish whilst stirring the bottom mix. Some traditions are worth keeping.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My school friends offered to play for me as a wedding present and they are the most talented people I know. They played Red rose by Robert Burns in memory of my Granddad as I walked down the aisle. They also played Everlong by the Foo Fighters as a surprise ‘reading’ for Pete as it’s his favourite band. They finished, on Pete’s request, Afternoon delight by Starland vocal band as we walked out hand in hand laughing.
In the evening we had a band called Carnaby Street a real favourite locally. They are a sixties band with a few songs from the seventies. It was the best decision we made. Everyone knew the music from old to young and even if you didn’t the song was always happy, upbeat and wanted to make you dance. They were wonderful, the dance floor was full and they played for an extra hour, probably because most of our guests would let them off the stage!
On the day tips and advice:
Every so often step back and ask do I really need this or is anyone actually going to notice this. For example I bought loads of candles for the window sills in the ceremony room. They never got lit and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who noticed it.
If you can pick a venue that is flexible, ours was available from Thursday to Monday. This meant that we could get everything in place leading up to the wedding and on the Friday night we invited everyone who was staying locally for dinner of chilli and curry. It was great to see everyone beforehand because as a bride you really are kept away from it all on the day.
On the day, enjoy it. It goes so far and I promise that all the stress and worry disappears on the day because you have done all you can…let it go. Meeting a greeting is hard so we formed a welcome line outside the room where the wedding breakfast was held. It meant we got to at least see everyone, it’s worth the time and then you can get introduced into the room.
Make time for just the two of you. After we welcomed our evening guests we slipped away for some photos and it gave us a chance to take it all in and spend some time together. It can be very easy to feel like you haven’t seen much of each other
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing about being married is once everything settles down it becomes ‘normal’. That sounds bad. But actually once all the wedding bubble has gone you get to be just you two again and work towards all those promises you made on your wedding day. Normal for me means meant to be, and we are more in love than ever.