David proposed to Katherine in one of the most romantic cities possible, Paris. After enjoying a dinner at a little Italian restaurant on the Champs Elysees, they headed to the Eiffel Tower. As they watched the evening light show, David popped the question.
A girl and her shoes
The couple decided to set a date 18 months in advance to allow adequate time to plan their day. Before even booking the venue, Katherine purchased her dream wedding shoes, an iconic pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes with a huge red heart on the front. The quirky style of the wedding, along with the perfect venue and flowers were important to Katherine.
Love at first sight
Once Katherine and David had decided upon their wedding location, Birmingham, they began to look for a venue that had full exclusivity and was spacious and light. Mythe Barn was one of the first barn conversions the couple came across, and after just one visit, they’d fallen in love with the venue. “Everything was perfect for us, the small B&B accommodation at the back overlooking fields, the stunning Bridal Suite with its cute balcony and the simplicity of the décor really blew us away. It was somewhere gorgeous that we could put our own stamp on for the day,” recalls Katherine.
Style me vintage
Having decided they wanted to buck the traditional trends, Katherine used blogs like Rock and Roll Bride for inspiration. The couple ended up creating their own homemade, vintage theme to complement the barn’s style and opted for a pastel colour palette to fit in with the neutral décor. “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,” explains Katherine. They also used old jars and milk bottle vases for their ceremony décor and centrepiece flowers, which they decorated with twine, buttons and ribbon. For the evening, they added tea lights to the room to give off a romantic glow.
Toning it down
Unlike the majority of the couple’s choices, Katherine’s dress was fairly simply and classic in style. “It was nothing like I had pictured it and was in fact the exact opposite of what I imagined I would like, but I went with my gut feeling and I think it paid off,” smile Katherine. She teamed her strapless fishtail style dress with a chapel length veil and delicate jewellery. Her bridesmaid, Charlotte, wore a pastel pink strapless gown from Mango, to complement the pretty vintage style of the day.
Groomed to perfection
The groomsmen’s wore plain three-piece grey suits that were hired from Moss Bros, whilst the David splashed out on a simple grey slim-fit suit from Calvin Klein. David also wore cufflinks he’d received from Katherine; one cufflink listed the day the couple met, the other the day of their wedding. “I’d never seen him look so smart, I was very proud to be marrying him,” smiles Katherine.
Tying the knot
On the 12th April 2014, the couple exchanged vows at Mythe Barn. They wanted a traditional civil ceremony and kept things 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. In the drinks reception that followed, guests enjoyed a glass of Kir Royale, one of the couple’s favourite tipples. For the wedding breakfast, caterers Galloping Gourmet served up smoked bacon scotch egg for starters, fillet steak with Dauphinoise potatoes for main and an apple and blackberry crumble with caramel custard for dessert.
Katherine and David kicked off their evening reception with their first dance to Etta James’ classic, At Last. “We both love the song and felt that it was very apt for our long awaited day. Neither of us are really dancers so we did the usual sway around in a circle for a bit. We got some friends to join us half way through as well, which was a lovely touch,” says Katherine. “If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t change a thing - although we would definitely love to do it all again anyway!” she adds.
The Scandinavian dream
The couple enjoyed a mini-moon in Stockholm after their wedding day. “Lying on a beach doing nothing is really not our thing so we decided on a fabulous city break instead. Scandinavia has always appealed to us and we had an absolutely fabulous time seeing all the sights. Plus, the food and shopping was incredible too!” smiles Katherine.
Katherine’s top tips:
- Relax and enjoy the day – take in as much as possible because it will be over before you know it!
- Enjoy the time alone when you are having your 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!
- Spend more on what means more to you. Work out your priorities from day one and work your budget around that.
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