This week’s wedding is simply stunning. If you’re a lover of travel, understated elegance and non-traditional wedding cakes, you must read on.
On their 9th year anniversary in May 2012, Horsham couple, Kate and Tim tied the knot with a beautiful service at St Andrew’s Church, Edburton, followed by a marquee reception, next door… on the father of the bride’s prized lawn.
We caught up with beautiful bride, Kate to hear all about her big day, nearly one year on:
Love Sussex Weddings: Hi Kate, your wedding looks beautiful. But before, we find out any more, tell us about how Tim proposed!
Kate: Tim is one of the most romantic people I know and his proposal was totally out of the blue. We decided to go on safari in Kenya – something we have both wanted to do for a really long time. After the evening game drive on the first day we were sitting on the terrace of our lodge watching the sunset listening to Turin Brakes (the soundtrack to our round the world travels many years ago).
When the song ‘Forever’ came on Tim turned to me and said he wanted this to be the first dance at our wedding and before I’d comprehended what he’d said he was on his knee asking me to marry him. He didn’t have a ring as we always knew we would get a diamond left to me by my grandma made into the engagement ring so instead proposed with a diamond Pandora charm. Needless to say I cried and said yes all at the same time! Love Sussex Weddings: That is so sweet! What made you chose to get married in Sussex?
Kate: Since I was a little girl I’ve always dreamt of getting married in the church next door with the reception on the front lawn and luckily my dad agreed to let us do this despite the fact that the marquee ruined his prized grass!
Kate: A lot of my inspiration was from the internet and wedding blogs – which I was actually a little bit addicted to! I also took recommendations from friends and family and preferred to book people where I’d had previous experience of them at other weddings and events. I found it difficult to decide on a style of wedding as I found all the ideas incredibly pretty and I think we went through a million different ideas before settling on a loosely based vintage travel theme. Travelling is one of the things that Tim and I have always loved doing and have done a lot together and so we decided to incorporate this into our day. We also chose my two favourite colours to be our wedding colours – pale pink and grey.
Love Sussex Weddings: Great choice! Speaking of great choices, your dress looked absolutely perfect. Where did you find it?
Kate: My dress was purchased from Blackburn Bridal Couture – everyone there was fantastic. After visiting what felt like a million shops I really thought I was never going to have that ‘this is the one’ feeling that so many people talked about. I picked out a few dresses and then Mandi the manager picked up the Emea dress and said she thought I should try it…
I wasn’t sure as all the other lace dresses I’d tried had felt too old and stiff for me but as soon as I put it on I knew it was the dress – the fact that my mum and nanny both cried seeing me in it sealed the deal for me! I also never thought I was a veil person but once in the dress I tried on a simple (although floor length) single tier veil and knew I had to have it – I finally felt like a bride!
Love Sussex Weddings: Aah, you definitely looked like a bride too. Tell us about your gorgeous accessories…
Kate: My jewellery was kept quite simple. I have a necklace that was made from some (more) inherited diamonds from my grandma (I know I’m very lucky to have had a grandma who loved her jewels!) and Tim gave me a very delicate white and rose gold bracelet to wear as a wedding present (as well as some neon pink patent Jimmy Choos – spoilt girl!)
I did really love all the beautiful head pieces in the wedding shops but I just couldn’t warrant the expense so instead had some fresh roses in my hair – the same as my bridesmaids. Love Sussex Weddings: What a great idea! Your bridesmaids looked lovely too. Where did you buy their gowns from?
Kate: The bridesmaid dresses were actually handmade in China. It was a bit risky and apart from a few sizing issues I was really pleased with them. I wasn’t planning on having them all in the same style but we found a dress that suited them all and I think the effect of them all in the same looked really good.
Love Sussex Weddings: Did you do much wedding DIY?
Kate: We made a lot of things for our wedding especially the stationary, including the place names and the table plan, which although was a massive undertaking I’m really pleased we did it. We tried to do as much as we could to reduce costs and also make it our own.
We had a saying when things got stressful – keep it simple stupid! If one of our ideas was getting too complicated or difficult we took a step back and worked out exactly what we were trying to achieve and if it could be made simpler!
We were also very lucky to have lots of friends and family members who were able to help out: my stepmum did my hair, my cousin did my make-up and my brother owns his own campervan business and so lent us our transport.
We decided against individual favours having been to so many weddings where they get left behind so to save on costs and prevent this from happening we put bottles of sloe gin (homemade by my dad and step mum) on each table, had a pick and mix table and I also made rocky road the day before the wedding which was put out with the coffee. Everything was eaten and drunk on the day so we considered our non-traditional favours a success! Love Sussex Weddings: That’s fantastic and very resourceful! Your wedding was full of personal touches. We just can’t not mention that amazing ‘cake’! Where did that idea come from?
Kate: Most of the budget went on food and drink which were probably the most important things for us. We decided not to have a cake and preferred to have a ‘mountain’ of cheese instead, which was served with the evening food. Our caterer Sally immediately got my idea when I was describing it to her and her creation was amazing.
I’m lucky enough that my father owns a specialist food shop and fish smokery , we were able to use a lot of his products in the canapés, starters and mains. Tim’s parents also have a small holding so were able to breed and feed up a pig for us to make sausages for the evening BBQ. The main course was joints of lamb which were carved at the table by nominated carvers meaning we were able to get our guests involved!
Love Sussex Weddings: That’s a great ice-breaking tip. Do you have any other tips to share with Sussex brides-to-be?
Kate: Go for the people that have been recommended to you but also listen to gut instincts – you want to know that the people you are trusting with your big day are easy to talk to and really understand the kind of vibe you are going for. Also haggle your prices – if you don’t ask you won’t get and you’d be surprised how many things we were able to get at a discounted rate just by asking nicely!
We tried to make the whole day personal and really just included everything that we wanted to include despite doubts and frowns from others! I loved the whole process – it was a lot of work but so worth it when it all comes together on the day.
Kate: Yes we did! Our honeymoon was spent in South Africa and Mozambique – a few nights on safari in Kruger and then a week on the beach in Mozambique. It was perfect!
Wedding photographer: Mia Hooper
Wedding Venue: St Andrews Church, Edburton
Flowergirl/page boy outfits/accessories: Debenhams
Groom’s outfit: Dickies, Hove
Flowers: Findon Flowers
Entertainment: Funky Buddha Band
Transport: VW Kampers
Marquee hire: Country Marquees
Equipment hire from Co-ordination Catering Hire
How gorgeous was this beautiful marquee wedding? We love the fact that it was a family affair, with help from most members of the family and even taking place in the bride’s dad’s garden. This is a great idea to keep your celebrations personal and also keep your costs down: win-win!
The bride looked effortlessly chic in her fitted lace dress and we love the fresh flowers in her hair too.
Of course, we can’t fail to mention the couple’s vintage travel theme and massive cheese ‘cake’ – utterly fabulous and oh-so-personal.
Our thanks go to photographer Mia Hooper for allowing us to share these beautiful images with you and, to this week’s (not-so) newlyweds: Kate and Tim. Congratulations on your first wedding anniversary (and 10th year of togetherness) guys!