I thee Wed – Katie & Matt
We love it when we get submitted a wedding which contains lots and lots of our recommended ‘Save the Date’ suppliers. The wedding of Katie and Matt is completely chock a block full of local wedding businesses and suppliers which feature in our magazine and at our Wedding Event with a Difference.
Their venue, Hodsock Priory, is and always has been one of our all time favourite wedding venues in the East Midlands. So glamorous and set in beautiful grounds plus the team simply cannot do enough for their brides and grooms. Katie designed the most incredible afternoon tea style affair with the help of a talented team of suppliers and what a result. These pictures will leave you swooning and completely inspired.
Over to the gorgeous Katie to tell you all about her quintessentially English wedding day:
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
We got married at Hodsock Priory on 7th June 2014. We’d visited the venue a few years ago for their famous snowdrops and fell in love with the beautiful grounds, stunning country house and gatehouse which reminded us of a fairytale castle! When we started thinking about wedding venues this was the first place that came to mind – a secluded, intimate venue but grand and impressive at the same time. After going to a wedding fair there and meeting the team we knew they’d help us have the perfect day.
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?
We knew we wanted a sophisticated vintage style wedding, but still wanted a relaxed, fun atmosphere so that everyone could enjoy the day. We planned lots of things to keep the guests entertained including a vintage ice cream bike, games on the lawn, a sweet table and a photobooth. We also decided to have an afternoon tea rather than a traditional wedding breakfast and set the scene with vintage champagne glasses, beautiful china, cake stands, vintage print napkins (kindly made by Matt’s Gran) and jugs of Pimms and Harvest Pale for a summery feel.
We wanted to do as much as possible ourselves to put our stamp on the wedding and make it a really memorable day. We decorated the venue with giant helium balloons and homemade tassels, made the table plan, guest book and photobooth, and Matt designed all of the stationary. My mum even cross stitched everyone’s names for the tables.
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
I wanted the dress to fit in with the theme and have a beautiful, classic vintage feel. I started looking really early, thinking it would be impossible to find “the one” but I actually found it in the first shop I went into! Grace Couture had some beautiful dresses and I liked almost all of those that I tried on, but there was one in particular that I fell in love with – a really detailed, lacey, sparkly fitted dress with a gorgeous long train. I accessorised it with an equally sparkly hair comb from Vintage Raven and Rachel Simpson shoes.
Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding:
We are so grateful to all the amazing suppliers we used to make our day really special. A highlight has got to be the “Big Dance” from Typical Type which transformed the venue in the evening by framing the dance floor and creating a real feature – the guests had a great time posing with it!
The Kit Mason Trio were also fantastic; effortlessly cool and creating an amazing relaxed atmosphere. They even set up outside for their second set when the sun finally came out so that everyone could bask in the sunshine and still enjoy the music.
And where would we have been without Simon from JAKT photography! He was so accommodating and took some beautiful photos for us. We had an engagement shoot as part of our package which helped us get used to having our pictures taken and put us at ease. On the day he was so much more than a photographer – he helped us reschedule the day to adjust to the bad weather in the morning, ensuring the day kept running smoothly and making the most of the sunshine when it finally came out in the afternoon!
Other suppliers we need to thank include: Gail Dandy for the amazing afternoon tea and hog roast; Vintage English for the beautiful china we hired; All The Small Things for the sweet table glassware and amazing post box; Truly Scrumptious Gelato for the yummy ice cream; Fretwell’s Fancies for our wedding cake; Flowers by Kay for the absolutely beautiful flowers; Simply Strings for providing our wedding music (I walked down the aisle to the Romeo and Juliet theme tune which made me and half the guests shed a tear or two!); Xclusive disco the DJ and lighting; Helen Sutcliffe my hair stylist; and the Alzheimer’s society for providing our wedding favours. And another huge thank you to George and the team at Hodsock who were just fabulous!
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day
I would recommend doing as much as possible yourselves – it was a bit stressful at times but still so much fun making everything for the big day, ensuring that it was unique and really reflected us and best of all you get to keep it all as reminders of the day!
I’d also recommend thinking about the details – run through the day in your mind and think about what the guests will be doing, what each bit of the venue will look like and how you can add lots of personal touches that make the day yours.
And finally, plan everything in much earlier than you think you need to, take a week off work the week before to finish everything off, and love your excel spreadsheet!