A Dusky Pink and Gold Country Hotel Wedding with Traditional German Games

Bride Kat McKenna brought a little bit of her home country to Hampshire as she tied the knot with Elliott on this fairytale day

Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham

We love a wedding with lots of traditions – and we were so excited to see the customs beautiful bride Kat brought over from her native Germany! How often do you get to see two newlyweds breaking a sweat sawing a log of wood?

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Kat and Elliott met through an online game community in 2009 but it took three years for them to finally meet in person. Kat travelled from Germany and Elliott from the UK to Sweden to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012 with their online friends – and immediately became inseparable.

They spent another three years engaged before their beautiful pink and gold-inspired wedding day at The Elvetham in Hampshire in front of 65 friends and family.

Photography by Hannah McClune

Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham

The Wedding Dress

Kat looked stunning in a fairytale Oleg Cassini dress bought from David’s Bridal. She accessorised with silver and rose gold floral-inspired jewellery, with a pearl hair vine in the same style. Kat’s hair – done by Katie-Jane Whitlock – complemented the princess vibe with a braided updo and tumbling curls. She chose natural, glowing makeup by Katie Burt Makeup Artist.

“My wedding dress was a beautiful, floral A-line gown. The top was a corset embellished with embroidered flowers, pearls and rhinestones. The skirt had lots of cascading chiffon layers. There were two special moments as I got ready where my bridesmaid went ‘Awwww!’ – when I had my hair and makeup done and when I stepped in the dress. My dad was already crying when he picked me up!

“It was the third dress I tried on. I always had a vision for my dress, so knew exactly what I wanted. My mum picked a completely different style for me to try on, so I decided to let her have that moment… little did I know that I actually fell in love with exactly that dress despite it being completely the opposite of what I ever imagined! The other two were ‘typically Katharina’ dresses that everyone liked, but declared ‘too safe’ and ‘expected of you’.

“In hindsight, I would have liked to change into a different outfit for the reception, but I wanted to wear my dress for as long as possible to justify the price tag.”

Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham

The Wedding Party

Kat and Elliott had four bridesmaids and ushers, and it was Kat who ended up planning all the wedding party’s outfits. She chose dusky pink dresses from Chi Chi London for her bridesmaids – two from Germany and two English friends – while the groomsmen wore dark grey suits, hired from Moss Bros, with matching dusky pink ties and handkerchiefs.

“I would call the outfits a ‘joint effort’. Elliott basically gave me free reign on everything as he wanted me to have the best day of my life, but I still made sure he liked what I proposed!

“At first I wanted to give my bridesmaids the option to figure what they wanted out together as there were girls of different sizes and I wanted all of them to feel comfortable. We all liked the dresses we went for in the end, however, by that time all the sizes were sold out, so we had to move on.

“Lots of discussions and fights and tears later I decided to overrule their opinions the minute the website had all sizes of the Lucinda dress by Chi Chi London back in stock – and they were all happy with the decision!”

Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham
Kat & Elliott's Real Wedding - The Elveltham