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Kate and Ed met during freshers week after moving into the same halls of residence at Loughborough University. Fast-forward to February 2020 and, during a sunrise walk on Miami Beach, Ed popped the question – it was a complete surprise!
Returning from their trip to a Covid lockdown, Kate and Ed decided to set their wedding date for 29th July 2022.
The Wedding Fashion
Like most brides, Kate looked at plenty of dresses before going wedding dress shopping and one design in particular caught her eye. Lucky for Kate, a similar design by Sophia Tolli was in a sample sale at Fleur de Lys Bridal in Saffron Walden.
“I wore a simple crepe satin wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder sleeves. The dress had a scoop illusion back with floating buttons down the back onto the train. I added a diamanté belt to add a little sparkle to the dress.”
Fleur de Lys was the first bridal boutique that Kate went to, and she didn’t need to try on many before deciding on the one.
“When I tried this one on and the assistant added the belt, I just knew it was the one.”
The bride paired her gown with a Swarovski necklace and earrings gifted by her mother-in-law and a belt and veil both purchased from Facebook marketplace.
“I wore the same outfit for the evening reception, although after the first dance, I changed into some converse wedding trainers personalised with Mrs Garrott and our wedding date, 29.07.2022, which my sister bought as a wedding gift.”
The bridesmaids wore blush pink bridesmaid dresses from TFNC while Ed and his groomsmen took the opportunity to wear tails hired from HRH Holmes.
“Ed wanted a timeless, classic look for the suits and wanted to take the opportunity to wear tails as there aren’t many chances. He wore an ivory tie while the groom party wore pink ties. The buttonholes included golf tees to tie in Ed's love of golf.”
The Wedding Ceremony
The couple chose a religious ceremony at St Mary the Virgin Church in Westmill and Kate’s dad walked her down the aisle to the traditional bridal chorus.
“The church was beautifully decorated with flowers that we purchased from the wholesales Savinns earlier in the week. They were then beautifully arranged by a flower arranger at the church.
“My Nain (welsh term for Nan), wrote a five-verse wedding poem for us. It was a very special moment, especially the last verse which she had written in Welsh. Ed’s brother also read a bible reading from the church pulpit.”
The couple exchanged rings that they had bought from Birmingham’s jewellery quarter.
The Wedding Reception
Following on from their church ceremony, Kate and Ed headed to Fanhams Hall, a venue they had long had their hearts set on.
“We always knew we would get married there. Ed’s Nan had previously worked at Fanhams Hall for 20 years and, since she passed away, she has a memorial tree in the garden. It’s a special place for us and it really felt like she was able to be part of the day.
“The wedding venue was fantastic and catered for everything we needed: as well as being absolutely stunning and a fantastic location for pictures, there were also plenty of hotel rooms for our guests!”
For the main wedding breakfast, Kate and Ed's guests tucked into bruschetta followed by roast beef and strawberry cheesecake – with wedding cake to follow.
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The Wedding Cake and Flowers
The couple had a blush pink and ivory colour scheme with a subtle golf theme running throughout, from the tables named after golf courses to the confetti cones with vintage golfers.
“The flowers were gorgeous and fitted with our colour theme. The buttonholes were accessorised with golf tees.
“We also had a confetti walk when we left the church with confetti made by my mum and Nain, from their gardens in Mid Wales.”
Their wedding cake was made by a friend and consisted of one chocolate tier and one vanilla sponge tier, decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers.
The Stationery and Special Details
“The illustrated wedding invitations were spectacular, made by our very talented sister-in-law. She hand-drew a picture of Fanhams Hall, which spanned the bottom of the invites, and she gave us a framed copy as a wedding present. She designed all our wedding stationery including save the dates, invites, table plan and place names.”
Kate and Ed had Lindt chocolate bunnies and Christmas teddies as their favours, each wrapped in cellophane and sealed with a personalised sticker.
Kate and Ed chose singer Roxy Searle as their wedding entertainment during their drinks reception and three-piece band, The Lonesome Frets, to play during their main reception.
“We chose Roxy as she is local singer who plays often at some of our local pubs, and we love going to watch her play. We chose the Lonesome Frets as they organise and play at a fantastic music festival in a local village and are a fantastic, enthusiastic band who get the party started.
“Our first dance song was A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay which we chose because Coldplay is our favourite band and the first concert that we went to together was Coldplay at the Royal Albert Hall, which was a really special moment.
"We also went to see Coldplay in Wembley a couple of weeks after our wedding and when they played A Sky Full of Stars it bought the memories flooding back!”
After the wedding, Kate and Ed jetted off to Bali on their honeymoon, a place they’d dreamed of going to for years.
- Venue: Fanhams Hall
- Photographer: Sian Weatherhead Photography
- Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli at Fleur de Lys Bridal
- Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup with Dren
- Groomswear: HRH Holmes & Son
- Bridesmaid Dresses: TFNC
- Florist: Jane Maples Flowers
- Wedding Cake: Oh Crumbs Cakes
- Entertainment: Roxy Searle and The Lonesome Frets
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