Katie and James first met when they were neighbours and used to see each other as they were heading out most days but never spoke. “Late one evening I was walking home from my parents' house just as James was going out to walk his dog and we got talking,” recalls Katie. After spending a lot of time together, they realised how relaxed they were in each other's company and how much they had in common. So much so, that only a year later James proposed while Katie was pregnant with their daughter Penelope. “It was a complete surprise,” adds Katie. “James took me back to where we had one of our first dates at Windsor Great Park. The first time we went it poured with rain and James really wanted to show me The Long Walk; on our one-year anniversary we finally reached the top to the statue, and James proposed with a ring whilst declaring his love for me. Very romantic and quickly made me forget about the long walk he had just made me do whilst pregnant!”
The happy couple set the big day for 11th February, 2018, and chose the idyllic Field Place Manor House as the backdrop to their day. Here, we find out all about the finer details of their nature inspired nuptials...
Our favours for the adults were bath bombs wrapped in hessian and twine, which also acted as a place name as they had the guests' names on.
We made our table plan from an old fruit crate decorated with daisy garlands, moss and twine which we hung luggage tag-shaped card on to using pegs. We also paired this with another crate that we'd turned into our postbox.
Our centrepieces were dusky pink vases with rabbits on which were placed on a single log slice and held an array of flowers that looked like they had just been picked from a garden including small daisies, blue delphiniums, pink snapdragons and greenery.
Our flowers for the whole day were provided by The Flower Shop in Wick, Littlehampton and the brief was 'rustic, woodland and whimsical'.
Our cake was created by Biggs Bakery. It really showed off our theme perfectly with the two lovebirds sitting on the tree and scattered daisies. The detail on the cake blew us away and was more than we expected.
Our tables were named after birds, not only to tie in with theme but the road names where we both live are names of birds, so each table was titled from a road on our estate to highlight the importance of where we live and met.
My dress was by Lillian West and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. From the illusion neckline to the stunning lace detail on the back; I loved how it hugged my figure showing off James' favourite feature of me which is my bum! But what really sealed the deal was the daisy detailing on the dress.
James wore a dark grey suit with grey waistcoat, tweed tie and tweed handkerchief to make him different from his groomsmen.
Our three young bridesmaids wore knee length, pale blue and flowery pleated dresses from Monsoon paired with pink cardigans, pink shoes and flowers in their hair.
We had a candy floss and popcorn stall, and had a kids table with sweets and balloons.
Afternoon tea was amazing, and we had so many compliments from guests about how nice the food was.
The magic mirror that Field Place supplied was probably the highlight of the wedding for many of the guests. Kids and adults loved being creative with the props!
Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses
Catherine Francis Boutique
Dave Hunt Productions
The Flower Shop
Groom's and groomsmen's suits
Grey Suit Hire
Millie and Max
Hire Your Day
Southdown Historic Vehicles