Rustic Country feels in flower filled nature was the backdrop for Katie & Adam to say their ‘I Do’s’
Katie, a primary school teacher and Adam, an IT Consultant have always known each other as they went to nearby schools and their families have grown up water skiing at their local ski club.
One chance evening on Katie’s 18th birthday, the pair bumped into each other with their friendship groups. ‘Adam’s friend decided to buy me a bottle of champagne and split it with Adam. It got to paying the bill and Adam’s friend had disappeared, so Adam had to pay for the champagne on his mum and dad’s emergency credit card!’, Katie remembers.
The pair developed a relationship from there and have now been together for eight years, living together for the last three.
On 21st December 2019, the couple had been out with friends before Christmas. Adam had decided to pop the question the following morning so had poured flour all over their glass kitchen table and wrote ‘Marry Me’ in it, ready for Katie to see when she came to make a drink. ‘I decided to strip the bed and do some tidying upstairs first as we were having a mini-Christmas with our families that evening; Adam was just sat there watching me wondering what I was doing as I always go downstairs and make a drink first’, Katie said.
When she finally made it downstairs, Katie saw the flour, thought Adam had been trying to make breakfast and misread the note as ‘Merry Me’, thinking he was making a joke about the early Christmas with their families. It wasn’t until she spotted the ringbox in his hand did the penny drop that Adam was proposing!
The couple began planning not long after their engagement and booked the church and started booking suppliers too. Despite the pandemic, the couple managed to hold onto their original date with their original guest numbers.
Katie knew she wanted to have her wedding celebration in a marquee in her parent’s garden as it’s just so stunning and intimate too. The theme was rustic with a little country. Their décor featured haybales, whisky barrels and a wooden bar which Adam built himself. Katie even built a big crate wall with flowers, candles and fairy lights strewn all over and they even used a pallet for their order of service and seating plan. To pair with the rustic décor, there were hanging baskets featuring lots of neutral flowers, 2 8ft pink blossom trees and a beautiful green foliage canopy that went above the top table. Katie’s parents also made sure the garden foliage looked stunning.
‘We did have a bit of stress as the original marquee company we hired went into liquidation, so we had to find a new marquee company and came across Dabbs Marquees who were brilliant’, Katie said.
Limelight Occasions was where Katie went for her wedding dress and had so much fun with her shopping experience. ‘I wanted to try on every style because everyone had said I would get a dress that I hadn’t thought of’, Katie admits she is a girly girl at heart so loved trying everything on. After originally thinking she wanted a big ballgown dress, Katie settled on an ivory A-line dress with a v neck at the front and back, lots of lace and very sparkly too. She paired it with a cathedral length veil with lace at the bottom for a pretty finish.
For the reception, Guest Dining took care of the catering; ‘They were absolutely brilliant, we arrived, and they did the drinks reception with either beer or prosecco and were bringing gorgeous canapes round too.’, Katie said.
The couple got married at 1pm at St Michael’s Church; Katie remembers feeling really nervous and overwhelmed, which is odd as she says she’s quite a chilled person. She walked into the church, took a really big breath and only saw Adam at the end of the aisle. ‘I didn’t notice anyone was there until we were sat doing the registry’.
Adam’s best man’s dad had a Lamborghini for his wedding car and Katie and her bridesmaids arrived in vintage Roll Royce’s from Horsfields of Halifax. This was actually the same company that Katie’s mum used at her wedding 30 years ago so was very sentimental as it was the exact same cars.
Another important moment Katie remembers involves her dad; ‘I lost my dad when I was around eight years old, and my mum and step-dad have been together a long time, so he gave me away. Leading up to the wedding, I wanted something to have a part of my dad with me to walk down the aisle. I thought about getting a tattoo but my mum didn’t like that idea’. Just after Katie got ready, her sister (also maid of honour) brought her a gift of two lockets; one with dad in and the other had special words along the lines of ‘I’ll be with you down the aisle’, a really special memory.
The happy couple were enjoying mingling with their guests and so had pushed back their wedding photos a little. However, as the pair were about to go have their photos done, one of the groomsmen ran over and explained that they needed to cut the cake as it was going to fall over. ‘My sister had made the cake; it was a very warm day and when transporting it in the car, it had started to fall, however managed to stay upright until we took the photos’, Katie said. The couple swiftly cut their cake and enjoyed a sit-down meal of ham hock terrine with pineapple chutney or veggie terrine to start.
For the main, Katie and Adam had a little surprise for their guests; they had secretly allocated a chief meat slicer at each table who were delivered an apron, knife and chef’s hat. A Ribeye steak was brought over and guests cut slices for their tables. This was paired with various sides featuring Caesar salad, dauphinoise potatoes, butternut squash curry for vegetarians and cous cous. Dessert was a range of miniature flapjacks, brownies and chocolate-covered strawberries.
The couple had the first dance, which turned into a big party with Matt Hodges singing in complete country gear and cowboy boots. An interesting moment came when the drummer pretended to have a tantrum and stormed off; Katie said, ‘I actually play the drums, so I got up with the band and offered to help’, bet that was a surprise moment for the guests!
Towards the end of the evening, the happy couple’s’ guests all lined up with sparklers either side and Katie and Adam walked through them. Wedding Guests were then treated to a surprise firework display to end the evening on a high.
Photography & Videographer: Joe and Sam from The Media Guys
Cake: Made by sister
Blossom Trees: Sweet Brothers Events
Dress: Limelight Occasions
Suits: Carl Stuart Menswear, Ossett
Ring: JPB Jewellers in Huddersfield
Catering: Guest Dining
Hog Roast: Piggin’ Fantastic
Flower: Elizabeth Anne Florist
Stationery: self made
Hair: Room 97
Makeup: Hannah Belford MUA
Transport: Horsfields of Halifax
Marquee Hire: James Dabbs & Co Marquee Hire
Dancefloor: Yes Hire
Toilets for outside: Oakwood Services
Tables and Chairs: Elite Event Hire
Generator: SW and Power Contracting Services