a real ruffled romance
Kate & Dave’s fifties-inspired wedding was accented with pink touches and designer shoes to make it a romantic-filled day. It really is all about THE SHOES… who could resist?!
Who popped the question and how did it happen?
Three years after we got together, Dave came into the primary school where I worked and he got all the children in my class to line-up, each holding a letter to spell out ‘will you marry me’. When I walked in they were all there and Dave was in the centre, down on one knee.
When and where did you get married?
We got married in July at St John’s The Evangelist church and had our reception at Aldermaston Manor in the West Berkshire countryside. We took full advantage of the sunny day with a buck’s fizz and canapés reception and a 1950s retro ice-ream van on the stately grounds.
Tell us about the wedding details…
Our day had started to have a bit of a fifties theme with the dress and the colour scheme, so I wanted everything to tie in. For the flowers I love pink germanises, as they’re a really shocking pink, so I had those for the ushers, best man and the bridesmaid. I wanted shocking pink roses for my bouquet but they came in white on the day which was a nightmare. Luckily, they were fine in the end and tied in nicely. We didn’t want table flowers so instead we had candelabras entwined with ivy and such. For the transport we had a 1950s black and white Bentley and used a little mailbox for guests to put all their cards and presents in.
Tell us about your wedding fashion…
I definitely knew I wanted some Christian Louboutin shoes and didn’t really want white ones so I could wear them after the wedding too. I found a pair that were pink satin with crystals on the front and in my size, so it felt like shoe fate! I got them months before the wedding dress and they were the beginning of the whole wedding theme.
I bought two wedding dresses. My first one was a complete disaster. It had a humongous long dress and train with really puffy sleeves and I thought I loved it as it fitted into the whole fairytale fantasy. But once I got it home it just didn’t feel like ‘the one’. Then I started looking at fifties-style dresses. I just thought they looked nice and as we had had our dance choreographed I needed something I could dance in – how we would of done it with the long train I’ll never know! It took me ages to pluck up the courage to tell Dave I hated the first wedding dress but he was really supportive and came with me to pick out a new one from Candy Antony. It’s a fifties-style wedding dress so a ballerina length, with a giant bow and a really big pink petticoat underneath with a shawl-like overlay. It was perfect!
What was your favourite wedding idea?
There are a couple of things I really loved. For our tables we decided to incorporate my shoe fetish so each was named after a favourite designer, like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. I also had an apron with Mrs Stevens written on it as I’m so clumsy I knew something would end up on it during the wedding breakfast. Nobody, not even Dave, knew about it so was a real surprise when we walked in.
Do you have any top tips for other brides?
Go to lots and lots of wedding shows and see people; finding a photographer was hard as you need to look at all of their work. When it comes to your wedding dress, make sure you LOVE it! Don’t listen to anyone else and just go with what you want your wedding day to be like. Also, enjoy the planning bit because the whole day goes in about three seconds!
Although they encountered a few dilemmas along the way, Kate has since started a wedding planning business, Klass Act. Make sure to take a peak and revel in the other gorgeous weddings that Kate and her colleague Karen have sprinkled their wedding fairy dust upon. They truly are delightful.