Real Wedding of Kate & Billy July 2018

Rea Shaw

The lovely Kate & Billy got married in July 2018, and kindly wanted to share their wedding story with us, to help inspire other couples planning their big day.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about their special day, and I hope you do to. So lets dive in to the details...
Tell us about your wedding day? 
We wanted a venue that would be exclusive to us on the day, and also one that had both amazing outside and inside location options available to us. Leez Priory seemed the perfect choice for us. As soon as we saw the tower in the courtyard, we were sold! We both agreed that a church wedding wasn’t for us. We toyed with the idea of a fairy tale castle wedding, but couldn’t find anything that we felt was the right venue. As soon as we drove up to Leez we knew it was the place for us. The style of the building reminded us of a castle and the landscaped gardens were perfect for our idea of an outdoor wedding. The building is just beautiful.
We had our ceremony outside in the sunshine in front of the tower – it made for an amazing backdrop to the ceremony.
My dress was 'Blue by Enzoani' from Bellissima Weddings. The dress featured a detachable skirt with a crystal belt to give both a day and evening look. The veil was also from Bellissima Weddings and was ordered in to match the trimming on the skirt. The shoes were a present from Billy from a previous birthday; Vivienne Westwood cream heels with a huge red heart on the toe that went perfectly with the theme. Billy wore a custom made-to-measure suit from Anthony Formal Wear in Billericay. The shoes were from Hudson.
I wanted the bridesmaids to love what they wore, so as long as we stuck to the same colour – a lovely deep red to match the roses – they chose they own style for the top of the dresses. The dresses were custom made by Kim the Dressmaker in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Kim was able to make all dresses fit perfectly.
The flower girls wore custom made dresses from Kim the Dressmaker also. These were white dresses with white feathers along the hem, and Kim included the same red on the sash and bow that the bridesmaids had for their dresses.
We had our wedding breakfast in the coach house, because we fell in love with the old beams and character of the building. We chose to have a sweetheart table for the two of us to spend some time with each other and enjoy the moment.
A very good friend of mine done a reading for us during the ceremony.My father walked me down the aisle - it was a special moment! We walked down the aisle to Canon by Pachabel, and it was a tear jerker! We had a string quartet play before and during the ceremony. They also played whilst the canapes and welcome drinks were served before the wedding breakfast. The music they played for us was amazing, and fitted the setting perfectly. 
I wore my nan’s blue topaz and diamond ring on my right hand in her memory, and it counted as my something blue and something old. I wore my favourite Vivienne Westwood shoes that added a splash of fun and matched the roses in
the bouquet.
We hired 4ft K&B light up letters and a white flower wall to add personal touches. Our favours were wrist bands from the donations to charity that we made – two that are close to our hearts.
I made the table plan myself with artificial flowers and a trusty glue gun!
( Table plan cards, table names and place cards are from the Romance Collection)
We had Pete – the DJ that came with the package. We spoke over email ahead of the big day, and made some requests for what we like and what we would rather not be played. He was brilliant, so helpful and the dance floor was full all night! Billy and I partied away until the lights came on!
We had our first dance on the grass in front of the tower-it was just wonderful. We chose “Yellow” by Coldplay. We are fans of many bands who play many different types of music, but we have a soft spot for Coldplay. We had a hard time making the choice as there are so many nice songs out there, but we wanted something different to all the popular choices. In the end we settled on this one as the words just felt right. They encapsulated our feelings for each other perfectly.

Where did you look for inspiration and how did you chose your colours and style?
Originally I was looking at social media sites, like Pinterest, and found lots of summer romantic wedding ideas. They were nice, of course, but it wasn’t really “us”. After we had chosen our venue, we really tuned in to our theme, and chose one that suited us and suited the venue. It was inspired by our love of dressing up for black tie events, with a touch of vintage to add a splash of colour. Billy had always wanted an occasion to wear a velvet tux, and we decided that this was it!
What was your favourite part of the day?
Three parts – walking down the aisle, the greeting line where we got to see everyone who came and thank them for coming, and the party! (the food was amazing, too!) My favourite part of the day before was when the bridesmaids and I stayed in the Fisherman’s cottage overnight, with the hot tub in the garden!
Do you have any tips or advise to give to other couples?
We booked our venue two years in advance. Although the wait seemed like an eternity at times, we actually used this time wisely and gradually arranged and ordered pieces as time went on. Eventually, we had done everything in a relaxed pace leaving us with about four months to enjoy only planning the hen and stag parties! It helped with keeping the budget in check and also helped keep the stress levels down! 

Jasmine from Jasmine Jade Photography was amazing and was on hand at every occasion and was such a brilliant person to have close by on the day. The whole experience with Jasmine was brilliant, and our photos are incredible.
Final note
So there you have another beautiful real wedding, I think you'll all agree the couple look amazing and look very happy together. Thank you again to them for sharing their wonderful day with us and many congratulations to them and all the best for a wonderful future as Mr & Mrs Higgins.


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