Katie and Andy’s autumn wedding Real Weddings Wednesbury
A beautiful October day was the backdrop for this lovely wedding. Our WED2B Wednesbury Real Weddings feature reveals more…
Katie and Andy have known each other most of their lives, as Katie was best friends with Andy’s cousin when she was young. “I would bump into him at family get togethers,” she says. “My parents and his aunty and uncle were also best friends at school. For our first date he took me to The Crown at Wergs, in the West Midlands. From the way we looked at each other, right from that first date, we both knew that this was it. He invited me to his grandad’s log cabin and we even spoke about going to New York on that first date. It was such a pinch me moment, I had butterflies.”
A sunset proposal
The couple had been together almost three years when Andy proposed. “We were on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia,” says Katie. “We were going up Mount Srd to see the sunset. The normal way up is by cable car but I’m terrified of heights. So Andy arranged for a tuk-tuk to take us up instead."
"He then asked the driver (who was in on the plan) to take a few photos of us. We had one with our backs to the camera, then he said he wanted one more of us looking at the camera. It was quite rocky, so I got up and felt him hanging onto my legs. When I turned around, thinking he needed help getting up, he was down on one knee! The driver had champagne and a blanket ready for us and took some great photos of the proposal. I cried through the whole thing, it really was magical!”
Wedding dresses Wednesbury
“My sister recommended WED2B's wedding dresses Wednesbury, as she bought her dress there,” says Katie. “I went to the Wednesbury store, but I didn't think I wouldn’t get a dress from there because the ones online weren’t speaking to me. The staff were really good, helped me pick out some options and I found the one I loved straight away. It’s true what they say - wedding dresses look so different on! I also loved the changing rooms and the whole experience, plus the staff were lovely. Really good prices too.”
Katie chose the Kennedy dress. “I fell in love with the detail on the body and the 6ft train,” she says. “There was a layer of lace, which is just stunning. The second I saw it in the mirror I just loved every inch of it. There were other people in the changing rooms and they clapped and said that was the one!” (For similar styles try James, Bruna, Kayden)
A beautiful venue
The couple chose Arley House & Gardens in Upper Arley for their venue. “My husband found it online,” says Katie. “It had only been open around 18 months when we went to see it, shortly before Covid hit. As soon as we saw it we loved it. There was a ‘bride’ room, a bridal getting ready room and a grooms/lads suite with a snooker table. The grounds and venue are modern and stunning, with a church on site. The church sealed the deal for us, as it meant we didn’t have to move anywhere else. It's also next to Arley Arboretum, which is full of hundreds of ancient trees and water fountains, and we had amazing photos taken there. We were supposed to get married 26 June 2021, but due to Covid we got married on 30th October 2021.”
The big day
“I got ready with my mum and bridesmaids at the venue,” says Katie. “The weather was terrible initially, with torrential rain and flooding! Then around 10am the blue sky arrived and the sun came out. It was glorious and even warm. This gave me butterflies, I felt so lucky. At the end of October it could have gone either way.”
“I was poorly unfortunately, with a throat and chest infection, so I had very little voice. But I dosed myself up and carried on. My dad walked me down the aisle in the church to ‘Sebastian and Mia’s song’ from La La Land. It’s my husband’s favourite and the first film we saw together. My husband's sister, also one of my bridesmaids, gave a reading from Corinthians.”
“I had two special moments,” says Katie. “Walking down the aisle was my absolute favourite, seeing my husband crying was so emotional. While we were stood at the front with my dad, a butterfly came flying round us and touched my husband’s head. My grandad couldn’t be there, as he died a few years ago. I really felt like that was him letting me know he was with us. A butterfly at the end of October is so rare!”
Drinks, photos and dancing
After the ceremony guests headed to the venue for drinks, while the newlyweds went to the Arboretum for photos. “We had more photos with family and the bridal party, then had our speeches and wedding breakfast,” says Katie.
“Our evening guests came shortly after and we cut the cake and did our first dance. For our first dance, my husband had written me a song called ‘First Dance’ which we had been having dance lessons for."
"On the day we should have got married, my husband hired out the Lighthouse Cinema and arranged for our families to be there as a surprise. He then revealed the song to me and our videographer put a montage of photos to it. We played this in the background when we were dancing and everybody was in shock!”
Pale pinks and blues
The colour scheme was pale pink and pale blue. “I made some frames with Polaroid photos of us and I upcycled a mirror and put vinyl transfers on as a welcome sign,” says Katie.
“My centrepieces and table plan were hoops with flowers wrapped round that looked fab. For dinner, we had vegetable soup, slow-cooked beef with veg and dauphinois potatoes, followed by white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Then we had pork baps on the evening.”
“My wedding cake had three layers of lemon sponge, Victoria sponge and fruit cake, and was decorated with glitter and pale pink roses,” says Katie. “I then had a separate chocolate cake too, as I really wanted a chocolate cake but it didn’t taste great with icing! A family friend kindly made both cakes for us. Our favours were personalised Love Hearts - cheap and cheerful! We also hired a fab band, called 5th Street, through Entertainment Nation.”
My favourite moments…
“I loved getting ready,” says Katie. “The excitement and having my hair and makeup done was so nice. I also adored my dress. Wearing my dress was one of my favourite things because I absolutely loved it and I’m so sad I won’t wear it again. I got so many compliments. Walking down the aisle was so memorable and special, the rest of it became a blur as it goes so quickly!"
"Don’t stress about the small stuff,” says Katie. “It’s so easy to say, but the less stress you can put on yourself the better. Keep a wedding spreadsheet of estimates, with how much you’ve paid and the total. It helped keep me organised. My main tip is enjoy every single second. Lap it up, because it flies by!”
Katie’s Dream Team
Photography: Charlotte Mail Photograph (with Emily Jayne Weddings and S Butler Photography)
Venue: Arley House & Gardens
Wedding dresses Wednesbury: WED2B
Florist: Bluebell Wood, Wombourne
Videographer: PRSPR Films
Band: Entertainment Nation
Hairdresser: Becky Trayhern
Makeup: Ellie Mills MUA
Nails and tan: Zoe Marsh
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