Wedding photography and storybook – The Old Rectory – Northamptonshire – Katie and James

11th May 2019

A simply wonderful storybook telling the dreamy day of Katie and James who married in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire. A couple we fell just little bit in love with!

Tell us about how you met and what your first impressions of each other?

We meet at Silverstone Race Circuit on a young driver’s course, we were both 18 years old and placed in the same group. James added me on Facebook and asked me on a date.

Tell us who proposed and how did it happen?

James proposed on the 17th November 2017 whilst we were on holiday in Antigua. He chartered a private catamaran which sailed along the west coast of Antigua where we were able to go snorkelling and have a tasty lunch on board. We later sailed to Pinching Bay, a private beach which is only accessible by boat. James and I were the only ones there and that is when James popped the question.

Describe each other in three words and what they mean to you?

James is affectionate, patient and loyal.
Katie is gorgeous, caring and warm.

How did you choose your wedding venue and what was it they made you fall in love with it?

Ever since I was young, I knew that if I was to get married it would ideally be in Kislingbury Church. Having grown up in the village and now living with James just a few doors away it was a natural choice.

The wedding reception was held in a marquee in my parent’s friends garden. My Dad cheekily dropped it into conversation during a dinner party and it materialised from that. The garden is beautiful looking onto The Old Rectory House and Bugbrooke and the fact that it would be completely individual to us made it extra special. It is also located in the next village to the church, so it was not far for people to travel between locations.

Tell us more about THAT dress! How long it took to find the one?

My dress was from Stunning Bridal in Northampton and is a Mark Lesley gown, design 7251. It was the second Bridal boutique I visited; the designer Donna Salado was present too. I attended with my Mum, Sister and Mother-in-law (to be). I selected a variety of designs to try. I tried the dresses on in order I thought I would least like… the dress I chose was the first one I tried on! I remember saying wow when I saw it on. I continued trying on the other gowns and numbered it down to three dresses, all very different but beautiful. I didn’t realise how indecisive I was until it came to choose my wedding dress. It was decided that I would return the next week to make my decision. I took my Mum and Bridesmaid Hannah to help and that when I picked my gorgeous gown. I never thought I would go for a ballgown design; however, I felt fantastic on the day and when else do you get to wear a dress like that!
I had an outfit change in the evening as we had a choreographed routine for our first dance; which we had been having lessons for in the 10 weeks leading to the wedding. As the train on my wedding dress was so long, we would not have been able to preform it fully. My mum suggested visiting Gabriella Bridal where we brought the Bridesmaids dresses from; as we had chosen The Only Way Dress, which are multiway dresses in different colours. They had a beautiful Ivory colour which was an ideal solution and which I kept on for the rest of the evening to boogie in.

And the boys?

James and the groomsmen all wore suits from Montague Jeffery in Northampton. James did not want tops and tails as wanted to go for a more comfortable, modern look. Their ties and pocket squares were also purchased from there and are a Liberty of London fabric, the design was Katie and Millie which was perfect.

James shoes were his pride and joy, the McClean brogue with a stylish blue suede insert from Barker.

Tell us more about the suppliers that helped make your day:

The marquee was rented from Eclipse Marquee Hire who were very helpful and set up a high quality marquee; allowing us to choose the little extras such the colour of the carpet, window type and fairy lights in the ceiling.

The florist was Emma Remington Flowers, I have known Emma a long time as she lives in the same village as us and always said that if I was to get married, I would want Emma to do my flowers, I was delighted that she was able to. She has a natural eye for design and listened to my ideas.

We met Russ our caterer from Lemon Grove Catering at a wedding fair and we were really taken by his tasty food, that we sampled and converted food van which added to the look of our wedding. Russ catered the whole event from arrival canapés to evening gourmet burgers. The taste and presentation were second to none.

The cake was made and decorated by my sisters’ friend. We had three tiers, Lemon and Elderflower, Chocolate and Carrot. She matched the colour of the icing to the flowers and I was blown away when I saw it.

The bridesmaid dresses were from Gabriella Bridal in Northampton. We had tried loads of dresses but just could not find the right one. The Only Way Dress is a multi-way dress with the option of a bandeau. Gabriella was extremely helpful and specially ordered in a Bottle Green dress from the new collection for my bridesmaids to try which we knew was the one.

Jessica Tanswell Hair and Makeup make us all look beautiful, she also did mine and maid of honours hair. She listened to what we wanted, and we all felt comfortable as none of us usually wear a lot of makeup. Elaine Morgan did my mums and other bridesmaids’ hair.

My hair vine was handmade by Ivy and Pearl Bridal on Etsy.

The ribbons for mine and the bridesmaids Bouquets were from Cfleurs design on Etsy.

What was the favourite part of your day?

We enjoyed every aspect of the day; it was full of happiness and joy. One of our favourite parts was when the confetti was thrown and hearing the church bells ringing. All my mum’s hard work of cutting out cats and hearts made it extra personal. The fact that the confetti cones matched the seating plan and writing bureau, little touches that guests mentioned to us and made the hard work all worthwhile.

What’s the one moment you’ll never forget?

A moment that we will never forget is when we was on the dance floor and the band were playing their last song, “Don’t look back in anger” by Oasis, a small group of people formed a circle which James and I started dancing in the middle of. The circle of people kept growing until the whole of the dance floor had our friends and family linking arms and we danced in the middle. It was such an impromptu moment, but we felt so much love, it was amazing.

Why did you choose Warwickshire wedding photographers, Amara Grace Photography?

We met Karen and Hollie at a wedding fair that we attended with my sister. We came away and all said that we felt really relaxed and how nice they both were. We were also very lucky to win a pre wedding shoot with them, which we are lucky enough to enjoy the year before our wedding. Having been to this and seeing the results we knew that Amara Grace were the photographers for us; we changed the date of our wedding to the week earlier so we could have them as our photographers and we are so pleased that we did. Having two females made us all feel much more comfortable whilst getting ready and they assisted with little hints and tips which came in very helpful during the morning preparations.