Kat & Gareth’s big day at Heaven Farm was all about relaxed vibes, country and wildlife. Over to Kat to tell us all about it…
What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage? That we were happy, smiling and would celebrate having each other always… and that we didn’t let our nerves run away with us.
How did you chose your venue and suppliers? The venue took a while but I knew it was the one when I saw the view. I knew I wanted to get married outside, so when I realised I could get married by the lake under the willow and stay there to have the wedding breakfast and party, we knew it was the one.
Where did you get your ideas and inspiration? Mainly just from thoughts on what we’ve always wanted. But obviously good old Esty helped out!
Tell us about your dress. It was perfect, I felt like Maid Marian, and a princess. But so relaxed. It was my dream dress.
What was on the menu? We had a range of canapes for starters to suit everyone and for main course vegan/gluten free pesto and veg risotto. The meat-eaters had BBQ blade-aged beef… the husband chose that one, I am vegan! For pudding we had gluten free and vegan chocolate tart, and a similar creamy chocolate cake for the non vegans.
What was the quirkiest element of the day? Without doubt our amazing Scottish and Irish six piece ceilidh band.
What was your favourite memory from the day? Walking down the aisle, having my father hold my arm so tight but with the biggest smile. Seeing Gareth (my now husband) smiling so hard… and i’m pretty sure there were tears. And finally holding his hands and knowing we did it.
What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to? We walked down the aisle do our dear friend Jacob who played his own original song Emerald Eyes, on his acoustic guitar.
Our first dance was to Cindy Lauper – Time after Time… we spent nearly a year trying to chose a first dance song. We went to a open mic night and a friend of ours played Time after Time, we looked at each other and knew it was the one.
What advice would you give other brides looking for a similar style of event? Just do it! Research but don’t stress, it will all come together. Enjoy the process of decorating. And don’t worry about if your napkins match your tablecloths… no one really cares! Things went wrong with our venue, and the caterers we’d booked went bust just a month before the wedding. Word of advice, this stuff does happen, please take out wedding insurance! But we found another catering company who saved us and made us much better food.
Huge shout out to: EpiCatering. Marcus stepped in at five weeks notice. Sincere thanks for saving the day! www.epicatering.co.uk
Handmade wedding rings: Stephen at Midas Touch www.midastouchjewellers.co.uk
Bride’s dress: Ettia by Maggie Sottero from Champagne & Confetti www.champagneandconfetti.co.uk
Groom’s suit: Hugo Morris Bespoke www.hugo-morris.com
Tipis: Freddie at Holmsted Events www.holmstedevents.co.uk
Venue styling: Amanda at Hire Your Day www.hireyourday.com
Music: Louise at Brighton Ceilidh Collective www.brightonceilidh.co.uk
Mother of the Bride’s Hair & Make-up: Leanne at The Hair Lounge, Seaford www.facebook.com/thehairloungeseaford
Bride and Groom’s accommodation: The Well House www.mulberrycottages.com
Fizzy robot photography. – who are amazing! In every single way! Highly highly recommend. www.fizzyrobot.co.uk
Friends and family provided bride’s transport, bride’s hair and make-up, floristry and the wedding cake.