Kate and Matt planned an English country garden themed wedding at Notley Abbey during the height of summer 2016.
About the Couple
Kate planned a six month travelling expedition to Australia, which spiraled in to actually being away from the UK for two and half years. She’s spent most of her time living in Melbourne, but towards the end of her trip, was introduced to Matt, an Australian who had travelled from North of Brisbane to visit a mutual friend. Kate and Matt kept in touch and had a long distance relationship before Kate moved up to Queensland. But, as her visa was soon to expire and she was making plans to return home to England, Matt very casually said ‘I’ll come’.
The couple moved back to the UK together and enjoyed spending time exploring parts of the UK that Matt had obviously never seen before. They planned a trip back to Australia and took Kate’s parents with them and it was on this very special trip that things were about to get exciting. Matt very nervously managed to hide an engagement ring in his carry on luggage during the flight and chose to propose on the 27th August – a number that was lucky for the couple. On the morning of his planned proposal, Matt managed to ask Kate’s father for permission to marry his daughter. Later that day, the couple climbed the local Mount Coolum and at the top, all red faced and sweaty, Matt got down on one knee and proposed. The couple heard cheering from other climbers on the mountain and they celebrated their engagement that evening in a luxurious rainforest villa.
Choosing A Summer Wedding Dress
Kate was lucky enough to find her wedding dress without too much of a drama. She had in mind what she thought she wanted and after having visited a bridalwear shop in Thame, she fell in love with the third dress that she tried on. Kate felt like a superstar when she tried on the Justin Alexander beauty; even her mother cried! She couldn’t believe that she’d found ‘the one’ so quickly, so continued to shop around, but in the end, came back to her dream gown. The dress featured a sweetheart neckline and a timeless, retro-hollywood feel with lashings of lace and a beautifully cut window at the back. The fishtail silhouette looked stunning and Kate teamed it up with a cathedral veil and a pair of white Ted Baker wedding shoes.
When it came to wedding day hair and makeup, Kate was lucky enough to have friends in the business. Her friend Thembi gave her a natural bridal makeover and her friend Dawn loosly pinned her hair up, in order to show off the back of her gorgeous gown. The bride and her bridesmaids got ready at the home of Kate’s parents and the groom along with his ushers prepared for the wedding at home, before heading over to Notley Abbey to complete the finishing touches.
Finding a Country House Wedding Venue
Kate and Matt knew that they wanted to find a wedding venue with a true, English country wow factor, seeing as they had so many friends coming to their wedding from abroad. The couple only viewed two wedding venues during their search, Notley Abbey being first on their list. They fell in love with the classic English charm of Notley Abbey and the online planner tool was a complete bonus. Communicating their thoughts and plans through the planner saved so much hassle and paperwork, not forgetting the ease of keeping on track when it came to the guest list.
The Bridal party
The bridesmaids were a mixture of family and friends; Kate’s older sister, cousin and two best friends and the page boy who was the couple’s nephew. The bride took her bridesmaids dress shopping in London and Kate had a clear vision in mind of what she really wanted her best girls to wear – she was proven wrong. Each bridesmaid ended up wearing a different dress, a dress that suited their individual styles, but based around either a pale pink or pale blue shade. The groom’s party were a little trickier when it came to planning their wedding attire – seeing as they were all from Australia. They ended up hiring blue, three-piece suits with fabulous peacock lining and brown shoes. The couple splashed out on Matt’s wedding suit and bough it from Clements and Church in Oxford. They provided an amazing service and Matt was delighted with the style, fit and colour of his suit once the big day arrived.