I’ve been spoilt with yet another wedding to feature from the enormously talented duo Gilbert and Evans! A huge thank you for letting me share your stunning images.
Catherine and Nick’s wedding is mesmerising. It’s brimming with creative and unique decor details that have my design alarm bells ringing a happy tune! I love the ideas of creating centre-pieces inspired by songs…or in this Bride and Grooms case, musicals!Here’s what Bride Catherine had to say…
“Nick proposed half way through a fantastic road trip in the US last year. We were in Yellowstone National Park, and were incredibly lucky to be some of the first people on the scene when a grizzly bear showed itself. We were both so excited that Nick just seized the moment and proposed there. Later on he bought me some giant ‘practice’ engagement rings in a shop in Washington, and also made me a paper ring in a diner, which I still have.
I didn’t think I’d end up with a traditional wedding dress, but I think a lot of girls say that, then fall in love with something! I did get a bit nervous near the day that the whole white dress and veil thing didn’t really feel like me, so I added the black top hat for the reception. We’d also encouraged our guests to wear big hats and it gave our Easter Saturday wedding a sort of Easter bonnet parade feel.
We got married in our local church, St Bartholomew’s, next to St Andrew’s Park in Bristol. It’s only five minutes from our house and we both really liked the idea that we could go back there whenever we liked. The park is really lovely too, and there were hundreds of daffodils on our wedding day. I had a really relaxed girly morning getting ready, with a house full of people and lots more dropping in to get changed. It was really nice to have that precious time being excited with friends and family – and having the odd glass of champagne of course!
I loved walking up the aisle, and it was so nice reaching Nick and standing side by side – it felt like ages since I’d seen him, even though it was only the night before. The vicar who married us was fantastic and just kept everything really relaxed, and it was great hearing our good friend deliver a serious reading of a very twangy country song that we’d played a lot while in America.
My maid of honour was 8 months pregnant, so we needed something that she would feel both comfortable and gorgeous in, and the simple long black dresses were exactly what I was hoping for. I also loved how the bright flowers really popped against the black on the day. We didn’t have a colour theme as we both just wanted to include lots of bright happy colours.
One of my favourite times was our journey from the church to the reception – lots of grinning and trying out ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ titles! Les, our driver, was great. There was a Bristol City game on that afternoon and he asked us to text his wife with his score prediction. When we arrived at Maunsel one of the best men met us bearing champagne and dancing around wearing a Viking helmet from the fancy dress box we’d added. I will always keep with me the image of the two best men donning their bright orange fascinators.
Our reception was at Maunsel House in Somerset – as soon as we’d visited we knew we didn’t need to go anywhere else. It’s a beautiful rambling house full of secret corners and back staircases, and just crammed full of wonderful things – crocodiles in tin helmets and a bear wearing sunglasses, open fires, bulging hat stands, and even a country pub room. There were fabulous bedrooms and cottages for our guests, and the bridal suite was just beautiful – we had a bell tower to wake everyone up for breakfast the next morning!
We planned the table centres as we wanted something quite personal (and hoped to save on the cost of flower arrangements). We named each table after a musical we had seen together, and then tied in the table centre with it, so Chicago had a top hat, Wicked had a pair of Ruby Slippers, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show had a handbag. Each object was then filled with small plants, grown by Nick’s Mum, some of which have survived and are now in our garden so we also have a lovely lasting momento of the day.
We made different coloured table cloths, and put some of our favourite old books on the tables for our friends and family to write messages in, in place of a guest book. Plus a picture quiz pitting the tables against each other! Nick’s Mum also kindly made our wedding cake and a friend of hers iced it, and Nick and I made loads of cakes and biscuits two days before for the afternoon tea.
Our vision for the day was something fun and colourful, quite small and intimate, so that we could really personalise things. And as soon as we’d booked the date we realised how much fun we could have with a bit of Easter decorating too – a kitsch plastic white rabbit, Easter bonnets, and lots of chocolate eggs.
Probably the most romantic moment was Nick singing ‘The way you look tonight’ in place of a first dance. He might not think so as he was the one who had to get nervous about it, but I thought it was perfect.”
So thrilled with their wedding pictures, both Catherine and Nick have written some lovely words about Helen and Simon…they’ve even pointed out their favourite shots! Read more from them here.