Real Wedding: An opulent day at a Royal venue with a bespoke wedding dress
Unable to find her dream wedding dress, Katie took matters into her own hands, creating a bespoke wedding dress with a spectacular train and an off-the-shoulder design.
The couple described their wedding as the best day of their life, saying they wouldn't change a thing about it - and we can see why!
Photographer | Dottie Photography
The church wedding venue
Katie and Chris held their wedding ceremony at St. Martin's Church in Stamford, Lincolnshire.<br /> <br />Read our <a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/the-yandyw-guide-to-church-of-england-weddings/18628.html" target="_self">guide to Church or England weddings</a> if you're hoping to have a church wedding.
The ceremony decorations
Katie went for a delicate, cream and pastel palette for their church wedding flowers.<br /><br />"The flowers, created by <a href="http://www.floristbourne.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pollen Designs</a>, were romantic, airy and ethereal," says Katie. <br /><br />Check out our gallery of <a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/22-white-wedding-bouquet-ideas/22913.html" target="_self">white wedding flowers</a> to create a look inspired by Katie and Chris'.
The bridal bouquet
Katie's bridal bouquet mirrored the theme, and included lily of the valley.<br /><br />"Having lily of the valley in my bouquet was very important to me because they bring luck in love," shares Katie.
The grand wedding venue
Katie and Chris held their wedding reception at <a href="https://www.burghley.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Burghley House</a> in Stamford. <br /><br />"We chose the venue because of the history behind it, and the striking beauty," says Katie. "We loved that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed there, too."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/top-10-stately-home-wedding-venues/18475.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Top 10 stately home wedding venues </a><br /><br /><br />
The opulent wedding theme
The couple went for a totally different decor style at their reception, embracing rich jewel tones and gold shades.<br /><br />"I was charmed by the fact that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had spent time at the venue, so I thought the theme of the wedding should reflect my appreciation of that," says Katie.<br /><br /><br />
The rich colour scheme
"The colours we used were rich and imperial, with lots of gold accents. I wanted our guests to feel like they had stepped back in time for the night," Katie says.<br /><br />We love the beautifully framed <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/real-couples-table-plans/19542.html" target="_self">table plan</a>, it's simply gorgeous.
Black wedding stationery
The wedding stationery, created by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dottiecreations/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dottie Creations</a>, featured a myriad of birds and featured incredible gold detailing.
Black and gold place settings
The black and gold place settings tied in with the grand wedding theme perfectly.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/32-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 32 Unique Name Card Ideas for your Wedding</a>
The wedding cake
The <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/17-white-wedding-cakes-perfect-for-traditional-weddings/22882.html" target="_self">white wedding cake</a> was created by <a href="http://couture-cakes.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Couture Cakes</a> and was finished with decadent gold detailing, and looked stunning topped with red flowers. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
The long-sleeved wedding dress
Katie's princess-worthy <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/26-elegant-off-the-shoulder-wedding-dresses/22366.html" target="_self">off-the-shoulder wedding gown</a> was created by <a href="http://inbaldror.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Inbal Dror</a>, and altered by <a href="http://miamiatelier.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Miami Atelier</a>. <br /><br />"I had a vision of what I wanted in a wedding dress, but it simply did not exist," admits Katie.<br /><br />"So, my mother and I decided to add bespoke details to my Inbal Dror gown. Not every girl gets to design her dream wedding dress with her mother so it was one of the most exciting and creative times of my life."
The wedding dress train
The breath-taking train on Katie's wedding dress made it perfect for her decadent wedding venue.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/21-beautiful-wedding-dresses-with-statement-trains/22200.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 21 Beautiful Wedding Dresses With Statement Trains</a>
The most memorable moment
"The fireworks were the most emotional moment for me," says Katie.<br /><br />"My groom surprised me with musical fireworks set to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. I can’t find words for my happiness that day, but if I could show you what my happiness looked like, that would be it! It was the best moment of my life."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/12-things-you-need-to-know-about-wedding-fireworks/20197.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 12 Things you Need to Know About Wedding Fireworks</a>
The best wedding idea
"Our best wedding idea was the double decker bus," says Katie.<br /><br />"Our guests loved it! It was whimsical and gave our wedding a sense of humour, not to mention it looked great in the photos!"
The top budgeting tip
"We decided on a small guest list because we wanted a personal and intimate affair," says Katie.<br /><br />"In turn, we were able to really spoil our guests."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/17-reasons-small-weddings-are-brilliant/21194.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 17 reasons small weddings are brilliant</a>