Katie & Luke: Real Bride Story

We met 5 years ago during a Christian gap year, became friends but then lost touch. We got back in touch over social media 5 years later and dated for a year before we got engaged. Luke proposed by taking me down to a holiday cottage with family in Cornwall. He asked me on the Friday evening, so we had the whole weekend to celebrate, it was really special.

We chose to go for a floral and rustic theme for our wedding, with splashes of silver to match my dress detail. The church was covered in beautiful flowers of mauve, pinks and purple colours. My husband is a huge Manchester United fan and so there were some elements of this at our venue (some footballer names on the tables). We wanted our theme/colours to reflect us as a couple and I feel we did this well.

I am a teacher, and my husband is a youth worker so we have both been working full time. Thankfully, my wonderful mother-in-law did most of the wedding planning and was always working behind the scenes to make all the details come together. We are so thankful to her as she helped to make our wedding personal and really special.We are both Christians and my husband’s dad is a minister of a local Baptist church and so we always knew we wanted to get married in the church. It was even more special that my father-in-law married us.

I had some ideas of the type of dresses I liked. These were long sleeved and fairly fitted and had a classic look. However, I was really open to what suited me.

I am quite a decisive person and so with research online, I visited one shop and after 5-6 dresses I found the one I loved. I found my dress in Bristol in a wedding dress store called ‘The Bridal Room’. I picked Morilee’s dress ‘Rasia’, style 5773. This dress had an open back and no sleeves, it was the most beautiful dress as the detail on the back flowed down into the train which was stunning. I also loved the detail on the top half of the dress and how this then became a classic white gown as it went down to the floor. It had elements of all the things I loved.

The experience at The Bridal Room in Westbury-on-Trym was fantastic. All the staff were helpful and were able to make the experience really special, even though this was during Covid-19.  I would really recommend the store as they have some amazing dresses and are very professional and helpful throughout.

The day was very smooth and calm. Due to covid-19 we were only allowed 30 at the ceremony and reception. This made it very chilled and intimate. It meant that the speeches were special and meaningful to everyone. The venue had amazing outdoor gardens and it was a beautiful day, so we spent a lot of time outside. There was not anything about the day that I would have changed.I think my favourite part was walking down the aisle and seeing Luke. It had been such a fantastic build up to the wedding and we were both really excited. When I saw Luke in the church with all our family and friends around us it was really emotional as Covid had meant we were unable to see many friends and family for months.

Even though it was a smaller wedding it was still an incredible day and it meant we were able to spend quality time with our friends and family. The venue was amazing and the staff looked after us so well. The weather also made everything shine and the dress felt amazing to wear! It was wonderful to have a wedding where so many of our friends and family were involved in making it happen.

My advice to future brides is don’t be afraid of having a smaller wedding. We found that it made our day even more meaningful and special as we focused on the meaning of marriage and celebrating that with our family and friends.

Our wedding photographer was our lovely friend Emily Caddick who did a wonderful job!