Katherine and David’s wedding journey began with a romantic Parisian proposal beside the Eiffel Tower. Two years later in the midst of spring, the happy couple said their vows at their pastel wedding at Mythe Barn.
When it came to her outfit, Katherine chose a pair of fabulous shoes before anything else! ‘I’m not really one for traditional ivory shoes’ she explains, ‘so I found a gorgeous design from Vivienne Westwood called ‘Melissa’ with a huge red heart on the front.’ For her dress, Katherine chose a simple yet elegant strapless, ivory fishtail dress which she wore with a chapel length veil adorned with Swarovski crystals – ‘a bit of sparkle to complement my plain dress’ she says.
Following tradition, a silver link bracelet belonging to Katherine’s mother was her ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something old’ while pretty earrings were ‘something new’ and ‘something blue’.
Katherine’s sister, Charlotte, was her bridesmaid and wore a pretty pink strapless maxi dress from Mango while the ushers hired grey three-piece suits from Moss Bros and wore pink ties to complement the bridesmaids dress. As for the groom… David found a simple grey slim fit suit from Calvin Klein and accessorised with a pink and grey striped Paul Smith tie.
Deciding on a theme of a vintage pastel wedding, Katherine and David kept the décor simple, highlighting the beautiful interiors of Mythe Barn. Old books and birdcages were used as the centrepieces, with cutouts from vintage sheet music as table confetti. Jam jars and milk bottles became vases for all the centrepiece flowers, which the couple decorated themselves using twine, buttons and ribbons.
‘We wanted to keep it simple.’
For the evening, a scattering of tea lights gave a romantic glow to the room.
Flowers took centre stage at this stylish pastel wedding with bouquets, buttonholes and centrepiece flowers from In Bloom in Birmingham.
‘We used all the flowers that I love. Peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses all featured in soft pastel colours along with eucalyptus accents. All the flowers were in season which is a great consideration when it comes to budget’.
The traditional white three-tier round cake included a cute modern twist in the form of two love birds sitting on the top. And as for favours?
‘We bought old sweetshop style striped bags and made up individual goody bags with love hearts, double lollies, candy necklaces and Haribo hearts’.
Following the ceremony, guests were offered a glass of Kir Royale before sitting down to dinner. The delicious wedding breakfast began with a smoked bacon scotch egg, followed by fillet steak and an apple and blackberry crumble.
‘We still have dreams about how good the food was, especially that scotch egg!’
Of course, we were keen to know what first attracted Katherine and David to Mythe Barn. ‘We were looking for exclusivity and a wedding venue with accommodation that was spacious and light – so we focused our search on barn conversions’ says Katherine.
‘After our first visit to Mythe Barn, we fell in love with the place and had to have it! We loved the way the old barns had been converted, and it had so much space and light. Everything was perfect for us, from the guest accommodation to the stunning bridal suite and the elegant décor. It was somewhere gorgeous that we could put our stamp on for the day.’
And as for their advice to other couples?
‘Our budget advice would be to spend your money on what means the most to you. Work out your priorities from day one and plan your budget around that. Our biggest expense was the fabulous exclusive wedding venue so we focused on that and did a lot of the decoration ourselves. Whatever it is, make sure it is affordable in the long run – there are plenty of ways to make your wedding both gorgeous and affordable!’
Photography by © Pixies In The Cellar