Katie & Henry’s DIY Cath Kidston Vintage Oxfordshire Wedding
Today’s real wedding is, once again, chock-full of inspiration for you guys planning a DIY celebration! Katie adores Cath Kidston vintage style, Henry is into good design (being a designer) and both love the English countryside and you can expect to see all of this reflected in their gorgeous wedding in Oxfordshire!
We have Laimonas and Juliet of London-based Lovestruck Wedding Photography to thank for this beautiful, detail-rich feature. Here they are to talk about Henry & Katie’s celebration in a nutshell:
When we received a call from Henry back in 2011 inquiring about Wedding Photography, we knew this would be an incredible day. Henry is a designer and works in London for some of the top companies in the world, and we knew his wedding would get even more attention to detail. Together with Katie, they were set to design their vintage themed wedding from top to bottom. Their wedding day was set in Lyddington, Rutland, Oxfordshire, in Katie’s parents traditional farm.
Laimonas was generous enough to give us a blow-by-blow account of the day. Here he is again (and you will hear more from him while scrolling through the photos from time to time!):
Walking into their home was a bit like flicking through Country Living magazine, incredible interiors and homely atmosphere. We photographed the bride and bridesmaid getting ready and used lovely natural light coming from the window to capture Katie looking out. After it was all set, we rushed over to St Andrews Church, which was a lovely walk away through the village. Henry and his team of well trained groomsmen already had everything under control.
What a lovely pair these two make! Katie and Henry are here as well to tell us more about one another and their wedding:
We live together in London but both come from, and love, the English countryside. Katie works in property and Henry is a Designer, and we both have a keen eye for styling. The wedding was held at in the village where Katie grew up in the smallest county in England Rutland, in a village with 2 pubs, one church and Katies parents’ house which created the perfect wedding venue.
Laimonas is back with a few details about the ceremony venue:
St Andrews Church in Lyddington was built in early 14th Century, and has a large tower and graceful interior, where you can view treasures from its historic past. When it comes to photography, it was the best Church to work in, with stunning natural light streaming in, and large pillars giving an incredible atmosphere. As always we were very unobtrusive and were hiding behind one of the pillars to capture the wedding ceremony, which gave the perfect angle of both of them while Henry and Katie were swapping vows and exchanging rings.
I love these picturesque couple portraits… aren’t they stunning??
Didn’t I tell you the portraits were gorgeous? Laimonas is back to share more about what went on:
After the wedding ceremony we started walking back with the couple through the wonderful main street of Lyddington, stopping by the red telephone box and their neighbors’ award winning wild flower garden where we took some more intimate portraits of Henry and Katie. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!
Such a gorgeous shot of the twosome!
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By the time we got back, the Marquee was ready with vintage theme decorations, all designed and sourced by the couple. It has certainly surpassed our expectations and it was one of the most unique and beautifully designed vintage weddings we had pleasure to cover…
The bride & groom infused so much of their personalities into the picture-pretty details and they’re back to tell us more about what their wedding was all about. Take it away, Katie and Henry!
Katie has a penchant for Cath Kidston, huge 50’s dresses and everything pretty. Henry has a penchant for Katie so pretty much whatever she likes Henry likes, although being a designer he has a serious eye for details!
The theme was classic English countryside, meaning baby blue and pink polka dots, bunting, Beef Wellington, Pimms and of course gorgeous English weather.
Our personal touches are visible through every detail, from Save the Date tea towels, to hand crafted letterpressed invitations, Giant Beef wellingtons delivered to each table that were delivered with a chef’s hat, custom Cath Kidston apron and carving knife for the guests to get involved and carve the beef themselves!
There were also Classic penguin book cover Comment cards, over 600m metres of hand sewn bunting, flowers in Hunter wellies, a retro sweetie table and a 4 piece jazz band for guests’ arrival.
Love the DIY wedding place cards made with Scrabble tiles!
Laimonas shares more:
One of our favourite details were the Penguin Book covers, which were hung across the marquee. A lovely touch to a vintage themed wedding! Even the seat decorations had Henry and Katie’s names imprinted on ribbons, just shows how much effort was put into the wedding – to the smallest detail.
And… Have you spotted the little piggy with a red polka dot collar? Yep, that was another one of Henry’s creations!
Great idea — pin custom-printed ribbons onto the top of your chair linens!
A final word from Laimonas who remembers the event quite fondly:
As a little surprise to the wedding guests, Henry and Katie had chosen one person from each table to be the designated “carver”, and received special hats and aprons, making the reception thoroughly exciting and uplifting. Everybody was having fun, eating delicious food and interacting with one another. If there was such award, we would really give “wedding of the year” for being all-round incredible!
With all its handmade decor and details, this DIY vintage wedding was nothing short of amazing wasn’t it? Here’s some advice from the couple:
If there is one piece of advice we would give its: Keep the guest list small, we only had 70 people and it makes things so much more intimate. Food gets served at the same time, you can talk to all the guests, and you can really pay attention to the details.
Huge thanks to Laimonas and Juliet for sharing their dreamy images of this meticulously-designed pastel-pretty wedding with us, and congratulations Katie and Henry! Thank you for giving us a peek into your special day.
Photography: Lovestruck Wedding Photography (UK)
Wedding Dress: Gowns and Garters, Thrapston
Henry’s morning suit: Cad & the Dandy Savile Row
Decorations & Equipment: Rutland Marquees
Hairdresser: Ronnie from Alberico in Leicester
Make-up Artist: Mandy Adams
Flowers: Nick Grounds
DJ: Andy Taylor
Music: Happy Jazz, 4 piece traditional Jazz band