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I do love a London wedding, and today’s wedding is one of those beauties! It takes place in a riverside pub, keeping the relaxed, laid back feel that Katrina and David so wanted for their big day. With Katrina in a beautiful 1950s style Candy Anthony wedding dress and David in a dapper blue Reiss suit, they both look super stylish, I just love both of their outfits. It is also lovely to see such a chilled out day, with friends and family enjoying the river side view and the London skyline. Big thanks to Photofactory for the fabulous images.
Katrina & David were married on the 31st August, at Our Ladye Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Greenwich, followed by the reception at The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe. ‘ We are both Londoners. We both love Greenwich and we both love being near the river. Our ideal day was a relaxed affair with no schedule, so a BBQ on the Thames felt like a good idea. We had 60 guests and it took 15 months to plan’.
How they met
We met at work. Sparks flew after the agency Halloween party. We’ve now been together for 5 years.
We did a mini tour of Italy, starting in Rome then Florence and Dave proposed on our last night in Venice. We were walking back to the hotel and Dave popped the question on a cute little bridge overlooking the canal. It was a really quiet little spot and I loved that it was just the two of us on the bridge. The following morning there was a mini earthquake – we were in our hotel room at the time and the whole room shook along with the chandelier, weirdly this added to the excitement of our engagement.
How did you allocate your budget?
We focussed our budget on the main essentials like church, food, booze, flowers and guest transportation. We sourced our decorations from various different places, mainly the £ Shop and Not On The High Street. We even managed to get quite a few bargains in the sales.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Because we love his style, natural observation and honest reflection on how we wanted to remember our day.
My dress and veil was by Candy Anthony and shoes were by Kate Spade
The suit and bridesmaids
Dave’s suit was by Reiss. Shirt by Ben Sherman. Shoes from Dune and belt Hugo Boss. Flower girl dresses were from Ted Baker, Debenhams.
Theme or colour scheme
I chose a blush coloured dress and Dave chose a sky(ish) blue suit, so blush and blue became our colours. For the venue we went for a mix of rustic and vintage with a touch of candy colours to make the jetty look cheerful.
Polka dot bunting, fairy lights, mini birdcage fairy lights. The jetty already had an array of beautiful flowers so we didn’t really need to do a lot to it.
Bouquet: sweet avalanche roses with soft pink spray roses with lavender, trachelium (green flower) and white freesia. Button holes: spray roses with lavender. Birdcage altar arrangement: with pink hydrangea, pink spray roses and sweet avalanche roses with some green ruscus.
Other flowers I used were: Green & purple foliage, Antique pink roses, Yellow & white roses, bouvardia & wax flower – all bought from Deptford High Street & Marks & Spencer.
Personal and homemade touches
Holding a party on a jetty can be a little unfriendly for ladies in high heels, so we had a basket of flip flops for all the girlies who had tired feet. Everyone was so thrilled, including the other husbands!
We made our own table decorations by collecting different size bean/soup tins. Dave made labels with personalised/touching messages, all in a mix of candy colours, and I arranged the flowers to go in them. Making our own table arrangements was a great thing to do as it made for a more unique setting.
We also bought the children colouring books and bits and pieces to keep them entertained.
We had a delicious BBQ which consisted of burgers, chicken kebabs, halloumi kebabs, corn on the cob, veggie burgers and all the trimmings. Plus we had bacon sandwiches later on in the evening.
The wedding cake
To keep costs down we decided to have a cake spread with afternoon tea. One of my best/oldest school friends, very kind saved my life and made us 96 cupcakes. We had a choice of flavours; Lemon, Vanilla and Chocolate & Bailey’s – they all tasted and looked AMAZING. We also wanted to have a cake to cut so I bought a personalised cake topper from NOTHS which read ‘Mr & Mrs Prater’ and we popped it on top of a scrumptious chocolate cake decorated with vanilla bean frosting. The cake was from Konditor & Cook. Along with mini passion fruit & meringue pies plus mini strawberry tartlets.
Dave put together a really fab music playlist. We had a mix of funky classics to modern beats. Dave did a super job at matching the tunes to suit the mood of the different parts of the party.
We created and printed our own invites and personalised them to each of our guests. We really enjoyed doing these as we were able to set the look and feel to the relaxed/fun tone of the day.
Blue skies all day long, including the naked sun bather in Greenwich Park!
Tina – Dave’s face when I arrived at the altar, my mum and dad putting a six pence in my shoe for good luck and Dave looking like a film star in his fab suit
Dave – Seeing Tina arrive at the church (she looked gorgeous), and the chocolate cake
For both of us – Being able to have most of the people we love with us and taking part in various different ways, how wonderful the venue looked with all the lovely decorations and seeing everyone enjoying themselves and having a laugh
Advice for other couples
Enjoy every minute of it. You don’t have to spend your life savings on one day. Being creative together is so much fun.