Real Bride Kate

“When I asked Kate if she would like to be featured as a Boo Bride, I was overjoyed when she said yes! We had such an amazing time during her various appointments and I couldn’t wait to see her photos. Here she shares with us how she created her dream wedding and the things that were truly important to her.”

I met Kaine at a house party in July 2012 and instantly fell for his Northern charm and sense of humour (unlucky for him I met my future maid of honour/sister in law 5 minutes before!) 5 years later after travelling the world and buying our first home together Kaine recreated our first date in Regents Park and with a picnic he told me I could only drink the champagne if I agreed to marry him.

Kates Hair

Only 9 days after our engagement we had already booked our venue! Myself and my maid of honour had been researching wedding venues online and visited one previously to Burley Manor in the New Forest. The long trailing driveway and deer roaming in the fields instantly made us fall in love. It had the perfect mix of a vintage, country feel with the barn along with a large manor house that we had exclusively for ourselves. It was the perfect place for our Autumn wedding.

The Staircase

Finding suppliers that you trust and will help bring your vision alive is a daunting task, Boo Bridal was the second bridal shop I visited as it had been recommended by a friend. From the moment I walked in with my bridesmaids, Mum and future Mother in Law Emma took care of us all. Emma was honestly like my fairy God mother, there was no sales technique and no rushing us through our appointment, she just wanted us to enjoy our time there. Nothing was too much trouble for her, even when I panicked that my dress wasn’t small enough!

What I enjoyed the most about my Boo adventure was having a laugh with Emma, she made me feel so at ease and is so refreshingly honest that I would have trusted her with anything. The whole experience was flawless and I would recommend anyone to visit her lovely boutique. You go away feeling like a friend, not a customer.

First Look

I’d actually found our wedding photographer Benjamin Stuart Photography before we got engaged as he had photographed a friend’s wedding and really captured the feel of the day with his relaxed and documentary style photography. Our florist, Ether Events is one of my Mum’s best friends and they took our ideas and enhanced them in every possible way, we had so many lovely comments on the flowers and décor. The colours and attention to detail really helped make our day even more special.

We found our band, Paul Fitzgerald aka the Human Jukebox a few years ago as he was playing a gig locally. We loved his charisma, sense of humour and the fact that he would play any song you asked (including the ‘washing machines live longer with Calgon’ TV advert!) everyone was dancing as soon as he started playing in the day late into the night.

The Band

Aideen from Hair Affair did my hair and make-up and made me feel amazing, she really understood the look I was going for and I really appreciated her patience with my indecisiveness!

The top 3 tips I would give to any bride planning their big day are –

  1. Pick the elements of the day that are most important to you and your partner and be prepared to spend money on them. For us it was the venue, photographer and the wedding dress so we always planned on spending more to get exactly what we wanted. Whereas we spent £60 on our cake from M&S (it tasted amazing!) and didn’t hire wedding cars (we were lucky enough to have a friend who lent us his).
  2. Make a fool proof list. Planning a wedding can be daunting, I found listing everything on an excel spreadsheet so handy to keep yourself on track. I wrote everything down from budgeting, guest’s list’s, deposits and when money was due down to what time I needed to get ready in the morning.
  3. It’s YOUR day! Remember that it’s your wedding and you are the ones (most likely) paying for it so when someone gets funny that their new boyfriends, aunties, dog didn’t get an invite stick to your guns and don’t be a push over. Always try to avoid a family rift but at the end of the day do what makes you and your future husband/wife happy. 
My favourite part of planning the day was spending time with my closest friends and family, we were very lucky to have everyone so involved that whenever it all got too much, we always had someone there to help. We had friends and family come from Canada, Vietnam, Spain and Scotland for the wedding so we really are two very lucky people.

Our day ran so well including lucking out on the weather with 18c and pure sunshine (in mid-October!) and one of the most memorable parts of was walking down the aisle and giggling at my (then) future husband. The ceremony was so laid back that I felt so happy to stand up there ready to marry the man of my dreams, all the nerves and stresses just fell away.
The Kiss
My maid of honour Zoe (closely followed by my bridesmaids April and Emma) was the most important person on the day (aside from my husband!). Few people can be as lucky to have their best friend as their sister in law and from the start nothing was too much trouble for Zoe to organise, as well as planning two amazing hen dos! I’m sure she saved me from a few meltdowns on the lead up and on the day!

All in all, we had an amazing wedding day and the 14 months of preparation beforehand was completely worth it. I hope any future bride reading this has the most magical day, remember to enjoy the build-up and the reasons you are doing it.

“Thank you Kate, such wonderful advice for our brides xx”


Boo Bridal
4 Webbs Mews,
High Street,
Hartley Whitney,
RG27 8NZ.