Katherine and Steves Alternative and Autumnal Vineyard Wedding

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Mr + Mrs Bull

2nd November 2019 | Three Choirs Vineyard

Instagram: @kharti3t & @s__bull | Photos: Hana Laurie Photography

The now Mr and Mrs Bull held their special day at Three Choirs Vineyard back in 2019. Their wedding was inspired by Autumn and the beautiful colour palette that comes with. Bride Katherine stunned in a gorgeous lacey gown paired with a yellow biker jacket, the coolest ombre veil, and the most amazing floral shoes from irregular choice - autumnal bride goals! She was a true DIY bride and made everything from the invites right down to the floral arrangements on the day. Katherine tells us all about their autumnal dream wedding... 

Tell us all about your wedding theme... 
Our wedding was all autumn themed. The colours we went for were mustard yellow (Kats favourite colour) rusty orange, burgundy red and teal blue. We featured tons of pumpkins and gourds, many of which Steve grew himself in our back garden, everything we had was DIY pretty much so had a slight rustic feel. We chose autumn as a theme for many reasons, mainly because our favourite way to spend a Sunday is out on a walk in the countryside, foraging autumn berries and kicking leaves, ending with an ale at a pub, so it made sense! We actually wanted to get married more mid-autumn and we’re aiming for October but the pricing for our venue was £2k more for the last weekend in October vs the first weekend in November! We wanted it to be really laid back and fun, we had a cigar part of the evening where all the boys (and most of the girls) took to the terrace to have celebratory cigar and whiskey, it was a really lovely touch and included a lot of our family and friends in an event rather than then just witnessing it all day.
What kind of ceremony did you have and did you have any readings?  
We had a registrar wedding, but we wrote our own vows and had a reading from Steve’s sister to make the whole thing much more personal. The registrars we had were amazing as well, they asked guests not to take photos as I walked down the aisle abs were great with all the kids we had involved with our ceremony
Something Old: a necklace Steve bought me on our first holiday, 2 months after we first started dating, made the year he was born. So not super old, but still old
Something New: dress, shoes, everything!
Something Borrowed: a bracelet borrowed from one of bridesmaids jewellery shop Minerals Rock Studio
Something Blue: I had a blue bead on a luck clip on my bouquet
What was your favourite part of the day? 
Hard to pick one! But a stand out moment was when my dad asked the DJ to play My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade, and we danced together and we both cried and it was just a really lovely special moment between me and my dad
What was the most emotional moment of the day? 
About 2 seconds before I walked into the ceremony! I’d been fine all morning and chilled and happy and as we stepped off the decking to head into the ceremony room I suddenly lost it! I snort-cried the whole way down the aisle! And then apologised to the guests for doing so!
Advice for future brides… 
if you’re flexible on dates then absolutely look at ‘off season’ months! I was shocked at how much difference 7 days made to the cost of our wedding!
Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 
Yes so many! We made buttonholes for the groomsmen, all the centrepieces, invitations, confetti packets, favours (mini pumpkin pies), pin-pin garlands and all the stationary, table names and signage
Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding?  
I had a dip-dye veil and me and the bridesmaids all wore leather jackets, we also had a folk-punk band play our reception
What was your favourite wedding purchase? 
My veil! I tried on a standard white cathedral veil when I first tried on my dress but it didn’t feel very ‘me’, as I was scrolling through Instagram and I’d been following Crown and Glory for years, and they had this one dip-due veil in pink and I though ‘ah that would be so perfect if it came in orange’ turns out I’d never fully read the description! Sophie would dye it any colour you wanted! So I ordered and got it touch, Sophie sent through some samples in the post and 6 weeks later I had my own custom veil going from white to yellow to orange and it was 100% more me!
Tell us all about the dress and dress shopping...
The dress I had in mind vs what I bought are very different! What I wanted (or thought I wanted) was a long sleeved boho floaty whimsy number. What I went for was a big lace dress, with a plunging neckline (with pockets though!). It was perfect even though it wasn’t what I’d imagined. The lady in the shop picked it out for me and told me to try it, her words were ‘every bride who says she wants sleeves always leaves with a dress without them’ so I tried it - and fell in love! As for the shopping, that was so spontaneous! It was about a month after getting engaged and I was planning on going dress shopping with my bridesmaids, girls day out, Prosecco at lunch kind of thing. Instead I was helping my sister at her pub, and my mum stopped by and asked if I wanted to go up the road to the shop with her, we walked past a bridal shop and she convinced me to go in ‘just to see’ and within 15 minutes I was wearing the dress I would get married in!
Tell us all about your wedding cake...
our wedding cake was made by Suephisticated Wedding Cakes (now Suzy Blake Cake Atelier I believe). We had 3 tiers, each tier a different flavour, we had Raspberry & White Chocolate, Cherry and Almond, and Lemon Drizzle. It was decorated to look like a silver birch tree, with seasonal autumnal flowers popping out of it. We also had six dark chocolate vegan cupcakes, my sister is allergic to milk so we felt it was important to have a milk-free option so she could have some cake too!
What food did you have at your wedding?  
We had a traditional style 3 course wedding breakfast, but with a twist. We has roast lamb and pork, with all the trimming, served on big boards family style in the middle of the table. This was great for some of our more mixed tables and it mean guests had to talk to each other to get the food passed around! Our desert was a sticky toffee pudding with caramelised banana and popcorn - and I’m still having dreams about that! It was delicious!
How did you choose your venue? 
We chose it before we ever looked at it - before we were even engaged! We drove past it a lot on our way to work (we run a micropub together) and said that it would be a lovely place to get married at a vineyard, then when we got engaged they had an open day the next weekend so we had the venue booked less than a week after Steve popped the question!
Favourite wedding supplier: 
tough one! Hana was an amazing photographer and we loved hanging out with her all day, felt like having an extra guest and friend rather than a ‘photographer’ the fact she got stunning photos was almost a bonus, it was just so lovely to spend our day with her! We also loved our photo booth Swit Swooo, the guests had so much fun and the guest book that Sarah made sure was completed by each guest was really especially. The band were amazing too! They’re called Electric Eden and my dad booked them as a wedding gift for us, they were amazing, learnt our first dance song and had everyone dancing all night. I really can’t pick just one favourite but I guess these 3 are the ones I rave about most to other brides to be!
Funniest moment of the day:  
Our ring bearer and nephew bought the rings up to the front for the exchanging part of the ceremony, and our registrar opened one box to check which ring it was for the next bit, and little Logan thought she had forgotten the other! So he opened the box and told her very clearly that ‘there’s another one here too!’
What was your first dance song? 
The Gambler by Fun, but performed by Electric Eden. We love this song because it’s a couples whole life! Not a single night, or a wooing song. It’s everything, from meeting, through work, raising children, and still being in love at the end of it all, even in the mundane; ‘you come home from work, and you kiss me on the eye,’
Top money saving tip: 
Do as much DIY as you can! I got a quote for 5 bouquets, 3 buttonholes and 8 centrepieces of £2.5k! Instead I bought dried bouquets for the bridesmaids and me, flower crowns and 3 buttonholes, for £300 plus made 5 extra button holes, and made 8 pumpkin vase centrepieces using flowers from Aldi for another £100, so a significant saving doing it myself! I roped it my sister, bridesmaids and friends to help me make the vases the day before, but they were super quick, a trip to the super market, 8 empty cans of soup and some floral foam later and they were good to go!
Photographer: Hana Laurie Weddings
Videographer: Three Choirs Vineyard
Flowers: Artisan Dried Flowers 
Cake: Suzy Blake Cake Atelier
Hair: Lissy Hair and Beauty
Dress: Morilee
Shoes: Irregular Choice 
Bridesmaids dresses: Vinibelle
Groom Suit: Moss Bros
Page Boy Outfits: Next
Wedding Rings: Warren James
Band: Electric Eden Band
DJ: Hampshire Event DJs
Photobooth: Switswooo Photobooths

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