Katie and Barnaby – August 2019

West End dancers Katie & Barnaby glitzed Hales Hall with a shimmering summer weekend of wedding celebrations.
“We’re not from Norfolk but the area is so beautiful and Hales Hall had everything – fabulous accommodation on site, the Great Barn, it’s such a fantastic space and very romantic all lit up, and the beautiful gardens where we held the wedding ceremony”

Hales Hall was looking spectacular as Katie and Barnaby’s extended family arrived for a 3-day celebration. Based in London they fell in love with Hales exclusivity, unique accommodation and the romantic setting.

Theme – We wanted summer glamour so had lots of shimmering gold, white, fresh greens and scarlet red for drama.

The Proposal – I went to watch Barny in The Lion King for the first time in the West End and afterwards found myself on a paper trail by myself around Covent Garden. I was given clues within letters – the place we first met, the Hoxton Hotel to check into and then a bar called The Hospital Club where I found Barny in a private cinema room. He’d made a short film of him singing re-written lyrics to one of my favourite songs L.O.V.E and at the end he was down on one knee. Afterwards, all my nearest and dearest were at the bar, I fell to the floor and then had the most incredible evening!

The Ceremony – We got married in the stunning Music Room at Hales Hall at 6pm on 27 August 2019. It was a beautiful summer evening with our family and the perfect start to a weekend of celebrations. The sunshine and happiness filled the room; it really was magical.
We had our ceremony the following day in the beautiful walled garden with my sister Emma & best man Jamie leading proceedings. It was extremely personal with a beautiful rustic flower arch and everyone seated in the sunshine. The picturesque Great Barn and grounds were our backdrop, it really was the perfect summers day.
Walking down the garden aisle with my dad was a wonderful moment I’ll never forget; and my mum started the procession carrying my newly born niece, Erin.

The Bridesmaids –  Emma Parker (the bride’s sister), Alicia Crawford, Dawn Williams, Vikki Marie McLaughlin and Charlotte Davis wore glamorous gold shimmery sequin skirts with elegant ivory white tops.

Flower Girls – Penelope Thompson-Reeve and Erin Parker wore soft rose gold tutus with ivory white tops and simple gypsophila garland headdresses with trailing satin ribbons. They showered the aisle with rose petals.

Ushers – Jamie Karitzis, Richard Taylor-Woods, Mike Denman, Matt Flint and Luke Jackson wore classic tuxedos with rosebud buttonholes.

Ushers – Jamie Karitzis, Richard Taylor-Woods, Mike Denman, Matt Flint and Luke Jackson wore classic tuxedos with rosebud buttonholes.

Top Tip – My sister came up to me several times throughout the day and said ‘Stop, look around, take it all in’. It really helped and I urge you to delegate that task to someone!

Dress – Classic ivory satin dress with glamorous diamanté detailing, low back with button detail to the elegant train. “I wanted classic movie star elegance, with beautiful clean lines”

Flowers – Roses, Dahlia’s & Anthuriums. Romantic handtied bouquets with a scarlet red satin ribbon.

Groom – Deep blue velvet tuxedo by Hackett and bow tie.

Cherished moment – Barny surprised me during the afternoon and sang ‘My Girl’ with his Ushers as backing dancers. I was blown off my feet. Literally!

The Speeches – I decided to make a speech myself later in the day and I surprised Barny with a music video that I’d put together in return for his engagement video.

First Dance – We’re both dancers so my mum said if we didn’t do a ‘proper’ first dance she wasn’t coming! So yes, we had a full on first dance to a mash up of ‘Nearness of You’, ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘Boys’ and ‘Everywhere’.

Catering – Pimm’s and prosecco! We also had personalised cocktails “Mungojerrie” and a “Rumpleteazer” – our character names from the show we met on.
We tried to keep our Wedding Breakfast summery starting with sharing antipasti platters, slow cooked lamb with French beans and buttery crushed potatoes and then a trio of desserts consisting of profiteroles, strawberry and mint salad and white chocolate cheesecake. De’Ath Hospitality handled all the catering, Emma and Briony were amazing.

Photographer – Our photographer Luis Holden was incredible and has a docu-style so made the photo session really fun.

Cake – The beautiful 4 tiered ‘naked’ wedding cake decorated with vanilla cream; ivory roses dusted with rose gold was made by the bride’s aunt.

Music – We love dancing and had two bands to get everyone on the dancefloor. For our reception The Belle Adventure, a stomping country American duo entertained everyone, then in the evening: Bloomfield Avenue rocked the barn they were amazing!

The Suppliers:
Photography: Luis Holden luisholden.com
Dress: Essence of Australia www.angelicabridal.co.uk Lux tillythomaslux.com
Jimmy Choo: jimmychoo.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Made by friend Charlotte Simpson.
Groom’s outfit: Hackett, www.hackett.com
Groomsmen’s suits: Their own Tux.
Wedding stationery: Katies Father.
Mother of the Bride outfit: Karren Millen www.karenmillen.com
Flowers: www.lilyjayneflorist.co.uk
Cake: A three-tiered semi naked sponge cake with gold leaf and simple fresh roses; made by the bride’s aunt.
Catering: De’Ath Hospitality at Hales Hall, nwbdhospitality.co.uk
Entertainment: JReception, www.thebelleadventure.com Evening, www.bloomfieldavenueband.co.uk
Guest accommodation: Hales Hall, The Cottage, The Gatehouse and Garden Rooms with family staying for 3 days.
Honeymoon: Thailand, 6 months after the wedding. It was heaven.