Kate and Alex tied the knot at Loseley Park with an English country garden theme

Kate Bratt and Alex Williams met at a best friend's wedding back in 2012. “It's a bit of a cliché,” recalls Kate. “Alex was best man and I was a bridesmaid! We'd known each other for years and I'd always thought Alex was cute but this was the first time we were both single.”

Three years later, Alex proposed while the pair were on holiday in Indonesia, he tried to throw Kate off the scent by insisting he was 'definitely not proposing on this holiday' so it was a total surprise when he did! “I thought he was joking!” says Kate. “We were on Gilli Trawangan walking home along the beach one evening. All of a sudden phosphorescence starting washing ashore at our feet and while I was distracted at the sight, Alex had bent down on one knee and proposed by drawing a ring on my finger with the phosphorescence. It was such a magical moment!”

The bride- and groom-to-be set the 26th August, 2016, as their big date, and chose Loseley Park, Guildford as their setting.

Here Kate tells us more about their day...

Country charm: Image 1
We fell in love with Loseley Park the moment we saw it. We both love nature and we really wanted a venue with beautiful grounds for the daytime and a rustic barn for the evening meal and dancing.

 

Country charm: Image 2aThe tableplan was a blackboard on an easel with handwritten names in chalk.

Country charm: Image 2 The cake had a frosted carrot cake layer, and also a strawberry sponge tier.

 

Country charm: Image 3
Our blooms were natural, meadow-like informal arrangements.

 

Country charm: Image 4aWe collected jam jars for a year and wrapped these in hessian, lace and twine, which were stood on log slices for our centrepieces.

Country charm: Image 4 I loved the lace detail and the champagne colour of my Kenneth Winston gown, which gave it a vintage look. I had simple hair flowers to complement my bouquet comprising roses, waxflower, eucalyptus, dill cornflower, allium, tanacetum and green bells.

 

Country charm: Image 5
The boys in the bridal party all wore morning suits, including our nephews – the mini ushers. Alex wears a suit every day for work so he wanted to wear something a bit different. He chose navy tails with navy and grey pinstripe trousers and an ivory waistcoat. Alex wore an ivory cravat and the groomsmen all wore plum to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

 

Country charm: Image 6aWe wanted the day to be full of fun and music. Our friends Rob and Aidan performed a few songs after the ceremony, and then later in the evening we had a mini rave courtesy of our DJ friends Conor and Clare.

Country charm: Image 6 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the ceremony! I thought I was going to be too nervous, but when we were saying our vows, it really felt like a personal moment between the two of us, despite the 100 guests sitting behind us. I was struggling to hold it together!

 

Country charm: Image 7
I was pretty relaxed about the bridesmaids' dresses, I just wanted them to pick something they liked and would feel comfortable in. We went to David's Bridal, which has a whole range of colours and styles. The girls chose a plum colour and they each picked a different style.

 

Country charm: Image 8
The crowd went wild! Especially for the final song You've Got The Love by Candi Staton. We also had a fancy dress box and glow sticks for the evening and garden games and bubble guns for the kiddies.

 

Kate and Alex's contact book


Accommodation
The Inn on the Lake
www.theinnonthelake.co.uk

Bride's dress and accessories
Confetti and Lace
www.confettiandlace.com

Bridesmaids' dresses
Davids Bridal
www.davidsbridal.co.uk

Catering
Caper and Berry
www.caperandberry.co.uk

Entertainment
The Mile Stones
www.themilestoneslive.com

Flowers
Cabbage White Flowers
www.cabbagewhiteflowers.co.uk

Groom's suit
Moss
www.moss.co.uk

Hair and make-up
Victoria Fraser-Gadd
www.victoriafrasergadd.com

Photographer
Touch photography
www.touchphotography.co.uk

Seamstress
Helen Susan Milne
www.helensusanmilne.co.uk

Stationery
Vistaprint
www.vistaprint.co.uk

Transport
French-a-Traction
www.french-a-traction.co.uk

Venue
Loseley Park
www.loseleypark.co.uk

 
 

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