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...
The tableplan was a blackboard on an easel with handwritten names in chalk.
The cake had a frosted carrot cake layer, and also a strawberry sponge tier.
We collected jam jars for a year and wrapped these in hessian, lace and twine, which were stood on log slices for our centrepieces.
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.
We 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.
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!
The Inn on the Lake
Bride's dress and accessories
Confetti and Lace
Caper and Berry
The Mile Stones
Cabbage White Flowers
Hair and make-up
Helen Susan Milne
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