It was love at first sight for Catherine Reed and Ben Ward. “We were both working at Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds; I was a waitress and Ben was the barman. As soon as he walked in for his interview, I just knew he was the one and he says he felt the same about me. We got on like a house on fire from the moment we worked our first shift together and the rest, as they say, is history,” says Catherine.
After nearly seven years together, Ben popped the question on 6th July 2014 over a romantic picnic and champagne at the Roman ruins in Windsor Great Park. “He got down on one knee like a true gent,” recalls Catherine. The wedding took two years and two months to organise and they tied the knot on 18th September, 2016 at Chippenham Park in Cambridgeshire.
Here Catherine tells us all about their big day...
Our Maltese dog Button was an honorary member of the wedding party. She certainly looked the part on the day and was very well behaved.
We stayed by the river with our guests and had Pimm's, surrounded by roses, with harp music playing in the background.
I wanted my wedding blooms to not only tie in with our theme and reflect the gorgeous wildflower fields in Provence, but to also add fragrance and colour to the day.
I chose a very unusual, 1940s-style bouquet. It was styled on my nanny's and was so big I had to hold it with two hands. It was stunning and included wildflowers, herbs, eucalyptus and roses.
My bridesmaids looked gorgeous in cornflower blue, chiffon dresses with lace tops. They carried posies of wildflowers with mint and fresh herbs which smelt amazing.
Ben, his best man and pageboy travelled to the venue in a Hummer Pullman Cabriolet car, which he said was 'awesome'.
Ben made his own sloe gin for the favours and we had macarons too to fit with the French theme.
The cake was decorated with soft, pastel blue icing embossed with a floral lace effect – very French. It tasted amazing too; we served it as dessert with cassis cream and summer berries.
We named the tables after places we've been to including Sydney, Monaco, Dubai, Bangkok, Barcelona, Queenstown and Sharm El Sheikh
Ben and I have always loved travelling; on our third date we booked one-way tickets to New Zealand and ended up living there for a year!
Bride and mother-of-the-bride's hair
Bride's dress & mother-of-the-bride outfit
For Her and For Him
Bombshell Hair & Beauty
Amazing Cakes by Jean
Wild Poppy Flowers
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Greenwoods Menswear, Bury St Edmunds
Helen Griffin Photography
Wedding night and guest accommodation
The Riverside House Hotel, Mildenhall
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