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The best bit of my job is definitely wedding submissions. Seeing so many different, beautiful wedding days makes my heart sing but there is a moment better than that. When a bride/reader submits their own wedding there is no greater feeling. Especially when the wedding is exceptionally gorgeous. Katie made her, and her bridesmaid dresses, in fact the whole day is heavy in DIY and excellent inspiration for you keen DIYers. I love this wedding, thank you so much for submitting it!!

Photography by Chris Milner

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Kate Reeves (that’s me!) www.katereeves.co.uk – I worked as seamstress in London and am currently in the process of setting up my own label, specialising in bespoke womenswear for any occasion (although I would love to just spend all day making wedding brides and maids dresses! So much fun!) I’m based in Manchester and have already got a couple of clients which is super exciting!

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club 

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Grooms accessories: Ties: Primark (can you believe it!) Pocket Sq: Liberty London

Tie Pins: Asos

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Hire Society Cars: http://www.hiresociety-weddingcars.co.uk/

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Bridesmaids necklaces: Elle Jewels

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Street Three Jazz 

 The Singing Waiters

DJ- Jonny at Holdsworth House

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We had always had our hearts set on some sort of Alice in Wonderland style wedding but wanted to be careful it didn’t look too ‘themed’. Once we found our venue, the idea of an ‘English Tea-party’ just seemed to fit in with the house perfectly and with our love of Alice in Wonderland so we decided upon that. Throughout the planning of the decor we really tried to keep it quite ‘mismatched’. We didn’t have a colour scheme at all and just picked things we liked. For the table centrepieces we collected cake stands and lots of old books from ebay and carboot sales and we made sure every couple of weeks we had a trip to the local charity shops to find tea-sets and saucers for the flowers. We drove a hard bargain! The name tags we made by just col- lecting vintage print papers and slicing them up with the guests names on, and we hand embroidered the table numbers by hand. Me and Mat have actually dated since we were kids and we even in the same nursery class (we were always at the back as we were the tallest). Although we wanted our wedding to be ‘romantic’ we also wanted it to be fun. We opted for a Dixie jazz band after the ceremony and pimms served rather than champagne. We really wanted to create the feel of a summer fête. Buttons sprinkled on the table were a homage to my love of sewing and stripy straws finished the tables off.

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