We're all familiar with the saying, if it's meant to be it will be but let's be honest, we don't normally believe in fate do we? For Katrina, a normal day in the office turned into the start of a lifelong relationship so fate worked its magic for her! “I was delivering a two-day training course at work and James was one of the delegates. On the second day he emailed me to ask me out for a drink and I thought why not!” says Katrina. “When we met up he told me he'd been flirting with me throughout the course but I hadn't realised, which was really funny. The night went great but James was late, which I still don't let him forget,” says Katrina.
Seven months into their relationship Katrina fell pregnant and not long after having their daughter, Grace, she was pregnant again with their second little girl, Tilly. Their first couple of years together were a whirlwind so James decided to add to that by giving Katrina the ultimate Christmas present. “We love the festive season and we were opening our presents together when I came across one from James,” says Katrina. “I opened it to find a t-shirt, which I thought nothing of until I saw that he'd had 'yes, no or maybe' printed on the front. I wasn't expecting it at all,” she says. Eighteen months later, the special day arrived. “It was extremely relaxed and we got so much feedback from our guests saying they loved it because of this,” she says. Here, Katrina tells us more about it…
My hair was put up in vintage curls with pearl and diamanté hair pins for a classic look. I don't normally dress like that and wanted to look different for my big day.
I was pregnant when I went dress shopping so it was quite tricky. I made sure I lost the weight to fit into it though and I even had it have it taken in! It really suited my hourglass figure.
I did my own make-up and opted for deep red lips and nails.
We didn't have any bridesmaids but our daughters were our flowergirls. It was lovely to have them there on the day – Grace was even dancing around our legs as we said our vows.
James wore a three-piece tweed suit with a red tie and pocket square to complement our theme. I helped him choose the suit but it was quite an easy decision and didn't take that long.
To add our own little touch to the jars, we tied pretty ribbons around them – some said 'made with love' on them, which were really cute.
I carried red roses as they're my absolute favourite flower and suited the look of our day. The deep ruby went really well against my champagne dress too.
Our stationery on the day all tied in with the country theme and looked like little chalkboards with festoon lighting to give it a country feel.
Our rustic cake was a tier of cheese decorated with grapes and fruit. We both loved it and thought it was nice to have cheese and biscuits in the evening.
Tewin Bury Farm was perfect and very 'us' in the sense of a relaxed, country-style environment.
My mum's polish and it's tradition to toast with vodka. The Thunder vodka was one we both tasted at one of our early dates at London Southbank's Christmas market.
For our centrepieces we stood jam jars of various sizes filled with red and white flowers on log slices.
We had to have a sweetie cart– who doesn't love them!!
We were going to have red chair sashes but instead opted for hessian and lace, which suited the room perfectly.
We had little mason jars with our initials on them as favours so our guests could take them home for a vodka tipple.
Our venue used to be a stable so we added rustic touches such as twine hearts, ivy and fairylights in keeping with that look.
I'm a big Take That fan so we had a tribute band. James couldn't believe how good they were on the night, he was shocked at how much he enjoyed them!
We didn't want posed photos and Alexa captured some fantastic moments of the day for us. We barely knew she was there most of the time.
Confetti Bridalwear of Tring
Carpenter Catering in Partnership with Dalling & Co
Sweet as a Button
Swiss Miss Closet
Mamas and Papas (dresses)
Ted Baker (cardigans)
Flowers and sweet cart
The Secret Garden
Alexa Loy Photography
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel
Vodka for the toast
Wyborowa Vodka, The Whiskey Exchange
Vodka for the toast