Katie and Sam’s Real Wedding by AVA Photography

For our summer brides the planning is almost over and we know you’ve planned the perfect wedding. Now we want to give our winter brides a glimpse in to what they can expect. Katie and Sam’s real wedding from AVA images, is a beautiful projection for weddings this winter, with the soft hues of pinks, creams, combined with the intriguing textures of roses and thistles, this is the perfect start to your winter planning. Winter brides take note!

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Bride and Groom… Katie and Sam

Wedding date… Saturday 28th December, 2013

We met… When my family moved to Torquay and we started going to the same church as Sam’s family. Going to the same Sunday school led to the same sixth form, going on a gap year together and both ending up at Durham University.

The proposal… Sam proposed on a very cold November evening after dinner and a show in London. He insisted on walking along the banks of the Thames, eventually finding a quiet spot near Westminster where he popped the question!

We knew it was ‘the one’… At university

Length of engagement… 13 months

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St Matthias Church, Torquay

Our wedding ceremony was… St Matthias Church, Torquay.  We had a traditional Church of England ceremony, with 150 of our family and friends.

St Matthias Church, Torquay and order of service

Winter inspired flower arrangement with roses, candles and thistles

Ivory and rose confetti in cones

My bridesmaids were… My cousin, 2 friends from Torquay and 5 from university, I had 8 in total.

Bridesmaids in Monsoon nude dresses

Silver wedding car

Bride with her father

Pink and ivory rose and thistle bouquet

Bride with her father at entrance to the church

Bride adjusting her veil before the ceremony

Bride walking down the aisle with her father

The bride and groom at the alter

Bridesmaids watching the ceremony

The bride and groom at the alter

The first kiss as husband and wife

The newlyweds signing the register

The happy couple leaving the church

Our wedding photographer was… Hannah from Ava Images, she was amazing!

Wedding guests throwing confetti to celebrate the marriage

Pink rose petal confetti

The happy couple

The newlyweds with their bridesmaids and groomsmen

Bride with her bridesmaids

Our groomsmen were… Sam’s father, my father, my brother and 4 of Sam’s friends from university. We also had 3 pageboys.

The newlyweds with the groomsmen

The happy couple with their red vintage MG

Vintage red MG wedding car

Our wedding was unique and special because… I couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else, being at St Matthias was my way of having my late mother there celebrating with us. Our friends and family had wanted this for a long time, their happiness and love was overwhelming. We also took a top tip from the royal wedding and Sam drove us away from the church in his Dad’s vintage MG.

The bride and groom by Ava Images

My dress was… A Benjamin Roberts dress. One of my new sister-in-laws recommended Truly Delightful, a lovely boutique in Totnes and when I went there I was overwhelmed by the beautiful lace dresses. I tried on 4 all of which were gorgeous but dress number 4, the Benjamin Roberts had the wow factor. I suppose I’d always knew I’d have a fishtail style dress and when I got into the shop it was all my eyes were drawn to. Thanks to some good advice from my sister-in-law I had a customised belt made for the church service, saving the sparkly belt for the evening do. The dress also had optional cap sleeves which allowed me another look for the meal.

The bride and groom by the sea by Ava Images

The bride and groom by the sea by Ava Images

The bride and groom heading to the reception in a red vintage car

Our wedding reception was at… The Imperial Hotel, Torquay. We chose the venue because it over looked the sea, it was close to both our childhood homes, we loved the rooms and the price was very reasonable.

Wedding reception at the Imperial Hotel

White lace wedding cake with white roses

Thistle and rose bridal bouquet

Our wedding theme was… Greens, creams, dusky pink and pale blue. Sam insisted on getting some thistles into the bouquet to add some blue!

Green, cream and pink wedding reception

Sam and Kate heart shaped charm

Place cards with gold hearts

Basket for wedding cards and candle and floral wedding centrepiece

Projected Katie and Sam wedding message

The receiving line and the newlyweds making an entrance

Bride and groom cutting their white lace wedding cake

Our favourite part of the wedding was… For me it was saying our vows, for Sam it was seeing me in my dress.

Did anything funny or unusual happen at your wedding? The photo booth provided many funny moments which we have now digitalised forever!

What is your advice for other brides? We chose to have a selection of cocktails for the drinks reception instead of the standard buck fizz this went down very well with the guests

For our honeymoon … We went to a spa hotel in London for a mini moon after the wedding and plan to go to Fiji in the summer.


Wedding Dress: Benjamin Roberts 2392 | Wedding Shoes: ‘TheVictorianGarden’ on Etsy | Wedding Suits: Moss Bros | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon | Wedding Flowers: 2020 Flowers | Wedding Photographer: Ava Images | Wedding Make-up: Elegant Nails | Wedding Hair: The Salon’,Wellwood | Wedding Gift list: John Lewis | Wedding Venue: The Imperial Hotel


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