real wedding: a classic english rose {cathy & adam}

Good morning! Did you all have a wonderful Jubilee weekend?  A little tough getting back into the office this morning wasn’t it?  Don’t worry though, this morning’s gorgeous real wedding is bound to get you through at least until lunch!  For those of you who have taken a few days off from the wedding planning, you’re joining us in the middle of a thoroughly British week, where we’re celebrating the best wedding inspiration and suppliers our little island has to offer!  On Monday I put together some pretty country garden inspiration based on the traditional church wedding and country house wedding so popular in the UK!  I also found some gorgeous Royal-themed decor for your wedding, or home that you’re bound to love long after memory of the long weekend has faded.  And yesterday we had Sarah & Owen’s gorgeous beach engagement session from awesome British photographer Dominique Bader, taking place on a truly British seaside promenade!

Back to today, and we have a classic English wedding courtesy of Norfolk-based wedding photographer Katherine Ashdown, one of my favourites!  Bride Cathy is the most beautiful English rose, and chose to stick to a classic, understated British style for her wedding!  From the prettiest pink rose bouquets, to the groomsmen in very dapper morning suits and sweet touches of lace and sparkle Cathy and Adam’s wedding is everything we have come to expect from a classic garden wedding.

Cathy tells us how they met ~

I used to work with Adam’s brother, we met through him at a work Christmas party so we’d both had a few drinks!  Adam proposed when we were on holiday in Majorca. We were staying near Cala D’or which has a beautiful harbour and he proposed at the end of one of the moonlit jetties on the way home after we’d been out for a delicious meal. I had no idea he was going to propose but afterwards I realised why he’d looked so nervous when we went through security and had kept his bag with him at all times!

We got married at Christ Church in Norwich and had our reception at Brasted’s in Framingham Pigot. The church held a special meaning for me as I used to go there with my family when I was younger and it’s just round the corner from my Mum and Dad’s house. It’s also a really pretty church in a lovely setting. We chose Brasted’s for our reception venue because we loved the converted barn, it was the perfect size for our numbers, and we knew the food would be absolutely amazing!

We wanted to create a look which was classic, understated, elegant and slightly vintage, by keeping things simple and not overcomplicating things. I chose soft pink and lilac coloured roses for our flowers and used lace for the chair backs and table plan for a vintage touch. My dress was very simple and I tried to keep my hair and jewellery quite classic.   My mum baked our gingerbread men favours and my sisters iced them all (there were over 100 as we made extra for the evening guests) – they even created special ones for the bride, groom, bridesmaids, ushers, and children! My sisters decorated Brasted’s with wicker hearts and small white hearts which we hung on the backs of the chairs. I made our wedding invitations, table plan and table names. Instead of buying a traditional guest book for our guests to write in we bought small white butterflies which our guests wrote their messages on and then hung on a long ribbon which was hanging from the trees outside.

What was the most important thing about your day?

The most important thing about our day was that we enjoyed every moment of it and we shared it with the people we love.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was ‘Make You Feel My Love’ (covered by Adele). We chose this song because of the lyrics and I love Adele. Barry White’s ‘My First, My Last, My Everything’ was a close second!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Enjoy every moment of your special day because it goes so quickly!



Photography: Katherine Ashdown // Dress & Veil: Pure Bridal // Shoes & Accessories:  La Belle Angele // Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast // Venue & Catering: Brastead’s, Norwich // Flowers:  Pick-A-Lily // Hair:  The Hairdresser // Makeup: Love Moi // Music: Rob Castell & The Matt Hodges Jazz Band // Stationery: The Wedding Party


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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