Being outdoorsy and frequent visitors of country shows like the Norfolk show.  Kat and Joe knew they had to have a wedding that reflected them so it was important their wedding was relaxed and based outside. The venue they chose for the reception was Kat’s dads field and being mid-summer the weather was at its best.

They chose a village fete theme as Kat explains, ‘I guess we are just the country type!’ They chose treats such as popcorn, candy floss and traditional sweets, along with decorating the field and tents with lots of bunting, coloured fabrics, lights and hay bales for seats.

‘I am not a very matchy matchy person and didn’t want an ‘all white’ wedding,’ Kat explains.  She wanted to be different and also didn’t want to be worrying that the flowers were the same height or that everything was in one particular colour or shade.

Kat chose pinks and yellows for the bridesmaids as she wanted the wedding to feel summery and warm.

For the transport Kat and Joe chose a vintage bus. They wanted as many people on it as possible so they didn’t have to worry about driving.

The canapés on arrival were mini fish and chip cones, duck tartlet, spinach/cheese samosa’s and chicken/mango tartlets. Drinks on arrival were a summer cocktail of strawberry, vodka and soda water, real ale on tap and for the non-alcoholic drinks, sparkling elderflower.

The wedding breakfast was served after the speeches so that those doing the speeches could relax and enjoy the food. The food that the bride and groom chose was totally unique to them and not your typical wedding mix. They chose roast beef, the groom’s favourite and seafood paella, the bride’s favourite.  There was also a vegetarian tartlet.  With a menu as varied as this, food stations were used so guests could choose what they wanted.  For dessert the couple chose a trio of chocolate torte, raspberry meringue and lemon tart and for evening snacks, bacon rolls, hotdogs and vegetable skewers.

For entertainment Kat and Joe had a steel band, although Kat explained, ‘it didn’t really fit with the theme but I really wanted one and they were great!’  Joe’s dad, Dick Ropa then entertained the guests with a disco playing all their favourite music until the early hours.

Other details on the day included homemade kids activity packs to keep the children busy, these included disposable cameras that the bride got developed, pens, paper, stickers and a mask.  These were loved and the bride said she’d thoroughly recommend them at all weddings where children needed to be entertained.

For favours, the bride and groom came up with the great idea of homemade liqueurs. A couple of months before the wedding they handpicked couples and sent them a card in the post explaining that they needed them to start practicing their best homemade liqueur recipe. They were all given a fruit that they had to work around and then one bottle was placed on each of the guest tables along with multi-coloured shot glasses. This turned into a competition asking each table to save a little of their allocated bottle so the bride and groom could choose a winner. This was a great idea which encouraged the guests to mingle and try out each other’s liqueurs. One of the bridesmaid’s won with her ‘Mango Smoothie’ liqueur.  We have asked the bride for this recipe so can hopefully publish it soon!

For more images of Kat and Joe’s wedding please visit our Wedding Gallery.

MarqueeRudd Marquees

Bride’s Dress – Prima Donna, Norwich

Bridesmaids – Dessy

Suits – Goddard’s, King’s Lynn

Flowers – Bride’s friend

Cake – Bride’s mum with cupcakes made by bride’s friends

Transport – Sidelines, Norwich

PhotographerLynn Cook

Entertainment – Mango Steel Band & Dick Ropa