Cornish favours, a pale pink colour scheme and a head-turning Maggie Sottero gown were the key components of Katie Savill and Aston Starkie's wedding day
How did you meet?
Through work and a mutual friend.
Tell us about the proposal.
Aston took me to Milford Beach (Milford-on-Sea, Hants) in the evening, on the pretence we were going somewhere for dinner. When we parked up, he suggested going for a short walk as we were early. We walked along the promenade and towards a nearby café; this café happens to have a bench outside which is in commemoration to my grandparents. When we neared their bench, it was covered in fairy lights, candles and champagne was waiting. Aston set his proposal playlist going, got down on one knee and recounted his prepared proposal, while John Legend ‘All of Me’ was playing in the background. Following the proposal, we were joined by my parents who had set the bench up for him. Aston then took me to the Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
There was no theme, but the colour scheme was pale pink.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
I grew up near to Highcliffe and spent summers on the beach there. Aston, being from Cornwall, wanted us to marry somewhere that held memories for me as we were not marrying in Cornwall. We chose Highcliffe Castle for that reason for the ceremony and we chose The Lord Bute for the reception due to its location near to the castle, the boutique nature of the hotel and the food/service they offered.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I knew when I tried it on as I didn’t want to take it off. The designer was Maggie Sottero and the dress was found by my mother; I told her the silhouette that I wanted and she emailed the dress as an option. It was the fourth or fifth dress I tried on.
What did the bridesmaid wear?
My bridesmaid wore a dress from Coast.
Where did you find your suits?
We went to Moss Bros and chose Ted Baker suits.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
I chose a florist from Highcliffe; I would drive past her shop every day and knew that when I got married I would use her. I gave my florist images from Pinterest around the colour and arrangements I wanted. My bouquet was an informal arrangement with amnesia roses as the focal flower. I included sprigs of rosemary and lavender for scent and the latter was also in memory of my grandmother.The centrepieces at the reception were big displays in martini glasses which had hanging glass bauble tea light holders.Across the top table was a central floral arrangement interspersed with hurricane lamps. The flowers were pink and cream, with roses, hydrangeas and foliage.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
The favours for the ladies were homemade Cornish clotted cream fudge, made by myself. The men’s favours were small flagons of Cornish cider.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was remarkably calm as I arrived at Highcliffe and when I walked down the aisle; if anything, I felt a little shy with all eyes on me. My make-up artist gave me a piece of advice on the morning of the wedding, telling me to think of football scores if I became overwhelmed at any point. With that in mind, following my entrance, out of nowhere my dad whispered to me: "Football scores, football scores"; I beamed with a huge smile, raised my eyes and took in all the smiling faces of my guests and of my husband-to-be. It’s one of my fondest memories.
What was your most memorable moment?
Being declared husband and wife.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Dare I say it, we didn’t find anything challenging; we gave ourselves time and shared the planning.
What was the most important investment for you?
The reception location and food. This was the reason we chose the Lord Bute; the food was amazing and we have received so many compliments about it being the best wedding food our guests had ever eaten.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
At last by Etta James. Aston chose the song as it was fitting for us both; we had waited a while to find each other.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a band called Decade.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
This was made by my cousin’s wife; a three-tiered cake, carrot, then chocolate and orange and lemon drizzle on top. Sadly, neither Aston or I managed to get near it, it was that popular.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
One of my friends offered to video the day for us and I wish I had taken him up on the offer. Other than that, we have no regrets; our day was exactly how we wanted it to be... great food and the evening filled with dancing.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We had a mini-moon at The Pig in Bath, a wedding present from my parents and somewhere special for us. This was the next day, for two nights. We then went to Jamaica three weeks later.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Share the planning and make joint decisions; this is your wedding and both should be involved in how you want your day to go. Aston was great at budget planning while I was good at spending….
Steal their style:
Venue: Lord Bute
Photography: Kasia Nowak Peppermint Love Photography
Floristry: Flowers by Design in Highcliffe
Hair & make-up: Amazing Face
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
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