Princess Kate

17 Mar 2014

Princess Kate

Warwick Castle was the setting for the fairytale wedding of Ty Worthington-Carroll and Kate Duckhouse

Ty Worthington-Carroll and Kate Duckhouse

Where: Ceremony and reception at Warwick Castle, Warwick

Photography: Matt Gillespie

I’ve always suffered from ‘princess syndrome’, so when it came time to decide on a wedding venue I knew there was only one place I’d want to marry my Prince Charming.

Warwick Castle has held a magical place in my heart since I was a child, believing the castle was in fact our rightful family home. Finding my dress was also incredibly easy; it does help when your maid of honour works in a bridal boutique. It was hip hugging and glamorous, and as Ty only had one request, no puffy meringue Big Fat Gypsy-style dresses, I thought he’d love it too. Make sure you have multiple bridesmaids, they will be your toilet lifeline, make-up bag holder, drinks carrier, tissue supplier etc. In my opinion, being a good bridesmaid is like dealing with a sergeant major who has PMS, all with a smile on your face.

After looking at some of Matt Gillespie’s previous work, we knew we wanted him to photograph our big day. He is more edgy and editorial, rather than traditional.

On the morning of the wedding I was surprisingly calm, the ceremony wasn’t until 5pm, so I had plenty of time to get ready, but as 4pm approached, I suddenly felt my calmness turn to panic. Driving up through the magnificent gates to my fairytale castle with my father at my side, my panic turned to sheer excitement at the prospect of marrying my best friend. Walking down the aisle with my father was an incredible feeling. Seeing Ty waiting for me, looking so handsome, with a huge smile on his face, made me want to get the vows out of the way so I could get to the kissing part.

After the ceremony, we had a champagne reception in the Garden Conservatory and our wedding breakfast in the Great Hall. Our first dance was to our song, I Only Have Eyes for You, by the Flamingos. It was very romantic and emotional. I really wouldn’t change a thing about the day. It was truly perfect from start to finish.


Photography: Matt Gillespie Photography, 01926 312209,

Venue: Warwick Castle, Warwick, 0870 4422000,

Dress: By Enzoani from The White Dress Boutique, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire,

01926 882663,

Accessories: Ty’s great grandmother’s pearl earrings, and my mother-in-law’s pearl bracelet.

Hair: Anouska Lowndes,

Groom’s outfit: By Without Prejudice, from House of Fraser

Stationery: All designed by Ty (we have our own graphic design company) 07736 845115,

Flowers: Urban Design Flowers, 0121 777 9789,

Cake: Family friend

Catering: Warwick Castle

Transport: Two 1930s classic Citroen Traction Avants, from Paris Wedding Cars, Redditch, 01527 894599,

Entertainment: DJ supplied through Warwick Castle

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