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Real life: Andrew and Katie Beckinsale

29 Jul 2013

Real life: Andrew and Katie Beckinsale

Images: Justine Ferarri Photography www.justineferrariphotography.co.uk

About us

I am 28 and work as a primary school teacher in Ipswich.

Andrew is 30 and works as a shipping clerk in Felixstowe.

We live together in our house in Ipswich.

How we met

We met at a local gym where we were both regulars. Andrew asked me on a date and we have been inseparable ever since.


After a day of exploring the temples and sights of Bangkok I was surprised with a rooftop dinner at Sirocco restaurant overlooking the skyline of the city. The views were breathtaking and the surprises continued when Andrew asked me to marry him. I was very excited and it was a fantastic start to a very memorable holiday.


We took our time with planning the wedding and I enjoyed the opportunity to browse numerous bridal magazines, websites and blogs for inspiration. Our first success was visiting our chosen venue, Yaxley Hall, and we knew immediately that this was the place we wanted to become husband and wife. We loved the intimate setting, beautiful grounds and their very friendly and helpful wedding butler, Richard Orton. We wanted to create a relaxed feel to the day where our friends and family would be able to enjoy delicious food and peaceful surroundings. Over the months leading up to the wedding we began collecting various cake stands, sweetie jars and decorations to create a country garden and vintage feel. We designed and made all of our own stationary and my mother, bridesmaids and I made bunting to hang in the marquee. I really enjoyed taking the time to source personal touches to decorate the venue.


I found my dream dress, by Benjamin Roberts, in a bridal boutique in Norwich.


Andrew wanted something classic to wear and decided to hire a traditional morning suit.


After finding cream vintage pails to use as table centres a friend offered to arrange the flowers for us. She used peach, pink and cream roses, stocks and gypsophilia. The bouquets were also made up of these flowers and the stocks created a beautiful aroma which we were able to smell throughout the day.


Yaxley Hall has a beautiful music room with an arched ceiling which we used for our ceremony. This was one of our favourite moments in the day and we were smiling and giggling throughout. For me, it was a very special moment seeing all of our friends and family gathered together as I entered the room and then turning the corner to see my new husband for the first time.


We enjoyed days out ring shopping in London and we both chose classic wedding bands.


Our wedding breakfast took place in the marquee at Yaxley Hall. On entering, guests were asked to leave their finger print on our finger print tree as a memory of the day, this was supervised by Andrew’s cousin who is a local police officer! Evening guests joined us later for drinks, dancing and more tasty food. We absolutely love anti-pasti style sharing food and guests were treated to a cheese board, local hams, pates and breads.


Yaxley Hall provided the catering for the day and everyone remarked on how delicious it was. Being ‘foodies’ ourselves we thoroughly enjoyed our tasting earlier in the year and we knew we had made a great choice in our venue. Guests were served canapés and Prosecco outside in the courtyard before entering the marquee for the wedding breakfast. Following the meal guests were invited to choose dessert from a large selection of homemade cakes, cookies and sweet treats which our family and friends had made.

The cake

I absolutely loved our wedding cake which was made by a local cake maker Laura Barton. Laura is very talented and she was able to create exactly what I had in mind. She made a two tiered lemon cake with lemon curd and lemon butter icing; the bottom tier was decorated with ‘ruffles’ and the top tier included intricate blossom artwork carved out of icing. Two love birds sat on top of the cake which we have kept as a memory of the day. Laura also made amazing cake pops and cookies which were personalised with our initials.


We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day for the wedding which meant guests could enjoy a selection of garden games on the lawn. Yaxley Hall’s in house DJ provided the music throughout the day from the ceremony until the reception.


After searching the internet and meeting photographers at wedding fairs we were lucky enough to find Justine Ferrari. We were instantly drawn to her ability to capture natural images and the amazing colour and vibrancy of her photographs. Feeling a little nervous about being photographed we decided to meet Justine before the wedding day for an engagement shoot. She made us feel at ease immediately and it was very easy to follow her direction. Having received the photographs from the wedding we are over the moon with the results and they are a fantastic memory of the day.

Most memorable moment

Feeling apprehensive about the speeches they turned out to be my favourite part of the day. We held the speeches outside in the sunshine of the courtyard prior to the wedding breakfast. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we all enjoyed Champagne whilst listening to three very entertaining speeches.


The week following the wedding we spent having a mini moon in New York. The days were jam packed with sightseeing and exploring the city and eating the much anticipated ‘Juniors’ cheesecake that I had heard so much about! We are now looking forward to a much more relaxing honeymoon in Sumatra and Langkawi. The beginning of the honeymoon will be spent touring North Sumatra where we hope to see orang-utans in the wild, finishing with lazy days on the beach in Langkawi.

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