Wedding of the Week: Kate Ruscoe and Michael Paiano
22 Oct 2018
With a classic romance theme, Kate Ruscoe and Michael Paiano's wedding took place at the bride's family venue where the outdoor ceremony showcased the beautiful grounds
How did you meet?
We were both working at Flight Centre in London and met at a staff party. I was heading to the night bus to go home but he wanted to go to another bar and as he was taking an Uber and it was raining I said 'yes'. The rest is history.
Tell us about the proposal.
We moved out to Australia a few months after meeting. We both had been wanting to move there so we combined our plans. After two years of living together we went for a day trip to a beautiful beach I saw on the TV show, Married at First Sight. When we got there, we walked to the end of the jetty on the beach and he got down on one knee.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Classic romance, with a blue, pink and purple colour scheme.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We were married at Colehayes Park in South Devon. It’s my family’s venue, so there was no question where our wedding would be held but we had the most amazing time being able to use it for ourselves and not for work. It’s such a laid-back relaxing venue and as all guests can stay on-site it provides a giant sleepover, home from home feel.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I only tried on four dresses before I found the one. The first store I went to told me to come back in an hour so I went to another bridal shop and within that time I had found the one. I didn’t know what style I wanted so I tried on different styles and ending up picking something I never thought would look good on me, so it’s always worth trying lots on as you may surprise yourself. The dress I chose made me feel absolutely amazing. No other dress gave me that same feeling when I was wearing it.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
Dusty blue Quiz dresses from Debenhams. They had stretchy backs so they fit all of my bridesmaids perfectly and left plenty of room for eating.
Where did you find your suits?
Jonathan Hawkes, Exeter.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
I wanted low wide floral decorations for the tables in the marquee and our wedding pagoda was decorated with flowers in all lovely blues, pinks and purples. The formal arrangements and my bouquet were by Simply Flowers, but we got wholesale flowers too. My friends and aunties pitched in with the arrangements.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Surprisingly calm and extremely happy to be marrying the love of my life.
What was your most memorable moment?
The ceremony, it was a dream come true.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The last week was manic and we hardly slept trying to get everything ready, but it all came together perfectly in the end.
What was the most important investment for you?
The food was a big expense. We had Dartmoor Kitchens who are undoubtedly the best of the best and they were worth it. The food was sublime.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Bob Marley - Is This love; we love dancing to it so it felt like a perfect choice.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We wanted our wedding cake to be our main dessert so we chose a five-tier mixed layer cake from Edible Essence. We had different tiers of cherry Bakewell and chocolate sponge. It was to die for and looked incredible.
What did you choose for your evening entertainment?
Everyone loved the music. We had an acoustic guitarist down from London playing his own version of popular songs. We did a big group sing-along of Ain’t No Mountain High during the ceremony and we had an amazing soul band from Swindon in the evening. They were so much fun and did brilliant mash-ups of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and even garage songs which everyone loved at the end of the night. The dance floor was packed and the party didn’t stop until 4am.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
We didn’t sort out any dressing gowns for the bridesmaids for the morning of the wedding as we were getting ready. I think the photos would have looked a lot better if we had nice dressing gowns on.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
The boys forgot to put the buttonholes on and they were delivered to where the bridesmaids were getting ready and got lost in a box.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We had a week in Mauritius and a week in the Seychelles. We went on the Sunday after our Saturday wedding.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
There is so much planning. Try to find time to switch off and not talk about your wedding all the time.
Steal their style:
Venue: Colhayes Park, www.colehayes.co.uk/weddings.htm
Photography: Dan Morris, https://danmorrisphotography.co.uk/
Band: Brother from Another, www.brotherfromanother.co.uk
Catering: Dartmoor Kitchens, http://www.dartmoorkitchen.co.uk/
Hairdressers: Gershwins, https://gershwins-hairdressing.com
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