Wedding of the Week: Katy Warrilow and Matthew Capper

24 Apr 2017

This fairytale wedding was truly magical - celebrated in the captivating setting of Walt Disney World, Florida

How did you meet?

We met at school.

Tell us about the proposal.

Matthew proposed inside Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland Paris on New Year's Eve in 2013. We had travelled with my younger sister who was six at the time and she didn’t really understand what was going on… when I told her we were going to get married she responded “What, now? You don’t have any guests”. She finally sussed she was in on a big secret when we had to tell her not to tell anyone when we phoned home; she was very pleased with herself to be the first to know.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

My dress was tea rose in colour so I tried to carry the pastel colours through into our theme. The gents wore pink shirts and the bridesmaids had pastel coloured dresses. This colour was carried though into the reception styling with pink rose petals on the tables and pink roses on the naked lemon drizzle cake. Our cake topper, handmade by a ceramic artist friend, was a delicate Cinderella’s carriage adorned with pearls. We also included Disney theming with each table centrepiece representing a Disney princess: Cinderella’s carriage, Ariel’s dinglehopper and Belle's rose.  

I wanted favours to be something the guests would enjoy, we decided on personalised mouse ears to act as place settings and favours. The mouse ears were enjoyed on the night, and also recycled throughout the holiday as people explored the theme parks after our wedding... they featured in a lot of selfies.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

My dress was the first dress I tried on. It wasn’t the dress I went in to try, but when I did.. I knew.

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Where did you find your suits?

The suits were purchased from Next. We actually had to buy a second suit for the groom as he lost weight between the purchase and the wedding.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

All of our personal floral was artificial. I am a control freak and I wanted to see it and take it with us so I knew it was exactly what I wanted. I had a trailing bouquet which was a modern twist on the bouquet my mum carried at my parent's wedding. My bridesmaids had similar, but smaller, versions. My little sister, who requested to be a flower girl and a bridesmaid, had both a petal basket and a posy bouquet. All of my table displays were supplied by Disney.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

  • Our invites were homemade on Photoshop by my now-husband.
  • Matt also made wire hangers for my maids, the mums and I to hang our gowns on the morning of the wedding.
  • My mum handmade Minnie skirts in red polka dot and all the girls went for breakfast with Mickey and Minnie, dressed in these on the morning of our wedding.
  • Our guest book was personalised by The Alphabet Gift Shop in Burton
  • We had a bespoke 'Just Married' banner made by Ellie's Beautiful Mess, an online handmade gift company.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Like a princess.

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What was your most memorable moment?

The fireworks. I can't imagine a better end to the day than Disney fireworks.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The most challenging aspect was the distance between home and the venue. The time difference meant you couldn’t always just speak to someone when you wanted to. And the thousands of miles meant I couldn’t just go and have a look at an area while planning.

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What was the most important investment for you?

Our family had all spent a lot of money to come to Florida, so our most important element was guest enjoyment. We covered all bar costs and we booked and paid for all the wedding guests' transport to and from their hotels, as most of our guests had come from the UK (we also had guests travel from Dubai and Korea). We wanted the day to show them how grateful we were that they had travelled so far.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Oasis - Wonderwall. I wanted our first dance to be played on an acoustic guitar. This song is very recognisable and sounds fab just on guitar.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

Both Matthew and I love lemon drizzle; it’s one of the only puddings we both like, so I knew we had to have a lemon drizzle wedding cake. We went for the naked style cake with drippy icing. It was decorated with fresh pink roses and a bespoke ceramic cake topper.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I wish we had a video. I thought it would get put in a drawer and never see the light of day. What I hadn’t considered was how much of the day I would miss. I missed everyone walk in to the wedding ( and the reception) and I would love to have seen everyone’s face when the fireworks were going off.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How fast the day goes by.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Enjoy, it goes so fast. I miss the planning so much.

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Steal their style:

Venue, styling, catering, guitarist and photography: Disney Weddings, www.disneyweddings.com
Dress: BC Josephine, www.bcjosephine.co.uk/
Hair: Amelia Bridal and Event Hair, www.facebook.com/ameliabridalandeventhair/
Officiant:  Wed in Orlando, http://wedinorlando.com/
Bouquets: Peony, http://www.peony.co.uk/
Bridal shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid dress: Ted Baker
Groomsmen suits: Next  

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