Love can enter our lives at any moment and take us completely by surprise, while sometimes old romances gets rekindled – and this is exactly what happened for Daniel and Katie. Around the age of 14, the pair dated but lost contact as time went on. Fast forward to 2011, they started talking again after Dan contacted Katie while he was in Australia.
After a date to T-in the Park, the love birds have been together ever since. After that moment their love for one another grew, Katie says: "Dan proposed while we were travelling in Australia, we were on the beach at Hervey Bay in Queensland after a morning of meeting and feeding wild dolphins when he got down on one knee in the sea. It was a huge surprise, especially when we'd been in Australia for three weeks and I have no idea how he kept the ring hidden from me all that time!"
The date was set for August 2019 and it was time to begin the exciting planning stage. When it came to find the perfect venue, the couple knew straight away that Fig House Middleton Lodge was perfect. Even though the building work hadn't been completed, the grounds stole their hearts. Inside the venue, everything looked perfect. Katie comments: "My sister insisted on making chocolate brownies in little boxes with our initials on for favours – they went down very well!"
It was important to the pair that the decorations and centrepieces were not over the top as the venue's setting was already so beautiful. Instead, they went with green foliage and candles in glass cylinders and foliage and lanterns down the aisle. For flowers, they needed to tie in with the colours pinks, purples and blues, which matched perfectly with the big day.
The table plan was wooden with matching engraved place names for guests to find their seats. Loved ones then enjoyed a three course sit-down meal, which consisted of king prawns, lamb finished with sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. In the evening, sausage and halloumi buns were offered.
The cake looked stunning, Katie says: "We chose a three-tiered cake with lemon, chocolate caramel and vanilla sponges. We had the top and bottom tier in pink with iced white beading detail and the middle had silver sparkles with fondant flowers."
The bride looked stunning in the Maggie Sottero, Eden in ivory, which featured a lace upback, illusion cap sleeves and Swarovski crystal beaded bodice.
Katie says: "It was the first dress I tried on and loved, however, I didn't realise how much at the time and continued looking in another eight shops! It was everything I always imagined wanting for my wedding dress."
She adds: "I was so happy when all my make-up, hair and dress came together, it was just how I imagined – I felt flawless."
To accompany the bride, three bridesmaids wore one-shoulder floor-length dresses in blush pink while the bridesman had a cream suit.
Their daughter wore a beautiful white and pink flowergirl dress while the groom went with ablue checked suit with a cream waistcoat, which made him stand out from the groomsmen.
An important part of any special day is entertainment. For Daniel and Katie's big day, they went with a pianist for the ceremony and drinks reception to add a beautiful atmosphere– everyone commented on how amazing it was.
Katie comments: "We had a magician, Paul Lytton, for the end of the wedding breakfast and breaks in-between. For the evening entertainment we had a band called SWITCH."
The big day was packed full of incredible moments and unforgettable memories. Katie says: "We were both nervous, although mine disappeared when I walked down the aisleto Dan. I remember holding his hand from around the back of a door for a photo before the ceremony and we were both shaking – we never wanted the day to end!
"We were so grateful to have family and friends from America and Australia that made it for our wedding. That made it extra special, along with having our little girl by our side. Also seeing my dad all dressed up in a suit is pretty rare – I cried when I saw him." Another detail that stood out was when Katie's sister wrote a poem for the speeches, which had everyone laughing.
After the special day, the couple went straight to Liverpool for a few days to spend quality time together and later on jetted off to the Dominican Republic for two weeks.The couple shares their top tip from the day saying: "Try not to stress about the little things; your guests probably won't even notice them as you do. Choose what you both want, it's your day after all and you'll never be able to suit everyone else's tastes."