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built to last. a contemporary wedding at the pumping house, nottinghamshire – katie & oliver

June 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (62)

Today’s real wedding couple, Katie and Oliver, wed three years to the day after their first ever conversation, a romantic detail that shows just how much thought they put into the planning of their big day. Our favourite detail is the inspired cake – on the face of it a traditional and elegant four-tiered wedding cake but, when spun 180ᵒ, a brilliantly creative concoction featuring some of their favourite things, including a bouncy Tigger!

Another delicious detail is the Krispy Kreme doughnut wall – lip-smackingly good sugary treats to sweeten up the guests presented in a clever and contemporary way. Then, to work off some of those calories, a table football and a nine-hole mini golf course kept the guests entertained before the pizza oven on wheels rocked up. We love the fact that Katie and Oliver pulled on the chef’s gloves (blue, handily, to match their colour scheme!) and cooked up their own pizza – their first meal prepared together as a married couple.

As a special addition to their day, Katie and Oliver had Katie’s grandparents’ lucky horseshoe – symbolising 60 years’ of happily married life – present at the top table and it’s clear from the smiles on their glowing faces that this, too, is a marriage built to last.

With images by James Morgan.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (38)

katie says: We got engaged in Lincoln on our two-year anniversary – 6th August 2017. We were going to a hotel at the top of Steep Hill that we’ve stayed at before and Oliver insisted on carrying the suitcase rather than taking it in turns. He also insisted on unpacking while I had a drink on the little terrace outside. He came outside with two glasses of champagne and got down on one knee (I felt bad for being suspicious that he wouldn’t let me pack earlier that day!). He took me to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant afterwards for dinner and cocktails, where everyone was lovely and made a huge fuss.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (64)

We got married on 31st March 2018, three years to the day after we first spoke. We needed a date that was in the school holidays (life of a teacher!) and it seemed fate that the venue we wanted had that date available.

Our venue was The Pumping House in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire – we had our ceremony and reception there. We went to look round and, once we’d set foot inside, it was the only choice. It was modern but not clinical and had heaps of character but wasn’t trying too hard. It was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. We would completely recommend the venue – Joanne, Amie and the team are so personable and lovely that we felt really looked after in the run-up to and on the day. It is genuinely one of the most unique venues we’d ever seen and everyone who was part of our wedding commented on its originality. Although it is a large space, it feels cosy with all the individual rooms and little spaces that make it up, and the accommodation they have that is exclusive to those booking the venue completely blew our guests away.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (79)

We didn’t choose a specific theme but we wanted it to be very ‘us’. Neither of us are that traditional and we wanted to make sure we had a great time and that there was something for all of our guests. It also reflected the things we have done since we met, which was unintentional but nice!

Colour-wise, we chose different shades of blue for the bridesmaid/bridesmen and groomsmen and, for the venue, we kept things fairly neutral with lots of copper, greenery and simple white flowers, as we wanted the venue to speak for itself.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (58)

When it came to my dress, I chose the first one in the first shop we went to. I went with my mum to Mirage Couture in Kiveton, where Lindsey and Janice were lovely. I only picked one dress to try on and it fitted perfectly – I then tried on two more just to double check but kept going back to the first. It was by Callista Bride (Monet style) and I loved the fact that it was comfortable and flattering but still traditional and timeless – I didn’t want to look back at the photos in 20 years’ time and think it looked dated.

My maid of honour, my mum and I had our hair and makeup done at Ego in Worksop. They were fantastic and opened up early to accommodate us. Lizzie, who did my make-up, was great at giving tips to keeping it fresh all day and Heather made sure that my hair was polished but that I still looked like myself and it wasn’t over the top, which was important to me.

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