My wedding throwback...

James and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary recently and I'll take any excuse to share our wedding pictures again!  I can't believe I've never shared them on the website before so here we go!

For those of you who don't know, I married my beau, James Lee Duffy, an Art Director, Illustrator and Graphic Designer on 25th August 2012 at Nether Burrows Farm in Kirk Langley, Derbyshire.  We wanted a wedding that was relaxed and fun – a celebration with all our dear friends and family. It evolved into the most amazing, colourful wedding ever. 

I worked closely with my team at the time, to create my corset and skirt.  It was interesting in that it really evolved, as it was originally going to be in lace, but when the dress was mocked up for me to try on, the simplistic, graphic silhouette just screamed ‘no lace’, which really shocked me very much, but, I knew I had to follow my instincts. Instead, I wore a pretty spotty tulle and French lace veil which was a lovely present.

I’m a curvy girl and I needed something that both showed off my best bits, but also had the drama I need and love in my clothes. The corset is so me – nipped in at the waist and draped to hide some of my ample bosom, and a big drama filled skirt! It actually had 17 meters of duchess silk in the dress!! Ridiculous, but worth every cm!

Our photographer was Victoria Dawe of Elegant & Wild – the most incredible wedding photographer ever. We have worked together for years on fashion shoots for magazines and it was of course the obvious choice to swap a wedding dress for our wedding photo’s when we both got engaged within months of each other.  Vicky cares so much about her clients and their guests, and the family and the wedding!

My favourite part of the day was saying ‘I DO’ to start with, to know that we were now married was amazing.  To this day, there’s absolutely nothing I’d have done differently – I now long to celebrate our anniversary every year in as big a style as on our wedding day itself! Surrounded by family and friends.


Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Photographer – Elegant & Wild
Wedding Planner/Stylist – White Door Events
Venue – Nether Burrows Farm in Kirk Langley, Derbyshire
Wedding Dress – Brides own design (Halfpenny London)
Veil – a gift made from lace from Kate’s own Halfpenny London collection
Brides’ shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood
Bride’s accessories – vintage diamante piece designed for Kate’s shop
Grooms Suit – Mellor Woodrow
Bridesmaids + Flowergirls – made by the bride
Page Boys – H&M customised by the bride & her Mum
Florist – Rebel Rebel
Cake + Sweetie Table Styling – Villa Dolce
Entertainment – Marques Toliver (violin), Myleene Klass (harp) + Pianist Ryan, tel 07931-665287
Favours + Event scenting – Diptyque
Vintage China hire – Darby and Joan Vintage
Rings – Duffy Jewellery
Catering – Detox Kitchen
Stationery – The GroomGiant Light up Letters – Vowed & Amazed