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Bex’s big day!

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My word! What an incredible, wonderful, uplifting day!

I knew that my daughter’s wedding day would be emotional, but it was packed full of more joy, warmth, happy tears and total love than I had thought possible. Bex and Dan’s love for each other is complete and Bex just didn’t stop smiling – no, beaming – for the entire day. Dan’s tears as he first caught sight of his chosen one as she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm set off many more in the packed congregation. There were people having to stand at the back of the 12th century church in which Bex had been christened Rebecca Rose Mary Olley 24 years ago. Today she was to become Mrs Hayter!

Everything went to plan: our Vicar, Sarah, commented that she had never before had her church roof raised by quite so many joyful voices, the sun managed to find a gap in the clouds as we filtered out of the church to blow bubbles and throw confetti over the happy couple and the absence of ice and snow meant they could depart in the most beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, famously used in the TV series’ To the Manor Born and Dad’s Army.

As the guests entered the hall for the reception there were gasps of approval. It’s just a community hall, where I have attended Weight Watchers and Pilates classes, and trained Barney when he was a puppy. But a team of family and friends joined us on Friday evening to transform it into a beautiful space fit for a celebration. We couldn’t have done it without the help of Peony faux flowers.

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The wonderful Julie Bates offered to lend us some plants and arrangements from her warehouse on the Ruckley estate, and her two designers, Stevie and Verity, were absolutely marvellous in using their talent to create some stunning pieces for us. We hired a van to transport it all and it was like opening the doors on Kew Gardens! From beautiful wisteria trees to hearts of roses, Christmas wreaths to glass dome tea-light holders, everything looked absolutely gorgeous.

Julie gave me the idea of using real cranberries in glass holders, and with mini pine cones and faux rose petals scattered over the tables, the scene was set. The finishing touches were provided by the lovely Gill Gauntlet, who lent me lights, flameless candles and more foliage. We raided her stash of Bethlehem Lights goodies and strung lights through the Peony trees and around the hall. When we had finished, it looked amazing.

Friday evening felt a bit like the barn building sequence in the Harrison Ford film The Witness – members of a community working together to create something beautiful. It was such a fun feeling of togetherness and anticipation, with slices of takeaway pizza to share!

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The reception started with delicious mulled wine, served with sausage rolls made by my mum (350 of them!) followed by a sumptuous cream tea for 140 on stunning vintage china. The speeches were perfect; Olley managing to have everyone laughing and crying in equal measure with his poignant and amusing memories of Bex growing up. Dan wore his heart on his sleeve as he declared his love for Bex; and there wasn’t a dry eye in the hall while the best man got it just right, poking fun at his good mate but not crossing too far over that line!

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We were into the evening and the ceilidh band started – the sound of the fiddle and accordion filling the hall. With a caller to explain the moves no one had an excuse not to dance, and no one wanted one – I think every one of the 200 evening guests was on the floor at some point. Some didn’t leave it!

Photos were taken using a garden arch as a backdrop – we had decorated with ivy from our garden and other beautiful pieces from Peony, the colours matching Rebecca’s gorgeous bouquet. The whole theme was rustic and natural with an accent colour of burgundy, as you may already know from reading my earlier blogs. The hessian table runners worked well and everyone loved the little jars of my homemade jam and chutney as wedding favours.

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IMG_0919My outfit seemed to win approval too – I wore a long dress with a lovely drape at the hem from Join Clothes in pencil grey and a gorgeous faux fur trimmed cape from Frank Usher with a matching faux fur headband in a beautiful wine tone. Finishing touches were provided with Diamonique earrings and a glorious Butler & Wilson tassel necklace (available now at a clearance price of £34.44!) teamed with another longer tassel necklace that I borrowed from our fashion stylists, and a Butler & Wilson cuff that Ali Young kindly lent me.

Thanks to social media I have lots of photos already, before we see any from the official photographer. I’ve included some for you to see here, I hope you enjoy them!

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And on that note, I also hope you enjoy the coming festive days, hopefully with family or friends who are dear to you.

And if you are finding this time of year difficult, for whatever reason, know that you are in the thoughts of many people who appreciate how lucky they are and make the most of every moment but who also realise that not everyone is as lucky.

Wherever you are, and whatever your beliefs, I wish you health, peace and happiness this Christmas.

Take care

Kathy xx

51 Comments

  1. ann cain December 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful photos Kathy.I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy new year.

  2. lisa jorgeson December 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    What a fantastic day.you all look incredible and you did a wonderful job with the decorations.it looked magnificent.you can clearly see how happy everybody was and the love just shines through.I’m so happy for you all enjoying your very special day.I saw you on the morning show crying and you apologising.you have absolutely nothing to apologize for.your a very proud mother of the beautiful bride so totally have the right to get emotional.congratulations one and all.x

  3. Julia Roberts December 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    I don’t often write on other Presenter’s blogs but I just had to say how lovely you all looked and so so happy!
    Big congratulations to Bex and Dan, and much love to you and Olly
    Julia xx

  4. Cherryl Hancock December 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Cathy I think you looked just wonderful, happy, proud and just lovely. Well done to all your family

  5. Diane December 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    What a lovely blog. I am so glad the wedding went well.You all looked beautiful. Watching you on the morning show today being so proud and emotional made me cry with you. Hope you and all your family have a wonderful christmas and a peaceful new year. Love from Diane xx

  6. christine jones December 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Well thank you so much for inviting us all to your beautiful Bex and Dan s wedding… It really felt like we were there. Stunning and so totally bathed in love and joy. I saw you on breakfast morning show as you recalled the Big Day and cried with you. Now having seen the photos and reading all your lovely descriptions of the preparations, it was a very unique and precious time for you all to treasure forever and for us too.

    How refreshing, to have a wedding made with love , built on solid foundations. We did a similar thing for our ruby wedding!! Very special… You all looked amazing, Olley looked so very pròud and you looked so radiant Kathy.. Bex looked absolutely stunning.. All this just days before Christmas, that is no mean feat but you pulled it off with incredible style, edged with the warm glow of undeniable love for each other.. Family and friends..
    Enjoy a truly blessed Christmas
    May the true message of Christmas remain in your hearts and home always.

    With love
    Christine xxx

  7. Wendy Taylor December 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful wedding.Becks and you looked absolutely lovely.It took me back to my son’s wedding two years ago on Dec28th .Nicky my daughter in law had the same burgundy colour scheme.Sadly my husband was’nt alive to see our son married he died five years ago.The day was full of love and emotion I will never forget it and treasure the memories as you will Kathy. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family.Look forward to seeing on QVC in the new year.Best wishes .Wendy.

  8. Marverine Cole December 23, 2015 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Fabulous news, Kathy! Thanks for sharing the details of your daughter’s special day. Brilliant pictures! Lots of love to you all this Christmas xxxxx

  9. Lynn Jones December 23, 2015 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Wow, thank you for sharing your families special day. You all looked stunning. Wonderful that so much love was shared. Reading it and seeing pics made me cry (in a good way). Your outfit was perfect Kathy and the colours I note were echoed in Bexs bouquet. I adored my childrens wedding and your blog bought back lovely memories. Bex and Dan have similar facial features I think and they say that is a good sign for a long and very happy marriage. I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. x

  10. vanessa Bond December 23, 2015 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    What a lovely post it sounds like you all had a fantastic time .Your outfit was beautiful and the bride stunning . Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year xxx

  11. Helen Thompson December 23, 2015 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    congratulations to the happy couple. You looked lovely Kathy, merry Christmas xx

  12. Sue Stewart December 23, 2015 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. All of you looked stunning xx

  13. Diane Wright December 23, 2015 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Looks like you all had wonderful day. Bec look beautiful as did yourself Kathy. When my daughter got married 18 months age we had afternoon tea for the reception and it a lovely change form a meal, and I don’t know about your guests but our guests all commented how lovely and different it was. Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the new year. Diane. Xxx

  14. Vivien December 23, 2015 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    You look stunning Kathy and everyone looks so happy. What wonderful memories to have. Hope you have a brilliant Christmas and a very happy 2016 xxxxx

  15. Sue Langley December 23, 2015 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    What a beautiful day you had. It sounded wonderful. You looked beautiful and the bride looked stunning. Xx

  16. theresa December 23, 2015 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    Just read about your daughters wedding day and the way you wrote it made it all come to life. The pictures are beautiful and both you and Becks looked stunning. I will be spending christmas with my son, daughter in law and grandaughter and they have invited a couple on their own to join us. May I wish you and your family a wonderful christmas and a peaceful new year x

  17. Susan December 23, 2015 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    What a beautiful final blog Kathy! I absolutely adore all your gorgeous wedding photos! You are a stunning lady. You and bex have the most gorgeous smiles and perfect teeth. I loved both your dresses and the hair and makeup is stunning. You can feel the warmth and love from you all. Not a posed photo in site, just pure natural happiness. Perfect!
    Happy new year also and enjoy your Christmas xx

  18. Julie Ward December 23, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Wow! What fantastic photos from your beautiful daughter’s wedding – and Kathy, you looked stunning! What a lovely day you all must have had and a fabulous start to Christmas for you too – you’ll be exhausted by New Year ha ha! Seriously though, I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful Healthy New Year. Always love to watch you on QVC whilst working from home every day, and you are such a lovely Presenter. Have fun and keep safe over the holiday x

  19. Sandy December 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Kathy
    I remember seeing you on itv breakfast tv then when Rebecca was born, similar time to one of my children, how time flies.
    Beautiful photos thank you for sharing them with us.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year. You can rest ow as you’ve spent so long organising the wedding.
    Enjoy your break
    Sandy xx

  20. Liz December 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Lovely photo’s Kathy you looked stunning ,and Bex everyone …I wish the happy couple every happiness x

  21. Christine December 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy you all looked beautiful. Can’t beat a ceilidh. Best Wishes for 2016

  22. Tina Harrington December 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Kathy you looked stunning. You must be so proud of all your children x

  23. Jill December 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, what an incredible day and congratulations to you all. You looked so relaxed and comfortable in your lovely outfit, that colour realy suits you, your make up is stunning too.
    What a great idea to make chutney for the favours. Your daughter looked stunning and as you say, beaming with happiness, so pleased you had a great day, so much planning but well worth it.
    Best wishes to you and all at QVC, happy healthy new year too.
    To thoes who are sad and troubled at this time of year, I wish them peace.

  24. margaret roberts December 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Kathy thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos.You and your family have all done your little girl proud
    Happy Christmas you you all.ccc

  25. carole sykes December 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Two words. Absolutely beautiful♥♥♥

  26. carol mercer December 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    photos look brillient congratulations xxxx

  27. Andrea rogers December 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    What beautiful photos, thank you for sharing XXX

  28. jenny wise December 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Such beautiful photos. Thank you for posting them Kathy. You all look stunning and very happy

  29. Gill Graham December 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of Bex’s big day
    She looks absolutely beautiful and you look elegant and beautiful .
    Merry Christmas to you all xx

  30. Elspeth December 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. You all looked wonderful and I would just like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

    Much love, Elspeth xxx

  31. Pam smith December 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Sounds a wonderful day Cathy you must be very proud and so you should be. Well done

  32. Sue Farrell December 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, these photos are so beautiful – I cried along with you on the Morning Show when you were talking about the wedding! You look stunning! And how proud you must have been – your daughter looks completely radiant. What wonderful, magical memories. Love, Sue x

  33. annette sharrock December 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    You all looked lovely and treasured memories x

  34. Carol Crosbie December 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous photos x

  35. Bev young December 24, 2015 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful day – so happy for you all – and you all looked beautiful xxx sending love and hugs and best wishes

  36. Linda December 24, 2015 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    So lovely to see such happiness.Congratulations .x

  37. Sue Dominey December 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Well done you , you have a lovely daughter and hope she has many happy years with her husband . The hall looked lovely and theses cream cakes. Well now you can enjoy Christmas knowing you have done your daughter proud . And you looked lovely in your outfit a very proud mum . Have a lovely Christmas

  38. Shazia December 25, 2015 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Congratulations….. lovely photo….

  39. Christine December 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    You looked so elegant ,and Because looked stunning, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and much love and happiness for 2016 xxx

  40. Christine December 26, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Sorry I mean Bex xxx

  41. eileen December 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    love to see it

  42. Jennifer Clayton December 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Lovely pics Kathy thanks for sharing.

  43. Debbie taylor December 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    You looked gorgeous Kathy, and so did the day, wishing you a merry Christmas and healthy new year xx

  44. Sara December 28, 2015 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    You look stunning Kathy, as does the whole day! Couldn’t help writing on here as had been thinking of you and wondered how it went! Well done. What a magical moment for them moving forward. Good job Mummy Kathy! See you soon. All Love, Sara x

  45. Mrs liz price December 28, 2015 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    kathy what a beautiful wedding day for be and Dan she looked stunning a very emotional day I remember you way back in the day on gm tv before your children anyway kathy everyone including you looked stunning Bex daddy is a very good looking man indeed a day you will keep in your heart forever you did your daughter proud a very happy new year 2016 lots of love Mrs liz price

  46. jill rycroft December 30, 2015 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful day your family had at Bex’s wedding, thank you for sharing it with us and I must say the colour of your cape and fur trimmed headband really suited you so perhaps more of that colour in your fashion shows. It just shows you that weddings needn’t break the bank to be stunning.

  47. susan harding December 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    what a beautiful.,down to earth wedding you and becks looked lovely you are so lucky to have good friends and collegues.you
    look like you could not have enjoyed it more i saw you get emotional on tv ,you are such a lovely lady.i am sure you will never forget such a great day.

  48. Sue Holl December 31, 2015 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    WOW what a lovely day you all had. Congrats to the bride and groom!!
    What a wonderful idea to have a cream tea for the reception, Much better than a sit down meal and with gorgeous china too.
    Thank you Kathy for sharing this with us.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  49. Carol Williams January 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Ive been waiting for your lovely photos and only today had a chance to view them.
    Stunning. The whole theme looked fab. You looked lovely in your QVC clothing. You are one of my favourite presenters. We got married on the same day and had our children the same years. (I stopped on no 2). And we are are the same age and remember you has a sports person. Thank you for sharing the day and wish the couple a loving future. x

  50. Pauline January 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful…truly wonderful !!

  51. Rebecca January 16, 2016 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy how happy and joyful you all look. It looks as if the whole day went perfectly for you. And you look very pretty too. I am so happy for you and I wish you all the best for a very happy and healthy new year as well. Thankyou for sharing your beautiful photos with us too. All the best. With love from Rebecca XXX

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