Real Wedding: A Dreamlike Day in Budapest with a Princess-Worthy Wedding Dress
Catherine's breathtaking wedding dress, complete with three metre train, stole the show yet was detachable to allow her to dance the night away.
An Operetta singer friend of the couple sang Ava Maria during the ceremony, and the incredible entertainment continued throughout the day, with a pianist playing during dinner, followed by fireworks in the evening.
The Budapest wedding venue
Catherine met native-to-Budapest Oliver in the city when she moved there to teach Irish Dancing in 2000. <br /><br />16 years later Oliver proposed at the <a href="https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/budhu-budapest-marriott-hotel/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Budapest Marriott </a>hotel, where they chose to host their wedding reception.<br /><br />"It has a special place in our hearts, and has spectacular views of the Buda hills and the Royal Palace," explains Catherine.<br /><br />"We could admire the views through the floor to ceiling windows."<br /><br />Prior to the reception, Catherine and Oliver held their ceremony at the grand Saint Stephen's Basilica Budapest.<br /><br />"Holding our wedding in Budapest made it extra special for our guests," Catherine says. "It was a novelty for them to be in this beautiful city, and it was important for us to have them get a feel for the place we call home"
The colour scheme
Catherine and Oliver chose a white and blush colour scheme, with gold accents. They adorned the tables with ostrich feathers, keeping the decor very elegant. <br /><br />The couple chose to have a sweetheart table, set against a wall of paper flowers with their names framed behind them.<br /><br />"Having a sweetheart table for just the two of us was a great decision," shares Catherine, "We got the chance to relax and absorb the day and have some personal time together."
The wedding dress
"My wedding dress was everything I could have wished for and more," says Catherine. <br /><br />She made a trip to Austria to a shop called Hansel und Gretal to find her dream dress.<br /><br />The gown had a transparent lace and tulle back, with a detachable tulle skirt / train at three meters long. <br /><br />"The bonus of having the train meant I could have my princess moment walking down the aisle and for our grand entrance into the reception, but I was able to remove it for photographs, dinner and dancing," explains Catherine. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/21-beautiful-wedding-dresses-with-statement-trains/22200.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 21 Beautiful Wedding Dresses With Statement Trains</a>
The unusual bouquets
Catherine opted to have a brooch bouquet on her wedding day.<br /><br />"I had it custom made; it had ivory satin roses covered with gold rhinestones and pearl brooches," she shares.<br /><br />The bridesmaid wore red <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/23-beautiful-bridesmaid-dresses-with-sleeves/22811.html" target="_self">long-sleeved bridesmaid dresses</a>, while the flower girls wore knee-length dresses with tulle skirts.
The seven-tier wedding cake
Catherine and Oliver had several wedding cakes, including this magnificent seven-tier creation, alongside a decadent two-tier <a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/19-completely-mouth-watering-chocolate-wedding-cakes/21444.html" target="_self">chocolate wedding cake</a>.
The bejewelled wedding cake
The couple also had a traditional fruit wedding cake, made by one of Catherine's aunts, and decorated with rhinestones and gold brooches cascading down each tier.
Hungarian wedding traditions
Their final cake honoured Hungarian tradition; "The "smashing cake" is smashed by the husband, with a mallet, into as many pieces as possible, symbolising years of happiness together.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/real-bride-diaries/fun-wedding-traditions-from-around-the-world/21582.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Fun wedding traditions from around the world</a>
Advice for other couples
"Do things your way, and try not to let too many people have input into the events on the day," advises Catherine.<br /><br />"We kept our decor and entertainment plans a surprise from our guests, and that made it all the more exciting with they were revealed."
Advice for other couples
"Give small details time and attention in the lead up to the wedding," says Catherine. "From the font on the table name cards to the presentation of the food, the attention to details adds up to make the big picture beautiful."