This morning’s real wedding is yet another beauty that starts with an insanely romantic proposal (top marks Simon!)
Filled with natural blooms, rustic décor and pretty colours, Laura and Simon’s wedding day was a beautiful affair filled with laughter, joy and tears (happy ones, of course).
We love the choice of venue, which fitted in perfectly with the elegant style of wedding that they envisaged, and we also adore Laura’s Ronald Joyce lace gown – #swoon!
With images by Lisa Hindle Photography.
laura says: The night Simon proposed was truly special. The thought and effort that had gone into the proposal was something I will never forget. It was the day before our five year anniversary and I got home from work on that Friday night to find over 40 lit candles with photos printed off from our first date to the most recent photo we’d had together. Simon finished work early to put the photos on the floor of our newly purchased home with candles on top of each of them and rose petals scattered around the house and arrows leading me to him. It really was a romantic and breathe-taking sight to come home to.
Simon was waiting for me upstairs in our bedroom. I looked at each photo that lead me to him, taking in all of the different emotions and memories. When I got to our room Simon had his hands behind his back. He asked me if I’d studied, and really studied, all of the photos. My response was “I looked at them”. This wasn’t good enough for Simon so back downstairs we went to really ‘study’ each of the photos. Simon explained what they all were and why he’d picked them and I was so touched. After the explanation and me focusing on one particular photo of an unforgettable date, I turned around to find Simon on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand.
We got married on 29th August 2015. It was the bank holiday weekend and as we wanted a ‘wedding weekend’ we thought this would be an excellent choice of date as family traveling from far and wide could stay with us on the Sunday to prolong the celebrations.
We were married in my family church then went on to Bartle Hall for the reception. We chose Bartle Hall as it was so us. It is an elegant building, though not too big, with the most beautiful surroundings. Guests had the option to move into the bar area later on in the evening or outside if they didn’t want to stay in the main room with the loud live music. Surprisingly having our guests scattered around different parts of the venue made it easier to talk to people. The staff were friendly and the food was much nicer and aesthetically pleasing than other venues we had been to. There was something about Bartle Hall that just felt special. The fact it wasn’t really a hotel also made the decision to have the reception there a lot easier as we thought the staff would be more attentive.
We didn’t have a set theme but we both wanted the day to be elegant and family orientated and so we made the day personal to us and our families. Instead of having generic and unimaginative table names we had dates; the dates of our parents’, grandparents’ and aunties’ weddings. Accompanying the date was a picture of them on the day and the story of how they met and where they got married. The seating plan was then done in the style of a time line.
Our colour scheme was mauve and grey. They are both subtle, beautiful and elegant colours and they fitted in well with the intimate room we had chosen at the venue. I also wanted the plant lavender to be a key part of the day, being in the bouquets, button holes and floral decorations and these colours tied in with that flower choice perfectly.
I wore a Ronald Joyce dress. It was absolutely stunning and was love at first sight. I had to have some sort of cover over my shoulders and refused to wear a strapless/sleeveless dress and so I went for a high neckline, all lace dress with capped sleeves. It was tight fitting with an embellished belt under the bust. My wedding makeup was done by Caroline’s Beauty Spot MUA.
Simon wore a traditional three-piece morning suit with a hat. He had a pinky/mauvy cravat to complement the mauve bridesmaids dress whereas the other ushers and fathers had a grey cravat to match the other bridesmaids.
Our bridesmaids’ dresses were from the Twobirds boutique in London. The mauve colour was called Heather and the grey called Platinum.
We travelled to the venue in style on the day of the wedding in a silver Regal Imperial Landaulette hired from Malvern Wedding Cars.
Lisa Hindle was our photographer and we would certainly recommend to other couples – she was excellent. Lisa was so thoughtful and captured every minute of our day so beautifully. She made sure she got all of my must have shots, even the really hard ones. She was a joy to work with, so kind and respected our every wish.
My bouquet made up of roses, lavender, delphinium, hyacinth, peonies and hydrangeas was created by Edens of Chorley.
To decorate the venues we had a large floral display in the church, pew ends and two small bay trees. For the reception meanwhile we had two floral displays on each table. One with fresh flowers in a crate like box and then dried lavender and whet sheaf in a smaller box in the same design as the larger one. Edens of Chorley did all of flowers for the ceremony and reception too, apart from the pew ends for the church which were made by my mother-in-law.
As favours we gave out scratch cards to the men in a good luck card holder and homemade cake pops to the women.
A friend made our wonderful five-tier wedding cake which included different flavours: chocolate cake, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and two tiers of fruit cake. Further treats included a popcorn table and a pic ‘n’ mix table with a lot of sweets.
For our wedding breakfast we had pate to start, lamb for main and chocolate torte dessert (I’m a huge chocoholic). The lamb was so beautiful at Bartle Hall that it was a must for our menu.
To provide entertainment we hired a band called Classique. They had a great eclectic mix of music and sounded really good. They certainly helped with the atmosphere in the evening. For the children we had a bouncy castle, sparklers and goody bags.
Following our wedding we would definitely recommend Bartle Hall to other brides and grooms – they were perfect. They turned our vision into reality and made sure everything looked how we wanted it to, every last detail, however small, was perfect. They acted like our wedding was a first to them and special, not as though they had been doing weddings every day for years before ours. I cannot communicate in words just how great they were.
My entrance into the church was my favourite part of the day and the moment I had dreamt about over and over again. It was perfect; the music, the people, having my dad by my side and having Simon waiting for me with a lovely grin on his face at the end of the pew. The drinks reception was also a highlight. This was the best opportunity to go round and chat to everyone and it was so much fun, we even had a bounce on the bouncy castle. Finally, the speeches were awesome; perfectly funny, witty, clever, romantic, kind, thoughtful and creative.
For our honeymoon we went to The USA and travelled to Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco – we crammed as much as we could into the ten days we had there. Vegas was the first port of call and it was amazing. Everything I had imagined it to be but quite expensive. That was the only snag. The hotels and shows were the main attractions. We then drove to the Hoover Dam, which was a spectacular sight. A must if you are in the area. From there we drove to LA. Stopped off at a 50s diner on the way. The weather was perfect, scenery beautiful and so much to do and explore there. San Fran was more laid back as a city and we only had one night there so we did some last minute shopping and visited Alcatraz.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make as much as you can for the wedding yourself and use eBay to source items – it’s great and it’s cheap!