Real Bride


Laura & Ed

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Where did you meet your husband? 

Ed and I met 12 years ago. I moved away from home to attend university and I became friends with Ed whilst we were both working at Marks and Spencer. We always got on well and we started dating in August 2005 – we have been together now for 10 years!

How did you know he was the one?

Ed is my best friend. We get on so well, we’re quite laid back as a couple and he makes me laugh every single day – Ed has a brilliant sense of humour! He was definitely always the one!

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How did he propose?

Oh this is a good story! We planned a trip to NYC to celebrate Ed’s 30th Birthday. At the end of a very exciting, tiring and absolutely breath-taking week in the big apple, Ed proposed to me in Central Park on a gorgeous sunny Saturday with Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. It was a complete surprise; I did not suspect a thing! Of course I said yes, this is why you are reading this blog post! It was the perfect proposal for me, so personal – very me! I am a keen baker and have a soft spot for Magnolia Bakery. The bakers were so excited for us – our story even made it into their newsletter!

When did you start planning?

We started planning a year later after our engagement. We always intended to have an intimate and small wedding with a big evening celebration with all of our family and friends so we took our time choosing a venue that really suited us and what we wanted.

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When and where did the big day take place? 

We got married on Saturday 7th June 2014 at Normanton Church in Rutland followed by a reception at The William Cecil in Stamford.

Where did you get your dress? 

I had a very specific idea of what I wanted from my wedding dress. Lots of research & phone calls led me to the wonderful FairyTale Weddings in Towcester.

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Is that the sort of dress you thought you would go for or was it a surprise? 

It is absolutely the dress I thought I would go for! It was perfect! I had a book of lace swatches, colours & silhouettes that I gathered for inspiration. I love the full skirt T-length look from the 50’s and I adore the lace detail on Grace Kelly’s wedding gown.

But I did not find what I wanted for months at first. I went through the motions of trying on all styles to be sure what I had in my mind was right. My mam and I were looking at making my dress but we changed our minds the day I saw Grace (Style 11317) for the first time – I knew she was the one! She had everything I had been looking for. I remember trying her on for the first time, I kept spinning around in her and I could not stop smiling, I didn’t want to take her off – she was the one! The attention to detail on this dress is gorgeous – the lace, the beading, the buttons – the keyhole back detail really finishes the dress off. I still adore her now! I had such a wonderful time in that dress, I will keep her forever!

How did you accessorise to make your wedding day look unique?

Well the dress was my biggest accessory! But I teamed this with some satin peep toe shoes and a beautiful diamanté hair pin and a fish net veil. My something borrowed were my Mam’s pearl & diamond earrings.


What was the inspiration or colour theme for your wedding?

I love styles from the 50’s, I love lace & simplicity. Mixed with the relaxed and informal nature we wanted for our wedding – this is where we started.   Our colour theme was ivory & vintage pinks and we had lace everywhere! It was really important to us to have a wedding that was personal to us. It was a very DIY process and we had great help from family and friends. We collected glass jars and covered them with lace & ribbons, my mam and I handmade name cards, favours, menus & orders of service, I wanted to have lace table covers and I sprinkled these with handmade heart shaped confetti. We kept a NYC theme for our table names and table plan. I selected some flowers for the table decorations to go in the jars we made and Ed’s mum and Great Aunt did the table flowers on the day. We hung bunting in the marquee, wicker hearts in the gardens and candles were everywhere. We hired a 50’s vintage bus to transport all our guests to the church and back and we recruited a friend to be our bus conductor who handed out bus tickets as everyone boarded the bus! For the evening reception we made hand held props & bought novelty lips & moustache straws – it was a lot of fun!

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Any unusual games or entertainment?

We had planned some lawn games for the afternoon and fortunately we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day so our guests really enjoyed playing croquet, giant connect four and giant Jenga on the lawn. Then later on I threw the bouquet for the single ladies to catch – my sister in law made a bee line for it and caught it! Ed’s uncle also played keyboard on the terrace for us while we had our drinks reception.

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What tips do you have for new brides picking their wedding dress?

‘Research! Be brave, try the unusual but stay true to your style because when you fall in love with a dress, she’s the one, you’ll know it.’

What was your favourite moment from the day?

What a hard question! We genuinely had the most amazing day, it was all fantastic! We were both so grateful & happy to have all of our close family & friends with us to share in our special day. But if I have to pick, it would be that moment when the music started playing and I linked my Dad’s arm to walk down the aisle and see Ed. I just couldn’t stop smiling through the whole service, I had waited for this moment for so long, it was here, it was happening and it was perfect.

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Where did you honeymoon? 

We went to Vegas, LA & Mexico – we had a fantastic time and the perfect start to married life!

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The beautiful images were produced by Dean Street Photography and to see more pics of Laura’s Big Day please roll over to our Pinterest page!

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