This real wedding will show you how to cut cost in passionate purple. Laura and Mark got married in May 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Laura and Mark

WHERE: Somerford Hall, Brewood, Staffordshire

WHEN: May 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Helen Howard Photography


The proposal

It was Valentine’s Day 2009, when Mark popped the question. “We were booked in to a lovely B&B in Wales, and I’d made us a picnic to take on our walk,” recalls Laura. “However, it poured with rain the whole time, and we ended up staying in doors! We were sitting in bed, sipping Champagne and eating heart-shaped cookies, when Mark suddenly asked me to marry him. I just burst into tears “ happy tears,” she adds

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Despite it being two years until the big day, Laura bought her Alfred Angelo dress early! “I fell in love with it instantly,and loved it as much on the day as I did when I first tried it on,” she explains.The dress was also the ex-display dress so savvy-spender Laura was lucky enough to get it for half the recommended retail price, now that’s how to stay in budget!

The accessories

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Laura completed her aisle style with her Mum’s antique pearl necklace,a vintage-inspired hairband from Shefaly and lace detail shoes from Barratts

The groom’s outfit

“Mark chose exactly what I would have picked out for him, myself!” smiles Laura. “It was a joint decision, but I needn’t have worried, he looked absolutely gorgeous,” she adds. The groomsmen’s suits were hired from Peter Posh

The bridesmaids

Laura’s girls let their dresses do the talking. Shades of purple are hot news, brides take note! These beauties were from Milano

“The ceremony was by far the best part of the day. I just couldn’t stop myself smiling throughout”

The ceremony

“The ceremony was, by far, the best part of the day,” remembers Laura. “Turning the corner and seeing Mark at the end of the aisle was the best feeling ever.”

The flowers

“Because I knew nothing about flowers, I printed pictures and took magazine cut-outs to the florist and asked her to be creative! The results were better than I ever could have imagined,” says Laura

The cake

We love the couple’s charming cake topper, from My Mini You. Their delicious-looking cake was baked by Sparkling Sugar

The entertainment

For a twist on the traditional wedding entertainment, Mark and Laura opted for a digital jukebox and a funky photobooth

The honeymoon

Is yet to be booked! The newlyweds hope to get away for their first anniversary.