Laura and Jason first met at the pub where Laura worked. “We soon discovered we had a mutual appreciation of music and our love grew from there,” Laura explains. Jason chose a particularly romantic spot to propose, whisking Laura away on a surprise trip to County Wicklow, the setting for one of her favourite films. “After a walk in the hills, we got to the bottom of a beautiful waterfall and Jason got down on one knee,” Laura smiles.
The bride’s outfit
Despite being nervous about her wedding dress search, Laura soon got into the swing of it, and spent months hunting for the perfect gown. “I went back into a shop I’d already been in, and as I was browsing, I found ‘the one’,” she explains. “I was so excited that I pulled it off the rail without asking, and got told off!” The A-line Justin Alexander gown featured a lace trim with a leaf pattern – just right for the couple’s autumn wedding.
The groom’s outfit
The groomsmen wore traditional dark grey three-piece suits with tails, hired from Slaters. “I wasn’t sure about the suit from the photos that Jason showed me, but when I saw him on the day, he was everything I had dreamed of,” Laura recalls.
Laura was attended by two bridesmaids, with her two nieces as flowergirls. The adults wore chocolate brown dresses sourced online, while the little ones were picture-perfect in ivory gowns from BHS. “Five-year-old Mia was an absolute pro, helping with my shoes and my dress, and three-year-old Robyn announced, ‘We’re here!’ when we got to the end of the aisle,” laughs Laura.
Laura and Jason were married in the church in the village where Laura grew up. “I always adored our local church and dreamed of getting married there,” she says. “It was wonderful to get to the end of the aisle, stand next to Jason and focus solely on him.”
The couple held their reception at Lynford Hall Hotel, where Laura once worked, and the scene of one of their first dates. They chose an autumnal theme, with ivy, pine cones, berries and pieces of wood inscribed with song lyrics. “We wanted to incorporate so much into our wedding – music, chocolate and food – and managed to include it all, whether it went together or not!” Laura laughs. “Our first dance was one of my favourite moments. We chose the Stereophonics’ cover of Heart of Gold, and when I was dancing with Jason, it was as if no one else was in the room.”
Laura and Jason spent their honeymoon touring picturesque Canada.