Newlyweds Laura and Rich celebrated their special day in style, and used crystals and a pastel colour scheme to create their gorgeous countryside wedding

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Laura and Rich met when the company he was working for took over Laura’s, and soon they were on their first date in Worcester, where they took the tourist trail and visited the cathedral. “As it was Halloween we carved a pumpkin together, which is now an annual tradition for us!” Laura smiles. Rich popped the question when they went on a cruise to celebrate two years together. “I presented him with a card and gift and he said it was unfair as he hadn’t got me a gift, then asked if I would like to get married!” Laura laughs.

The bride’s outfit

Laura found her stunning Ellis Bridals gown before she was even engaged. “I was driving past the local wedding dress store when I saw the most gorgeous dress ever!” Laura remembers. She called the store after Rich had proposed and luckily, they had the sample dress left in her size!

Once Laura had finally tried on the multi- layered taffeta gown she knew it was ‘the one!’ “ It was covered in beautiful glimmering beading, my maids’ faces lit up and my whole demeanor just changed,” Laura says. Laura looked amazing, adding a crystal tiara, necklace and shoulder-length veil.

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The groom’s outfit

Rich wore grey tails with a lilac cravat and pocket square hired from Moss Bros.

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The bridesmaids

Laura was attended by four bridesmaids; best friends Helen, Leila, Cheryl and Cathy. They all wore floor-length dresses with an empire line from Dessy and matching flat sandals. “They were very unique as they incorporated various pastel colours in a dip-dye material called ‘vintage ombre’,” Laura explains. “ Each of them also had a pendant necklace, cream fascinator and bracelet made by myself as a gift.”

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The ceremony

The couple had a civil ceremony with readings from their godson and Laura’s dad walked her down the aisle. “It was a really special moment, especially as we had chosen this particular date to mark my mum and dad’s 47th wedding anniversary,” smiles Laura.

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The reception

Laura and Rich opted for countryside vintage with a hint of crystals and pastel colours as their theme. “I bought lots of candles and candle holders as well as willow hearts and fairy lights,” Laura explains. “My mum handmade metres of bunting and even recycled her own wedding dress to make special bunting for the top table!”

The couple had their first dance to The Power of Love by Frankie Goes Hollywood. “I remember getting tearful listening to it when I dropped Rich off at the train station, knowing we weren’t going to see each other for two weeks over the festive period,” says Laura.

The fabulous L and R letter lights were included into the reception after Laura won a competition for a reduced hire fee, making a great backdrop for photos. With an evening DJ and magnificent firework display the couple really ended their night with a bang!

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The honeymoon

The couple went to Madeira for seven days, but have a cruise around the Canary Islands planned on the ship they got engaged on.

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