The venue flew the Scottish Saltire Flag and the St George’s Cross for Laura and Jamie’s big day! The couple got married in September 2011…


WHO: Laura and Jamie

WHERE: St Peter Paul’s RC Church and Grinkle Park Hotel, North Yorkshire

WHEN: September 2011

PHOTOS: Nigel and Christina Davison

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How they met

“We met in a bar in Glasgow back in August 2008,” remembers Laura. “I instantly felt excited – like something special was about to start.”

The proposal

“We were on a small summer break in Venice when Jamie popped the question,” recalls Laura. “After a romantic meal, we returned to our hotel’s rooftop bar, overlooking the Venetian lagoon for some cocktails. Jamie then proposed to me with a beautiful round, solitaire ring, and I of course, cried my eyes out!”

The bride’s outfit

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Laura found her dream dress at “The gown, ‘Besotted’ was a gorgeous silk-taffeta Suzanne Neville creation from her 2010 Royal Collection,” explains Laura. “I was certainly besotted! The A-line, corseted full-skirted dress was so classy and just the regal princess look I’d wanted. I’m a real fan of Grace Kelly’s look and wanted to create the same timeless appearance for my own wedding day,” she adds.

I had two tiaras, and two different pairs of shoes!

The accessories

“My tiara was a crystal flower and leaf design from Mir and Marie. For the evening I changed into a less formal side tiara from Liberty in Love. I also had two pairs of shoes! The day pair were peep toes; the evening pair were three-inch platforms from Dune,” says Laura.

The groom’s outfit

Jamie bought his Hebridean Thistle kilt from the Kilt Hire Company in Edinburgh. “The modern tartan was a perfect match for our purple colour scheme, and the name of the kilt matched perfectly with our island theme for the table names,” remembers Laura.

The bridesmaids

“I had five adult bridesmaids, three of my friends from school, one of my friends from University, and one of my friends from work,” explains Laura. “I opted for a dressmaker from my home town to make the bridesmaids’ outfits. There was a particular look that I wanted to achieve, so I decided that by having them made bespoke, I would have the option to ask for changes as they were being made.”

The ceremony

“For our traditional church ceremony, the main readings were taken from the book of Corinthians. These included Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind and a gospel about the Wedding at Cana,” recalls Laura. “We also picked three hymns; Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer, Lord Of All Loving, and Here I Am Lord. The singing was accompanied by the 20-strong, Stockton Male Voice Choir, who helped to keep everyone in tune and in time!” smiles Laura.

The flowers

“My bouquet was a blend of white crisp Akito roses, mixed with more delicate gypsophila (which represents everlasting love) and lots of green foliage. For the bridesmaids, I chose Avalanche roses to offset a single purple hydrangea with eucalyptus leaves. They complemented their dresses really well,” explains Laura

The transport

“We kept things simple and shared the one classic car,” recalls Laura. “We had a red and cream Bramwith for Jamie and I. The bridesmaids also used it to get to the church.”

Our theme was classic country garden, with a Scottish twist

The reception

“Our evening celebration took place at Grinkle Park Hotel in Saltburn by the Sea,” says Laura. “Our guests booked all the rooms at the wedding venue, so almost by accident we ended up having exclusive use! It was lovely waking up the next morning and heading downstairs to have breakfast with everyone.”

The decor

“Our theme for the day was a classical country garden wedding, mixed with Scottish traditions. We decorated the tables with gold and cream table confetti and gold chocolate hearts. We also had some paper hanging lanterns to decorate the outside space, in preparation for our evening BBQ,” explains Laura. The chair covers were white with gold, in a jacquard design.

The cake

Was made by a family friend. It was a round, five-tiered, iced cake, with icing flowers all around the edge. The flavours were two fruit, two sponge, and one chocolate cake.

The favours

Were perfume for the ladies and mini bottles of whiskey for the men.

The honeymoon

“We went to an island resort in Fiji, and then on to Los Angeles on the way home,” remembers Laura. “It was a long way to travel to Fiji – but totally worth it!”