Laura & Adam
Honey Gold Bridesmaids dresses | crisp white Orchids | White chocolate covered layered cake | Minimal and elegant venue decor | Louboutin Shoes
What’s your best memory of your time dating?
We were inseparable when we were younger and would spend hours together watching a whole TV series in a few days. When we had to separate for a few hours, we would leave each other cheesy little notes.
How did the proposal happen?
It was our fifth anniversary and Adam had taken me for an amazing meal. After three courses I was surprised when Adam ordered the biggest dessert on the menu. The waiter arrived with a long plate of mini desserts and put it in front of Adam. I thought the plate in front of me would be the same, but it had ‘will you marry me’ written in chocolate sauce on it! Adam then pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him.
I found my dress in Lavender and Jude, Stradbroke, Eye. It was ‘Estelle’ by Venus Bridal and was simple and tted with a sweetheart neckline, a beautiful embellished belt and a long train. The dress was covered in ivory lace with a champagne underlay.
I had searched high and low for the gorgeous ivory pair of Louboutin’s I wanted, even going to London for the day to find them! It was our last stop at Browns Bridal where I found the pair I had been looking for in my size. I wanted elegant accessories so chose a pair of Swarovski pearl and diamond earrings, a veil with a subtle gold to match my dress and a hair comb custom made by Jenny at The Wedding Shop in Bungay.
Adam hired his suit from Parkers in Lowestoft. The colour we had chosen for the bridesmaid dresses was proving difficult to match, so I found some honey coloured silk fabric and made the cravats and pocket squares myself to get a perfect match.
I had five bridesmaids who all wore dresses from Coast. They were a simple maxi style in a gorgeous honey colour. I knew the girls would look lovely in them.
What was the best part of the ceremony?
The moment the registrar said we were husband and wife, everything suddenly felt very real and I was so happy.
What music did you play during the ceremony?
I walked down the aisle with my dad to Pachelbel’s Canon. It was an amazing experience and wonderful to see Adam smiling at me from the front.
We wanted a simple and elegant wedding and based our decorations around the honey and gold tones in my gown. Southwood Hall is such an elegant venue we needed to do very little apart from adding lots of flowers.
One of my best friends has her own floristry business, Irene’s House of Flowers in Lowestoft, so there was never any question about who we would ask for our wedding flowers. My bouquet blew me away and made me feel like a princess walking down the aisle. We had jars filled with hydrangeas hanging from shepherd’s hooks along the aisle and our centre pieces were spheres of white and ivory flowers with roses, hydrangeas and orchids.
Our cake was from Vanilla Patisserie. It was a four-tiered cake covered in white chocolate with fresh flowers between each layer. We chose chocolate truffle, vanilla and caramel and chocolate and hazelnut layers. Adam’s mum also made a lovely fruit cake.
We chose Hersheys kisses in gold wrappers and put them in small glass jam jars. My mum helped me sew delicate lace around 60 circles of ivory fabric which were tied around the jam jars with ribbon and name tags.
Local band Storyteller from Lowestoft played some classics and current music, followed by our DJ who had the dance floor full for most of the night!
The First Dance
We put a lot of thought into our first dance song and finally chose ‘She’s The One’ by Robbie Williams two days before our wedding after struggling to choose. There are so many songs we both love!
It’s never too soon to start planning! We used the wedding planning checklist from the Wedding Ideas website to work out what needed to be done and when. You will be much more relaxed before your big day if you are organised well in advance.
VENUE Southwood Hall | DRESS Lavender and Jude, Stradbroke, Eye | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Coast, GROOM Parkers, Lowestoft JEWELLERY Swarovski and The Wedding Shop, Bungay | SHOES Christian Louboutin | FLOWERS Irene’s House of Flowers, Lowestoft | CAKE Vanilla Patisserie | PHOTOGRAPHER Katherine Ashdown