Jonathan managed to surprise his bride-to-be with his proposal, despite her knowing an engagement was on the cards. “I had picked a ring I loved, so I knew a proposal was imminent, but I never expected Jon to pop the question while I was driving!” Laura says.
The bride’s outfit
Laura oozed glamour in her Jenny Packham ‘Saskia’ gown, with its halterneck style, crossover back, light chiffon fabric and striking diamanté embellishment at the waist. “It was one of the first dresses I picked out, and the very first I tried on,” Laura says. “I tried on many others, but I knew it was ‘the one’.” The bride had a hair comb, cuff and earrings, also by Jenny Packham.
The groom’s outfit
Jonathan wore a grey mohair suit by Peter Posh, hired from High Society. “We had to have our formal photos taken before the ceremony to make the most of the light. When I first saw Jonathan, he looked very relaxed with a pint of cider in his hand,” Laura remembers.
Laura was attended by her two sisters and her best friend, who wore dreamy full–length Dessy dresses in complementing styles and colours.
Laura and Jonathan were married in a civil ceremony at The Farmers Barns, on a working farm in a secluded Welsh valley. “Saying my vows to Jon in front of our family and dearest friends was such a special moment and very emotional,” recalls Laura. “I could hardly get my words out.”
The rustic-themed reception featured a wedding breakfast of sharing platters of hot roast ham and Welsh beef with all the trimmings, including roast potatoes, mini specialty sausages, red wine gravy, mustard and seasonal vegetable medley. “We decorated with lots of lanterns, jars, hessian and lace, candles, hearts and bunting kindly made by our friends,” Laura explains. “We had cupcakes made by Jonathan’s mum, and a cheese cake by Five Star Chef. I definitely recommend enlisting the help of any family and friends who are willing – we couldn’t have had our dream wedding without them.” The guests helped themselves to sweets from the sweet stall, and the evening entertainment was provided by the couple’s friends, who DJed and played in their band. “We chose When You Got A Good Thing by Lay Antebellum for our first dance, as we love the meaningful lyrics, but it’s five minutes long and seemed to go on for ages!” laughs Laura.
Laura and Jonathan spent their honeymoon sightseeing in Toronto and Niagara, followed by a week relaxing on Miami’s South Beach.
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