BLUSH LILAC BRIDESMAIDS | PEARLESCENT ILLUSION GOWN | MEZZE BOARDS + CARROT CAKE IN TERRACOTTA POTS | ORNATE SILVER FRAMES + CREAM DETAILS
After first meeting on a night out, James took Lauren out for dinner and swept her off her feet. A few months later James told Lauren he loved her over a champagne picnic for her birthday. The proposal was no less romantic!
“I had been working away from the UK for three months and I had just flown home,” explains Becky, “the TV suddenly turned off. I shouted through to James to come and fix it, then a picture of the nightclub where we met appeared on the TV with the caption “we first met here”. There then followed a series of pictures of all the key places of our life together, where we had our first date, the places we had lived. The last one simply said, “so what’s next…” James then appeared at my side on one knee and I burst into tears,” gushes Lauren.
Lauren found her wedding dress with the help of one of her lovely bridesmaids. After being shown a picture of a dress by Stephanie Allin, Lauren found a local stockist and chose the second dress she tried on.
“I absolutely loved my dress. It had a short bodice with a sweetheart neckline that was covered in tiny pearlescent sequins.” Lauren adored the full tulle skirt for its comfort and the lace overlay sleeves that let her change her bridal look from day to night. “It was great to feel like you had a second dress to change into for the evening party!”
She accessorised her gown with a bespoke hair slide by Sophie Can Jewellery that featured up-cycled elements of her mum’s bridal brooch and her grandma’s ballerina bracelet. Adding T-bar embellished sandals from Dune and earrings gifted by her aunt as well as her mum’s necklace completed her look. The four bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses from Coast.
For James and the groomsmen, three-piece navy lounge suits were the order of the day from Whitfield and Ward of Wilmslow. “James was particularly pleased with his floral tie and pocket square which really made him stand out from the rest of the grooms party,” says Lauren.
Their civil ceremony and reception were held at Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch. It was made extra special with readings of ‘I carry your heart’ by EE Cummings and ‘My Personal Penguin’ by Sandra Boynton. Asked about her best memory from the day, Lauren doesn’t hesitate. “Saying ‘I do’! Neither of us have ever felt as happy as during the ceremony, the ceremony itself was so personal and full of love – a moment to remember for the rest of our lives.”
Rupert Frazer Warden of The Fine Dining Company provided the food, with a mezze board to start, followed by roast fillet of beef with mini suet pudding, and a trio of desserts including carrot cake served in miniature terracotta pots with chocolate soil. Later in the evening the couple served mini cones of fish and chips. “The food was divine and all our guests agreed!”
To decorate the top table, the bride and groom added embellished wooden blocks saying ‘Mr & Mrs’ alongside the floral arrangements supplied by Selina Godsal at Iscoyd Park. Ornate silver frames displayed the table names beautifully against a backdrop of blooms and cream tones.
James and Lauren’s wedding cake was baked by James’s mum and sister. “All the details were kept secret until the big day so we had no idea what it was like until we came into the marquee for the wedding breakfast. The cake was absolutely beautiful and tastes fantastic too!” says Lauren.
Lauren and James’s top budgeting tip for brides and grooms-to-be is to “decide on what things are really important to you and your fiancé, this will help with allocating your budget. Keep track of what you are spending and shop around.”