LAURA + JASON
CORNFLOWER BLUE + LEMON | RUSTIC SUMMER THEME | COUNTRY FARM MARQUEE
RIBBONS + OLD WOOD SIGNS | SPAGHETTI STRAP FISHTAIL DRESS | LOLLIPOP FAVOURS
Laura and Jason were friends for six months before anything actually happened – they met at their part time job at Argos. But it wasn’t until the work’s Christmas party that she really started to notice him, “I started to get butterflies every time we worked together,” she says. “Almost a decade on and the rest, as they say, is history!”
Jason proposed to his beautiful girl Laura while they were in Mexico. He’d actually planned to do it on their first night there but they’d had a bit too much to drink for that to happen… He decided to do it after dinner one night as they were walking along the beach. Was Laura surprised? “Yes! I didn’t see it coming as we’d never spoken about it,” she says. “Although he was acting a bit bizarre at dinner and when we were walking he kept stopping to look around!”
When it came to picking a dress Laura tried on 70 different ones, but Enzoani saved the day! The figure hugging fishtail dress was wrapped in lace and featured thin straps that the bride took off for the evening. She added white heels that she found in the sale because she’s not really a fan of traditional wedding shoes. Jason bought her necklace, bracelet and earrings – given to her on the morning of their big day.
Her four bridesmaids and two maids of honour all looked absolutely gorgeous in yellow boho style dresses from ASOS, adding white shoes and different bracelets for each girl to match their personality. Because Laura’s not great at make-up she hired ‘a friend of a friend’ to do her and her maids’ make-up for the day.
The groom and his party all wore baby blue suits with yellow ties from Burton.Jason
also accessorised with a pocket watch Laura had bought him as a gift. The civil service took place at Houchins Farm in Essex – the bride walked in with her dad to the wedding march played by Oakwood String Quartet and her bridesmaids walked in to Here Comes The Sun. They wanted something very ‘informal’ for their reception food so decided on canapés with drinks instead of a starter, meaning they had more time to mingle with their guests.
They did the speeches before the meal so everyone could relax and enjoy it more – Jason’s speech was all about his beautiful bride and the best man’s rendition was hilarious and a great way to end them all. Their theme was rustic Summer with Laura making most of the decorations herself, from collecting dishes for the desserts to making candles for the tables, and everything looked amazing. She even made the fantastic table plan from wine corks that they’d collected for two years, pinning the plans to them.
As the venue was relatively new Laura and Jason made signs from old wood to direct guests to it and the gorgeous vibrant owers were created by local florist Jade’s Flowers. Her mum’s friend made the four tier cake and it matched the whole colour scheme perfectly. And for favours? “Jason’s nickname for me has always been Lolly, so it seemed only right to get this in the wedding somehow,” she says. So she created homemade lollipops using a macaroon tray, melting them down and using a coffee stirrer as the stick. She wrapped them in cellophane and wrote a simple note, ‘with love’ tying them all up with string.
For entertainment they had a DJ who played all the classics and a selfie booth, like a photo booth but one you can fit 20 people into! Everyone had a fab time and the couple now have a book full of funny memories from it to treasure. They couldn’t decide on a first dance song, but when Kodaline’s The One came on the radio they knew it would be perfect.
Suppliers for the day
CEREMONY | Houchins Farm, Essex
DRESS | Enzoani, Suffolk Bridal
BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses from ASOS
FLORIST | Jade’s Flowers, Coggeshall
ENTERTAINMENT | DJ and Oakwood String Quartet for the ceremony
HONEYMOON | The couple have planned a trip to Costa Rica including a rainforest trek for the first three days of their stay!
PHOTOGRAPHER | Matt Heath