Earlier in the year I had the privilige to meet the lovely Laura, all be it via Cyber space.
We chatted throughout her Wedding Planning experience, and today I am delighted to be able to share the images of her beautiful day from early November.
From the stunning setting of Danby Castle and with an audience of chickens and a donkey a love story unfolded.
So without further ado, I will hand your over so @MissLouPops can share the story of how she became @MrsLouPops
“My gorgeous husband and I were married on Saturday 5th November 2011 at Danby Castle, in North Yorkshire, a venue that we fell in love with at first sight.
It was the first venue we looked at and a place that we were sold on within the first five minutes, we didn’t look any further.”
“On Bonfire Night it always tends to rain (I adore being out in the rain!) but we were prepared for this, we weren’t going to kid ourselves into thinking the weather would be glorious in November!
The rain however, gave our day an atmospheric “Wuthering Heights” feel.
We loved the ambience, our photographer was like a child in a sweetshop and we have ended up with some fantastic mementos of the day.”
“We never set out to have a theme but we always had a colour scheme in mind that we wanted to stay true to – rich plum and gold, perfect for a winter wedding.
During our planning however, we realised that our day was quickly evolving into ‘all about Laura & Tom.’
All of the special touches reflected Tom and I on our own and as a couple.”
“The day before the wedding my mum presented us with two huge photo collages of us throughout the years which we displayed in the bar for our guests to see (although Tom was very embarrassed about this, his hairstyles are amazing!).
Our guests waited with the themes from our favourite films playing in the background, I walked down the aisle to a song by our favourite band, Mumford and Sons.”
“We named our wedding breakfast tables after parts of Manhattan as New York holds a special place in our hearts and was where we honeymooned.
As a surprise for our parents we also had photographs of them on their wedding days with our sweetie buffet which was nice for them and made them feel involved in the day.
To top the day off, we had a Blues Brothers band, another of our favourite films, that went down a storm with our guests. They were amazing and lots of fun!”
“I wore a House of Mooshki (based in County Durham) dress that was made to my own design. From the day I begun the search for my dream wedding dress I knew I wanted something a bit different.
I had a vision of a demure, traditional full length lace and tulle dress that made me feel like a princess. I know I’m biased but I really do think that House of Mooskhi achieved this, my dress was everything I had dreamed of and more and Vikki at Mooshki was amazing and so friendly.”
“I had had a couple of ‘Pretty Woman’ type experiences where sales women in bridal shops looked down their nose at me because I was a plus size bride however Vikki couldn’t have made me feel any more at home if she tried!
Tom wore an amazing bespoke royal blue 3-piece Marc Wallace suit which we went down to London especially to pick out. He originally wanted an off the peg number but as he is a funny shape he had no choice but to go with bespoke but this was great as he got to pick out fabrics and style! It turned out to beat our expectations, it was stunning”.
“It sounds so cliched but the day really was everything we’d hoped for and more! We did have a few hiccups which people told me to expect.”
Our favours were eaten by mice the day before the wedding but they do say mice love chocolate! We also hoped for a sparkler send off for Tom and I at the end of the night but we forgot to bring the sparklers.”
“I really didn’t mind either of these, in fact I laughed like mad at the favour mishap! The main thing was having all of our friends and family in one place to celebrate our marriage and on the day this truly was all that mattered. I’d do it all over again if I could!”
Thank you so much to Laura and Tom for allowing me to share their magical day.