Today’s wedding takes us across the UK to the countryside of Ribchester in Preston. Hannah...
Today is a very special day on the Blog, because I at last get to share with you the wedding of Laura and Chris. If you are a regular to the Blog you will know Laura from The Mrs Makes fame, she is a regular DIY contributor and was one of my regular Diary of a Boho Bride writers, until her wedding in April. Not only that but Laura booked me to help plan her wedding with my on the day co-ordination package way back in September 2011.
I have got to know Laura well over the past 20 months, so by the time her wedding came round I felt we were firm friends, which made her wedding day even more special to me. And today I get to share with you all the beautiful pictures from her big day. Because of the nature of the wedding I have split the wedding into two parts, the first part took part on on Friday the 12th April at Sheffield Town Hall, and the second part will be coming up at 12pm. Why two parts? Well, Laura and Chris didn’t want a traditional wedding, they wanted to hold their wedding outdoors, and as this is still not legal in the UK (Boo!) they had to do the ‘Legal Bit’ the day before. Their main wedding took part the next day, complete with Tipi, rustic barn, a multitude of DIY elements and and amazing Jenny Packham Dress. This wedding is much more stripped down, but still full of emotion, in fact it’s the simplicity that is it’s real beauty Andy Garfitt has captured the mood perfectly and done a real job of bring the whole day to life.
It was a pure delight working with Laura, to be honest I had nothing to do with this part of the wedding, my services were called for in the wedding coming up this afternoon, which I can’t wait to share with you. For now enjoy her Friday wedding, I’m sure you will agree it was a beautiful day.
‘We wanted an outdoor ceremony, and because (unfortunately) that isn’t a legal ceremony in England and Wales, we went to the registry office to ‘do the paperwork’ the day before what we considered our ‘real’ wedding. We really relished the opportunity to have our closest friends and family with us whilst we did the legal bit, and it was very special. We had just 9 guests and this part of the wedding took about a week to plan.’
‘We were very glad that we took the time to go to the registry office the day before. We had debated doing it on the morning of the wedding but it would have been crazy busy! In fact, it made it super special that all of our family could sit on the front row and watch us say our vows with no pressure or strict timings or fancy get-up. We laughed and smiled (and I was hopping from one foot to another in excitement) through the ceremony and it was perfect. We could hug all of our guests afterwards and then get excited with them over cake about the day to come. After tea and cake we said goodbye to our guests so that we could go and set the venue up on our own, and it was lovely to just be together on our own and get excited for the next day knowing that whatever happened, we were technically already Mr and Mrs!’
How they met
We met on the first day of university in September 2007, and have pretty much been together ever since!
You can read the FULL proposal story here but essentially we went to see a outdoor play, had a picnic and when we left to go home Chris got down on one knee when I though he was packing up the picnic rug!
Why did you choose your photographer?
Andy from Greyeye Photography (who also shot our engagement shoot and the Saturday wedding) kindly offered to come and take some snaps of us at the registry office and mostly of eating cake afterwards. He’s always been very friendly and laid-back with us so we knew he wouldn’t take over our small gathering. In fact, Chris’ brother has now nick-named him ‘The Ninja Photographer’ as he didn’t realise he was there taking pictures!
I made my own dress (though broke my sewing machine doing so. I had to get someone on Etsy to make my bridesmaids dresses to the same pattern for the Saturday as my poor machine had died so I couldn’t!). My shoes were old wedges I had in my wardrobe. My cardigan was from Monsoon and was also worn by my bridesmaid on the Saturday.
Chris wore the trousers and waistcoat from his wedding suit which we had made by asuitthatfits.com . He wore an old work tie and some cufflinks I bought him from a seller on Etsy for his graduation present.
After the ceremony we walked around the corner to Patisserie Valerie for tea and cake. So Much Cake. I hadn’t eaten anything that day so I devoured my gateaux!
Biggest surprise of the day?
After we left the registry office we paused for a group shot on the exact spot where Chris proposed, which was very special. Also, my mum has asked that I give her a job for the wedding, and I asked her to be in charge of confetti. I didn’t realise but she’d armed our small party with loads of confetti on the Friday too so we got pelted as we left the town hall! I was also surprised at how emotional I felt saying my declarations – even with no rings or readings I couldn’t believe I was finally saying those words, it was an incredible feeling.
What do you think? Doesn’t Laura look gorgeous, and how clever making the dress herself! So that’s day one, pop back at 12pm for day two for the full shebang!