With unique twists on tradition, this couple had a truly inspiring day. Bride Laura reveals all…
How did Robin propose?
“Robin is a founding member of A Door in a Wall company, which creates city-wide treasure hunts and games around London. He put his skills to work to create a treasure hunt around our flat, which eventually led to a ring! There were ringing phones, boxes hanging over the balcony, messages written on mirrors. All very exciting!”
What dress did you wear?
“I had tried a few dresses but they were all out of my budget and I didn’t feel comfortable spending so much on a dress I’d only wear once, so I decided to make my own. I probably wouldn’t recommend that to another bride – planning a wedding is enough to do – but it meant the dress was even more special.”
And the accessories?
“I borrowed the veil from a friend who I was bridesmaid for the year before. My shoes were sparkly silver kitten heels. I also wore pearl earrings from Oliver Bonas and a jewelled sash.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“It was my sister as maid of honour. She was heavily pregnant so we had to look for a special dress and The Wedding Club in Harbourne, Birmingham had the perfect solution. She looked stunning with her bump elegantly dressed.”
What did Robin wear?
“Robin wanted to keep his outfit fairly casual. He wore navy chinos, a white shirt, navy tie and a tweed waistcoat.”
How did you feel when you saw him?
“Slightly terrified at all the peering eyes, but desperate to join him at the end of the aisle! It was a rush of emotion.”
What was your theme?
“We wanted to create something relaxed. Our fairground afternoon tea was enjoyed across the lounge areas at Hampton Manor. Later the guests joined a series of riddles dotted around the estate that formed a game created by A Door in a Wall. At night the courtyard was set with log tables with candles everywhere.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“The afternoon tea. It was different from a formal traditional wedding breakfast and that was exactly what we wanted.”
What was your best buy?
“The venue, as my sister is one of the founders and dressed it beautifully for us without any additional cost. Also I think photography is incredible value even if it is a big investment.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Don’t underestimate the cost of DIY – you may not always be saving. Making my dress was probably as costly as buying one!”
Date: 7th March 2015
Venue: Hampton Manor Hotel, Solihull
Photographer: Julie Kim Photography
Laura’s dress: Handmade
Bridesmaid dresses: Bought from The Wedding Club, Birmingham
Jewellery: Oliver Bonas
Entertainment: A Door in a Wall