A beautiful rustic-chic wedding by the riverside with a touch of personal history. Real bride Lara tells us all about her planning…
How did Nick propose?
“We were walking the dog in the woods. I had a stone in my shoe, so stopped to get it out. When I got up, Nick was down on one knee! I wasn’t expecting him to propose, so it came as a total surprise.”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a dress by Sincerity, which I found in Brides of Southampton. I was shopping with my mum and Grannie, just to try some styles on. It was the sixth one I tried on and I loved it – there was nothing about it that I would have changed.”
And the accessories?
“I wore two pearl hair grips, which I ordered online from Musuntas. I had a Kit Heath necklace, bracelet and earrings from John Lewis, which my girlfriends had all chipped in together to buy for my 30th birthday. I already owned my shoes, which were from Dune. My brother bought me a pendant, which I tied around my bouquet. It had a picture of our dad on it; sadly he passed away in 2012.”
What did Nick wear?
“Nick wore a navy three-piece French Connection suit from Moss Bros. He wore a pale pink tie and matching pink handkerchief, also from Moss Bros. His brown shoes came from Marks & Spencer.”
Who were your bridesmaids?
“I had three bridesmaids: my friends Vicks, Lizzie and Kelly. They were fantastic from start to finish. Nick’s sister Laura was also phenomenal – she planned so many little surprises and ‘extras’ from sparklers, to pink and rose gold powder
in the Prosecco.”
What was your theme?
“Rustic. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with lots of personal touches. We made bunting, hessian and lace bows, wooden coasters (which I burnt our guests’ names on to), signs made from pallets, signs painted on blackboards, a photo board made from pallets, as well as twine and lace jam jars to decorate the tables.“
What was the highlight of your day?
“Walking down the aisle with my husband. It was lovely to see all our friends and family filling the church. Making our marriage vows official in our local church – the church where Nick’s parents got married and where Nick and his sister were christened – was wonderful.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Making things ourselves saved us money and made the day feel special and personal to us. I bought silk roses and real gypsophila, which I arranged in jam jars beforehand, and which reduced the stress on the day. We used empty champagne bottles with a rose and some gypsophila as the middle of the centrepiece. This was not only cost-effective – it also gave us a great excuse to drink more champagne!”
Date: 4th August 2017
Venue: Riverside Marquee, Bray riversidemarquee.co.uk
Photographer: Kristian Leven Photography kristianlevenphotography.co.uk
Lara’s dress: Sincerity justinalexander.com
Nick’s attire: Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Accessories: Kit Heat kitheath.com, Dune