Real Life Wedding : Laura & Carl

We worked with Laura & Carl to provide some decorations for their wedding and are delighted Laura has shared her photographs and information about their special day with us.

How we met

Carl and I originally met when they both attended secondary school together and then bumped into each other on a night out in Bridlington a few years later.  We got engaged when Carl proposed on my 30th Birthday, New Years Eve 2010 in Edinburgh.

The Dress

I had my dress made by Ella D Bridal, I knew from the start that I didn’t want a standard white dress, I loved being involved in every part of the dress from the initial ideas right to the final touches and I could change any part of the dress within reason at any stage! It suited me to the ground and I loved been so involved. My mum also made a great suggestion that the bottom part of the dress should be removable to allow me to be able to dance later on.

The Groom

Carl wore a Ben Sherman suit, electric blue, pale blue tie (in the same material as my dress, made by my dress-maker) and brown hush puppy shoes. The button holes and our bouquets were by Sarah at the Floral Lounge in Hull who was fantastic

The Bridesmaids

I had two bridesmaids who wore white tea length off the shelf wedding dresses from House of Fraser to contrast with my pale blue dress although we had to keep this tightly under wraps pretending they were pink until the wedding day to keep my pale blue dress a surprise!

The Wedding & Reception

We had the ceremony at Skipsea All Saints Church as this is where I grew up and my parents still live and then held the reception at Skipsea Village hall where we also had a marquee from Village Farm Marquees.

When guests arrived they were greeted with Pimms and an ice cream from a Mr Moo’s ice cream van.

We had long tables set up in the marquee where we served a hog roast followed by cupcakes made by my friend Katherine who I’ve known since primary school.

We bought flowers for the tables and friends and family helped arrange them in vintage china we’ve been collecting from charity shops etc…. My mum also spent months making bunting to deck out the hall and marquee.

We then had some mixed pastel balloons inside the hall including an old-fashioned style prom balloon drop net above the dance floor and then the letters LOVE in gold foil balloons at the end of the marquee which we also used in the photographs,an idea I’d seen on Pinterest all provided by …and all things nice.

The favours and place cards were personalised cookies from a local bakery (we were going to make them ourselves but ran out of time!) and we had a sweet bar room.  Carl (the groom) even contributed to the DIY details by making the table plan.

Evening Entertainment

We had a brilliant band, Helter Skelter, who made the night with a full dance floor all evening!  Our first dance was to Breath by Pearl Jam.  We decided to have a hot dog & burger van arrive for the night food which after a few drinks seemed to be exactly what the guests wanted judging by the queue!

The Honeymoon

We’ve not been on honeymoon yet as we asked guests for contributions to one as a present and we plan on visiting the Caribbean towards the end of the year, something nice to look forward to after all the fun and chaos of planning the wedding.

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