Nic and Laura’s Wedding
Combine vintage elegance and glamour with the romantic backdrop of the Yorkshire countryside, and you’ve got Laura and Nic’s big day. With the bride in couture, a brass band performing Lady Gaga and a five tier wedding cake made by the groom’s aunt, Laura and Nic’s wedding might just be the most glamorous thing we’ve seen since Grace Kelly tied the knot.
We caught up with Laura to find out more about the day itself and swoon over her and Nic’s absolutely gorgeous wedding album.
We were married in the chapel of St John Fisher’s Catholic school, which seemed an appropriate choice as this was where Nic and I first met in an A-Level history class!
We chose beautiful Swarcliffe Hall, in the village of Birstwith on the outskirts of Harrogate, as our wedding reception venue. We wanted a venue that would show off the Yorkshire countryside to our guests, many of whom were travelling from London and had never ventured ‘up north’ before.
Guests arrived on three vintage Yorkshire coaches and were treated to the sounds of the incredible New York Brass Band who played pop classics such as Bad Romance and It Must Be Love in brass band style.
My dress was a couture gown by Angelina Colarusso. I wanted something dramatic that was a one-off. I took inspiration from various dresses, designers and places as I wanted to combine romance, glamour, and vintage elegance with a little bit of drama. Angelina certainly brought this idea to life.
My dress was a bespoke silk and tulle creation that was nothing short of perfect! I wore handmade silk flowers in my hair and a two-piece veil – one short section across my face, and a second long one that clipped on top and hung asymmetrically along my train.
We wanted to combine glamour and vintage elegance with custom-made, personalised touches throughout the venue. We went for nude tones with hints of pink, pistachio and blue. Tables were topped with map-covered books, champagne corks hand-tied with ‘Just Married’ tags and tall candelabras dripping with crystals.
As well as our dining marquee, we had a lounge marquee which featured a huge circular mirrored art deco bar, a candy bar full of our favourite childhood sweets, sofas to chill out and a dressing area where guests could retouch their hair and make-up.
Throughout the venue we had fresh roses, peonies and hydrangeas, which fitted with our overall colour scheme. The bridesmaids had mini versions of my bouquet of peonies and roses in blush tones.
It’s a Forster family tradition for Nic’s Aunt, a genius baker, to make the wedding cake for any family wedding and our day was no different. She made us a 4ft high, five tiered creation that was crowned with a 1960s bride and groom topper as a nod to our love of vintage.
The four tiered cake was inspired by the towering creations we had seen in our parents’ wedding photos and was a great focal point for the day.
THE FIRST DANCE
We definitely didn’t want anything slow and slushy as the thought of slow dancing in front of 150 friends and family filled us with dread. We eventually settled on Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Wanna Be with You’ performed by The Night Jars, our wedding band. The first verse started slowly (the Vonda Shepherd version) and then kicked into the Dusty Springfield version which meant we could get our groove on.
MY FAVOURITE MOMENT
The whole day was just amazing, but our favourite part was getting in our wedding car (a vintage Rolls Royce) and travelling up to the wedding venue, just the two of us. It was a gorgeous day and people in town waved at us and tooted their horns as we passed! It was the only time that day that it was just us, it was a surreal feeling and we just couldn’t stop laughing!
PEARL OF WISDOM
Clichéd but true: make sure you take a moment to step back from the celebrations and actually soak up what is going on. After our first dance we stood for a minute at the back of the marquee and allowed ourselves the chance to watch the party for a second and take a mental snapshot of the day!
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