Laura and Baljinder’s fun day with alpaca wedding hire...
This groom pulled out all the stops with surprise alpaca wedding hire, much to his new wife’s delight! Our WED2B Real Weddings feature reveals more…
Laura and Baljinder met at work. “We went to Manchester Christmas markets in 2019 for our first date,” says Laura.
Later, Baljinder proposed during a holiday in Santorini for Laura’s 30th birthday. “He proposed to me while we were eating dinner and watching the sunset,” says Laura. “It was a complete surprise, which made it so special.”
Shopping for the dress
“I had a baby just two months before I visited WED2B’s Wednesbury store (the wedding was just six months postpartum) and the staff worked with me to make me feel comfortable,” says Laura. “ Everyone was really helpful and welcoming and we went back to buy our bridesmaids dresses from the same store.”
Laura chose beautiful A-line Camelia. “I loved the sleeves and that it tucked me in at my waist but flowed out when it got to my ‘mom pouch’,” says Laura. “I also bought the Thea dresses for my five bridesmaids. They were allowed to choose whichever style they liked and most of them chose the same one! They all looked lovely in the sage green colour, too.” For similar wedding dress styles have a closer look at, Alva, Amalthea and Samson.
An elegant manor house venue
The couple married at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel, near Kidderminster on 17th March 2023.
"I wanted Bridgerton vibes and the gardens there gave us just that,” says Laura.
The big day
“I got ready with my bridesmaids, my mum and my aunty,” says Laura. “The weather was dry with some sunshine, which was amazing, as we had snow and rain only days before.”
“My dad walked me down the aisle to a violinist and I met my husband and six-month-old son at the bottom (my four and five-year-olds had the important job of giving the rings). We wrote own reading, which was a combination of Bridgerton quotes. We then walked back up the aisle to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder and were showered with confetti!”
Surprise alpaca wedding hire…
“After the ceremony, we headed to the venue’s secret garden where my husband surprised me with alpaca wedding hire!” says Laura. “So, we sipped Prosecco and bottled beers while the children fed the alpacas.”
“Then we went in for the wedding breakfast, where we ate slow-cooked beef and had speeches from Baljinder and I, my dad and the maid of honour. Our first dance was to ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys, which was sung by the incredible Lula Weddings. It has always been our song.”
A beautiful green colour scheme
“For the colour scheme we wanted something that suited the start of spring and Bridgerton, so we had lots of sage green flowers mixed in with some rustic vibes. There was also an arch with flowers and fabric draping down, both at the ceremony and then behind us for the wedding breakfast.”
“For entertainment we had a caricaturist, which was a huge hit with the guests,” says Laura. “There was also a live painter who painted us outside our venue. It was incredible to see that picture develop as the day went on.”
“I also had lots of small touches, like drink toppers pegged to the Prosecco, hangover kits and sparklers,” says Laura. “Plus, personalised door hangers for those staying over, so they weren’t disturbed early the next morning.”
The best bits…
“The most memorable moment was walking around to find the alpacas!” says Laura. “It was the best surprise for me and our guests.”
My top tips…
“Let the day just go with the flow,” says Laura. “We had five page boys, all under five. So, I briefed all the parents that if one decided to walk backwards down the aisle or didn’t want to sit for the ceremony that’s fine and to let the kids be kids! Weirdly they all behaved amazingly and all walked down the aisle beautifully. Maybe they felt the laidback vibe too!”
Laura and Baljinder’s Dream Team
Photographer: Bohemian Rose Photography
Venue: Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel
Wedding dresses Wednesbury: WED2B
Videographer: Tell your story Videographer
Alpaca wedding hire: Simply Alpaca
Hair: Hair by Mrs B
Makeup: Callie Jo Makeup
Wedding singer: Lula
Violinist: Cave Violinist
Live painter: Katie Bowden Art
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