Laura and Alan walking holding hands with their country hosue wedding venue in the background

Laura and Alan met at work eight years ago. “We became good friends before falling in love,” says Laura.

"It was so easy to fall in love, as we laugh so much together. We’ve also seen each other at our best and worst. He’s my soulmate. I truly believe there’s one special person in the world for you and I know I’ve found mine!”

Laura in her off the shoulder wedding dress with a lace edge veil

A birthday proposal

Alan proposed on Laura’s 30th birthday, during lockdown. “He’d hired an igloo for the garden, got my favourite food and we had a three-course dinner under the stars,” says Laura. “He proposed just before our dessert. It was just the two of us and our beautiful little schnoodle puppy, Maisie. It was perfect.”

Inside Laura and Alan's wedding venue for their wedding ceremony

Bridal shops Chelmsford

Laura found her dream dress at WED2B’s bridal shops Chelmsford “One of my friends bought her wedding dress from WED2B in 2017, so I thought it would be a good place to start,” she says.

Black and white image of the back of Laura and Alan during their wedding ceremony

"Jess instore listened to what I wanted, gave me a few dresses to try on and then asked me to try on a ‘wild card’. She said she just knew it would look beautiful on me, and she was so right! I cried, my mum and sister cried, and the dress fitted perfectly. We took it away the same day.”

Black and white image of Laura and Alan holding hands during their wedding ceremony An image of Laura and Alan holding hands and smiling during their wedding ceremony

“I wore Cambridge, a timeless and stunning dress,” says Laura. “I always thought I’d wear something fitted and detailed, but it was so classic and such a stunning shape. Then, when I realised there were pockets, I was beside myself. Perfect for snacks!” For similar styles have a look at Palermo, Adelaide and Elliana.

Laura and Alan walking hand in hand while their wedding guests throw confetti at them both

A stately venue

The couple married at Blake Hall, just outside Chelmsford. “It’s a venue I’ve always loved,” says Laura.

"After we got engaged we saw Blake Hall first, then four others, but none of the others compared. We took both our mums back on a second visit and, when they loved it as much as we did, we booked it."

Laura posing outside with her mum and one of her bridesmaids Laura and Alan smiling at one another while Alan is holding on of their dogs

The big day

“I got ready at Blake Hall with my mum, sister (maid of honour) and bridesmaid, and also our gorgeous little flower girl,” says Laura. “It was early August, so beautiful weather but thankfully not too hot.”

Black and white image of Laura laughing with her four bridesmaids and flowergirl Black and white image of Laura and Alan walking away from the camera holding hands towards their venue

“My Dad walked me down the aisle to Ruelle’s ‘I Get to Love You’. The most special moment was when my sister read an extract from our grandad’s favourite book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. We lost my grandad when I was only 17, so it was lovely to have him with us in a way.”

Image of Laura and Alan about to kiss outside their wedding venue Laura sitting on a wooden tree swing with Alan standing to the side of her

The afterparty

After the ceremony there were photos and drinks, then a delicious sit-down meal, followed by lots of dancing. “We spent our whole day and night at Blake Hall, and it was wonderful,” says Laura. “Our first dance was to Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, as the words are perfect. We both loved the song when we were choosing what would be our first dance.”

Laura and Alan's rustic wedding cake

Pretty blush pink and stylish navy

“Our wedding had a blush pink and navy theme,” says Laura.

"We had pick ’n’ mix sweets for our favours, as they’re my favourite. Also, one of our work colleagues made our cake, a three-tier, semi-naked cake, decorated with flowers by our florist. She also made her very first cherry Bakewell sponge, which was delicious. Later, one of Alan’s friends, who he has known for years, was our DJ, and he was brilliant!”

Laura and Alan posing outside their wedding venue with all their wedding guests

The best bits…

“The most memorable thing was having all of our loved ones around us, and laughing as we were pronounced husband and wife - it had finally happened!” says Laura.

“Our first dance was magical. Alan even managed to lift me up and spin me in my huge dress!”

Laura and Alan posing with parents and their dog outside their wedding venue Laura and Alan's dog at their country house wedding

My top tips…

“Try and take a moment away from all of your guests, just to appreciate your new husband/wife and the start of your married life together. The day goes so quickly, so try and pause to take it all in.”

Laura and Alan holding smoke flare's in pink and blue

Laura and Alan’s Dream Team

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