This weekend sees the launch of the amazing Bridal magazine Unveiled – Issue 3 and we are pleased to have contributed to this latest issue, here is a little more about Laura and Tom’s very floral wedding which is one of our Real Weddings featured in the magazine.
We loved Laura from the moment we met her and her Mum, Carol-Ann. She was so focussed on getting everything right for her Wedding Day, but was prepared to take her time in the planning. From the outset this was always going to be a very floral wedding as Laura’s Dad and Uncle John own and run Elm Ridge, a very well known family Garden Centre and Florists in Darlington. Tom was due to leave the army when we first met him and embarking on an exciting new venture of his own, but we were struck immediately by what a gentleman he was and how much he cared for Laura. After much deliberation Laura and Tom chose Bannatyne Hotel, Darlington for their Wedding Ceremony and also as the location for their Wedding Reception. We were very pleased to be their first choice of Wedding Photographers for the big day.
Laura chose all local suppliers for her big day. Her wedding dress was by designer Mori Lee and was supplied by Dobinsons of Grange Road, Darlington. Bridesmaids Antonia and Rachel wore short dusk pale pink “Fifties style” dresses from Leggs of Darlington, who also came to the rescue when Ann managed to find underskirts at short notice as Laura had been let down by another supplier. All the floral wedding arrangements bouquets, button holes and many of the other details were supplied by of course, Elm Ridge. Tom chose to have his suit made to measure by Richard Crosland of Affleck and Moffatt, who also supplied the groomsmen’s suits too.
Wedding Day preparations
The morning kicked off with the usual bridal preparations at Laura’s family home, it was great to work with Becky of Rebecca Wright Hairdressing and Selena from Cocoon Health & Beauty Saloon, the whole atmosphere was very relaxed especially as we were all extremely well looked after by Laura’s parents John and Carol-Ann. It’s always very special being invited to photograph at the home where the bride has grown up, especially when it is filled with photographs of the bride and her siblings growing up, just a small taste of the journey to the Wedding Day, when in a philosophical state of mind it often strikes me what an emotional journey the build up and the Wedding Day must represent to parents of the bride and groom.
Stan met up with Tom, his Best Man, Mum and his Brother at Bannatyne Hotel where they finalised their preparations and ….. presented Tom with a gift from Laura. They then ventured down to the bar to check everything was in order and greet guests as they were arriving.
The North East string quartet played as guests arrived for the Wedding Ceremony, which was beautifully led by Darlington Registrars, who always make the ceremony very personal. Tom’s brother Jez participate in the ceremony with a short reading. After the signing of the register the guests filtered into Hotel Bannatyne’s gardens for the drinks reception.
Following a few formal photos and some relaxing time in the Hotel gardens, Laura & Tom and their Wedding guests were guided to their tables for the wedding breakfast in Maxines Restaurant. The floral wedding theme was continued and once again this room too looked truly beautiful. The Wedding Breakfast in traditional style was followed by speeches which were full of hilarity and emotion alike.
Once Laura & Tom were wined, dined and relaxed we manage to escape for a few photographs together before the cutting of the cake and then the first dance. Laura and Tom chose Let’s stay together by Al Green to start the evening. The dancing then continued with Music from Newcastle Wedding Band, Strange Fruit.
For more images at Bannatyne’s Hotel, Darlington, take a look at Charlie and Ian’s Wedding