Christopher and Laura were married on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, Bolton.
LWB: Where did you meet each other?
Laura: We actually met at Rivington Hall Barn 14 years ago whilst working there as students! Then a couple of years ago Chris popped the question whilst we were on a perfect holiday in Mykonos. It was totally unplanned even though he had 12 years to prepare. He just decided he had to propose right there and then so he ran off to ring my dad for permission and then found the nearest jewellers (for a temporary ring). All this whilst we were having a romantic meal... and I was completely oblivious.
LWB: So, choosing your wedding venue was easy?
Laura: Very easy, as it's where we originally met so obviously held a very special place in our hearts. We have also both known the Salmons (Rivington Hall Barn’s owners) for a long time. I went to school with the owners’ children. The venue is stunning and the service is always exceptional. The Barn will always go out of their way to make the day perfect.
LWB: What themes did you have in mind for styling your day?
Laura: I wanted a country vintage theme. I chose to include lots of rustic props to create a real country garden feel. Step-ladders, old barrels, suitcases, jam jars, bottles, old books, buckets etc. Our florist was Margaret Mason who was exceptional at putting together exactly what we had asked for, along with Dawn at Creative Cover Hire who provided spindle back chairs teamed with hessian and lace sashes. Dawn was amazing and helped with lots of other wedding recommendations.
LWB: How did you find your Wedding Suppliers?
Laura: We mainly found them from recommendations or word of mouth, and visited the Great Northern Wedding Fair at Bolton Arena too. I had followed Ashton Photography online for many years as they shot my sister-in-law’s wedding and several friends weddings, too. I love their pictures and the moments they capture but also Steve and Steph are both lovely and really put you at ease. We purchased the mens suits from Next and teamed them with grey tweed bow ties handmade by a local tailor in Bahrain which is where we are currently living. Our cake was made by Occasion Cakes in Bolton.
I bought my wedding dress from the White Closet in Didsbury. It’s by designer Anna Sul Y. This dress shop was amazing as from start to finish they made me feel so special. I wanted a vintage lace dress with beading and that's exactly what I got. I had been to so many wedding dress shops and found nothing but it was the first dress I tried on here and I instantly knew it was the one. I also got a belt for my dress from the White Closet which was hand made by Sash and Co.
LWB: What was your first dance?
Laura: We chose Florence and the Machine ‘You've Got The Love’ - no particular reason why other than we both love this song. But I surprised Chris and had Jay-Z ‘H to the Izzo’ mixed in as a bit of a joke. We met when I was 16 and we used to listen to the Jay-Z album on repeat, so I knew it would make him smile as he says that song always reminds him of me.
Our DJ Paul made sure the dance floor was full from start to finish all evening - with plenty of dance-offs taking place too! He even played extra songs at the end of the evening as everyone was chanting ‘one more song’ which is surely the sign of a good night.
LWB: What advice would you share with other engaged couples before their big day?
Laura: We took some great advice from our married friends who told us to go and view your room in the venue when you arrive so you can take in all the months of hard work and preparation you have put into your big day looking beautiful. Get a glass of champagne and have a wander around with your hubby and look at all the special finishing touches.
LWB: And finally, what are your Favourite Three Things from the day?
Laura: Walking down the aisle with my Dad as he has been so excited to take this walk with me!
Getting married to the love of my life surrounded by my closest friends and family (I hadn’t seen Chris for 7 weeks as he works in Bahrain so this made getting married all the more exciting and special)
And having the reception at the venue where we first met, this meant so much to both of us.
Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 7SB http://www.rivingtonhallbarn.co.uk/
The White Closet, 204 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW http://thewhitecloset.co.uk/
Creative Cover Hire http://www.creativecoverhire.co.uk/
Ashton Photography http://ashtonphotography.co.uk/