Laura Jane is a great friend of Little White Books; she's a professional makeup artist that has worked with us for a number of years now. Earlier this year it was Laura's turn to tie the knot - and being a regular at our wedding fairs she was spoilt for choice with ideas for her big day! Here's Laura's story;
"We first met at Runshaw College. We were on separate courses when all of a sudden, the fire alarm went off. Michael opened his classroom door as I opened mine which was directly opposite; our eyes met and he kept looking back at me on the stairs. When I got home I had a friend request from Michael on Facebook, he asked me on a date and the rest is history.
He proposed whilst on holiday in the Dominican Republic. One evening we were having a stroll along the beach, when he asked me to turn around so I was facing the sea. Meanwhile he got down on one knee, pulling out the ring box declaring his love for me and then asked me to marry him… I replied “are you joking?”, and then I turned around and said “Oh my God, you’re not joking!” “Yes, Yes, Yes!!!” Then he slipped on my gorgeous diamond ring.
Being a professional makeup artist I have visited quite a lot of venues through my job, and had narrowed it down to five possible venues for us. However, The Villa in Wrea Green impressed us the most with the marquee-style Pavilion suite complete with fairy lights; when the lights were switched on we both said “This is the one, it’s magical”. We also loved the character features at the front of the venue and the piano lounge which is very modern and classy.
My colour theme was coral, ivory and gold, however, as we were getting married on Easter Sunday we also wanted an Easter theme. As well as bunnies and baskets for decoration, our wedding favours were wooden egg cups with nests and a chocolate egg, complete with luggage tag that said ‘Thank you for sharing our special day, Laura & Michael, 27.03.16’.
I had a couple of specific ideas for our day. For our first dance we had a dry ice machine, which gave a ‘dancing on clouds’ effect. Our first dance song was ‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran. As a surprise for Michael, who enjoys the odd flutter, I booked casino tables which were also a huge hit with our guests. We had a candy cart, a photo booth, light-up letters and a love heart sign. I also planned another surprise for Michael, I had a caricature picture done of us in our wedding attire, which was waiting for us in the piano lounge - we now have this displayed in our lounge at home.
I found many of my suppliers through attending wedding fairs, our friends’ recommendations and the internet. I visited most of Little White Books’ wedding fairs, which I found extremely helpful; I was able to gather a lot of information, talk to a variety of suppliers and gain more ideas. I also exhibit at some of the Little White Books wedding fairs to advertise my business ‘Beauty by Laura Jane’ so I already knew a lot of the wedding suppliers. I found Pinterest very helpful for ideas too - I had a board for everything. All of my suppliers were excellent in the run up to the wedding, and The Villa proved to be a fantastic venue and we are extremely happy we chose to have our wedding there.
I found my wedding dress at a wedding fair, it was being modelled on the catwalk. I tried it on straight away and ordered it from ‘Because I Love You’ bridal centre, they have two shops in Harwood and Farnworth. The designer for my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses was Ronald Joyce.
On the day itself there were so many wonderful moments. Just as I was about to walk down the aisle, my bridesmaids had ‘that’ look on their faces - you will know what I mean when it’s your turn. My Dad told me he was so proud of me and how beautiful I looked, he held my hand and linked my arm as we started walking down the aisle and said quietly “Don’t rush, slow down and enjoy it”. During the ceremony, Dad handed me over to Michael and said “For the last time…” I remember saying “I do” to Michael, everyone applauded, then Michael gave me an almost everlasting-kiss. The speeches were excellent. We ended the night dancing to ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra – I just remember feeling so overwhelmed. The whole day was about our family and friends helping us celebrate our love for each other, whilst enjoying themselves in a happy atmosphere; they have all said the day flew by and was one of the best weddings they have been to.
If I could share some advice with future couples, it would be to try to enjoy every moment of your day, try to spend as much time talking to your guests together, otherwise you are celebrating your marriage apart from each other. Also I highly recommend getting your wedding photographed and filmed as both are something to look back on in years to come and treasure."
Many thanks to:
Thank you to Neil White photography for providing Michael & Laura’s wedding day images www.neilwhitephotography.com
Bridal Makeup by Laura herself - Beauty by Laura Jane Facebook: BeautyByLauraJane
VENUE:The Villa, Wrea Green, Preston PR4 2PE www.thevilla.co.uk
Pier Fun Casinos: www.pierfuncasinos.co.uk
Alexander Jones: www.weddingsbyalexanderjones.co.uk
Sonje Jones Flowers: www.sonjejones.co.uk
Just For You Invitations: www.justforyouinvitations.co.uk
Venu Art: www.venuartcaricatures.co.uk
Because I Love You bridal centre: www.becauseiloveyoubridal.co.uk