LAURA AND RICHARD
Est: May 14, 2016
British natives, Laura and Richard tied the knot on May 14, 2016. Their style, attention to detail, and choice of venues are positively superb. Laura and Rich embraced their heritage and made a point to make their personal preferences as a couple a priority on their wedding day. Laura, a former chef, and Rich, who is part of the entertainment industry provided the finest tasting food and entertainment at their wedding. Their wedding ceremony was timeless, elegant, romantic and playful, followed by a beautifully rustic and stylish wedding reception. What more could a couple wish for on such an important day? Their wedding photographer, Tarik from Photography by Tarik did an incredible job capturing the details and sweet moments of this absolute must-see idyllic British wedding. Thank you for sharing!
GETTING READY TO SAY ‘I DO!’
The bride and groom, along with their maids and men got ready at Laura and Richard’s picturesque home.
“On the morning of the wedding, I was remarkably calm. The sun shone and shortly after I woke my Bridesmaids (Lauren, Charlotte, Lucie, Rebecca and Niamh) and my Mum were with me, drinking prosecco and having our hair fixed into place. The morning went by in a flash and before I knew it my Dad was at the door and the car had arrived to take me to the church. After some photos in the grounds of our new home, we were on our way.”
~ The Bride
The Bride stayed true to tradition carrying ‘Something Old’ – her Grandmother’s ring, ‘Something New’ – her wedding dress, ‘Something Borrowed’ – a lace handkerchief from her Mother, and ‘Something Blue’ – the bow on her garter from her Sister-in-Law. She also gave her new groom an exquisite engraved gold pocket watch that he sported for the remainder of the day.
As tradition would have it, for Laura and Richard were married in the beautiful St. Giles Church that they attend in their local parish in Essex, England. This is the kind of church that many brides would deem idyllic for the perfect British wedding. It boasts of medieval architecture and stained glass windows surrounded by a lush green churchyard with an iron gate.
The bride made her way down the aisle to “Yours” by Ella Henderson while flaunting a stunning trumpet style lace wedding gown with capped sleeves. Her bridal bouquet consisted of blush pink, white and yellow roses adorned with babies breath to compliment the soft pink and gold theme.
“The service was perfect. Friends and family witnessed us say our vows and we sang hymns followed by readings and then the signing of the register witnessed by our mums. We left the church through a confetti arch and headed to the venue.”
~ The Bride
Richard and Laura made their grand exit to the traditional wedding bell march and the crowd cheering as they ran under a sea of flying confetti. Arrangements were made for the wedding guests to be taken to the reception site, Old Brook Barn.
Old Brook Barn is a beautiful venue located in the village of Navestock, that will take you back in time. Old Brook Barn is known as one of Essex’s most enticing boutique wedding venues, and makes for gorgeous and very romantic wedding photos. The wedding venue is not only stunning, it also gives its guests the luxury of a barn setting, with all the indoor conveniences.
True to the bride and groom’s style, this was one well dressed wedding party. The bridesmaids wore long, classy, blush pink bridesmaid dresses with capped sleeves to compliment the bride’s gown. The groom and his men were handsomely on-point with their attire wearing navy blue with gray and blue check vests and ties to match the bride and her girls. Don’t dismiss their dashing pocket-squares. These groomsmen pulled them off fabulously.
“Is there a story behind where you chose your wedding venue?” ~ With This Ring Designs
“The reception venue chose us. We always knew we wanted a barn but from the second I walked up to the venue we knew that was the one for us! We also liked the fact that it was a fairly new venue which meant that our friends and family hadn’t heard of it before our wedding, so it was a nice surprise on the day.
As we approached, we heard the steel band playing on the lawn and were greeted with prosecco, pimms, and canapés on arrival. After photos and drinks with our guests, we headed into the barn for our first meal as husband and wife. The food was delicious and we listened to the swing singer as we ate and then on to the speeches, including lots of laughs for the best man (Nat).”
~ The Bride
The wedding reception was held in the venue’s designated ‘Wedding Barn’. Tall gold centerpieces with spring colored roses filed the room, along with sprinkled rose petals creating a romantic and airy ambience in the space. Floral vines were strategically wrapped around the rustic wooden poles to soften the atmosphere. Laura and Richard did a fantastic job in making their wedding guests feel welcomed and appreciated, but also let them know that they expected their full participation in dancing the night away to celebrate their nuptials. The couple conveyed their wedding day wishes with charming signage throughout the reception.
Laura did an amazing job creating their quaint blush and gold wedding favors filled with sweet treats. The couple chose a delectable vintage wedding cake that went along perfectly with their theme of timeless elegance and included lace borders similar to the bride’s wedding gown.
Since entertainment was of great importance to Laura and Richard on their wedding day, they hired a swing singer, Stephen Glithero to serenade them during their first meal as husband and wife. After the incredible meal, speeches, and toasts, the newlyweds, along with their guests danced the night away to the band, Rollercoaster.
“Our first dance was to “Latch” by Sam Smith and despite neither of us being great dancers, we managed to pull it off. Shortly after, our guests joined us on the dance floor as the band played new and old classics with some Celtic tunes accompanied by the fiddle. At the end of the night, our guests were on the coach ready to leave and we reflected on the day we’d had. It was everything we’d hoped for.”
~ The Bride
Ceremony Site: St Giles Church
Reception Site: Old Brook Barn
Photography: Photography by Tarik
Wedding Dress: Mia Sposa
Hair Stylist: Wedding Hair Boutique
Men’s Suits : The Groom’s Room
Transportation: Cars Driven
Wedding Cake: Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company
Steel Band: Sussex Steel
Swing Singer: Stephen Glithero
Lighting Vendor: Love Light
Lets give a big thanks to Laura and Richard for giving us a peek into their world and incredible wedding to swoon over! We hope you thoroughly enjoyed perusing through the images of this captivating wedding. If you are in the London area and in need of a photographer, be sure to reach out to Photography by Tarik. As you can see, he will indeed capture all of the finest moments of your wedding day. Leave a comment if this wedding has made an impact on your wedding planning inspiration, and give a shout out to the vendors listed if you admire their work.