Home Real weddings Spring weddings Real wedding: whimsical fun and high fashion in Yorkshire return to landing page 17 of 30 Laura and Nic: the proposal After 10 years of dating, Laura had no idea a proposal was imminent when Nic dropped to one knee at a restaurant in Primrose Hill. (He had originally planned to do it in the park, but a fluke snow storm meant he had to improvise!) "I was completely shocked," Laura admits. "He had always given me the impression he wasn't keen on marriage. In fact, my first words were, 'Are you serious?!' followed by 'Are you sure?!'"Photography by Albert Palmer Laura and Nic: the wedding dress Fabulous fashion is part of Laura’s day job (she’s a stylist and columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine), so there was no doubt she’d make a serious statement with her wedding gown. "I wanted to combine romance, glamour, vintage elegance and a little bit of drama," she explains of her vision, which designer Angelina Colarusso brought to life with a bespoke silk and tulle creation. "In my hair, I wore handmade silk flowers and a two-piece veil – one short section across my face, and a long second bit that clipped on top and hung asymmetrically along my train." Laura and Nic: wedding shoes Laura's shoes came from the Christian Louboutin bridal range. Laura and Nic: the bouquet Laura's elegant hand-tied bouquet, created by Where Angels Play, contained a mix of neutral and blush pink Bombastic roses, Sweet Avalanche roses, astilbe, peony roses and astrantia. "The stems were bound in a piece of my bridal dress fabric and finished with a vintage brooch that belonged to my grandmother," she says. Laura an Nic: the stationery The couple chose bespoke stationery featuring their very own cameo. Laura and Nic: the ceremony The big day began with a ceremony at St John Fisher Chapel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Laura and Nic: the ceremony The stunning couple beamed during their confetti exit. Best memories from the day? "For me, it was reaching the top of the aisle and seeing Nic for the first time," Laura says. Unsurprisingly, that was the groom's favourite moment too! (He wore a bespoke three-piece suit from Jack Bunneys. Laura and Nic: the transport Guests travelled in style from church to reception in rare vintage coaches. Laura and Nic: the transport "We had three different coaches, and they were all immaculate," Laura says. Laura and Nic: entertainment What better way to arrive at the reception venue than to be greeted by a fabulous band? The couple booked the New York Brass Band to get everyone in the party mood. Laura and Nic: the venue "Swarcliffe Hall in North Yorkshire isn't a typical wedding venue," Laura says. "They only hold one or two events there each year by special permission, which appealed to us. We had the scope to make the venue exactly what we wanted, and it had magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales." Laura and Nic: the reception "We were inspired by lots of different things – places, eras, people, other weddings," Laura says. "We knew we wanted an elegant and sophisticated vintage vibe with a touch of Hollywood glamour." Laura and Nic: the reception Pimm's was served during the cocktail hour with pretty, retro-vibe pom pom toppers. Laura and Nic: the reception To evoke a timeless mood inside the marquee, the couple chose nude tones with hints of pink and blue. Laura and Nic: the reception Chic chair backs marked the VIP couple's special seats. Laura and Nic: the reception Paper napkin rings by The Pom Pom Factory doubled as quirky corsages and buttonholes for the whole wedding party. Laura and Nic: the reception Guests placed cards and gifts in a wicker basket decorated with bunting. Laura and Nic: the reception "We had lots of personal touches on the day, from posters that were a blown up version of our invite to a 6ft photo frame backdrop and crates that said 'Mr and Mrs N Forster," Laura says. Laura and Nic: the reception No vintage-inspired wedding would be complete without a sweetie bar! Laura and Nic: the flowers Throughout the venue, they combined old-time touches and custom-made details with a garden’s worth of fresh roses, peonies and hydrangeas. Laura and Nic: the flowers Tables were topped with map-covered books, champagne corks hand-tied with ‘Just Married’ tags and ceiling-skimming candelabra dripping with crystals. Laura and Nic: the flowers "Our florist, Kirstie North of Where Angels Play, did an amazing job," Laura says. Laura and Nic: the table plan The table plan was designed to match the couple's stationery by Hello!Lucky. Laura and Nic: the table names Keeping with the fashion-loving theme, Sex and the City's Carrie and Big inspired one of the table names. Laura and Nic: the bridesmaids' dresses Laura's best girls wore made to measure dresses by Gorgeous Couture. "I wanted them all in long navy blue dresses but each one to be slightly different to reflect their individual body shapes and personalities," Laura says. Laura and Nic: the bridesmaids As a sweet touch, the girls had special tote bags on the day. Laura and Nic: the cake Nic's Aunt Sandra made the wedding cake herself – it measured 4 feet tall! Laura and Nic: the cake The vintage bride and groom cake topper was sourced specially from America. Laura and Nic: magic moments The couple created a unique "Love Seat", which became an amazing backdrop for photos – a super-personal touch for a super-personal event. “My cousin said the wedding was ‘like stepping into Laura and Nic’s world for the day’,” the bride recalls, “and that’s exactly what we wanted!”A vintage mood board full of wedding inspirationTop 10 vintage wedding venuesVintage-inspired wedding dresses More wedding ideas 19 Alternative Wedding Readings for Non-Traditional Couples The best summer wedding lawn games 11 Beautiful Bridal Shower Ideas You'll Want To Steal Real Wedding: A colourful winter wedding in South Africa Share on Pinterest Email to a friend Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus Tags: real wedding,venues,spring weddings,vintage,wedding dresses Comments Oops – nothing in this comment! Sorry, we couldn't post your comment right now. Can you try again later?