Russell and Laura held their September wedding at
Burley Manor in Ringwood, in the New Forest, hosting a laid-back day with gorgeous homemade touches included a DIY card box and handmade wedding favours.
Laura eschewed traditional white gowns, instead opting for a subtle blush
pink wedding dress, by Rebecca Ingram, purchased from Chameleon Bridal in Bournemouth.
The unruly wedding flowers, by
Jo Hicks Flowers added a relaxed feel to the day, as did the mismatched grey bridesmaid dresses that Laura’s bridal party wore.
Laura and Russell hired
Jessica Hayman Photography to document their day, due to her relaxed and natural style of photography. “When we met her we instantly got on and knew she was the photographer for us,” says Laura.
Russell and Laura held their wedding at Burley Manor Hotel in the New Forest. “I’d always wanted to get married in a barn, but most barn wedding venues don’t have accommodation, so when we found Burley Manor it was an absolute godsend as it had rooms the bridal party could stay in before the wedding, and everyone else after the wedding,” said Laura.
The couple went for a rustic feel for their day, with lots of handmade touches, including the order of the day which was made from a wood pallet that Russell put together, before a friend painted the schedule for the day onto it.
The card box was also hand crafted by Russell.
Laura’s Grandad got involved too, with him and Laura creating jam from local strawberries to go with the wedding afternoon tea.
The table plan was affixed to a glamorous mirror for a luxurious addition to the day.
Rather than a white wedding dress, Laura wore a beautiful blush pink a-line wedding dress by Rebecca Ingram, with an illusion sweetheart neckline and an ivory lace overlay.
The bridesmaids wore mismatched bridesmaid dresses from Romsey Bridal Boutique, in a combination of one shoulder bridesmaid dresses and high-necked bridesmaid dresses.
Laura’s bridal bouquet stole the show; created by Jo Hicks flowers, it comprised of malaya gem spray roses, white o’hara roses, amnesia roses, ammi, thistle and eucalyptus.
The bouquet was tied together with a blush pink ribbon for an extra special touch.
The wedding cake was made my Laura’s aunt Sandra. “It was a light fruit cake on the bottom and a Victoria sponge on the upper layers, covered with white and pink icing,” explains Laura. “All three layers had lace and & a pink ribbon tied around them.” We love the personalised cake topper added to the top layer.
When asked what advice they’d give to other couples getting married, Laura said: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. The people who mean most will be there, no matter the distance.”