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Sweets for My Sweet

Laura and Michael chose candy jars and ice-cream shades for a celebration full of vintage touches

Laura & Michael – The Love Story

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They already lived just around the corner from each other in Windsor, but it was only when Laura, 25, was on a girly weekend in Bournemouth, and Michael, 27, was there on an army training course, that their paths crossed. “Within minutes, we were talking,” says Laura. “And we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

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Photography by Segerius Bruce Photography

Laura & Michael – Popping the Question

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Just over a year later, the couple were on holiday in Australia when Laura saw the perfect ring. “It was kind of an unsaid understanding – we both knew we’d get engaged there,” she says, “so when I saw the ring I dropped some major hints.” Michael got the message, and sent his own, by writing his proposal in the sand on Bondi Beach.

Laura & Michael – All About the Dress

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“I always knew my dress had to be very classic,” says Laura, “traditional, but with an edge and lots of heavy vintage lace.” And that’s just what she got in her off-the-shoulder satin and French lace gown by designer Emma Hunt. Her veil and the rose in her hair were by Emma too – made in the same lace as her dress – and she accessorised with drop pearl and diamanté earrings and skyscraper Jimmy Choos. “I had to look a bit taller next to Michael,” she says. “He’s six foot four!”

Laura & Michael – Suits You

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Michael waited at the altar at St. Andrew’s Church, Wraysbury in a black suit hired from Moss Bros, while Laura’s bridesmaids walked her down the aisle in strapless, sashed dresses in different ice-cream shades which were the basis for the day’s perfectly pretty colour scheme.

Laura & Michael – The Personal Touch

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After their traditional ceremony, the guests headed to private house The Grange, Wraysbury for the reception. “It was just perfect, right beside our quaint little church,” Laura says. “Not only could we invite as many guests as we wanted, we could have our own caterers, a free bar and complete control over the style of the wedding, with the marquee as our blank canvas.”

Laura & Michael – The Look

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Laura and Michael chose a vintage-chic theme; tables were laid with classic tea cups, glassware, and water jugs on lace tablecloths. Bundles of country-garden flowers looked fresh and pretty, while paper roses trimmed the edges of the marquee. “To keep it fun, we filled glassware with pastel sweets,” Laura says, “including Love Hearts, my number one favourites.”

Laura & Michael – A Slice of Happiness

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Table names were inspired by pastels and sweets too – think sherbet pink and lemon drops – and each guest found a shortbread heart favour at their place, hand-baked by Laura’s mum: cake decorator Debbie Brown. “My mother made our cake too. I fell in love with it when she made it for her book Dream Wedding Cakes. It was customised with sugar roses and sparkling diamanté.”

Laura & Michael – The Food of Love

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Guests were also served canapés on the lawn, followed by retro-packaged fish and chips and an array of puddings: from freshly made doughnuts and cupcakes to ice-cream from a trike. “Later that evening we had a hog-roast buffet,” Laura adds. “We wanted the food to be really relaxed.”

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Laura & Michael – A Magical Night

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The entertainment included a silhouette artist, cartoonist and magician, and live music by The Top Hat Band, who got the party started with pop and rock floor-fillers. “They created an amazing electric atmosphere!” Laura says. “And we chose Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton for our first dance. It’s a classic song with lovely words that will remind us of our day forever.”

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Photography by Segerius Bruce Photography