Laura & Carl’s Real Wedding

Laura and Carl tied the knot in a beautiful celebration at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. Their day was filled with vibrant blue and yellow details which complemented their travel theme!

Laura and Carl tied the knot in a beautiful celebration at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. Their day was filled with vibrant blue and yellow details which complemented their travel theme!


Laura and Carl’s Stunning Vineyard Wedding

Laura and Carl’s love story began after they met in an Irish bar in 2009, both of them slightly worse for wear! Nevertheless they couldn’t deny their connection and their relationship blossomed.

After five years of being together, Laura was swept off her feet with an unexpected proposal. It all began in February 2014 when Laura unfortunately suffered from Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

The illness gave Laura’s confidence a huge knock and she was forced to take a six week sabbatical from work while she recovered.

The weekend before she was due to go back to work, Carl suggested that they go for dinner at the restaurant where they originally had their first date – so it would help settle her nerves before returning to work.

After a lovely meal, Carl took Laura on a scenic walk back to the car. Whilst walking along the river front, he suddenly enveloped Laura in a hug and told her how proud he was of her and how much he loved her.

Laura gave him a kiss and started to carry on walking. After realising that Carl wasn’t beside her, she turned around to see him down on one knee holding out a beautiful white gold princess cut ring!

She was totally speechless and tears of joy were pouring down her face – but in between the tears, she managed to say yes!

The happy couple wed in September 2015 and had the day of their dreams at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. It was a day perfectly suited to their personalities: relaxed, vibrant and fun.


A House of Mooshki Wedding Dress

Laura knew she wanted to wear a tea length dress on her wedding day. She also loved the designs from bridalwear designers House of Mooshki, so she went on a search to find boutiques that stocked the label.

Laura searched far and wide to find her perfect dress and she eventually found ‘the one’ in the Cutting Edge Brides boutique in Bexley, London. The two and a half hour train journey was so worth it!

After trying on seven or eight dresses overall, Laura settled on a beautiful tea length House of Mooshki dress that had lace sleeves and a pretty illusion back – she looked amazing in it!

Laura chose not to have a veil so that the back of her dress was shown off to perfection. Instead, she teamed it with some sparkling diamond earrings and a bracelet which was bought for her by Carl.

Carl’s mother bought Laura some stunning Jenny Packham shoes for the ceremony. The beautiful bride also had a blue belt and shoes on standby for the evening party, so that she could easily transform her look.

Make up artist Carrie Jessup gave Laura a natural make up look for her wedding day, apart from the eyes which were given a bold, defined look.

As Laura normally wears pared down make up on a day to day basis, she wanted something a bit different for her big day.

Laura’s pretty updo was styled by hairdresser Lynda Glanfield. Again, she chose this kind of style as it was something different but also because it allowed the back of her dress to shine through.


Beautiful Blue Wedding Details

Laura and Carl opted for an eye catching blue and yellow colour scheme for their big day, to complement their travel themed décor.

Laura’s bridal party wore stunning cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses from BHS, which had multiway straps so they could all be styled differently.

Laura felt that because all her maid had different styles, they would appreciate being able to customise their dresses.

The maid of honour was Laura’s university friend Vicky and the other two bridesmaids were her school friends of 18 years, Claire and Jacqui.

As for Laura’s handsome groom Carl, he opted for a blue Ted Baker suit with a yellow tie and sunflower corsage to highlight the sunny colour scheme.

The groomsmen and Laura’s dad all wore grey suits which went well with Carl’s blue outfit.


The Perfect Civil Ceremony

Once everyone was ready to go, a blue Royale Windsor from Abbey Rolls Hire picked Laura’s mum and bridesmaids up to take them to the venue. Then it came back to pick up the bride and her dad – who liked that the car gave a traditional feel to the day.

Laura and Carl chose to tie the knot in a civil service at their venue, Denbies Wine Estate, as they felt that this was more suited to them.

After an initial mix up with the music, Laura eventually walked down the aisle with her dad to Ella Henderson’s ‘Yours’.

Even though she and her bridesmaids were puzzled over the music mix up, Laura felt that Ella Henderson’s track was still a beautiful song to walk down the aisle to.

After some heartfelt readings from Laura’s mum and her boss, it was then time for the couple to sign the register.

There was a funny moment where, during this part, Laura initially went to sit down in the wrong chair and it almost looked like she was heading for the nearest exit!

The couple then got to swap their elegant wedding bands which were both from Goldsmiths. Finally, they could say they were husband and wife!


A Rustic Vineyard Venue

The wedding venue, Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, was the ideal choice for the couple as it was slightly different and had an abundance of space and photo opportunities.

Although to begin with it was the couples ‘wildcard’ when they were first searching for venues, they immediately fell in love with the picturesque acres of land and the ambience of the wine estate.

The vineyard itself was Laura and Carl’s favourite thing about their venue. They married in September so the weather was perfect and the vines were in full bloom, which made the land look very green.

When some of the guests went for a wander around the estate’s land, they even commented that they felt like they were in France or Italy!

The wedding party sat down in the glass, pyramid shaped conservatory to enjoy the delicious three course meal.

The feast consisted of ham and chicken terrine, salad, roast lamb, seasonal vegetables and salmon. There was even chocolate tart with raspberry coulis for dessert!

Laura and Carl were full of praise for the venue’s wedding co-ordinator who assisted them in the planning for their celebration, as well as the staff who were there to help on the actual day.


Travel Themed Reception Details

The smitten couple opted for a travel theme as the focus for their reception décor, as they wanted to highlight all the holidays they’ve enjoyed together.

Laura and Carl gave their guests a glimpse of the theme from the very beginning by sending out luggage tag style invitations, made by Aarlotte Designs. Little keys and locks on ribbons were added to the invite as well as a passport inspired wedding stamp.

At the reception, all the tables were named after various destinations that the couple had travelled to and each favour was tailored to the table the guests were sat at.

There were mini Buddha statue favours for the Thailand table, argon oil candles for the Marrakech table and chocolate cigar favours for the Cuba table to name but a few!

The creative table centrepieces were made up of suitcases, globes and map covered books.

Even the wedding cake followed the theme! The three tiered treat was made by Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery and consisted of two red velvet tiers and a lemon sponge one.

Passport stamps and the couple’s wedding stamp were printed onto the white icing to give a personal touch. The cute cake toppers even held mini maps and suitcases!


Vibrant Blue and Yellow Flowers

The flowers at the wedding were absolutely gorgeous, not to mention eye catching as they followed the colourful blue and yellow colour scheme.

The floral arrangement for the top reception table, which was also used in the ceremony, had a wonderful summery feel thanks to the addition of large sunflowers.

The other tables at the reception were also decorated with sunflowers, which were creatively displayed in milk bottles alongside delphiniums.

For a beautifully rustic touch, sunflowers and ivy were wrapped around the venue’s courtyard pavilions.

All the flowers of course had to match Laura’s bridal bouquet, which was a handtied, natural looking posy of yellow sunflowers and blue delphiniums.

The pretty flowers were all arranged by florist company Eden Belles in East Horsley.


Carl and Laura’s Happily Ever After

Carl and Laura knew that they’d want a live band at their wedding, as they always go and watch bands play at their favourite local pub. They also felt that it would give the atmosphere more a real party vibe.

The band certainly managed to pull this off and got everyone making shapes on the dance floor.

There was even a dance off between the couple’s parents which got Laura’s grandfather involved too – this went down a treat!

Of course, an exotic destination was on the agenda for the honeymoon seeing as the wedding was themed around travel.

Carl and Laura planned a wonderful trip that took them to Dubai, Australia and Fiji.

Laura couldn’t even put into words how fantastic their first adventure as a married couple was, so she just used one word – amazing!


Carl & Laura’s supplier list
Venue by: Denbies Wine Estate
Photography by: Hayley Rose Photography
Bridalwear Shop by: Cutting Edge Brides
Beauty, Hair & Make Up by: CLJ Makeup
Cars and Travel by: Abbey Rolls Hire
Stationery by: Aarlotte Designs
Cakes by: Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery
Florist by: Eden Belles