I would like all our readers to meet our beautiful bride Mrs Laura Brown, previously Laura McAlpin. As our “July Bride Of The Month” Laura is sharing her love story with us all.
We have had a fantastic time with the McAlpin clan, and looked forward to our Saturday mornings with them, we were sad to see them go. So we thought we’d cling to them a little while longer by sharing their special day with you all.
Laura met her husband Richard through her job. As colleagues they built up a great friendship and became very close. Eventually this friendship moved forward and formed into a relationship. They had a great time together and after a time Richard moved on to the next chapter of their lives and proposed.
And what a proposal it was ….. Laura’s parents were over for a lovely evening of socialising and enjoying dinner together. After they had eaten Richard surprised them all by getting down on one knee and asking Laura to marry him. She was completely and utterly shocked as she had no idea he was planning on doing it then.
And of course she said YES!! To have such a thoughtful and personal moment shared with the most special people in Laura’s life is incredible. Mr and Mrs McAlpin must have been over the moon.
As Laura lives near to The Old Chapel she would drive past us on a regular basis and after visiting a few other shops she made a appointment to come and meet us. The first look Laura took at her gown on the hanger didn’t convince her instantly. However once that gown was taken off the hanger and she stepped out of the fitting room her opinion changed. That glimpse in the mirror made Laura’s heart skip as she knew it was ‘The One’
Laura’s gown was by Benjamin Roberts and was a gorgeous strapless lace fishtale. She looked every inch the perfect bride. The crystal and dim-ante tiara she wore was by Blossom and had scattered pearls over it to incorporate with her gown. Laura pieced this with a Joyce Jackson Veil that had crystal droplets around the trim. A perfect choice to complete her look. All of which were also supplied by Lisa’s Bridalwear.
Laura’s outfit was finished off with a beautiful pair of Rainbow shoes. Not only did they match perfectly with her gown but they were also comfortable. An added bonus to ensure Mrs Brown stayed on the dance floor all night.
As you can see from the photos Laura looked stunning. I bet you want to know who did her amazing hair style and perfectly applied make up. Well look no further than the bride herself. Laura didn’t want to turn up looking like anyone but the girl Richard had fell in love with. So she decided she should be the one to do this. As I’m sure you will agree she did a great job. Although people doubted her talents at first and gave her an odd look of surprise it all worked out great.
Laura I’m sure your going to get a few requests from your friends for help on their own hair for special occasions now.
Laura pieced her outfit together with a few personal touches of jewellery. The necklace she wore was white gold and was the first Christmas present she had ever received from her husband. She also wore a pair of Tiffany earings and a Pandora bracket with heart charms all of which were gifts from the lovely Richard.
How amazing are these flowers ?
They were by The Orangery based in Kenilworth. Laura loved that they were different to the traditional bridal bouquet. Their was a mixture of Vermeer Calla Lillie’s, vanda orchids, Lilac Roses and Stephanotis.
The Vermeer Calla Lillie’s were also used as centre pieces for the wedding breakfast and sat in single stem vases in dyed purple water.
Now although we all love to talk about what the bride wore and how she looked we must not forget the groom. The handsome Richard was dressed in Ted Baker three piece suits purchased from Moss Bros. As did his ushers, best man and Laura’s Father. As you can see they looked fab. Top hat and tails never fail to flatter. The cravats and pocket squares were supplied by Dessy at Lisa’s Bridalwear and matched the fabric and colour of the maids gowns.
The bridesmaids wore Dessy gowns also supplied by Lisa’s Bridalwear and all looked beautiful. They were chiffon full length strapless gowns in ‘Stormy’
All three of Laura’s Bridesmaids were old school friends and her day would not have been the same without them being a part of it.
The wedding took place on the 6th June 14 At St Phillips church Dorridge.
Followed by a reception at The Stratford Manor Hotel. Where they were served a delicious wedding breakfast of Salmon and Prawn roulade for starter, Braised shin of beef for the main course followed by a desert of Crème Brûlée. Stratford Manor even provided the DJ Graham who was great. He followed Laura’s playlist she provided to him and made sure all genres were covered so everyone attending had something to suit.
The couples first dance was ‘Human Nature’ by Michael Jackson which had great meaning behind it. Laura felt this symbolised them going out in the world as husband and wife and starting their lives together.
All the photography was done by Priory Photography . Whom of which were recommended by Richards sister as they photographed her wedding two years previously.
They are husband and wife who were very friendly and creative and put them totally at ease. Because they were a duo there was two cameras on the go the whole day.
The whole wedding sounds amazing and had some great personal touches to it. Such as the bride and groom that topped the cake which was made by Laura. She’s quite the creative type isn’t she. The table names were destinations of holidays they had been on together with photos of their memories. After the wedding the couple went off to make more memories in Canada where they travelled around to see some breathtaking sites. These included Vancouver, Kamloops, Banf, Toronto , and fishing off Niagra Falls. What a great experience. I am slightly jealous of you right now. All of this was booked through Thompson by Hayes and Jarvis.
When I asked Laura how married life is she responded by saying :
“Married life is the best. I am so proud to be Mrs Brown and I’m excited about our future ahead.”
I also asked Laura what suppliers she would recommend to future brides and here ladies is your tips……..
“The Stratford Manor were all so helpful and accommodating, they could not do enough for us, all the staff worked so hard to ensure our day was exactly as we wanted it.”
“Priory photography were excellent and reasonably priced too. It was really nice to have Debbie and Mark taking pictures. I would recommend them to anyone and definitely use them again for future photography.”
“The Orangery provided me with the most beautiful flowers, so many people commented on them. I loved my bouquet so much I decided not to throw it in the end as I wanted to keep it!”
“Lisa’s Bridal Wear were brilliant. The staff were so friendly and were on hand to offer some great advice to me in relation to bridesmaid dresses and accessories.”
So there we have it, a perfect couple and their perfect love story. Laura and Richard we would like to thank you both for allowing us to not only be involved in your day but also sharing your story with us. Laura you was a perfect bride and looked stunning we will miss your visits.
May you have a long and happy marriage together we wish you all the best from all the ladies here at Lisa’s Bridalwear. Xxxxxxxx