It began with a dance floor romance for SW Bride Lauren and her new husband Tom, who met through Lauren’s sister, Kirsty. The couple later crossed paths again on a night out dancing and sparks flew instantly.
Whilst in London on holiday, Tom and Lauren met with his parents for a day of sightseeing. Lauren, and Tom’s mother Lynne, went to Harrods for High Tea, and unbeknownst to the ladies, Tom and his father Michael dashed around London to collect the ring he had designed for her. After meeting at Big Ben, suspicious behaviour ensued before Tom was able to persuade Lauren to take a private walk along the historic river Thames. As the sun spectacularly set behind them on the sparkling water, Tom proposed.
The couple’s timelessly elegant wedding ceremony took place in Newcastle, at a deconsecrated church on Watt Street. The church features stunning timber floorboards, and solid timber pews against exposed brick. The couple used clusters of candles as decorations at the end of the pews, and lined a tabletop with candles as the backdrop for their nuptials. Keeping with the timber theme, the reception followed at Longworth House, featuring exposed timber beams and graceful chandelier lighting. The room was fractured into three very long tables, which seated the 110 guests, including the bridal party situated in the centre.
Lauren, who is an Event Manager, chose to dress the tables in white linen and vases filled with open white roses and lush greenery, and enhanced the look with inequally sized thick pillar candles which were provided to her by Abby from Love and Protect. Tom’s parents helped the couple to create handmade black and white chevron patterned placemats and personalised menus to feature atop the tables.
Lauren credits much of her wedding inspiration to the SW Wedding Journal, and wore the SW Pearl River Grand Earrings on her wedding day. Her gown was an exquisite couture piece by Melanie Ford, featuring luxurious French lace sleeves and a scalloped open back with delicate button detailing. Lauren wanted her makeup to softly enhance her features, so she went for a fresh, flawless look with warm neutral tones and luminous finishes. Her blonde locks were curled ever so slightly and framed her face beautifully. Lauren held a bouquet of long stemmed fresh white roses, and chose the same for her bridesmaids, who wore their signature Bohemian Bardot Rings in PawPaw and Gold, to perfection.
Lauren credits her favourite memory of the day to the moment she and her new husband walked down the aisle as husband and wife, with all of their friends and family smiling, clapping and congratulating them.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Justin Aaron
CAKE: Hello Naomi
MUA: Illona Kish
BRIDE'S DRESS: Melanie Ford
BRIDES/BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Tony Bianco
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Witchery
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Jeff Banks/ Mr Shirts
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Samantha Wills
HAIR: Casey at Grazia Hair
FLORIST: Blooms on Darby
WEDDING VENUE/CATERING: Longworth House
CELEBRANT: Katie Porritt
ENTERTAINMENT: Master Blaster
HONEMOON DESTINATION: Hawaii – The Westin Maui