How it all began
What they wanted for their wedding day
Brian and Laura wanted an informal, flexible, beautiful space that would let them bring their own alcohol. “I am a food and drink journalist, so this was important to me, and we also wanted a place that would let the party run later than the usual 11pm curfew.” – the bride shared.
Also, another thing the couple required was that their chosen spot could be a place where family and friends could stay for the weekend. In the end, West Lexham ticked all of those boxes, providing a magical setting for everyone to explore.
The theme for the weekend would be travelling and their favourite holidays to add the personal touch to it.
They agreed on loads of colour based around the Mexican papel picado flags from their amazing vacation to Mexico 3 years before.
The decor was DIY with a lot of help from Laura’s mum, who is really crafty and went decoration crazy, making their bright table runners by sourcing doilies through Freegle, dying them and sewing them together. She also made the amazing gigantic L&B piñatas, and decorated the tiles that they placed the candles on.
Laura became ill during that summer, and since she couldn’t really go out, she made use of it and folded all the origami place cards for the tables! Now that is being productive!
“Because we had such an explosion of colour in the barn (the evening venue), I decided that I wanted to counterbalance this with simple white hydrangea arrangements on the tables, but with brighter, more rustic arrangements around the edges of the room and in the village hall, incorporating sunflowers, snapdragons, dahlias and more. My Aunty Sue and other relative Den are both brilliant flower arrangers, so I left them in charge of all these. As for the bouquets and buttonholes, I found a cool company called Pick A Lily in Norwich, and requested white arrangements for everyone, apart from my bouquet.”
When talking about their outfits and accessories, Laura shared that a friend of hers had been to try dresses on Fur Coat No Knickers and that the girls who worked there were a lot of fun. She decided to visit them and felt like it was a work of faith, since the dresses were actually named after cocktails!
“I eventually plumped for this beautiful gold/champagne‐coloured number, with ivory satin overlaid by stunning gold lace on the bodice and gold tulle on the skirt. Neither mum nor I had ever really seen me as a white dress sort of girl, and this was a perfect compromise between tradition and self‐expression. The FCNK original design for this dress is tea length, but when I came to try it on as a full‐length gown at one fitting, there was no question that I’d be keeping it long.
As for accessories, I had a very simple veil, and low, simple Rachel Simpson shoes that were in keeping with the feel of the dress. To top it all off, I wore the gold locket that my Granddad gave to my Grandma on their wedding day in 1946.
Brian wore a custom‐made suit from The Cad and The Dandy in a dark blue/green cloth that complemented his eyes, and a fabulous gold and blue tie. His shoes were some lovely tan‐coloured Grenson brogues which offset the gold in his tie. He didn’t know about the shade of my dress, and landed upon his golden accents all on his own. Clever thing.”
The very best memories from the day
The couple shared that it took a while to plan their ceremony. They wanted something special and emotional and decided that a celebrant would be the best idea.
“She told our story, and we chose readings that were pertinent to our feelings for each other, but which also conveyed our joy at being alive and at the wonders of the world. We chose the lyrics of Nick Cave’s Into My Arms, and an extract from Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass (‘every atom of you and every atom of me…’). Both readings brought me close to tears, and we had lots of our guests come up after and tell us how much one or both of the readings actually meant to them too, which was lovely.
We chose Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World for everyone to sing, accompanied by our friend Melissa Reiner on violin. Unfortunately it’s quite a difficult register for most people, so everyone’s singing actually sounded quite terrible, but in a really hilarious way! Despite this, we really enjoyed the group aspect of everyone joining together in such a celebratory song, and everyone looked so happy while they were singing.
Finally, we’d also decided to have a quaich ceremony, where our dads poured two different whiskies into the same cup to symbolise the union of our families, and from which Brian and I drank. As Brian’s Scottish, we wanted to give a nod to his heritage, and when we met we bonded over a love of whisky (amongst many other things), so why not?! Our mums had witnessed our legal marriage in a registry office beforehand, so this was our way of including the dads in something.”
When choosing a photographer
Working in publishing, Laura places an awful lot of importance on visuals and photography.
She stumbled across Laura’s work while she was browsing a few wedding blogs, and as soon as she saw L’s pictures, she knew that she was the photographer for them. “I love the fun, personality and sheer joy that she manages to capture in her photos.
We found it very easy to work with Laura and Pete, she indulged in our whimsical ideas, and even had a few of her own, so we had a lot of fun having them both there with us on the day.”
Words of wisdom to our rebel brides
When asked if she would change anything from the day, Laura said no.
“As for advice… if something doesn’t quite turn out as you’d imagined it would on the day, don’t sweat it – your guests won’t notice, as they’re more than likely not familiar with the minutiae of your wedding.
Get people involved! The more the merrier, guests love to feel they’re playing a part.
If yours is an outdoor venue, have two plans: one for good weather, and one for bad weather. We actually planned for three different scenarios!”
Thank you Laura, Brian and Babb! We love everything about this wedding!
Full gallery bellow!
Photographer: Laura Babb from Babb Photo | Outfits: Fur Coat No Knickers, Cad and the Dandy | Shoes: Rachel Simpson, Grenson | Veil: FCNK | Florist: Aunty Sue and Den! Bouquets and buttonholes: Pick a Lily Flowers | Venue: West Lexham | Decor/styling: mum and I! | Cheese cake: The Courtyard Dairy | Caterer: Florentina | Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal | Entertainment: The Milestones, Doolally Tap
Hoje partilhamos orgulhosamente convosco mais um casamento saído das mãos da talentosa fotógrafa Laura Babb. O casamento da Laura e do Brian aconteceu em Lexham, no Reino Unido, e o que estão prestes a ver é uma montanha russa de emoções, cor e muito amor. Tudo neste post nos inspira, e acreditamos que a vocês também!
Como tudo começou
O que eles queriam para o dia do casamento.
“Eventualmente apaixonei-me por um lindo vestido cor de champagne, com detalhes de seda cor de marfim, uma cintura de renda e saia de tule. Nem eu nem a minha mãe imaginávamos ver-me de branco, por isso esta solução acabou por ser um bom compromisso entre aquilo que eu gosto e o “estilo noiva” que eu também queria ter. O vestido original que eu escolhi tinha a saia comprida para ser cortada num estilo mais vintage segundo o tamanho da noiva que o escolhesse, e ainda bem que assim o foi, porque na verdade decidi deixá-lo comprido.
Quanto aos acessórios, eu levei um véu muito simples e uns sapatos Rachel Simpson que se enquadravam perfeitamente no feeling vestido. A cereja no topo do bolo foi o medalhão que levei ao pescoço, que o meu avô deu à minha avó no dia do casamento dos dois em 1946.
O Brian levou um fato feito à medida da The Cad and The Dandy em azul/verde escuro que lhe salientavam ainda mais a cor dos olhos e uma fabulosa gravata dourada e azul. Os sapatos dele eram lindos, e faziam conjunto com a gravata. Ele desconhecia completamente os tons do meu vestido, mas acertou em cheio!”
As melhores memórias do dia
A escolha do fotógrafo foi levada muito a sério
Como trabalha com revistas e publicações no geral, a Laura sempre deu uma grande importância ao aspecto visual e à fotografia.
Ela encontrou o trabalho da Laura Babb na internet enquanto procurava o seu fotógrafo perfeito, e assim que viu o que a L fazia, foi paixão imediata. “Eu adorei a personalidade divertida e alegria contagiante da Laura e do Pete. Adorei também a mesma energia que ela coloca na forma como faz o seu trabalho. Foi muito fácil trabalhar com eles, e as ideias que nos deram foram sempre muito bem-vindas. Para nós foi maravilhoso poder contar com eles, a Laura e o marido, no nosso dia”.
Palavras de sabedoria para as nossas noivas rebel
Quando foi feita a pergunta de se se arrependia de alguma coisa no dia do casamento, a Laura respondeu logo que não.
“Como conselho… se algo acaba por não ser exactamente o que imaginaram, não se stressem muito com isso. Os vossos convidados não sabem, não vão notar e a maioria nem conhece o alinhamento do vosso casamento.
Involvam as pessoas, quantas mais melhor, e na verdade, os convidados adoram sentir que fizeram parte de pequenas coisas do vosso dia especial.
Se estiverem a preparar uma cerimónia na rua tenham um plano para bom tempo e mau tempo sempre! Nós na verdade estávamos preparados para três cenários possíveis!”
Obrigada Laura, Brian e Babb! Adoramos tudo no vosso casamento!
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