A Little Bit of Vintage Heritage – A Real Wedding – Laura & Jonathan

Laura & Jonathan tied the knot on 11th August 2012 in Plymouth, Devon.

I was lucky enough to be very much involved with their special day as I am the venue coordinator for the venue they chose for their reception, Devonport Guildhall. 

I wanted to feature their beautiful wedding on the blog and their photographs were taken by the hugely talented Emma Solley. Emma is the most wonderful photographer; she understand her clients, has the talent to spot lovely photographic opportunities, and captured Laura & Jonathan’s day perfectly. You can find more details on her website – http://www.emmasolley.com and all the photographs featured in this post were taken by Emma.

The couple got engaged in Brighton at the end of August 2011, and they started planning their wedding straight away. The wedding was styled beautifully and has a real vintage vibe. A lot of their choices on the way the day ran, and where it took place are linked directly to their family history and heritage.

Laura’s wedding dress is by Sassi Holford and has a classic sweet heart neckline and was a strapless design. Her veil is by the same designer and I think the style suits her beautifully.

Wedding Dress by Sassi Holford

Wedding Dress by Sassi Holford

Shoes by Dune at House of Fraser

Shoes by Dune at House of Fraser

Beautiful Vintage Bag for the Bride

Beautiful Vintage Bag for the Bride

Beautiful Bride to be

Beautiful Bride to be

Bridesmaid Dresses from Monsoon

Bridesmaid Dresses from Monsoon

Little Personalised Touches

Little Personalised Touches – Very Vintage

Vintage Styling

Vintage Styling

The couple decided to use H Watts Florist, who are based in Plymouth. We’ve worked with Hannah and the team before, and had no doubt how beautiful the flowers would be, but even we were overwhelmed. The bouquets were just lovely, and you’ll see more flowers at the reception venue later in the post.

Flowers by H Watts Florist

Flowers by H Watts Florist

Beautiful Bouquets by H Watts Florist

Beautiful Bouquets by H Watts Florist

The boys suits were by Ted Baker, and their fabulous ties and hankies were made by a family friend. Jonathan (middle) looked great on the day, and very excited about the imminent ceremony! His brother Nick (right) is clearly very proud and is holding the personalised orders of service, made by MyKreative.

Men's Suits by Ted Baker

Men’s Suits by Ted Baker

Personalised Order of Service by Mike Holden of MyKreative

Personalised Order of Service by Mike Holden of MyKreative

The ceremony took place at the Methodist Central Hall, which is situated in the centre of the City of Plymouth. There’s a real story behind this choice –

“We chose Methodist Central Hall as our church because Jonathan’s Grandpa Merfyn Temple was one of the students from Richmond College who visited Plymouth during the war and ended up throwing incendiary bombs off the roof! It seemed even more fitting that we married there after Merfyn passed away in January this year, as Jonathan was so close to him and we felt it was a fitting tribute. It’s also the church where my school has its carol service.”

Ceremony Location - Methodist Central Hall - Plymouth

Ceremony Location – Methodist Central Hall – Plymouth

Blushing Bride and a very proud Dad

Blushing Bride and a very proud Dad

Laura and her very proud Dad

Laura and her very proud Dad

Dress by Sassi Holford, Bridesmaid Dresses from Monsoon

Dress by Sassi Holford, Bridesmaid Dresses from Monsoon

Walking down the Aisle

Walking down the Aisle

Lovely Ceremony Room

Lovely Ceremony Room

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

You may kiss the Bride!

You may kiss the Bride!

Just Married!

Just Married!

Laura & Jonathan wanted to visit places in Plymouth that were special to them during their wedding day. So, after the ceremony, the guests continued to the reception venue, and the couple disappeared to the Scott Memorial with Emma, their photographer.

The photos really connected to the heritage of Plymouth

The photos really connected to the heritage of Plymouth

Hidden Beauty of Plymouth

Hidden Beauty of Plymouth

The Hoe - Plymouth

The Scott Memorial – Plymouth

Devonport Guildhall is a Grade 1 Listed Building, just on the outskirts of the centre of Plymouth. Devonport is an area of Plymouth that has transformed in recent years, and the Guildhall has been part of that transformation.

Laura says,

“It was the perfect combination of an informal space with beautiful features and history, and Jonathan loves his history- we are very much in love with Devonport, my Nan also lived there as a girl. Devonport is a hidden gem in Plymouth and we knew we would get the most beautiful photos from the Scott memorial and the Guildhall itself- who wouldn’t love those steps! We love the fact its ‘hidden’ away and everyone gasps when they come round the corner and see the Guildhall in all her beauty standing at the top of the cobbled street. We love the history of the Guildhall and the area around- the pub, the column and the site of the old primary school. It just seemed very ‘us’ and we could envisage our wedding day there.”

Confetti on the Main Steps of Devonport Guildhall

Confetti on the Main Steps of Devonport Guildhall

Flowers by H Watts Florist

Flowers by H Watts Florist

Bride & Groom - Heritage of Devonport

Bride & Groom – Heritage of Devonport

The Bar in the Mayor's Parlour

The Bar in the Mayor’s Parlour

Fireplace in the Mayor's Parlour - Decorated with Flowers by H Watts Florist

Fireplace in the Mayor’s Parlour – Decorated with Flowers by H Watts Florist

The Mayor's Parlour - Transformed into the Bar

The Mayor’s Parlour – Transformed into the Bar

Troughs of Local Ales, Cider, Luscombe Soft Drinks

Troughs of Local Ales, Cider, Luscombe Soft Drinks – Laid back vibe to the wedding reception

Vintage Styling at Devonport Guildhall

Vintage Styling at Devonport Guildhall

Floral Centrepieces by H Watts Florist

Floral Centrepieces by H Watts Florist

Devonport Guildhall - Historic Wedding Venue in Plymouth, Devon

Devonport Guildhall – Historic Wedding Venue in Plymouth, Devon

Laura says –

“Our vision for our wedding day was really, just informal and full of our friends and family, in person and being involved in our day in other ways. We wanted everyone to have a great time, be relaxed and feel looked after. That was pretty much our brief!”

Vintage Accessories around the Venue

Vintage Accessories around the Venue

Sweetie Table - Furniture by The Rummage Rooms

Sweetie Table – Furniture by The Rummage Rooms

Custom Name Badges & Seeds to take home as Wedding Favours

Custom Name Badges & Seeds to take home as Wedding Favours

Postcards used as the guestbook

Postcards used as the guestbook

Homemade Cakes on the Family Cake Table

Homemade Cakes on the Family Cake Table

Family Cake Table

Family Cake Table

Personalised Cake Topper

Personalised Cake Topper

Dancefloor for the Evening Reception - Devonport Guildhall

Dancefloor for the Evening Reception – Devonport Guildhall

Devonport Guildhall - Stunning Wedding Venue in Plymouth, Devon

Devonport Guildhall – Stunning Wedding Venue in Plymouth, Devon

I asked Laura if she enjoyed wedding planning –

“I’ve got to be honest, I don’t have a favourite or least favourite part of planning our wedding. We did it all together (apart from the dress!!) and enjoyed each bit of it. We found caterers who understood our ideas and a venue with a team who we knew would do everything they could to make our vision a reality. We knew the Guildhall would only ever look stunning with all of the flowers and bits and pieces- we knew it wouldn’t take much and didn’t want too much decoration. I loved choosing our flowers; Watts, as always, were amazing and just ran with the vague ideas I gave them, I knew I wanted lots of flowers and pots on the steps. I enjoyed picking up our postcards and picking up jars for the sweet table every now and then and collecting our families wedding photos to display. We even enjoyed picking frames for them in TKmaxx!”

Dress and Veil… Sassi Holford
Shoes… Dune in House of Fraser
Hair… David and Davids
Make up… Chantelle Murphy (friend)
Boys Suits… Ted Baker
Ties and Hankies… Liberty fabric made by my friend Sue!
Bridesmaid Dresses… Monsoon
Bridesmaid Shoes… Rachel Simpson
Transport… Perrings Bridal Cars
Flowers… H Watts Florist
Stationery… Mike Holden from MyKreative (friend)
Sweet Table… Jars and Labels picked up by us, furniture by The Rummage Rooms at Interior Motives
Favours and Bits… Wedding in a Teacup… Hester was so lovely!

We were so proud to help Laura & Jonathan bring their day together, and couldn’t be happier with how their wedding ran. I’m sure you’ll agree, it was a truly beautiful day.
L x

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3 comments

  1. tara

    As one of the bridesmaids, I agree that the wedding was absolutely beautiful and such a wonderful and relaxed day. The bride looked stunning and the Guildhall was such a good venue -it complemented the feel and theme of the day perfectly!

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  3. It really was beautiful. They had a wonderful day at the venue and Emma’s photography captured the day perfectly. Glad you enjoyed yourself too 🙂 xx

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