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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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!”
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!