Presenting our real life brides #bowbride

We love it when our brides share their stunning photos with us after their big day! 

This week we are featuring our Pronovias bride Laura who got married on 7th October 2017 at Romsey Abbey and Lainston House. Laura’s amazing photographs are by Natasha Jay Photography.


Tell us about the dress 

The dress! Or should I say dresses…?! When I started out all I knew was I wanted something with lace, I wasn’t set on a style or particular design which gave me lots of options but also gave me too much! Out of all the dress shops I visited BOW were by far the best. They helped me hone down styles and helped me to see what best suited my figure. They also gave me the idea for a long train to suit the Abbey which got me thinking as to whether I should include sleeves to suit the Abbey also. I had a few more shops to visit and in my last shop I put on a dress by Pronovias which I accompanied with a detachable sleeved bolero. It was perfect, it gave me everything the ladies at BOW helped me to know that I now wanted! Being able to have the sleeves for the Abbey and reveal a completely new dress for the Wedding Breakfast was so exciting. Thankfully Pronovais are one of the designers that BOW also feature, so although I found the dress in another shop there was no questioning that I would be buying it through BOW. Service goes a very long way and these ladies are the absolute best 

How did you choose your venue?

The ceremony was held at Romsey Abbey, growing up and going to School in Romsey this was a natural choice and just so happened the Abbey is breath-taking too! With the ceremony taking place in Romsey we wanted somewhere fairly local for the Wedding Breakfast and ideally somewhere that had an exclusive feel with a bit of rustic charm. Lainston was perfect. We didn’t have exclusive use of the house but it certainly felt like we did. Our guests arrived and were directed through to our private drawing room for reception drinks and canapes. Then they were taken out onto the front lawn and through the candle and fairy light lit corridor down to the barn for the wedding breakfast. Separate from the rest of the house, with amazing beams and hundreds of candles, we had the perfect rustic, exclusive venue we were looking for. It was also really important for us keep the party going as long as we could, a lot of other venues we looked at had to finish at 11pm. Filling the accommodation around the barn in Lainston we were able to dance into the early hours of the morning – and we certainly did that!


How did you choose your photographer?

We decided to have both a photographer and videographer and were recommended Natasha Jay by our videographer MoosMovies as they had worked together previously – I didn’t realise at the time what a difference this makes – they worked brilliantly together – everything they did was as a team which meant there was no stepping on toes – it was seamless – so much so that many of our guests said they didn’t even notice them! Both Sam and I don’t enjoy having our photo taken but knew we wanted to capture the day, and both Natasha and Pete did this perfectly for us, staying very much in the background and shooting the day as it unfolded. We had a few ‘proper’ shots but at no point were made to feel pushed or rushed (which I have heard can sometimes be the case from other brides). We were so glad we decided to go with both, the highlights video especially helps us relive the day when it seems an age ago – best decision we made.

Who did your hair and makeup and where did you find them?

Taz Bailey did my make up on the day and she was amazing, not only is she a brilliant makeup artist but she was so lovely and calming to have around on the morning of the wedding! Taz is the daughter of Carol from Laurel Designs. As well as doing all of our wedding stationary Laurel Designs styled our wedding breakfast for us and they equally did an amazing job! The venue looked stunning.

What flowers did you choose?

Pomp & Petals provided our flowers, which we kept fairly simple (although I know Carol wouldn’t agree with that for the table centre pieces!) We had White and Vintage Pink Roses with Eucalyptus. We didn’t really have a wedding theme but we asked Laurel Designs to style the venue with the flowers from Pomp & Petals and as many candles as they could carry, to really complement the rustic feel of the venue.

How did you feel on the morning? Walking down the aisle and during the ceremony?

Surprisingly calm and relaxed but overall the happiest I’ve ever felt. My dreams literally came true.

What was your first dance?

Mark Wilkinson – Everything to me.

We wanted to choose a song that meant something to us, although it was unknown to other people, the words in this song were perfect for us.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

Both Funny and lovely – we asked a friend of ours if she would do a reading in the Abbey and she wrote her own poem – all about Sam and I which she entitled: “Dimples and the Big Man” There were funny memories and heart felt recollections from the past 10 years, which had everyone smiling, especially when she had to alter what must have been ‘Abbey-inappropriate’ words on prior request of our wonderful Reverend David Potterton.


Highlight of the day

There we so many highlights, from the surprise breakfast in the morning with our very own chef that my bridesmaid (and now sister in law) arranged. To my school girlfriends coming round the house before I left, to walking out the Abbey to ‘o when the saints’ by Louis Armstrong (as Sam is a lifelong Saints FC supporter!) Then there was the Rolls Royce car journey with the lovely Brian from Cathedral Cars who gave us fizz to drink on our drive to Lainston. The look on Sam’s face when I asked him to remove my top from my dress to reveal the other dress underneath which he had no clue about! The gorgeous food at Lainston, our best man’s speech, and my Dads speech which was amazing – he had written a Poem all about my life which he memorized and received a standing ovation for! Our band Hots Shots were unbelievable too – even asking if they could play for longer as they were having as good a time as all the guests – but I have to say my definitive highlight was marrying Sam – I’d been waiting 10 years for this!

List of wedding suppliers
The location: Romsey Abbey / Lainston House
Photographer: Natasha Jay Photography

Videographer: Moos Movies
Flowers: Pomp & Petals and Laurel Designs
Styling: Laurel Designs
Stationery: Laurel Designs
Dress: Brides of Winchester

Make Up: Taz Bayley Makeup

Rings: Jeremy France Winchester

Cake: Stickycrumbs

Cars: Cathedral Cars
Band: Hot Shots Professional Covers Band


Thank you so much for sharing Laura. x


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