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Oh happy day! This couple are SO CHIC! I’m positively SWOONING over this vibrant and romantic Jamaican-English wedding at a historic abbey in Cheshire. The details in this one are gorgeous – lush florals, watercolour detailing, and bright pops of festive colour that brought the formal surroundings to life.
The effortlessly beautiful Laura, and her stylish groom, James, were married on a magical August day in the fairytale setting of Combermere Abbey. After a light-filled glasshouse ceremony, they were all giddy smiles as they posed in the manicured grounds and then danced the night away at their marquee reception.
The couple, who met as fellow medical students, managed to pull off a celebration that was fun and relaxed while also being utterly Pinterest-worthy. Most importantly, it also represented the couple themselves and the fusion of their families and their heritage was extremely important to them. Speaking of which, Laura’s take on the union of cultures absolutely had me at hello.
“For me our culture was represented by the people who came to share our special day with us. Our families mixed well and shared stories of their history with each other. Culture is more than the clothes we wear or the food we eat!”
The talented Jordanna Marston who I’ve been waiting to share on the blog for quite some time, was on the scene to capture every happy smile and pretty centrepiece. Her work is DELICIOUS! Enough from me, let’s take a peek, shall we?
How Did You Meet?
James and I met when we were medical students at university. We ended up in the same group class together, but we didn’t really notice each other at that point! It was only after a renting blunder, when I landed myself in hospital accommodation, and by coincidence so did he! After that we started spending time together a lot more, and then things moved quite swiftly from then on.
One year we went hiking in the Peak District and it ended up being a total disaster! First it rained, then it poured. Next thing you know, we’re slipping and sliding down waterlogged hillsides caked in mud. The following year, James reckoned it was a good idea to tackle the same hike again. But this time the sun was beaming! When we reached the peak, that’s when James reached into his bag. I thought he was just passing the McVitie’s! Halfway, as I chomped on a chocolate digestive, he reached into his bag again and that’s when he popped the ring, and the question!
We didn’t really have a theme! It was just an eclectic mix of things we fancied but put together in some sort of cohesive manner. So this colour palette here, an inspired table decor from social media there… that’s basically how it went! James and I both love films, so we worked with a local pianist to play Hans Zimmer’s main theme from the film ‘Interstellar’ for our ‘going down the aisle’ song.
My great aunts, great great aunts and uncles, and cousins flew from all over from the Caribbean to celebrate our big day. Then of course, James’s family all attended from Yorkshire. For me our culture was represented by the people who came to share our special day with us. Our families mixed well and shared stories of their history with each other. Culture is more than the clothes we wear or the food we eat!
Our photographer was the lovely Jordanna Marston. She was charming and full of good humour. Her colourful, animated photos really appealed to me. I couldn’t have chosen any better.
Jon Bird was our cinematographer! I wasn’t going to have a wedding video but somehow I wandered onto his website and I was blown away! My family have laughed and cried many times over the film he created for us and it’s forever our treasured keepsake.
We worked with Louise from One Stylish Day as our wedding planner. I’ll admit that I wanted a meaningful, comfortable, but Pinterest-influenced wedding, but had zero idea how I was going to implement it! Six months out, I reached out to Louise in desperation. She was super organised, calm, and a godsend throughout the entire process. She just ‘got’ what my vision was all about, then took it and made it better.
We also want to mention Jen from Liberty Lane Flowers, who was simply a lovely, joyful presence to be around. She makes the most stunning bouquets and did everything she could to execute our ideas whilst respecting our budget.
I wore the Agatha dress by Ronald Joyce.
I just loved how I felt in the dress: beautiful, sophisticated, strong.
James bought his suit from Mango! Despite it being a high street choice, we just found the suits from traditional wedding shops to be a poor fit, and stuffy.
On the way to the ceremony, my Dad said he was proud, and so was my late grandmother. That moment was very special to me. (Nu Bride: Beautiful moment)
Another special moment from the ceremony itself was when our two close friends read a poem they had written about our relationship. This was very special to me, and they surprised me with how funny it was!
We chose a pinkish, warm colour palette. However, the venue was beautiful in itself, so we kept it simple. We didn’t want to take anything away from the beauty that was already there.
Our mothers both spoke at the reception. Usually in a wedding, only the men get to speak, but we wanted the women in our life to also play a special part in our day. My mum described our love as “two balls” in her speech, and everyone but her cracked up! (Nu Bride: LOL!)
Our first dance? Clunky and awkward, but we didn’t care! It’s a first dance! They are meant to be like that, no? (NU BRIDE: LOVE IT!)
Challenges And Triumphs
The wedding planning wasn’t without its moments. I wanted the big beautiful wedding and James was much more budget conscious than I was. It was definitely a test run in communicating our views and compromising. We also had a few people drop out at the very last minute (like, two days before!) so it screwed up the room situations and seat planning. And although it hurt our feelings at the time, putting it into context it didn’t mean much after all. It’s out of our control, might as well enjoy the day and not worry!
Top Tip For Other Couples
I KNOW this sounds really clichéd and no doubt every other bride has said this before, but try and enjoy the process and the day itself. You put months into planning the wedding and then after a day it’s all done. I really focussed on just taking everything in, the day, the smells, the people, and committing it to memory, because as far as I know I’m only doing this once!
Beautiful advice and beautiful mindful moments. Thank you four day with us!
Photographer: Jordanna Marston
Cinematographer: Jon Bird
Venue: Combermere Abbey
Dress: Ronald Joyce
Hair and Makeup: Friend of the couple
Suit and Shoes: Mango
Bridesmaid Outfits: For Her & For Him
Groomsmen Suits: Slaters Menswear
Cake: Friend of the couple
Flowers and Décor: Liberty Lane Flowers
Food: Olive Tree Catering
Entertainment: Dr Sid DJ