Northbrook Park Wedding - Laura & Micah
There is so much I could say about this special day shared by Laura, Micah, and all of their friends and family. It was a truly special day in so many ways. Their Northbrook Park Wedding was just amazing from start to finish. I hope you can tell how much fun we had by the images! Now that’s enough from me, let me hand over to Laura & Micah to tell you a bit more about their wedding.
How did you meet, how did you become engaged, and for how long had you been engaged before your wedding day?
We met at university in our second year, handing out tea and toast to people coming out of the student union at 3am as we were both a part of the Christian Union. 5 years later Micah flew out to New York (for 35hours) to surprise her at the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park and proposed.
Did anything, in particular, inspire you to have the style of day that you had?
Laura was inspired by Italian weddings. Simplicity was key. That is why we chose many of the features as white and green. We are both Christians so this guided a lot of the traditional elements, being married in a church, especially the one we were married in as it was where Laura had gone to church growing up and her parents were also married there.
The bride's mother made the centerpieces, replicating an idea from Pinterest with upside-down vases, a candle, and foliage!
Did you have anyone accompany you to the ceremony (or ‘down the aisle’)?
It was the Bride’s father who is a vicar also married us which was really good fun.
Did you choose a ‘first dance’ track? Please share what it was, and why, only if you are happy to do so...
Tom Misch- Movie. It was just from an album we had listened to quite a lot in the car and thought it was personal and unique to us. Amazingly, the band learnt it in preparation and so played a live rendition for our first dance.!
What was your experience of picking your wedding dress?
I struggled to find a dress I fell in love with when I went to bridal stores. I ended up looking online to get a feel of the designers I liked and found my second-hand dress on Stillwhite.com. I ended up meeting the owner in London and taking it home that day! I got it tailored so it was a perfect fit.
What led to this choice in your wedding day wardrobe?
What did you love about what you wore the mostIt was simple, it was comfortable and it suited me### ShoesDune- Very high platforms with cross diamante straps. Micah is over a foot taller than Laura so the 5inch heels were needed!!
Why did you choose your photographer?
James Richard Photography. We actually knew James from our time at university so had already been following him on Instagram. We decided to try him out and it turned out to be one of the major reasons why the day itself went so well. The engagement shoot was very helpful to get used to being in front of the camera and he worked tirelessly all day for our wedding. A lot of guests had many positive things to say about him. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
What did your partner wear and where was it from?
The groom wore a tailor-made velvet jacket from Moss Bros and Ted Baker tuxedo. Shoes from Loakes.
Your Florist, and details of why you opted for the flowers you went with
Rhubarb and Bramley- I have always loved Peonies so wanted these to be front and centre! https://www.randbflowers.co.uk My two favourite items were the flower arrangement on the church arch and also the centerpiece at the venue.
What was your very favorite part of the day and why?
Groom- for me it was meeting everyone at the church before the bride arrived (don’t take anything from this!). It was so nice seeing everyone be so happy for you and was actually one of the few opportunities we had to speak to people during the day. Bride- we loved having all our favourite people together in one room. It was such a joy to celebrate with so many people who have been so generous to us over so many years!
And, on reflection, is there anything you might have done differently with foresight?
Not worry about the weather forecast in the lead-up! It really doesn't matter on the day### On the subject of ‘wedding budget’, are you happy to disclose what your original budget was, and if this budget was exceeded? We planned well and there were a few things we decided to do DIY so we could afford to have everyone for the whole day which we decided was a priority for us before we began planning.
If you could impart any words of wisdom to others planning their wedding, what would they be?
Groom- I have a few things. For me it is probably recognizing each other’s strengths. There are certain things we can individually get on with as we know best. Often we got caught trying to do everything together and in agreement. Also to delegate- we realized that there are so many people who are genuinely overjoyed to help out and be part of your day. It meant that we had minimal rushing around on the last day and day of the wedding. Taking time for yourselves. What quickly happened was that each time we met we ended up solely wedding planning and so our relationship was put on hold in many respects. It’s often good to just take time out and have dinner or hang out without talking about planning and just enjoy being with each other.
Laura- Pre-marriage courses. Often your relationship becomes all about the wedding. We had to do one as a precondition of getting married at the church but we also did one separately to that. It was a great way of giving time to discuss important issues and go into the day on the same page. When we now go to weddings we are so much more appreciative and try to look for their individual touches. When you plan a wedding you know how much thought and effort goes into it and we are so touched to be invited and part of someone's special day!