These dreamy images come from the lovely Victoria Lamburn, whose fine art style we adore. Firstly because her work is just so beautiful – but also because she likes to keep things real. This shoot is really simple and just focuses on a few key elements, as Victoria acknowledges that sometimes seeing a styled shoot on a blog or in a magazine can be completely overwhelming. Your styling doesn’t have to be over done – just chose which elements are important to you.
What makes this shoot even more impressive is that Vicky actually did this just two weeks after breaking her arm! That’s dedication to the cause! If you book her for your own wedding day then you certainly won’t have to worry about flakiness 😉 Nor will you have to worry about not ending up with a stunning set of images, as her work shows…
Laura and Mark married on the 6th October 2012 at the Ten Square Hotel in Belfast. It was all about their favourite things, mainly each other…and cocktails…and saxophones. Wait until you see the saxophone.
It’s a city wedding with a Jenny Packham dress and a lot of laughter. Oh and the car that Mark arrives in is insane!
Here’s Laura to tell you more…
Laura The Bride: My dress was by Jenny Packham and I purchased it in Castle Couture in Ballymena – it’s the most beautiful bridal shop and they really make it a special experience. I actually wasn’t sure about it at first as it was very different but I couldn’t get it out of my head so I knew it was the one! I felt amazing in it, which is the most important thing!
I wore a Jenny Packham headpiece and bracelet that matched my dress perfectly! My Mum bought me earrings as a gift from Castle Couture, which were by Helen Fitzpatrick. My Dad gave me my Granny’s engagement ring years ago so I decided early on that I was going to wear it on my right hand. I had sparkly skyscraper peep toes by Jimmy Choo!! My very kind husband bought them for me as a wedding gift and I felt like a million dollars in them! I wanted a pair that I could wear again.
Sarah Martin at Cameo and Colin Ellison at Ellison’s Hairdressing made us all beautiful! I wanted to look like me on the day and Sarah did a fantastic job by keeping it quite natural but glam to match my dress. I knew I wanted my hair up as I wanted to show off the detail on the shoulders of my dress and Colin didn’t stop until we found a style I loved.
Victoria Gault in Belfast supplied us with the most beautiful flowers and centrepieces. My bouquet was made up of ivory roses, ranunculus and hydrangea. I decided to go with wrist corsages for the bridesmaids which were set on a really pretty bracelet. I felt they fitted in better with our city wedding and I got the girls a silver clutch bag to hold while walking down the aisle. Mark decided he didn’t want a buttonhole. Victoria also supplied fish bowls for our centrepieces with beautiful flowers floating in water.
We decided just to have a Best Man and we hired his suit along with Marks. The Bridesmaids dresses were purchased in Coast and I went for Navy as its one of my favourite colours, the girls all liked it and I thought it would be nice for an autumn wedding. We didn’t bring the navy in to our colour scheme elsewhere as the hotel is quite contemporary so we went with a black and white theme for our cake etc.
Mark wanted something simple and went for a tux with a black tie – he doesn’t really do suits! He loves converse trainers so he had some custom made for him and the Best Man! Marks had ‘hitched’ stitched on them! He also had custom made cufflinks with my name on one and the wedding date on the other.
Our photographers were This Modern Love who were fantastic from start to finish! The style of Tim’s photos really caught our eye and we hit it off with him and his lovely wife Claire the minute we met them. Tim totally got us and understood that we didn’t want too many posed photos. He had some great ideas for pictures in and around the city centre, which was important to us.
Cats & Cake Toppers
We were very lucky as my Dad’s Cousin is a baker and agreed to make us a cake as a gift. Mark and I actually met when I was working in his bakery! We had three tiers – madeira, mint chocolate and carrot cake. We also had a cake topper made of us with our cat Nino by Kylie at Cakemates.
We had a pianist before and during the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Ten Square have a baby grand piano so it was the perfect choice. I played the saxophone in school and Mark bought me one for our first anniversary so I surprised him and our guests by playing Summertime along with Sara Jane as he had never heard me play. During dinner we played CD’s of our favourite music. After dinner we had a band and DJ (Back to Vegas) who had our guests up boogying all night! We also had a magician while our evening guests were arriving – this was one of Marks great ideas and he went down a storm!
Our first dance was to Waverley Steps by Roddy Womble who is the lead singer of our favourite band from Scotland called Idlewild. Mark introduced me to their album on our first date so it had to be something relating to them!
We gave our guests daffodil bulbs wrapped in tissue paper in an organza bag. The reason we chose these was because we wanted to remember my Granny in some way and I have done a lot of fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care in her memory and their logo is a daffodil.
A Venue That Dressed Itself
We had the pillars in the ceremony and reception rooms decorated with draping and fairly lights and an LED dance floor for the evening (all supplied by Melanie at Mood Event Decoration). The hotel was fantastic and provided black chair covers and lots of candles which helped set the mood. We love the hotel inside so we felt we didn’t have to do too much to dress up the room.
Our day was really special to us as we did things that are important and fun to us…we had our favourite cocktails at the drinks reception, Mark wore his converse, I played the saxophone and we used our favourite game Jenga as a guest book. My advice to any brides to be…make the day about you and don’t feel you always have to stick to tradition.
You don’t need to blow the budget to make your day unique – we did small things like advice cards on our tables asking our guests for suggestions such as places to visit and marriage advice. Our guests loved them and they were cheap to make! Enjoy every minute!!
How lovely was that for a Friday afternoon? I adored the chandeliers in the ceremony room and am in love with Laura’s hair. Simple but really stunning.
There were some really gorgeous personal touches to this wedding. The highlights for me were the saxophone (and Laura played one of my all time favourite songs) and the nostalgic touches relating to Lauras’ Granny.
Also, I’d love to see more magicians at weddings. We have discussed it before here on RMW and it’s great to see people being brave with their entertainment!
There are some more cracking saxophone and city shots in the gallery so be sure to have a look.
Fantastic wedding. Massive congratulations to you both. O and how funny are Mark and his best man!
I’m petite so after hunting the bridal boutiques I decided to have my dress made, to be sure that I wouldn’t end up swamped in ruffles and lace.
From the start I knew I wanted the dress to be pretty, light as a feather, have floaty cap sleeves and let me dance. When it was finished my mum and I felt something was missing so we went to Jenny Lindop in Bangor, where we had already found our stunning Bridesmaids’ dresses. She altered the neckline and added the stunning satin and diamante belt embellishment.
I wore a couple of very special pieces of jewellery that day. My mum lent me her beautiful diamond pendant necklace from Lunns and she bought me a gorgeous embellished hair-band with little diamantes set in a pattern of shamrocks. All that I wanted to add to this was a friendship bracelet made by my friend Alana (from the twine we used to bind the orders of service) around my ankle… so cute.
My shoes were stunning, sparkly and deliciously high. The were from Dune. We wanted our wedding to be brimming with soft colours so my shoes were a blush coloured metallic heels with a beautiful design of diamante winding up to the ankle. The best thing, they let me dance all night!
Relaxed And Comfortable
The whole feel of our day was to be relaxed and comfortable so when it came to hair and makeup, in my mind, we had to look like ourselves. None of us ever wear our hair up so this meant no elaborate chignons full of pins, only small diamante combs swept the girls’ hair to the side. Lynsay of Purely Hair came to the house and looked after the girls and my Mum, while I did my own with as much care and oomph as I could, then she helped finish it so it would last the day.
Our makeup was by Andrea Laverty, each of us has our own preferences for colour and style, and we don’t like to look obviously made up, so we gave her a real challenge but she was fantastic, we each felt great and it stayed all day.
Each of us walked up the aisle looking like the best versions of ourselves and even with all the dancing that lasted.
Light, Summery And Beautiful
Our flowers were light, summery, pretty and tied beautifully with soft blue ribbon. By Vicki Gaston and Nora Mitchell at Nora Mitchell Flowers in Belfast (02890 654290). They realised that I had a fairly decent knowledge of flowers and encouraged me. They also understood exactly what I was looking for, even when I barely could myself and gently steered me when they knew a change was needed.
My Bouquet: Light blue delphiniums, cream peonies, blush roses, yellow freesia, genista and eucalyptus.
Bridesmaids: Delphiniums, cream and blush roses, yellow freesia, genista, eucalyptus and rununculus.
Mum’s Corsages: Soft cream and yellow freesias and delphinium.
Button Holes: The men had a single delphinium bloom and cream freesia. Gordy’s had a Lambs Ear leaf (which we’d asked for specifically because they’re so soft to touch).
Delphinium & hydrangea for top table.
Delphinium in tall vases for each table centre.
Our bridesmaids wore luminescent taffeta gowns by Watters Wtoo in Brook Blue from Jenny Lindop, Bridal Wear, Bangor. Susan and Jo looked gorgeous in them, the structured shape, the neckline and layered pleats reflected my own dress and the blue shade flattered both their eye colours and the soft summer shades we had chosen for the whole wedding.
The groomsmen and Dads wore grey three piece suits hired from Red, Carrickfergus and pale blue ties to match the bridesmaids, they all looked like Cary Grant.
Our whole colour palette was to be fresh and sunny, mainly soft blues with other pale colours mixed through and a vibrant yellow as a highlight – I’m so happy it all pulled together!
Gordy wore the tailored grey suit like the other boys but with a golden yellow tie to set him apart. It was wonderful the day we went to Red to choose it, the cut was so good and I’d never seen him in a three piece suit before, he looked so dapper, I loved it! He was incredibly handsome on the day and add to that the fact that he was grinning from ear to ear when I first saw him in the church, I was smitten.
This Modern Love
We discovered This Modern Love at a wedding fair. Their work was exactly the style we were looking for, so refreshing and light. We didn’t want a traditional look, our whole wedding was to be laid back and personal, and that’s what Tim captured. Our photographs remind us of all the fun and atmosphere of the day as well as all the people we love having a great time with us.
I designed the cake, it was pretty indulgent in a way. Gordy proposed while we were on a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii, and knowing that a Hawaiian theme could be too corny we went for just little touches instead. We covered our cake in plenty of Plumeria flowers (they grow all over the Hawaiian islands), my Mum and I hand made them and painted them in soft delicate colours. Gordy’s mum, Cynthia, baked the most extraordinary four tier fruit cake from his late Grandfather’s family recipe and our friend Emma iced and assembled it. For guests who didn’t like fruit cake, Cynthia made fabulous cup cakes, Lemon Curd, Chocolate and Vanilla.
A Full Dance Floor
We wanted the music to help create the relaxing atmosphere at the wedding, Gordy found Paul Beattie our guitarist, he played everything we asked for and read our music taste perfectly (A wide range including The Beatles, Newton Faulkner, Bob Marley, etc). For the evening entertainment we booked My Wedding DJ, Alan Woods, because we were really impressed with him at our friends’ wedding in the autumn of the previous year. Our dance floor was filled all night!
Perfect First Dance
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together, my favourite song, it’s funny but the first time we listened to it together we both silently thought the same thing – this would be our perfect first dance song.
We decided not to have favours, but we made everyone their own origami boat as a place name and keep sake if they wanted it.
A Striking Venue
The yacht club was a striking venue, all we needed to do was soften things a little and add our own personality. Mandalay Weddings looked after the big details, our chair covers with navy organza and white satin sashes, the top table’s skirt, Tori also swathed the banisters in organza, decorated the bar area’s pillars and added atmosphere with up-lighters.
We had a fantastic time in the months running up to the wedding finding the playful little details, lots of different lanterns with yellow striped candles from Ikea, plenty of tea-lights, yellow striped paper straws from Pearl and Earl to pop into our Mojitios. We found amazing deck chairs at BQ that everyone enjoyed in the sunshine and on through to the evening when they wrapped up warm in the blankets we provided.
Relaxed, Comfortable And Happy
Whatever your style or theme it’s more important to know how you want your day to feel. From the moment we got engaged we knew instinctively that no matter what else the day was, we wanted everyone (including ourselves) to feel relaxed, comfortable and happy… and it worked!
Your guests will make your day, they appreciate all your effort, they want to enjoy the day with you and they’re the one’s you’ll share the memories with in the future so involve them from the start. We had an engagement party, we kept our wedding to just 85 guests, all of whom we have a real connection with and wanted there, we let them in on the feel of our day before it even started with the stationary and asked for help with different parts of the organisation. With everyone knowing what to look forward to, they all came looking to enjoy the day, throw themselves into it and add to the great atmosphere.
Choose the right venue, we visited a number of locations and many fitted into the categories of too formal, too far away, or too expensive. The Royal Ulster Yacht Club offered it’s own unique character where we knew everyone could relax inside, and out while enjoying the wonderful views across Belfast Lough.
When it’s possible, make, do or be as involved as you can in the elements yourselves, it really adds to the personal feel. I’m a graphic designer so I designed all of our stationery, the save the dates, the invitations and the order of service but also between our family and friends we made our table plan (from retro postcards we brought back from Hawaii), our amazing cake, the little origami boats, we requested our favourite drinks on arrival and our menu even included our own recipe for Key Lime Pie, all these pieces add together to make the day feel so much a part your personality as a couple.
Gorgeous DIY details – I love those origami boats as place settings and the travel themed table plan is something else… If you were wondering about the flags, Tim and Claire from This Modern Love inform me that the caretaker at the old boat house raised flags to spell ‘just wed’ in maritime code…