Cosmopolitan mag fashion columnist, Laura Puddy, had only one brand in mind when it came to dressing the bridesmaids for her fairy tale wedding. With her heart set on Midnight Blue dresses she came to us to create bespoke pieces uniquely tailored to each individual bridesmaid. Here our fave fashion ed tells us the full story of her glamorous big day…
Q. How did you meet?
A. We met in sixth form at St John Fisher’s in Harrogate – we were in the same history class and just hit it off! The rest, as they say, is history …
Q. How did your man propose?
A. We were one month from our 10-year anniversary and Nic took me out for dinner to a restaurant just near Primrose Hill called Odette’s for ‘date night’. He said it was a restaurant he’d always wanted to try so I thought nothing of it. His plan was to propose at the top of Primrose Hill (my favourite place in London) before dinner. That day, however, being mid-February, it snowed very heavily so he had to revise the plan last minute. He took me straight to the restaurant (where the staff knew about the proposal) and took me to a secluded spot in the bar area and got down on one knee. It was a complete shock and just perfect!
Q. Talk us through the theme…
A. We wanted to combine glamour, vintage elegance with custom-made personalised touches. We went for nude tones with hints of pink, pistachio and blue and throughout the venue we had fresh roses, peonies and hydrangeas. Tables were topped with map-covered books, champagne corks hand-tied with ‘Just Married’ tags and tall candelabras dripping with crystals. We had napkin rings by the Pom Pom Factory that doubled as corsages and buttonholes for the whole wedding party.
Our guests travelled in from the church to the reception in vintage coaches and were greeted at the venue by the amazing eight-piece New York Brass Band – it was just perfect. Guests sipped Pimm’s, champagne, pink lemonade and ginger beer in the sunshine.
“My cousin, Emma, who read at the ceremony, said our wedding was ‘like stepping into Laura and Nic’s world for the day’ which is exactly what we wanted!”
Q. And your dress?
A. My dress was a couture gown by Angelina Colarusso. I wanted something dramatic that was a one-off. I took inspiration from various dresses, designers and places and I wanted to combine romance, glamour, and vintage elegance with a little bit of drama, which Angelina certainly brought to life. My dress was a bespoke silk and tulle creation that was nothing short of perfect! I wore handmade silk flowers in my hair and a two-piece veil – one short section across my face, and a long second one that clipped on top and hung asymmetrically along my train.
Q. And your bridesmaids wore Gorgeous Couture – why did you choose GC?
A. I knew I wanted navy blue for the bridesmaids and I knew GC could make all three girls look and feel fabulous. With all three girls having different body shapes, I wanted them to look their best, feel amazing and be really comfortable. I asked the girls what styles they liked and we had a couple of try-on sessions and decided on three different styles to suit each of them. They all looked perfect.
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Q. Highlight of the day?
A. The whole day was just amazing but my favourite part was getting in our wedding car (a vintage Rolls Royce) and travelling up to the wedding venue, just Nic and I (and the driver!). It was a gorgeous day and people in town waved at us and tooted their horns as we passed, it was fab! It was the only time that day that Nic and I got to really chat to each other, we just couldn’t stop laughing and smiling!
The Happy Couple: Laura Puddy & Nicholas Forster
Place of marriage: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Theme: Vintage glamour with personalised touches
Photographer: Albert Palmer Photography