Weddings are an emotional business more so when a relative passes shortly before. A bittersweet day to continue to organise but continue you must as ‘they’ would have dearly wanted you to have this day no matter what. 

Whilst continuing to deal with bereavement and still put a brave face on - my hat goes off to one of my brides, Lauren.

The morning of the wedding I have never more so felt the presence of someone not physically present but this was to do with the family making sure they spoke openly about their mother, making the morning of Lauren’s wedding day a joyous one. The strength and resilience of the bride was admirable, moments were had of reflection, tears were shed, but more importantly, a full lifetime's worth of love was shown by Lauren and her family for their mother. It wasn’t a taboo subject to talk about their mum for fear of upsetting the bride.

The bride embraced the emotion and there were kind touches to her mother dotted around the home to make her mother feel part of the morning, such as a glass of champagne next to a picture of her. I especially loved the delicate pin frames containing pictures of Lauren’s mother and grandmother that were attached to her bridal bouquet stem. I thought this tribute was beautiful when the bouquet is held close by the bride to her heart. Also the bridal flower bouquet is carried by the bride as she walks down the aisle and her mother would be with her giving her strength whilst she walks those nerve wracking steps.

Despite happy and sad tears, the bridal makeup went on. During the initial makeup trial, Lauren wanted her signature winged black eyeliner and a soft smokey eye with pale golds and pearls to highlight on the lid. Lauren wanted her skin to feel light and with a glow. On the wedding day Lauren decided that she wanted to go a bit darker on the eye with a warmer gold, more sparkle and darker in the corners. I darkened the liner to create a smokier look in the sockets and used pigments from Peaches Makeup to achieve the gold and sparkle Lauren was after. I finished the look with strip lashes to create a frame and definition for the eye and coated with the oh so essential waterproof mascara.

I helped Lauren with her hair flower garland that she found on Etsy and secured with extra Kirby grips to make sure it was not going anyway. The garland complimented her bridal bouquet so well and the rest of the flowers that adored the Great Barn at the wedding venue,  Lillibrooke Manor.

Lauren looked breathtaking, her customised wedding gown was designed at Wedding Dreams by Lisa who is based in Ruislip, Middlesex. The full fitted ivory antique lace dress skimmed over Lauren’s lithe frame, Lauren chose her hairstyle wisely by having it up and pinned, as the back of the dress was the focal feature; a sheer lace back with covered material buttons, hooked all the way from the base of the spine to the nape of Lauren’s neck.

Lauren departed for her wedding venue, Lillibrooke Manor & Barns in Cox Green just outside of Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Lauren and her husband Aaron met through work and quickly became good friends. The friendship blossomed over five years and they soon become an item. Lauren said that “being friends for many years set the foundation of our relationship”. Not long after Aaron proposed they found out they were expecting. This joyous moment could not have been more welcome for the couple. Wedding plans were put on hold but were quickly picked up again after their child was born. 

Lauren actually saw me at the wedding fair held at  Lillibrooke and decided there and then, once seeing the venue dressed and meeting with the owner that this would be where she would get married.

Lillibrooke is a quintessentially romantic venue, it has the appeal of the rustic, with the use of the Grade II listed barn. But also the vista of the landscaping means that you are not restricted to being in just the barn like other barn venues that may be located on working farm. The venue also has the use of the main house for a more intimate setting.

Luckily for the bride and groom they had a talented and creative bunch of friends and family who helped create the look and feel of the day that the couple were after. The grooms mother made all the floral arrangements to include flowers - Gypsophilia, Eucalyptus, Tea and Spray Roses in pinks, creams and light nude peach hues. The grooms mother also made the wedding cake which was iced in a light rose pink with cream lace applique touches on the tiers.

The venue was also dressed by the family and they had a friend, Jamie Bell who was the wedding photographer.

Lauren and her husband had the most fantastic day and danced away together, lost in their moment until it was time to call it a night.

Lauren and her husband have had a emotional time through loss but together they stood strong and evenmoreso as they had a small person to focus on. I believe that these moments in life are sent to test us, but they also make us realise another purpose, the strength of the love of your future life partner and that love will continue without the physical because it is unstoppable. xx

Venue - Lillibrooke Manor & Barns, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3LP

Dress - Wedding Dreams by Lisa, Ruislip, Middlesex

Flowers - family designed

Wedding Cake - family designed

Venue dressing - family designed

Photographer - Jamie Bell (friend)

Makeup - Hannah’s Makeup

Hair - Terri Mortimer T&Co Hair and Beauty