Laura met Ryan when she was shown around the BBC while looking for a job. “Ryan's boss asked him to give me an overview of his role,” recalls Laura. “I thought I appeared interested – but I found out later that Ryan thought I was bored! I got the job and was seated next to him, but we barely spoke for a few months because he didn't really like me after our initial meeting! We only really got talking at the Christmas party after a few drinks, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
The couple had been together for two-and-a-half years when Ryan proposed. “Ryan surprised me by booking a holiday to Santorini for my birthday,” continues Laura. “On the actual day, we were driven to a vineyard for wine tasting and dinner. We went for a walk just before sunset, only for me to hear our song, Jamie Lawson's Wasn't Expecting That, playing. I then spotted tons of candles arranged in the shape of a heart – but was still surprised when Ryan got down on one knee!”
It took them two years to plan their wedding, with the couple sharing the organising. Here Laura tells us more about their big day…
I wanted to marry abroad and say our vows in the sun. However, we also wanted ourfamily and friends there, especially those who couldn't travel, so the Mediterranean-inspired Le Petit Chteau was ideal.
Ryan wore a three-piece teal suit with subtle gold checks, teaming it with a gold tie and pocket square and peacock pocket watch. Ryan loves peacocks and originally wanted one to wander around the venue, but it turns out they're very expensive to hire!
My bouquet was hand-tied with a soft trail of blush and peach flowers, including Miss Piggy roses, teal succulents and eucalyptus.The same flowers were used in the table centrepieces, alongside foliage and moss.
I visited about 10 bridal boutiques over a few months and tried on at least 50 dresses! Like the venue, I was looking for something a bit different. Plus, the first time my mum saw me in my dress she cried, so I thought it must be the one.
I've known my maid-of-honour, Rachel, since I was a baby. Our mums were in the same maternity ward, so we grew up together. We even went to the same schools and college, and I couldn't imagine asking anyone else.
Our centrepieces were gold and rose gold photo frames. Custom-made with the table names of countries, they included pictures of me andRyan in the corresponding locations. We also had gold and rose gold geometric frames with candles inside.
During the ceremony and drinks reception, we had a singer who played both the guitar and the piano. His voice was heavenly, and he even learned some of our favourite songs.
There were a few photographers with a similar style to Amy Lou, but afterSkyping, we knew we wanted to use her. She was a calming influence onthe day, and we didn't feel camera shy at all in fact, we hardly noticedshe was there!
My make-up artist was a dream on the day, fixing my make-up when I cried at a letter from Ryan while I was getting ready. She evenstuck around until the ceremony to make sure I looked perfect.
We chose not to have a band because we felt a DJ was better value for money. We also thought people might dance more to the original songs rather than a band covering them.
When choosing a videographer, everyone has their own signaturestyle, so trying to find someone you like can be time-consuming.We were so pleased with Bennett Media, as they were easy andpleasant to work with.
Being an open cake, our florist lined the inside with the same flowers as my bouquet. This took a lot of coordination so that the flowers stayed in place and the cake didn'tfall over!