Laura and Matthew’s paths first crossed during the last year of university after they picked the same modules while studying history. The pair were instantly drawn to each other from day one. Laura says, “I was instantly attracted to Matt’s amazing sense of humour and gorgeous dark eyes; he’s outgoing, friendly and ambitious – he’s the perfect man for me.” For Matthew, it was Laura’s beautiful smile that caught his attention. From that moment, the pair started their journey together facing life side by side. On the 29th September 2018, Matthew planned a trip to York where he asked Laura to marry him during a romantic walk. Laura recalls the moment, saying: “Matt isn’t great at keeping secrets, I was convinced I would know if he was going to propose as I regularly told my friends and family. But I have to be honest and say that he outfoxed me and managed to organise the ring and get me to York without me having a clue of his intentions.”
The lovebirds fell in love with Laing Art Gallery, which provided the perfect backdrop for their special day. Wanting a wow factor setting, there was no disappointment with the staircase, stained glass and incredible artwork. Laura says: "We knew as soon as we viewed Laing Art Gallery that it was the right one. Many of our guests had never visited Newcastle before and we wanted to give them superb views of the city from the top floor of the building." She adds: "We also loved how much we were able to personalise the venue – it gave us a blank canvas to decorate it however we desired.”
The decorative touches throughout were perfect and highlighted the theme of board games. For favours, chocolate dice and poker chips were given to all the guests to enjoy and each table was allocated a game. Laura says: "We cut down the boards and stuck things onto them to make it look as though the game was being played, such as dice, playing pieces and cards."
Scrabble tiles were used as table names, which created a lovely touch and a vase of artificial flowers were used for the centrepiece.
A personalised game was created by their brother-in-law which documented major milestones through the pair's relationship.
The flowers on the special day were beautiful and the bride wanted a spectacular cascade-shaped bouquet. Laura says: "I felt that because my dress was plain, I could choose some flowers that would take centre stage.
We opted for a mixture of purple shades and lots of different types of blooms, which reflected in the buttonholes and corsages too."
The couple picked a two-tiered sponge cake with white icing that tasted delicious.
They'd seen the company's incredible work on social media and knew the cake would be exactly what they wanted.
Talking about their transport, Laura said: "Matt and I had originally decided we weren't going to have a wedding car to save money but my lovely parents persuaded me otherwise and thank goodness we did – it made for lovely photos and gave us a short amount of time alone immediately after the ceremony.
The bride wore an Enzonai gown called Janine, which was mostly plain with detailing around the shoulder and beautiful buttons on the back. Laura says: "The very talented owner of the shop, Heather, actually selected this dress for me and I knew straight away that it was the right one. I felt it was very flattering and a timeless design." The groom decided on a grey waistcoat with purple tie and pocket square to match the bridesmaids' dresses.
There was an amazing DJ who kept everyone on their feet to dance the night away – he created a mash-up for their first dance and was extremely accommodating. The couple also opted to have a photo booth.
On the day, Laura felt extremely nervous. She says: "I've never felt like this in my entire life! My dad had to deal with my wobbly legs and shaking hands in the wedding car. But the minute I got to the top of the aisle and saw Matt, it melted away."
The day was perfect and filled with so many incredible moments. Laura recalls: "My dad wrote a poem about me growing up and meeting Matt, which was beautiful and hilarious! Our first dance was one of my favourite parts.We had a mash-up of Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You and House of Pain Jump Around." The dancefloor was full of friends and family, even the men were all together singing Spice Girls and a congaline was formed.
Laura comments on two people that made their day extra special, she says: "Our DJ sent us a video and a Facebook album of images from the night. It was asurprise, but so enormously appreciated." She adds: "Joey, our best man was incredible from start to finish, everydetail was covered, and he was so supportive."
After their magical day, the pair enjoyed a mini-break in the Lake District where they stayed in a cottage and enjoyed discovering the local area. It was the perfect location to have some down time together as newlyweds.The couple shares their top tip while planning saying: "Don't let the wedding consume everything – still set time aside for date nights, meeting with friends and just chillingout. It's really easy to let it take over!"