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An Invitation to a Real Wedding…

Here at Your Wedding Hub, we absolutely love reading about all of your wonderful REAL weddings!

A HUGE thank you to Laura Beth and Gary, for sharing your lovely story and fabulous wedding with us… we think you’ll enjoy reading about their big day as much as we did!


How He Asked…

“Gary and I met when we starred in Grease together at school at the tender age of 14 and I know it sounds cheesy, but it was love at first sight! In July 2013 we had our little girl, Willow and in the following February, on our 10th anniversary, Gary whisked me to Paris for a weekend away…

On the first evening, he took me to the Eiffel Tower and we went to Restaurant 58, which was exquisite! Just as the waiter was coming to serve our champagne, Gary got down on one knee and popped the question. It was so special and extremely romantic. I thought he was in a really bad mood though, as he was really quiet! But turns out that he had just been nervous whilst carrying the ring around Paris!!”

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The Ceremony Details…

Laura Beth and Gary married at the Pavilion Hotel in York and were joined by 50 of their closest friends and family members.

Laura Beth said: “My Grandad had passed away a few months before the wedding after a very long fight in hospital which hit us all hard. So I walked down the aisle with my Dad to the song he walked my mum down the aisle to. I also had a chair set out for him in the ceremony with his picture frame on. “

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The Reception Details…

“It was a beautifully sunny day and so we could all relax outside for the photographs to be taken. The food was incredible: To start we had chicken liver parfait, followed by chicken wrapped in bacon, served with potato and leek mash with a red wine jus… for dessert we devoured Baileys cheesecake. Yum!!

The evening reception was also at the Pavilion Hotel. We had around 100 guests for the evening. There was bacon and sausage sandwiches served with chips.

We had our amazing and talented friends band perform for us, Cover Force Five. They got everyone up on the dance floor!”

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The Wedding Party

“I chose my best friend of 8 years, Hayley, as my Maid of Honour. My school friend, Kat and my college and dance partner in crime, Emma. Three very special ladies who I knew, having them by my side, my day would be compete.

Gary chose his best friend since school, Adam as Best Man along with Graham who he has known nearly as long. And also Garry who is his best friend and training partner (torturer some days, depends how the session has gone!)

I asked my ladies by having them round for tea and cake and giving them each a card detailing what they mean to me. Gary took the usual manly way of just asking outright!”

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“The bridesmaids wore grey maxi dresses from Little Mistress that were a bargain at £50 a piece and they looked a million dollars! The guys wore hired suits from York Hire Wear which was grey trousers, white shirts, grey waistcoats and grey loose ties with Gary wearing a pink loose tie. All of the guys had superhero socks on. We picked the hero that matched each of their personality…”

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“Our daughter, Willow, wore a handmade dress from a lady on Facebook called ‘From Diamonds to Dreams’. She wanted to be a princess and that is exactly what she looked like! She wore her dress with white ankle socks and silver glitter converse.”

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The Bride and Grooms Outfits

“My dress was by Amanda Wyatt which I found in the York Bridal Outlet. Initially, it wasn’t actually something I thought I would wear, but I fell in love instantly and knew it was the one when I tried it on! I wore bridal shoes for the ceremony and photos etc. but changed into personalised converse that Gary had bought for me for the evening to dance away! I borrowed a bracelet from my Nana that had my birthstone in and wore beautiful pink and silver earrings with a cathedral length veil.

Gary wore a hired suit and I had bought him a watch that was gold and silver to match his wedding ring. I also had cufflinks made for him that had my fingerprint in one and Willow’s in the other.”

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The Finer Details…

“For my bouquet I chose white and pink roses with pink peonies, as I adore them. My bridesmaids had the same flowers but in a wrist corsage, so they didn’t have to carry a posey around all day… I had sprays for the ladies and buttonholes for the men in attendance.

I made most of the decorations myself including pom-poms that went all over the gardens. We had a ‘heaven’ table as we had lost a lot of family members in the year before the wedding. This was fairly simplistic, using jars with flameless candles in and photographs of the loved ones. It was just a way for us to pay our respects to them and have them be a part of our day…

For our favours we had wildflower seeds, so that everyone could take them away and plant them to watch them grow time and time again and remember our special day. I also hand painted a thank you sign for our cards afterwards and signs that read ‘Happily Ever After’ as I had seen the photo idea online and loved it. I created my own confetti cones which had our favourite song lyrics on and tea stained and petals that my mum and myself had dried ourselves.”

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Is there anything that you wish you knew before you tied the knot?

“Not really, as everything went as we had planned and was really beautiful. Maybe just be prepared for how nervous you end up feeling! I’d always questioned why on earth you would get nervous when you are marrying someone you love, but I did get nervous and so did Gary! But in a really good way! As soon as I saw him, my nerves completely disappeared…”

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What advice would you give to other Brides / Grooms to be?

“Prepping beforehand is definitely key. I had a white board on my wall so that I could list out EVERYTHING: things to do, things to take to the hotel the day before, things to pay etc. Having it there as a visual reminder honestly helped us both so much.

I felt calm throughout the planning stages, which I feel helped me on the actual day. I trusted the hotel wedding team as they had been fantastic all the way through the process. Having that trust meant that when I got up on the day of my wedding, I felt relaxed and could enjoy getting ready with my ladies and little girl.”

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What stands out most about your special day?

“A lot of guests commented afterwards about how nice the wedding was because it was relaxed, it wasn’t rigid and everyone that attended got along well. So, our most wonderful memory is just that everyone had such a wonderful time! There wasn’t any drama, as we invited everyone we love and who we wanted to share our day with us.

I know it’s a cliché, but it honestly couldn’t have been anymore perfect…”


(All photographs are courtesy of Sophie Eleanor Photography)


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