An english rose

A Palladian mansion was the grand setting for laura and glen's quintessentially english al fresco affair

Laura and Glen's romance dates back to slow dancing together when they were just 12 years old at a friend's 13th birthday party. “After that dance, we saw each other around but didn't get together until we were 22,” Laura explains.

The couple dated for around four years before Glen popped the question. “We always go to a particular hotel in Dorset for a holiday between Christmas and New Year, and while we were there in 2010, I opened the door after hearing a knock and Glen was there on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring and two glasses of champagne!”

Just under two years later, they tied the knot al fresco at Stoke Park in Stoke Poges. Here, Laura reveals all about their big day.

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We were desperate to hold our ceremony outside and as soon as we saw Stoke Park's stunning grounds, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. The wedding coordinator Michele Connelly was also fantastic.


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My make-up artist Carolanne Armstrong gave me the subtle, natural look I wanted and made sure it lasted all day.


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Laura's tip: Get all the big things sorted first then enjoy organising the smaller details. Also, hire a videographer!


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We met David Bostock, The Bridal Photographer, at a wedding fair at the venue. He was very calm, professional and relaxed during the day; we'd definitely recommend him as we love our photos!


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I tried on around 20 gowns and ended up choosing the first one. As soon as the boutique assistant put the sash around it, I knew it was the one.


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My bouquet was made up of pale pink, white and light purple roses with freesias.


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I wore a cathedral-length lace-edged veil which I absolutely loved – I barely took it off all day!


An english rose: Image 8aI travelled with my mum and dad to Stoke Park in a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, which was so much fun!

An english rose: Image 8 A friend of my sister's made our four-tier cake. We had two square layers and two round ones so it was a little different, and it was covered in scrolls of white chocolate.


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Glen decided not to have a best man and had his two friends Dave and Lee as ushers instead. They wore the same tails but with silver waistcoats and purple ties to complement the bridesmaids' dresses.


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For favours, we gave each guest a miniature bottle of prosecco tied with a purple ribbon.


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My four bridesmaids wore long, taupe dresses from Dessy and carried bouquets of pale pink and white roses mixed with freesias.


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All the kids were given a jar of sweets and we put a box on each table filled with games and activities to stop them getting bored during the meal.


An english rose: Image 13aThe outside of the building was decorated with beautiful, large floral displays and white organza swags hanging between the pillars.

An english rose: Image 13 Glen looked handsome in charcoal grey tails with a white shirt, waistcoat and tie.


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We hired Strings Aloud to play during the ceremony and drinks reception – the music was very special.


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To decorate the tables, we had fishbowls filled with grasses and topped with pink, white and purple roses.


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In the evening, a band called Urban Blue played a mixture of pop, jazz and soul music to entertain the guests.


Laura and Glen's contact book

Urban Blue

Bride's dress
Sassi Holford

Bride's hair
HOB Salon, Northwood

Bride's make-up
Carolanne Armstrong

Bridesmaids' dresses

Classic Car Hire


Groom's suit

The Bridal Photographer

String quartet
Strings Aloud

Stoke Park

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