Game of Thrones

Lauren and Gareth's Game of Thrones-inspired day went down a storm at Oakwell Hall

Getting an upgrade on a long haul flight can be a great decision for many reasons; comfort, luxury, extra space...and even better if you're planning to propose!

It didn't quite come off the way that Gareth had planned but the result was the same and Lauren excitedly said 'yes' somewhere in the skies over Krakow. “Gareth wanted us to be in first class when he popped the question so had told all the flight attendants his plans. After some mix-up and miscommunication, we didn't get an upgrade, but we did enjoy some celebratory Prosecco, which arrived in a plastic cup! It really didn't matter, it was so lovely and caught me totally off guard,” says Lauren.

The pair had met while working in a pub together and were on their way to a wedding in Australia at the time of the proposal. “Gareth normally can't keep anything from me at all but he managed to pull it off in style, we even had a welcome party waiting for us when we arrived in Oz,” says Lauren.

Here she tells us more about their big day...

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We knew straight away that Oakwell Hall was the perfect place for us as we visited it daily to walk our dog, Dudley.

 

Game of Thrones: Image 2aI tried a few full length gowns on before I picked my dress but I love a good boogie and knew I'd struggle with a long dress and train. Lily was the only tea-length I tried, and it was definitely the one for me.

Game of Thrones: Image 2 I spent hours looking on the internet for bridal hair specialists, but once I'd picked my dress, I knew I needed a vintage hair style to finish off the look.

 

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Gareth wore lovely dark grey tweed trousers and a crisp white shirt, thick black braces and a blush pink bow tie. He looked out of this world! His best men were Danny and Simon who he's known since high school.

 

Game of Thrones: Image 4aWe hired an assortment of outdoor fete games that went down a storm.

Game of Thrones: Image 4 Our niece Penelope was our only flowergirl. She's three and a complete superstar. She's a massive part of our lives so it only felt right to have her involved in such a special way.

 

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I had two bridesmaids, Sarah and Amy, who wore really delicate tea length gowns with a blush satin slip and gorgeous grey floral lace over the top.

 

Game of Thrones: Image 6aEach table was named after houses within the Game of Thrones series and we used the confetti to tie it in further. We also used the GOT font for our place names and tableplan, which I created myself. This was enough to tie in the theme without going too far.

Game of Thrones: Image 6 We hired bunting, Jute table runners and the most beautiful Chiavari chairs from My Something Borrowed in Halifax. The rest of the décor I made by hand; I collected jars and decorated them myself with twine and ribbon, adorned the walls with string lights, trinkets and pictures of us.

 

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We hired the most beautiful seven seater 1964 Austin Princess Laundulet, which is my dream car and it was in pristine condition. It looked great in our photos and I felt like I was in a vintage movie being driven around in it.

 

Game of Thrones: Image 8aOur friend Chris was our DJ for the evening. He came over from Chesterfield especially to entertain us all night and played a variety of the best party tunes, chart hits and some cheesy requests – the dancefloor was packed all night long.

Game of Thrones: Image 8 We opted for a half and half cake. One side was delicate and matched the vintage part of our theme while the other featured both of our favourite things... skulls and tattoos. Our close friend is a tattoo artist and designed the whole thing for us. It's amazing that something like that could be created for us.

 

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My bouquet, along with the bridesmaids' blooms, doubled up as our top table flowers. They were just so beautiful that I really wanted to show them off, so we popped them in mason jars on the table.

 

Game of Thrones: Image 10aI had the most amazing birdcage veil on a Swarovski crystal slide created. Lou at Lou Lou Puchalka in Leeds Corn Exchange is one for experimenting and when I told her about the unusual colour of my dress she went all out to make my veil and outfit match perfectly.

Game of Thrones: Image 10 I could talk about our photographer Hayley all day. We're so grateful to her for capturing our day in a way that we can cherish forever. She made our wedding look like a Hollywood movie and we were stars for the day.

 

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Our photographer made our wedding look like a Hollywood movie and we were stars for the day.

 

Lauren and Gareth's contact book


Acoustic Music
Michael Mulholland
www.michaelmulhollandacoustic.com

Bride's accessories
Lou Lou Puchalka
www.louloupuchalka.com

Bride's dress
Lace & Co Bridal
www.laceandco.com

Bride's hair
Yorkshire Bridal Hair
www.yorkshirebridalhair.co.uk

Bride's make-up
Keelie Leanne MAU
www.facebook.com/keelieleannemua/

Bridesmaids' dresses
Coast
www.coast.com

Cake
Sweet Sensations Leeds
www.sweet-sensations.net

Catering
Eat Me - Drink Me
eatme-drinkme.co.uk

DJ
Chris
@apollodjs

Flowers
Tigerlily Floral Art
www.tigerlilyfloralart.com

Groom and usher's suits
Next
www.next.com

Invitations
The Original Wedding Tea Towel
www.weddingteatowels.co.uk

LED lights
The White Bulb
www.thewhitebulb.com

Photographer
Hayley Baxter Photography
www.hayleybaxterphotography.com

Transport
Indigo Executive Travel
www.indigoexecutivetravel.co.uk

Venue
Oakwell Hall and Country Park
www.friendsofoakwellhall.org.uk

Venue styling
My Something Borrowed
www.mysomethingborrowed.co.uk

Videographer
Charlotte White Weddings
www.charlottewhiteweddings.co.uk

 
 

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