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Laura and Richard's relaxed and romantic wedding wowed guests at Wentbridge House Hotel

Laura Beth Hartley, 31, married Richard James Pattison, 30, at St John's Church, Wentbridge followed by a reception at Wentbridge House Hotel on 25th March, 2017.

Here Laura tells us more...

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We knew we wanted to get married in a church and chose St John's in Wentbridge because of its close proximity to where I grew up in Wakefield. The setting of the church really is wonderful.


Lake wondermere: Image 2aI tried on about 10 dresses in total and the one I chose was actually the second I put on. I feel it suited me because it really cinched in my waist and balanced out my tall frame.

Lake wondermere: Image 2 Richard wore a navy blue suit with a white shirt, a floral tie and pocket square with Ted Baker shoes.


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For us, Wentbridge House ticked all of the boxes for our reception because of just how beautiful the building and the grounds are. We wanted to be able to create an intimate atmosphere for our family and friends.


Lake wondermere: Image 4aI really loved the natural and wild look of the bouquets. We didn't want to go for a perfectly round shape because we wanted them to appear effortless – like they'd just been picked and put together right there and then.

Lake wondermere: Image 4 We had three beautiful flowergirls, our daughter Eliza, and my cousins' daughters Georgina and Isla as well as our two nephews Declan and Jack as our pageboys. We wanted to have a very family-focused wedding with children playing a big role.


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I had five bridesmaids who wore long-sleeved dresses in blush pink with a v-neckline. It was quite a difficult decision to make because I wanted to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable.


Lake wondermere: Image 6aI wanted a large bouquet, something wild and uneven with lots of colour, a sweet fragrance and a 'freshly-picked' garden flower look.

Lake wondermere: Image 6 Our centrepieces were large wooden lanterns containing a large pillar candle,
smaller candles dotted around with ivy winding through them. We decided on
these arrangements because we didn’t want anything oversized or too imposing.


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Our reception room was decorated with lots of candles. We used little glass mercury holders with tea lights – lots of them!


Lake wondermere: Image 8aMy wedding make-up was just flawless and it stayed put all day. My eyes were done beautifully and the make-up artist really made them pop.

Lake wondermere: Image 8 I wanted fresh flowers for my hair as I thought it would suit the style I'd gone for as well as the overall theme.


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I travelled to the venue in a vintage car which we decided to hire in case the weather wasn't great. We also really liked the idea of going on a little drive around after the ceremony, just the two of us.


Lake wondermere: Image 10aWe had a four-tier cake and incorporated a blush tier and a powder-blue tier. Each layer was a different flavour and we chose three little birds as our cake topper to represent myself, Rick and Eliza.

Lake wondermere: Image 10 The violinist was an amazing addition to our ceremony. It really brought a classic feel to the church service and the music played was very personal.


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The pianist was fabulous, he played for the whole of the wedding breakfast and really created a warm and elegant atmosphere.


Laura and Richard's contact book

Bride's dress
Felicity Cooper Bridal

Bridesmaids and maid-ofhonour dresses

Poppy Pickering

DJ Winston

Flowergirls dresses

Campbells flowers

Groom's and usher's suits
Ashworth and Bird

Hair and make-up
Harriet Steele

Wildflower Illustration

Pageboy suits
Marks and Spencers

Belle and Beau fine Art Photography

David Robertshaw

Reception Venue
Wentbridge House Hotel


Cupid Carriages

Venue styling
Love in a Mist

Amy Fields

Wedding venue
St Johns's Church


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