REAL WEDDING // Laura & James - A classic Gatsby affair

Laura and James are an awesome couple that we are honoured to know personally; as close friends of the family we were really excited not only to design their stationery but to be invited along to the celebrations too. We thought we would leave it to the bride, the newest Mrs Tarbuck, to tell you more about their beautiful day, and so over to Laura who is today's guest bride blogger.

Enjoy every single moment of the planning and the day because it will fly by.

The highlight of our wedding day has to be the ceremony! The ceremony was my favourite part of the day and the part I remember the most. It felt as though there was no one else in the room and we were so excited to be husband and wife. For us, whilst the reception and celebrations were amazing, it was all about each other and becoming a family.

Art deco inspired invitations, RSVP and information card, see more here

Art deco inspired invitations, RSVP and information card, see more here

I like to think of myself as creative (don't we all?!) but i couldn't quite get that professional look with my invites. I sent my ideas to Abi and she totally 'got it': the wedding theme, our personalities and the overall first impression we wanted to give with our invites. We were so happy with the designs and Dearly Beloved were so supportive when I was struggling with all the decisions to be made!

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We asked Laura to pass on some pearls of wisdom for all the couples who are knee deep in wedding planning, here are her top tips:

1. Hire a videographer.

The photos, video (and your new hubby/wife!) are all that you have left after the big day. Everyone says that the day goes so quickly and it really does. There are so many things that I had forgotten about that our videographer captured and it was so wonderful watching the video together months later.

2. Do sweat the small stuff!

Contrary to the advice given by previous brides on every wedding blog I have read, I did sweat the small stuff and it paid off. Whilst it is true that you do not care about the minor details on the day, your guests do care and it makes the day more memorable to them. Guests commented on how much they loved all the little thoughtful details.

3. Make a list of photographs to give to your photographer.

Our photographs are so beautiful but there are a few pictures (stolen from magazines) that I wanted to replicate. I bought a cathedral veil hoping to get some beautiful photos of it blowing in the wind but I forgot to tell my photographer!  Moral of the tale - lists, lists, lists!

It's rare that we actually attend any of the weddings that we design for and so it was really wonderful to experience the day that Laura and James' created - You could really tell how much they enjoyed planning special touches for their guests.

Three words to describe their wedding - Gatsby! Fun! Timeless!

Yes, they included vintage touches inspired by Gatsby style manor house parties, but the overall day still really felt like "them" - Which is what it's all about! We loved it!

Photography - David Boyton Photography
Venue - Pendrell Hall, Codsall Wood
Bride's dress - Charlotte Balbier from The Bridal Rooms, Lichfield
Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Florist - Primrose Flower Boutique