LAURA AND LUKE

A WOOD­LAND FAIRY­TALE FILLED WITH WILD­FLOW­ERS

Perfect Wedding Magazine - - Wedding Crashers -

LAURA MAD­DI­SON AND LUKE AVIS-RIOR­DAN HELD THEIR WOOD­LAND WED­DING AT EVER AF­TER, DARTMOOR, ON 23RD JULY 2016

Luke and I fell in love with our venue, Ever Af­ter, the first time we saw it. We were look­ing for some­where close to our home in Ply­mouth with an en­chanted fairy­tale feel. Af­ter see­ing the flower-filled gar­dens, the barns and back­drop of the wood­land, river and moss-cov­ered trees, we knew it was ex­actly what we were look­ing for. The bridal cot­tage also won us over. Beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, it was the per­fect place to get ready with my brides­maids on the morn­ing with its ful­l­length or­nate and Hol­ly­wood-lit mir­rors.

I wanted our flow­ers to look nat­u­ral and hand-picked, while Luke was keen to in­cor­po­rate a few pops of red into our en­chanted wood­land theme. I did some Pin­ter­est re­search to ex­plain my vi­sion to our florist, but Deborah from Dartmoor Flow­ers knew ex­actly what I wanted and per­fectly cap­tured the wild­flower look.

We named our ta­bles af­ter fa­mous pairings such as Bat­man and Robin, Romeo and Juliet, and Ross and Rachel, all beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated by our wed­ding

sta­tioner, Emmy De­signs. I trawled my favourite an­tique shops up north (where I’m from) for glass bot­tles and old books for our ta­ble cen­tre­pieces, and painted jars with guests’ names for them to fill with Pimm’s and cloudy lemon­ade while min­gling in the grounds.

Our favours were Un­cle Joe’s Mint­balls, a tra­di­tional favourite from my home town of Wi­gan, along with freshly-made Devon fudge to cel­e­brate Luke’s fam­ily com­ing from Ply­mouth.

There were so many mem­o­rable mo­ments through­out the day – one of the fun­ni­est was when the Fifties-style Cadil­lac that we hired as a nod to Cuba, where we got en­gaged, very nearly broke down on the way to the church. My dad and I nar­rowly avoided run­ning down the hill to the church!

De­spite the jour­ney, I was ac­tu­ally quite calm when it came to walk­ing down the aisle. Af­ter hold­ing in tears all day, the speeches by Luke and my dad were what broke me! I could see what they were about to say in their notes on the ta­ble, which set me off in­stantly!

THE COU­PLE FILLED THEIR VENUE WITH DEL­I­CATE FO­LIAGE

LAURA LA­BELLED UP GLASS JARS FOR THEIR FUN PIMM’S STA­TION

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