December 17, 2018

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Clem | Pearl Wedding Cuff Fleur

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Britten Bride Laurie made sure her wedding day was definitely one to remember, especially as the date of their October wedding held a special significance, sharing their big day with Laurie's parents 25th wedding anniversary. 

With family at the heart of their celebrations, Laurie paid homage to her Northern Irish roots and her husband's Welsh heritage with a Celtic fusion themed wedding, captured beautifully by Laura Parkinson Photography.

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

With a smokey eye and tonal lip shade, Laurie's makeup by Ramona Burns Makeup & Beauty worked beautifully with the sleek and chic low up-do from Anne at H2O. 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearl beads, Laurie wore the stunning Vogue satin sheath and tulle overlay Ettia wedding dress by Maggie Sottero, purchased from Krystle Bridal in Bath, Somerset.

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Laurie added extra sparkle with our pearl and crystal bridal accessories and accentuated her sophisticated up-do with the alternative pearl bridal head chain, River.

She also complemented her beautiful wedding headpiece with a shimmering pair of wedding drop earrings ‘Clem’ and elegant pearl wedding cuff – ‘Fleur’, before completing the bridal look with her platinum wedding band during the ceremony. 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Each element of her Britten Weddings bridal jewellery was finished with hand beaded gold beads, matching her Adrianna Tulle and Satin Sandals by Rainbow Club perfectly. 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Throughout the day, Laurie added little touches to ensure guests who had travelled far to attend the wedding felt at home, including walking down the aisle to Calon Lân (A Pure Heart) played on Northern Ireland’s largest organ, in the historical setting of Down Cathedral.

Following the ceremony, guests relocated to the wedding reception held in the Victorian-built Slieve Donard Resort in Northern Ireland where the Celtic theme continued. The pearl wedding cake from Wedding Cakes by Design and the four-tiered cheese cake were decorated with cake toppers saying ‘Love’ and ‘Cariad’ (Welsh for love), and the cheese cake, made entirely of Welsh cheese, was flown over especially from Madame Fromage in Cardiff. 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

In the evening, the newly-weds joined each other on the dancefloor for their first dance to the sweetly romantic Ellie Golding's 'How Long Will I Love You?'.

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

When it came to decorations, Laurie had to get creative as flowers were a huge 'no'. Fortunately, she found bridal keepsake company Innocent Chaos who came up with the perfect solution; an iridescent ball of spraying pearls. 

‘I’m totally allergic so I really had to think outside the box for my bouquet and what the bridesmaids would carry and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result!’  

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

When asked about her favourite part of the day, Laurie said...

'I think one of my favourite memories, however, is the most gorgeous picture of mine, my mum's, and my Nana’s rings - what a bond between the generations! My 90-year-old nana nearly outshone me!' 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff FleurThank you Laurie for sharing your wedding photographs with us, you looked absolutely stunning, and it looks like you had the most perfect day. We hope you have a wonderful time on your honeymoon to Vietnam. 

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff FleurReal Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff FleurReal Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur

Real Bride | Maggie Sottero Gown | Pearl and Gold Bridal Head Chain River | Wedding Drop Earrings Gold, Pearl & Crystal Clem | Pearl and Crystal Wedding Cuff Fleur


Clare Jennings
Clare Jennings

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Based in the North West, I'm freelance copywriter with a love for all things bridal. Working with Britten Weddings, I help to make it easier for brides to find what they're looking for online, and I get to plan my dream wedding every day (even though my actual wedding was in 2010).