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This is a beautiful, classic wedding day, where the bride is just a picture perfect queen, the groom and his men are incredibly dashing in their military dress, and the details are elegant and subtle. It’s brimming with romance – just check out the picture above: Hollywood kiss, or what! And the ones in the barn remind me of classic novels by Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. The heroine and the soldier. Love it!

Laura and Nick were married on May 24th, 2014, at St John’s Church in Warminster, with the reception at Wick Farm, near Bath.

We decided early on to get married in a church as we’re both religious, and we decided on Warminster as that’s where Nick has been based with the army since 2009, so it felt like home.

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The Proposal

We went on holiday to an island just off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia in August 2013. We’d not been on holiday since Nick had come back from Afghanistan in September 2012, so we decided to go all out and book a 4* hotel: the stunning Lafodia. Nick’s into his running and enjoyed exploring the island every day. He told me he’d found an amazing fortress and that the views were worth the long and hot walk up the broken stone paths. So on August 12th at 7 am, we set off to walk to the fort. When we got to the top, I was taking in the views and when I turned around, he was standing there with a box and said, “I didn’t just bring you up here for the views.” I said yes straight away!

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The DIY

  • Laura’s sister, Steph Garnett, is an artist, and she designed a wedding crest for all the wedding stationery.
  • Steph also filmed friends and family miming lines to a song, which she then edited into a video that was played at the reception!
  • They draped hessian across the balcony in the main barn and threaded fairy lights through it.

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Overcoming disasters

The bride says that at the end of the night, the taxi to take the bridal party back to the hotel failed to turn up. Uh-oh!! Laura hadn’t drunk any alcohol all night, so she asked for the best man’s keys and drove herself, the groom, the best man and chief bridesmaid back to the hotel! It took a while to wedge Laura into the car as her dress was quite big and there were lots of laughs on the short journey home.

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The Advice

The day goes extremely quickly, so wherever possible take a moment to pause and take in the day.

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The Music

First dance – At Last by Etta James (sung by The Hipcats)
Walking down the aisle – Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke

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Roll Credits
Photography – Rob Grimes Photography and Tracey Christina Photography
Bride – Sincerity
Bridesmaids – True Bride
Groom – Military No. 1 Dress (Yorkshire Regiment Ceremonial)
Military ushers – Military No. 1 Dress
Best man and non-military ushers – Royal Ascot morning suit with a navy blue tie
Venues – St John’s Church in Warminster, with the reception at Wick Farm.

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