We'd love to know how many marriages started out on MSN Messenger; we know that Laura and Jason's did. "We met through mutual friends when we were 16 years old," Laura remembers. "We used to spend hours chatting online!" They first met up at Xscape, and from then they never wanted to be apart. So much so that when Laura turned 21, Jason popped the question.
The pair waited nine years for their big day, but they say good things come to those who wait. Their wedding was planned for 1st July, 2018, at the beautiful King's Croft Hotel. We caught up with Laura to get all the details…
I grew up just down the road from the venue, and we always knew it was where we'd tie the knot. A big reason was because it's local for both our families, and we loved the fact that we could have our ceremony outside in the Pavilion.
We chose a timeless palette of blush pink and gold. Our centrepieces were tall candelabra with stunning flowers draped over them.There were also rose gold runners, jars filled with floating candles and pretty spray flowers to match my bouquet.
Our favours were little personalised macarons, which doubled up brilliantly as place settings. I loved our tableplan; the names were written in rose gold foil on white card and mounted on a gorgeous mirror.
Our cake had four tiers, each a different delicious flavour: Ferrero Rocher, Cherry Bakewell, forest fruits and strawberries and cream.
I knew I wanted a princess-style dress, and as soon as I walked into the boutique and saw it I knew it was the one. It came in two separate parts so I could choose the style of top I wanted and have it made into address. I loved being able to customise my look, I also added straps and a beautiful belt and finished it off with a long sparkly veil.
We opted for a starlight backdrop behind the top table, while fairy lights wrapped around the bannisters and columns gave a wonderful atmosphere. On the dance floor, we had big light-up letters.
Our photographer and videographer were amazing and really helped everything run smoothly. Liz from the venue was lovely, she made plates of food for us from the evening buffet and had them sent to courtroom after our loved ones had left as she knew we'd be hungry.
Jason wore a grey woven suit; it took so long to find the perfect shade! The groomsmen, dads and our two boys, Jake annabelle, all wore the same. My bridesmaids looked amazing in their gowns, which had sparkly tops and flowing skirts. Goddaughter, Emme, looked super-cute in her custom dress and sparkly headband.
There are lots of special moments looking back, from seeing Jason stood at the Pavilion for the first time to coming out as Mr and Mrs.We also went for a walk together to let everything sink in.
We were both expecting to feel really nervous on the day. As I was getting ready, I was waiting for the nerves to kick in but they never did – we were so relaxed.
Our photo booth was such a big hit with our guests. There was a queue all night and everyone loved getting funny pictures as amemento. The attendants on the booth were great fun – they even joined us for a dance.
Flowers and venue styling