real wedding: 1940’s black tie wedding with a lego twist {laura & ben}

Good morning lovelies! Happy New Year to you if it’s your first time checking in to b.loved in 2013! I hope the hangover has passed, and I know many of you are back at work today so I hope it’s not too painful after a couple of weeks off.  I’m sure there are many of you reading today who got engaged over the Christmas and New Year holidays, so congratulations and a very warm welcome to you!

2013 is already looking like an exciting year, so let’s kick off with an elegant and fun real wedding from Bristol-based Albert Palmer Photography.  Laura and Ben combined chic and sophisticated black tie with hints 1940’s glamour and quirky modern touches – Banksy invites and an abundance of lego (Ben’s other big love!)!! I love their sense of humour – a great piece of advice to all you brides-to-be; include what you love in your big day, even if it might seem a little crazy!  Just how cute are the red and white lego ring boxes, and lego heart cake topper!

Laura explains more ~

We met during our university days in Cardiff at Clwb Ifor Bach at a drum and bass event. Then via mutual friends, our relationship began to develop from there.   Unfortunately Ben’s plan of proposing at his favourite beach (Mwnt) in West Wales had to be rethought as sadly his dad died just before our scheduled trip. Plan B then kicked into action. After taking the already purchased hamper packed full of my favourite food to Cyprus on a family holiday, he laid out a picnic spread on a rocky ledge looking out to the sea, handed me a glass of champagne and a heart shaped silver box. I opened the box, cried a little and said yes and then was so surprised I hardly ate anything and couldn’t wait to get back to the villa to tell everyone, her parents and sisters!!

Ben wore a Cerutti dinner suit, dress shirt, black silk cummerbund and bow tie, white cotton gloves, Paul Smith shoes and cufflinks, pink rose button hole

My dress was Bronte by Nicola Anne, dupion silk, cream, strapless with lace detail at front of the top. Beautiful big skirt with bustles at the back. I had my hair in a side bun styled by Kate Kelvin, she was lovely and filled me with confidence that my hair would be great after a couple of previously unsuccessful trials with other hairdressers in Bristol. I just told her what I had in mind and she did it first time. It was finished off with two beautiful hair pins, called Hollywood by Victoria Fergusson. I had a bracelet and drop pearl earrings to match but took the earrings out to replace them with the beautiful diamond earrings my husband delivered to me on the morning of the wedding.  My two beautiful sisters Gemma and Olivia wore floor length, rose pink Dessy dresses.

Our inspiration came from Ben’s love of lego and anything pink; and a mutual love of cheese, picnics, anything British, cream tea, dance music, local produce, cocktails and friends. We wanted it to have all the personal touches so planned how we wanted it to be ourselves. We thought the dress code of black tie would be really cool and a bit different. It really worked and everyone looked so smart and stylish. 

We used Mr Men & Little Miss and Banksy on our stationery to represent our individual characteristics, and added vintage touches throughout the day for a 1940’s twist. We had a restored post box for our cards, a chalkboard menu written with 1940’s typewriter fonts, we made our own cheese picnic for our guests using all the local produce we love topped with a lego cake topper! Lego details featured throughout our day – from the ring boxes to plant pots topped with lego blocks!  We served cream tea as dessert on vintage crockery and cake stands. 

We both loved everything, we felt truly happy all day long and sharing it with family and friends makes it even better. It goes too fast though! I thought the speeches were really special, a perfect balance of sentimental and funny and Ben’s was really romantic and made me feel really special.  Also seeing all of our work and personal touches come together – everything really worked and looked great.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We choose not to have a first dance, we wanted it to happen more naturally rather than staged in front of our guests. We definitely did have a dance together though – the band and DJ were both amazing!

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Photography was really important to us – spend some time researching the style of photographers, they are not all the same! The more websites you view, the more you get to know what you like. A good photographer is worth every penny.

Also we had a videographer, unexpected and something we would never have initially prioritised or budgeted for, but Aaron Betesta captured our day and gave it back to us in a really unique way, in two short films – one of 3 minutes and one of 10 minutes with music tracks. Watching them back and seeing the bits he captured of the day was amazing – priceless and you just want to see more and more. We would recommend having photos and film if you can!

The personal touches and picking things that you really like yourselves is important and make it all the more special and more about the two of you.



Dress:  Nicola Anne // Shoes: Rachel Simpson (bride) and Paul Smith (groom) // Veil & accessories : Victoria Fergusson // Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy // Stationery: DIY // Venue & Catering: Goldbrick House, Bristol // Coordinator: Katherine Minton at Goldbrick House // Bouquets: Philippa Spearing // Reception Flowers: DIY // Hair: Kate Kelvin // Makeup: Jordan Smith at Bobby Brown // Heart shaped Welsh cakes (favours): Tan Y Castell // Cheese Picnic evening buffet: DIY // Cheese cake: Arch House Deli and Somerset Cheese Company // Music: DJ Killer Tom, Cardiff and The Zen Hussies // Harpist: Ruth Kenyon


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

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