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A New Zealand-inspired wedding at Lee's Farm in Lancashire

A New Zealand-inspired wedding at Lee's Farm in Lancashire


Written by Laura Atri


Laura and Shaun celebrated their union in a glamorous flower-filled celebration, packed with wow-factor

 

Laura Isaacs, 29, a primary school teacher, and Shaun Preston, 34, a professional musician, held their civil ceremony at Ashton Memorial in Lancaster, before celebrating at Lee’s Farm in Great Eccleston, Lancashire.

Photography: Emma Boileau

Budget: £25,000

Flower budget: £4,000

Shaun and I met when he came to the UK from New Zealand to play a gig where I was working. He proposed when we were on holiday in Majorca, while we were overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at sunset.

We didn’t have a particular theme, but we did want to incorporate as many elements of New Zealand as possible. We definitely wanted a wow-factor wedding and a marquee for the reception, which we held on my sister’s field. I loved how everything looked, it was very classic and romantic but fun at the same time.

We went for quite different flowers as I didn’t want dainty ones.

In the end we chose king proteas, peonies, and hydrangea, but predominantly we had an abundance of greenery. Our flowers made the whole look of our wedding romantic, but fun at the same time.

My dress was by Annasul Y – I loved how simple it was, even though I thought I would never be in a dress like that!

We wanted lots of personal finishing touches, so we named each of our tables after New Zealand vineyards that we love, and had wine from each vineyard at the corresponding table.

We were also fortunate enough that two of our family friends made our gorgeous cake, which was such a lovely touch.

It’s so hard to choose a favourite part of the day. Apart from the ceremony obviously, I also really loved when we surprised our guests with a firework display.

I really laughed out loud when Shaun and his good friend Ben got up and sang Crocodile Rock at the piano... it was a spur of the moment thing and had everyone up and dancing! Our evening was so much fun and there was plenty of laughter, food and dancing. I was the first one on the dancefloor and incredibly, my 94-year-old nana was the last!

Ridiculously, we didn’t go to bed until 4.30am – Shaun was playing the piano and I was sat on top of it while we all had a good sing-song.

My tip for brides-to-be: Enjoy the planning. Even though it feels stressful at the time, I miss it all now!

Steal their style!

FLORIST: The Flower Shop by Morgan CEREMONY VENUE: Ashton Memorial DRESS: Annasul Y BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: ASOS GROOMSWEAR: Ted Baker 


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