They say that music brings people together, and that was certainly the case with Lauren and Michael. “We met on our first day of college in a music technology class,” Lauren remembers. “The attraction grew as we discovered more mutual interests – particularly our music taste.”
The couple's favourite song, September by Earth, Wind & Fire, inspired Michael's proposal. “He popped the question on 21st September, the day that's referred to in the lyrics,” Lauren tells us. “We were at Leeds Castle in Kent when he got down on one knee.”
The pair started planning their dream wedding for 6th May, 2018, and they wanted a music theme to reflect them as a couple. Lauren lets us in on all the details…
I've celebrated many special occasions at Great Burstead Church in Billericay, so I knew I wanted to get married there. We looked at several reception venues but instantly fell in love with Crondon Park. We loved the garden, fountain and the fact it was one open space so our guests wouldn't get split up.
The table numbers were made from 6-inch vinyl records while the table plan featured discs with our loved ones' names written on it. We made confetti from old manuscript paper including sheets by our favourite artist. No one would've known, but it was special to us.
From the start, we wanted classic, neutral floral arrangements. We added the wow factor to our tables with geometric terrariums. To tie it all together, the geometric pattern was reflected in our stationery. We loved the modern look and felt it wouldn't date.
We're not normally cake fans, but we did enjoy a big slice the day after the wedding! The creation was a Tiffany-blue ombré design with a personalised cake topper, which had our initials either side of a treble clef. We also treated our guests to cupcakes and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
We lined Michael's guitar case with fabric and fairylights with a banner for our cards. Candles were dotted between the beams of the venue to add atmosphere while the trees outside were hung with lanterns. We travelled in a beautifully elegant 1950s Rolls Royce.
The boutique owner pulled out my Allure Bridals dress for me. I didn't like it initially because of the colour of the sample, but when I put it on I knew it was the one. This was confirmed by the fact that my mum cried, which she hadn't done with any others! I ordered it in white with a matching diamanté veil.
We both used to say that there's no such thing as perfection, but to us, our day really was. When we saw each other at the church all the stress of organising melted away and we could just enjoy the moment.
The men all looked dapper in three-piece black tuxedoes. Michael wore a grey bow tie while the groomsmen sported blue accessories to tie in with the bridesmaids' stunning Sorella Vita gowns. My youngest bridesmaid wore a shorter version so she didn't look too grown up.
Music played a huge part in our day. A violinist performed while our friends and family arrived, and she did a rendition of Tale As Old As Time when I entered. When we left the ceremony, she played I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles as we're both West Ham fans. At the reception, our awesome DJ got the party started and the night ended with everyone in a circle singing Young Forever by Jay-Z.
Our photographer, Gemma Giorgio, was outstanding and made us feel so relaxed. She went above and beyond for us. Gemma suggested we jump in a golf buggy to head to different locations for our portraits. It was then that I nearly went through the front window as Michael accidentally slammed on the brakes! We still laugh about it now.