Creative duo Laura Ellison and Dave Gimson found love when both were stuck in a daily grind of the corporate world.
“I was temping at his previous office. We quickly realised we were two frustrated creatives in a sea of corporate gloom and would try to break up the day by secretly sending silly limericks to each other over the staff intranet,” Laura, 33, explains.
The future bride then headed to one of Dave’s folk band gigs and soon after the couple had formed a folk duo of their own.
They sang their way around London, where they were living at the time, and a year and a half later Dave, 36, thought up an elaborate proposal that led to a hunt through London and ended in tea and a diamond ring atop Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath.
The couple then spent about 10 months planning their autumn wedding. “We both knew we wanted it to be in autumn because we love the colours and the cosy feel of the nights drawing in,” Laura says.
The couple wed at Alveston Pastures Farm in Warwickshire on October 22, 2011 in front of 58 guests. The humanist ceremony was so inspirational that the bride has now retrained as a wedding celebrant!
The venue provided a blank canvas for the autumn-themed celebrations and the couple and their families spent many hours bringing their vision to life.
“Our wedding wasn’t fancy or grand. But we felt that it represented us well – it was homely and, wherever possible, homemade,” Laura says.
“We ate pie, we drank mulled wine in front of the fire, and we were with our closest friends and family! It was a day full of love.”
Photos courtesy of Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography.
Stylish Rachel Simpson heels complemented Laura’s simple but beautiful wedding dress.
Laura’s natural-look bridal bouquet was packed full of stunning blooms.
Rich plum bridemaids’ dresses complemented the autumn theme.
Bomboniere: Etsy - Fairyfolk / Brides Accessories: Wendy Ming / Brides Gown: Kathrine Fachmann / Brides Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Etsy - Delezhen / Bridesmaids Dresses: Baby Ceylon / Cake: Homemade / Caterer: Sarah Hudson Evans / Celebrant: Alan Penny / Ceremony Music: Rosie Aldridge / Entertainment: The Swing Commanders / Flowers: Heaven Scent / Grooms Attire: TM Lewin / Grooms Shoes: Jimmy Bee, Magnus Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Peckham Rye / Groomsmen Shoes: Their own / Hair: Claire Harmer / Honeymoon: Malaysia / Invitations: DIY / Lolly Buffet: DIY / Makeup: Claire Harmer / Photographer: Sarah Brittain Edwards / Rings: Taylor Made / Venue: Alveston Pastures Farm / Venue Decor: Homemade / Wedding Night Venue: Church Street Townhouse