My best friend's wedding

I met Laura at university 7 years ago and we pretty quickly became best friends, mostly due to our mutual love of Harry Potter. At the time she was in quite a difficult place but a few years ago she met a guy on World of Warcraft and it was very apparent that they had deep feelings for each other. Finally, three years ago, after years of agonising over what to do, she and Matt made it official and became a couple. It's not a secret that Matt creeped me out at first. I thought he was clingy and, quite frankly, a bit weird (Sorry, Matt!). Once I met him, however, all my fears subsided. Ok, he was clingy and yes, he was definitely a bit weird, but in the best possible way. Over the past three years, I've come to regard Matt as one of my closest friends as well as Laura, and he and Rich are like brothers to each other. Last summer, the four of us went to Florida where Laura officiated our wedding ceremony and it was the happiest time of my life. 
Signing the register wedding photo
At the end of October, Rich and I were honoured to witness Laura and Matt say their own vows, even more so when we were asked to be best man/ maid of honour, ring bearers, witnesses and, in my case, Laura's toilet-helper! No pressure then!
Bride getting ready photo
In fact, I think I was happier at their wedding than at my own. When Rich and I married, I was super anxious and, to be completely honest, just wanted to rush through it so people would stop looking at me! This time, I could take in all the emotions. Watching my beautiful best friend and the man who is so perfect for her that I couldn't even dream up a greater match say their vows to her made me happier than I could ever have imagined.
Close up wedding dress photo
I can't thank Laura enough for everything she has done for me. She has been my rock through some incredibly traumatic times through the past 7 years and absolutely deserves every happiness that comes her way. I am so happy for her to have found someone who loves her exactly as she should be loved and feel so proud to call her my best friend.
Bride before wedding photo
Laura and Matt were married in their local town hall and we got ready in the hotel across the road from the venue. Poor Laura, who never particularly wants to be the centre of attention, was shocked by the amount of people beeping their horns and cheering at her as we walked between the two buildings. You would though, wouldn't you?   
Bride before ceremony photo
One of my highlights of the ceremony was that they played a beautiful piano arrangement of the Jurassic Park theme tune before we entered. It's something of an in-joke for the four of us and they thought they'd play it just to see if anyone noticed (Laura's brother did!). 
Wedding ceremony black and white photo
After the ceremony, the guests headed back to the hotel while the wedding party popped around the corner for some photos at the castle. While we walked up the hill, an adorable little girl gasped and said to her parents "She's beautiful!" The whole time we were taking photos, this cutie insisted on standing behind the photographer and watching. 
Bride and bridesmaid wedding photo
This is just a quick iPhone snap (since Rich finds it impossible to use my manual focus lens) but you can see how beautiful my dress is. It's so me but I didn't even choose it- Laura picked it out herself. She has such great taste! The dress went down really well (In fact, Matt's mum told me at the dinner table that I had "the best dress in the room". Excluding Laura, I'd assume!) 
Maid of honour wedding photo
Maid of honour bouquet
Wedding flowers photo
Our flowers were also absolutely stunning. Funnily enough, blue hydrangeas are exactly what I'd intended to have when I was planning to have a traditional wedding. Remember what I said about Laura's great taste?
Bridesmaids wedding photo
Wedding decor blue and cream
The hotel conservatory decorations were a joint effort between Laura, her mum and Matt's mum, and the room looked absolutely lovely with fairy lights everywhere. 
Blue hydrangea cream rose centrepiece
Cream favour box
World of Warcraft wedding theme
Remember how I said they met on World of Warcraft? Every table was named after a Warcraft world (or something along those lines!)
Wedding ceramic placename
When I attended the wedding of one of Rich's friends in the summer, the bridesmaid gave a speech and it was so lovely that I asked Laura how she would feel about me giving one. As Rich has given a best man's speech before, and hated every second of it, it was agreed that I would give a speech on behalf of both of us. Oh, man! Spending my entire career talking to dozens- sometimes hundreds- of kids people, I didn't think I'd be phased at all. I was wrong. It was terrifying. However, I got through it just fine, people laughed at the right points and Laura got a bit misty-eyed so, if you ask me, it was a complete success. 
Blue and white roses wedding cake
This beautiful cake was handmade over several days by Matt's mum. Isn't it incredible? Cake decorating isn't even her profession!
Blue and white cake decoration flowers
Wedding photo of bride and groom cutting cake
Bride and groom wedding photo
First dance wedding photo
Wedding guest activities
...It's a long story! If you look really closely, you'll see that instead of kisses I've put sssssss. This is how we end our texts- they're Parseltongue kisses. 
Wedding party selfie
It was a truly beautiful wedding. To Laura and Matt (because I know you're reading): Both Rich and I are over the moon that you have found each other. You are so incredibly perfect for each other. Matt, I can't thank you enough for everything you do for my best friend. Genuinely, she has never been happier than she has been with you and I know you take such grear care of her. And also, because neither Rich nor I will ever be soppy enough to say this to you in person, thank you so much for being the best friends anyone could ask for. We love you both very much. Roll on our Centerparcs Christmas! 

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  1. The colour scheme and dresses are absolutely beautiful! Looks like it was a lovely day!

    Kelly x

  2. Your dress is gorgeous. Both your dresses are. Aw man, yay for love!

    I tried my best to ensure as many women as men got to speak at my wedding. None of this "on behalf of my wife and I" nonsense.

    Lis / last year's girl x

  3. This is such a beautiful wedding - yes, that dress looks PERFECT on you - and Laura makes for the most stunning bride (I so would honk. You know I would). And Becky? Love and joy POURS from your words here - I can tell how happy you are for your best friend and, goodness, how moved I am by that. Wonderful.

  4. Omg, Parseltongue kisses, that's so cute. Laura looked so beautiful, the whole wedding sounded like it was amazing. You look fab in your dress too, it's lovely!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  5. wow everything is stunning, love the colour scheme! she has amazing taste!

    Eilidh from Velvet Winter

  6. Great photos! This looks like it was such a lovely wedding and I absolutely love the cake!

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

  7. Wow this wedding is PRETTY! That cake is unbelievable! Laura's dress is FABULOUS - yours is TOO - I couldn't honestly pick whose is more jawdropping but This Is Great!!!

  8. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever seen. A huge congratulations to the happy couple - and WOW at how beautiful you look Becky! The photos are amazing too, as always, and this was a joy to read ^__^

    Jemma xx

  9. What a beautiful day and such an honour to be a part of it! Two of my closest friends got married this year too! X

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  10. This is such a sweet post! Looks like a stunning wedding too, that cakes is beyond incredible for someone who isn't even a professional decorater! x

  11. the dresses are GORGEOUS! what a bunch of stunners!!

  12. Oh wow such a pretty and dainty wedding, you'll look so happy

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

  13. Aww what a lovely post! You both look beautiful! x

  14. Beautiful photos, looks like such a magical wedding with some really lovely touches! Alice xx

  15. What a beautiful colour scheme. Your friend looks so happy, it's lovely. I just got married (posts on my blog blah blah haha) and so I just love anything wedding related atm! xxx

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  16. I've come back and read this post a few times because it's so lovely! Looks like such a gorgeous day and your dress is gorgeous!

  17. Oh this is lovely! Both of your dresses are gorgeous - definitely great taste! Also, that cake looks professionally done... So beautiful!

  18. You both look absolutely gorgeous. Sounds like you had a really magical day!

  19. I went to the wedding of some friends a few months back who are both role players/board gamers and their music for waiting for the ceremony, her walking down the aisle etc was all instrumental versions of geeky music from things like Star Wars and Transformers. I can't remember what all of them were now! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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