Music brought Laura and Dave together in their home town of Blackpool. “I was 17 and Dave was 19,” says Laura. “We both have alternative tastes in music, so it was inevitable we'd get chatting at some point in Blackpool's only indie club, Jenx.” Their first date involved a slightly dodgy bar. “The pub he took me to wasn't very nice but then I beat him at pool. He even bought me a Kit Kat Chunky on the way home,” she remembers.
On 26th May, 2013, Dave proposed. “It was my mum's fiftieth birthday and my family were in Manchester to celebrate with us,” explains Laura. “This has always been a special day for us – as big United fans it's significant as it's the date we won the treble in Barcelona in 1999 and it's also Sir Matt Busby's birthday.”
Dave had planned to pop the question when they were out, but his emotions got the better of him and he did it at their home, just as they finished getting ready. “It was probably for the best as we were both very emotional, to say the least,” says Laura. Just under a year later, the couple celebrated with a fun and funky city centre wedding.
Here, Laura tells us more about their day…
Laura Senior, 24, married David Holden, 26, at Manchester Town Hall followed by a reception at The Deaf Institute on 18th April, 2014.
We'd been to The Deaf Institute loads for gigs, food and drinks. When we realised they did wedding receptions, we were buzzing – it's quirky, holds plenty of people, is wonderfully decorated and has lots of fantastic original features.
I wanted a fifties style, tea-length dress. My mum and I walked past Berketex Brides in Arndale one Sunday and she suggested popping in there. We walked in and within seconds, I locked eyes on the dress. Once I tried it on, I knew straightaway. It was so elegant and I just loved the movement from the skirt; perfect for twirling.
We wanted to get married in the city centre, so the Town Hall was the obvious choice. Being able to walk out into Albert Square in front of such a stunning building was a very exciting prospect.
My best friend Beth was my bridesmaid. She wore a classy and simple red dress.
I had a real mix of flowers for my bouquet: mini daffodils, gerberas, tulips, carnations – it looked so bright, beautiful and different, I loved it.
Dave wore a Ted Baker suit; the lining was a multi-coloured bow print, which was a nice touch, as I had a bit of a bow thing going on with my look, though I obviously couldn't tell him that when he got the suit.
Our cake featured stripes and spots in our red and yellow colour theme. It had a little penguin bride and groom on top – Dave's even had glasses on! It was delicious, with Victoria sponge, chocolate and carrot cake layers.
I adored my look and my sparkly red shoes finished it off perfectly.
Dave's eight-year-old niece Faith and my cousin's daughter Scarlett, who's two, were my younger bridesmaids. They carried red, heart-shaped balloons rather than flowers, attached to red wooden hearts.
We had a vintage tea set for the sweetie buffet, and a lot of sweets; I made love heart flags for it too.
Favours were sticks of red and yellow rock – a nice nod to where we’re from and where we met.
I opted for airbrush make-up; I wish I could wear it every day, it stayed on so well. My mum's a hairdresser; I had a rough idea of the hairstyle I wanted and explained it to her. She then turned it into something unbelievable.
Our DJ was recommended by The Deaf Institute. We had a real mix of indie, punk, new wave, post-punk, northern soul, reggae, rock and '80s pop; he played a lot of vinyl too, which was great.
Emma was the first photographer we met with and we knew straightaway she was perfect. She totally 'got' our day and I think that's why the pictures capture it so well – that, and how talented she is, of course!
My mum and dad surprised us with a Beauford Long Bodied Tourer 2 car that they'd booked for us. Fabulously vintage – we loved it.
After the speeches, my comedy troupe ComedySportz performed. It went down an absolute storm and ensured the room was filled with laughter, which is just what we wanted.
Berketex Bride, Arndale
The Bridal Make-Up Team
Belle Vue Buses
Blackwood Forrest Gateau
Altar Wedding Cars
Manchester Town Hall
Designer Flowers by Rodgers
Emma Boileau Photography
The Deaf Institute
Pull Focus Productions