Today we’re talking to Laura, our gorgeous Ellie Sanderson real life bride. Laura had a relaxed, elegant wedding at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. She looked a vision in her Suzanne Neville Salvador gown as the sun shone for her pretty garden ceremony.



Team ES | Tell us about your proposal?

Laura | Chris proposed in Brugges, we were visiting for the weekend and went for a walk on the first morning, just to explore. What I thought was a random route was actually pre-planned by Chris, we ended up on one of the Love bridges. I had wandered along and Chris called my name, when I turned around he was on one knee on the bridge with the ring in his hand. It was perfect and completely unexpected. We spent the rest of the day in a daze, wandering around Brugge and feeling so happy.

Team ES | Did you pick up any tips during the planning stage?

Laura | Don’t panic! No one is going to remember what type of confetti you had, or if the food arrived 10 minutes late. Focus on the things that are important to you and that will make the day as personal as you would want it to be. I had a spreadsheet, tracked what needed to be done and when, what needed to be paid and when and lists of all the suppliers and their contact details. It became my bible and go-to place for anything wedding related. It saved a huge amount of time and stress, and my (now) sister-in-law even used my template to plan her wedding to my brother a few months later!


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Team ES | What was your wedding dress experience like?

Laura | The first dress shop I went to stocked all the gowns & designers I had seen and loved for years. I tried on all of the styles I thought I had wanted, and how thought I wanted to look on my wedding day. I felt hideous in ALL of them. Looking back at the photos my mum took of my trying them on I looked miserable. I hated the experience and left panicking that I would not find a style I felt good in.

Then I found Ellie Sanderson through our photographer, booked an appointment and went knowing I needed to try something entirely different. After some conversations with Andrea, I then picked out a few styles to try on. The first one I tried was Salvador by Suzanne Neville. I was in love instantly. I felt glamorous, bridal but still with an edge of the unusual (which is very me). I tried a few other gowns that day but went back to Salvador at the end of the appointment. In my panic after the first shopping experience I had booked another 3 appointments at various bridal salons for 3 days later.

I decided that I didn’t want to rush a decision, so went to the first two. With every dress I tried on, as beautiful as they were, I kept thinking about Salvador. Exhausted, emotional and hungry, I decided to cancel the final appointment and go with my heart. So, a few days later I was back at Ellie Sanderson placing the order for my Salvador.



Team ES | How did you choose ‘the one’?

Laura | It chose me, I couldn’t have worn anything else on my wedding day!


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Team ES | Tell us what you loved most about your dress?

Laura | I loved the detail lace on the sleeves, that it wasn’t so heavy that I felt dragged down and the
fact it was so obviously beautifully made with love.



Team ES | Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?

Laura | Mostly our inspiration came from the venue. It is so perfect on its own that we wanted that to

Team ES | Did you follow a theme for your wedding?

Laura | Again, the theme was dictated by our venue. We wanted relaxed elegance. The men were asked not to wear ties, we wanted everyone to feel relaxed, spoilt and just to enjoy the day without it feeling too formal. My husband and I both love great food and being able to share that experience with our closest family and friends was all the theme we needed.


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Team ES | Did you walk down the aisle to a particular song?

Laura | I walked down the aisle to a piano version of “A Thousand Years” – by The Piano Guys

Team ES | What about your first dance song?

Laura | We went for the classic “All of Me” by John Legend. It was the song which the lyrics spoke to us the most on a personal level. We didn’t practice, we just winged it and invited everyone onto the dance-floor after the first chorus.

Team ES | Most memorable moment of the day? 

Laura | Seeing my husband at the end of the aisle as I walked down. I had been so calm all day and the moment I saw him I just burst into tears. The whole day is a moment in time I will never forget.


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Team ES | Did you follow the something old, new, borrowed, blue tradition?

Laura | I did! My something old was a diamond and emerald ring my Nana gave me, it belonged to her aunt so is circa 120 years old!My something new was my custom-made Jimmy Choos. I borrowed: A bracelet from one of my bridesmaids and I had an anklet made with my birthstone (Blue Topaz) dropping from it

Team ES | Tips for brides to be, what one thing would you recommend?

Laura | Delegate! Give people jobs to do and trust they will get them done!



Team ES | What are you both up to now, did you go on honeymoon?

Laura | We flew off on honeymoon 2 days after the wedding and spent a wonderful 2 weeks in
Mauritius. It was perfect.

We’d also love to know how you found Ellie Sanderson? Ellie is in the perfect job. She makes you feel like the only bride in the room, knows everything you could ever want to know about her dresses and manages to understand exactly what you want, even if you don’t know it yet!








Photographer: David Bostock
Venue: Belmond Le Manoir 
Catering: Belmond Le Manoir 
Florist: Joanna Carter Flowers
Wedding planner: The Bride!
Bride dress: Salvador by Suzanne Neville
Bride shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride Jewellery: Brides own pieces collected over the years
Perfume: Christian Louboutin, Trouble in Heaven
MUA: Zoe Campbell Makeup
Hair: Zoe Campbell Makeup
Grooms outfit details: Clements and Church
Bridesmaids outfit details: High Street – Oasis!



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