A Royal Blue & Superhero Themed Wedding at Carlton Towers… Nicola & Matthew
Good morning lovelies! We are bringing you a super gorgeous real wedding to kick start your Saturday morning with, what are you all getting up to on this fine day? The beautiful Nicola and Matthew exchanged vows at St Botolph’s Church in Knottingley, on a crisp February morning. Their Son, Noah stole the show and made for some priceless memories, I’m sure the newly weds will treasure them forever.
After the ‘I Do’s the couple headed to the oh-so stunning Carlton Towers. A Gothic-style venue that makes for some pretty impressive photos, with a little help from the talented Joanne B Photography, of course.
The couple chose a royal blue colour scheme that was pulled of extremely well. Coordinating bouquets, styling and ties bought the whole theme together just perfectly, not to mention the super hero motifs.
Can I just mention Nicola’s dress too? Totally swoon-worthy! A designer gown from Forevermore Bridal, the Italian lace suited her down to a T.
Here is Nicola with an absolutely gorgeous write up on the day…
Tell us a little bit about how you both met and how long you’ve been together. What made you fall in love?:-
“We first met on New Years Eve 2012. To this day I still believe it was fate.
The girls and I were deciding where to go out. We first decided York but then changed our mind because of the cost of taxis. We then decided to venture into Selby. We started off the night in the good old local Weatherspoon’s! After a few drinks we moved on to various pubs. The night ended in the only night club in Selby at the time. Little did I know here was where I would meet my ‘happy ever after’. It grew closer to midnight and the New Year count down. Out of no where a group of lads came over to us. To start with we just ignored them and moved away but they kept following us. Anyway we got chatting and me and Matthew were soon to meet. We got talking and got on. It turned out that the friend he was with lived round the corner from my house. The girls wanted another drink so we moved away. Before I disappeared he asked for my number. I thought to myself he wont remember me or my name. I put my name and number in his phone thinking nothing of it. I thought to myself ‘I’ve never done this in all the nights I’ve been out’ We got our drinks and carried on seeing the night in. Midnight came and went and the girls and I decided it was time to go home. We got in a taxi laughing and joking about the night just gone. We were talking about the boys we had met and how I’d given my number. ‘He’ll never remember me there were loads of girls out that night I bet he got loads of numbers’. Giggling away we stumbled into the house. Then my phone went off. ‘I don’t believe it, it’s him’ we all looked at each other. What to do? I replied back. The next day I got up and thought nothing of the messages as everyone had had lots to drink. It was just the drink I thought to myself nothing more will come of this. The girls left and I was left to chill. Within the next hour little did I know he would ask me out on our very first date.
When going on our first date it tuned out the boys that Matthew had gone out with should have been going to Snaith. Plans changed and they ended up in Selby too. The more I think about it the more the fairy tale was becoming real. Could this really happen finding someone when you weren’t looking for them, finding someone out of fate? I will always remember the moment where I looked across at Matthew and thought he’s the one, he’s the one I love and want to be with. This is my knight in shining armour. I knew then I was well and truly head over heels in love with him.
We continued to see each other and now 4 years on we are the happiest we have ever been. We are happily married and have a gorgeous little boy, Noah, who has made us the proudest of parents.”
How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by:-
“In the October 2015 we welcomed our gorgeous little boy Noah Joe Laycock. He was perfect. Our love for each other and our new born baby was over whelming. The February 2016 came and little was I to know this would be the month I would be asked.
On February the 29th Matthew wanted to go out for a family day. I agreed and when I asked where he said ‘Bramham Park’ in Leeds. Straight away I asked ‘what’s is there to do there?’ he said there was cascades and flowers. I wasn’t sure and to be honest thought it was boring with nothing to do there. He then suggested that we could go to Lotherton Hall and the bird garden as he thought Noah would like to see the different birds. I agreed so off we went. We arrived and started to go round the bird park. I liked this place because when we first started courting we came here for a day out together. My favourite birds here were the vultures, don’t ask me why they just fascinated me. We came up to this enclosure and Matthew started to slow down. I was just about to turn around to tell him to hurry up when I realised he had gone down on one knee. I couldn’t catch my breathe. Going through my head was ‘what is going on, is this really happening& at that moment Noah starts to babble, the whole way round he had been quiet but no at this very moment as Matthew was saying his part Noah chipped in. I said Yes and with that we both looked at Noah and laughed. I was so happy. I was then to find out he had met my dad and gone fishing with him to ask for my hand in marriage. How had this got passed me, I never miss a thing!? Also, to top it off Matthew had to get in that he had proposed on February the 29th because then when we told people with it being a leap year they would then ask me if it was me who had popped the question. Life was pretty much perfect.”
What excited you about getting married and the planning process, what was the first thing you booked?:-
“I was extremely excited about getting married. This is what every girl dreams of. I had found my perfect match and everything I dreamt of was coming true. I would finally have the same surname as my husband to be and my little boy.
The planning process excited me, I was soon looking at ideas. I knew what I wanted I just needed to slow down and start a list. Matthew also was very excited, well for picking the wedding car. I said to him the car can be his project. Within days he had found the car he wanted. He had contacted the place and we were on our way to visit. This all happened very quickly and by the end of April our first thing booked was the car. A Rolls Royce Phantom.”
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:-
“In the May I had returned to work full time after having Noah. I knew there were lots to do working and planning a wedding. I had great support from my in laws and my parents as well as Matthew’s sister and her husband. I knew what I wanted in terms of decorations and a theme. I researched ideas and then passed them to different people. Matthew’s mum and sister were very supportive and very creative when it came to making all of our table decorations. Our theme for the wedding was royal blue and super heroes. Janet and Sarah took my ideas and made them real. We could not have done this without them.
My mum was a big help too. I was very excited about my dress. This is the one thing I must say I have imagined my whole life. My mum looked up various dress places. This was one thing I wanted to get sorted first. The other thing I knew I wanted was to be different. I didn’t want real flowers for my bouquet. My mum took my idea and found a wonderful lady who could produce what I wanted. The flowers I had were made of buttons and broaches that used to belong to my nan. This meant it was so very special.
Another part of the big day that was very important to both of us was a memory table. Matthew has lost both sets of grandparents and I had only my grandad left. Leading up to the wedding my nan in particular was very prominent in my mind. We had lost her a year and half ago and she would of relished in seeing the day. I wanted to create a table to show that just because they are not hear in person they are here in spirit and mind. This was the one thing that for me had to be right.”
Tell our readers about your wedding venue, where is it and why you chose it?
“When searching for a venue we looked around many places. Most of the places we looked at were either open to the public or would hold another wedding on the same day. In my mind I knew I didn’t want to share my day with anyone else, let alone walk into another wedding party. My mum had mentioned Carlton Towers as a venue to us. At first we were not sure but decided we should go and have a look. After all looking couldn’t harm. Carlton Towers in set on an estate just off the road of Carlton. It has a long drive down with acres of land surrounding it. As we drove up we looked at each and thought ‘wow’ this place was truly stunning.
As we walked through the front door I was truly in love with this place. The old gothic style features and the open log burning fire. The wood panelling the rooms with the fire places and old set windows. This was something out of a fairy tale. We then got a tour around the rooms. I cannot describe to you how amazing they were. Four poster beds in some to the elegant furnishings and spacious rest rooms. This was the place. I could not imagine getting married any where else. What else attracted me to this place was we would have the house to ourselves and our guests – no other weddings would be here. We went home to think about it and the next day we knew we just had to book this place.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
The week leading up to our wedding you would not believe it but we were all ill. Matthew, Noah my dad and myself. We had been hit with the sickness bug. I remember thinking ‘were going to miss our own wedding’ Thursday came and we were all feeling better not 100% but better than we were. Friday night came Matthew went to his mums and the girls came. This is it I thought the night before I become Mrs Nicola Laycock.
Saturday came. We had made it. I was up at the crack of dawn to have my hair done. I remembering saying to the girls this is it when I come back it will be nearly time to go. We had opted to go for a 11:30 wedding. Crazy I know. My mum got dropped off at the hairdressers. My final touches we been done, the veil went in. We then got in the car. I remember looking at my mum and we had a moment. Tears were rolling down our faces. Thoughts turned to a very special lady in our thoughts. My nan. My hero. The sun was shining and all week it had been raining. ‘It’s her I said, she’s here with us’. The weather was perfect. We composed ourselves. We were here right at the front door. We opened it and all I could describe it like was an electric buzz. The girls were buzzing around having hair and make up done, the photographer was there taking photos it was out of this world. Then the car arrived. The girls were going ‘see you there’ I recall one of them saying. I ran upstairs I needed to get in my dress. Time for one last photo. My dad. What a man. I entered the room and for the first time in a long time tears rolled down his face. Such a proud and overwhelming moment for us all. Before I knew it the car was here. My dad and were off. I was actually on time for once! My heart was racing. As we pulled up I saw my father in law running with Noah, he had just woke up. Noah peeked in the car and smiled his dazzling smile, I knew then I was exactly where I was meant to be! Jo the photographer came running up the path telling people to get in. We paused for a moment. Then my dad said ‘are you ready?’ we walked up the path to be greeted by my best friends my bridesmaids. The vicar was waiting, the bells ringing, the music started, this was it. The isle felt a mile long looking at all the faces staring at you – this is our day. It was overwhelming to see all the people here for your day, your love for each other. The service was perfect, my dad pulled my veil over – there stood with the smile I had fallen in love with was Matthew. The feelings I can’t begin to describe – finally marrying the person I love. During our blessing Noah couldn’t help but take the lime light. Playing hide and go peep with the organist to then come to the alter just at the right point! We wouldn’t of had it any other way!
The service went quickly and before we knew it we were in the car on our way to the venue. This time was perfect just Matthew and I in our own bubble alone. Before we knew it we had arrived. The Towers looked more stunning than ever, the sun was shining and our drinks were waiting. I remember walking in and people crowding us to give us a hug and their congratulations. Along side this we had a cello man who was playing music throughout the greetings. This added to the atmosphere and just made the entrance to the Towers that bit more spectacular. This was a start to the most perfect day.
Our little boy came running over with the biggest smile on his face. He took a second to glance at us – we all looked strange dressed up!
We proceeded out onto the front where we had great fun having our photos taken. Our photographer was out of this world. She understood us as a couple and our guests felt comfortable around her, having photos taken. Jo put Matthew and I at ease and most of the time we forgot she was there. Jo was bubbly and lively and really captured us as a couple.
We then got to go and see our cake. The theme was superheroes. We had a normal wedding cake from the front but little did people know that round the back it peeled off into the different superhero’s. A family friend who had done us many cakes in the past had made our wedding cake. It was truly speculator and out of this world.
The meal itself was perfect. The guests were happy and the table decorations; thanks to Janet and Sarah were perfect. Everything flowed perfectly. The master of ceremonies did a sterling job and everything went off without any issues. As the speeches drew closer I could see Matthew getting more nervous. I told him he would be fine as my dad had to go first anyway. It was time. My dad started the speeches. I didn’t quite know what to expect as my dad keeps his cards very close to his chest. He’s an amazing dad but when it comes to feelings and emotions he doesn’t often shown them. This speech I can only describe as moving. He spoke form the heart . Everything about the speech to me was perfect he couldn’t of done a better job. Matthew was soon to follow. He was nervous but I didn’t care whatever he said would have been perfect to me. He spoke again from the heart and everything he said still stays with me today.
Before we had chance to blink the night guests were arriving. the disco man was here and a good friend of mine was setting up on guitar. The night was set; 2030 soon came around. Little did people know my dad and I were to do a daddy and daughter dance. This went amazing we had so much fun. Everybody watched and smiled as the music changed to many different songs unexpectedly.
The first dance. It could not of got more special as one of my friends agreed to play a set for us. When we had got engaged I already knew what I wanted as our first dance. It had to be Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud. This was the one, the lyrics the pace everything about it was us. In that moment we were alone. I cant describe it, looking into Matthew’s eyes nobody else was there, this was our day, we had done it, man and wife. There is no other feeling like this.
It was soon time for the Hog Roast supper. It was out of this world. Most people went back for seconds! The photo booth people were setting up. This was great fun. Looking at the album now it was worth every penny. The dance floor was full the requests were piling up. The added extra of having our names in the lights was an added bonus. Noah joined in for a short while but even he was starting to flag. He was soon tucked up fast asleep after one busy day. The last song came on, all who were left hit the dance floor. I remember looking around at our friends – the feeling was like non other what a day, what a night. The last song finished and there was uproar for more – the DJ obliged one more time for one last song. Everyone danced their hearts out.
It was time. Time to say goodbye to the day that would remain in our hearts forever, moments/memories to treasure for a lifetime. It was truly special as all the people who love and care for us were in one place at the same time. Even the ones that could not be, were there with us in spirit.
Where did you get your wedding dress and why did you choose that designer or style? Tell us more about the bridesmaids, groom and usher outfits and what brought them all together?
I had an idea of what kind of dress I wanted – well at least I thought I did. I wanted a dress with slight flare but with class. I also knew I wanted lace. My nans had dresses made of lace and when I had tried these ones on I knew this style was for me.
I wanted to stay to local businesses for my dress so the place we looked at was a place named Forevermore Bridal. The lady, Linda, was lovely. I felt at ease as soon as we walked in. Linda looked at my figure and pulled some dresses she thought would suit. I then got to look and pick some that I thought I’d like. The first dress I tried was perfect. I felt a true princess in it. It was Italian (CosmoBella) and lace. It had pattern detail on the front to the train and then on the sleeves. I never thought I’d like a dress with long sleeves but this one was truly stunning, it was me. My mum filled with tears and they started to roll down her face I knew it this is the one. I tried more on but nothing compared to the first one that Linda had picked out. By the end of the session I had decided. I had to have the dress. It was the one. We came away with the dress sorted. When my dress was here it needed slight adjustments. I cannot fault the ladies who sorted my dress and the bridesmaids dresses. They were faultless. They were leading ladies based in Sherbourn in Elmet. Karen and Deborah were welcoming and put everybody at ease.
The colour scheme we went for was royal blue. With us getting married in winter I wanted a bold colour to counter act the bareness of the scenery in the surroundings. We tried many bridesmaid shops but there was nothing I liked. We ended up getting them from ‘It’s Bliss’ bridal in Doncaster. As soon as I saw the design I knew I liked them. The girls tried them on and felt very comfortable in them. We ordered them and that was another thing ticked off.
The suits were hired from Greenwoods a place in Selby. Matthew knew what he wanted. He wanted royal blue cravats for the groomsmen and the same for him but with a swirly waistcoat. The shop was fantastic and everything was ordered and sorted within the day of walking in.
Everything came together and the colours all worked well. We couldn’t have asked for it better.
If you had the chance to do it all again and you could change one thing, what would it be and why?:-
Honestly, I would not change a thing. Everything went perfect – well for us anyway. I truly cannot think of one thing I would change. The only thing would be to have a longer day!
If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
Have a clear idea of what you want and don’t let other people influence. It is your day not theirs. We were very lucky that people accepted what we wanted. However, at time Matthew and I had to say no for somethings.
Treasure every moment – people said to us it will fly by. To be honest we didn’t think it would but it did. Enjoy every moment as the day is soon over.
Plan together – we organised everything within 11 months. We planned and talked about everything together. As a family we all pulled together and this made it even more special.
Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to the ever so talented Jo, from Joanne B Photography for sharing this absolute delight with us, and Nicola and Matthew too for allowing us to share your gorgeous wedding with our readers. We wish you all the happiness in the world x
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