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Laura & Paul’s DIY Haunted Manor House Wedding with Alive Network

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This week’s blog is a Halloween special, as Theatre Designer Laura and Star-Wars-fan-meets-Barrister Paul get married, with a heap of BRILLIANTLY FUN personal touches… And did we mention there’s an actual witch?! If you fancy yourself as a bit of a crafty DIY-er, you’re a film buff, you love fun, games, laughter, and want your wedding your way, you’re going to love reading all about our creative couples’ big day.

Crammed with handmade touches, their celebrations take place in medieval Samlesbury Hall, complete with its own spooky history. Capturing the action was top UK photographer Andrew Billington, and their day was crowned by the rock’n’roll magic of our very own wedding band The Royale. It’s laid back, it’s lovingly-made, and laugh-out-loud… Let’s crash their wedding and find out how they did it!

The Style
Laura and Paul’s style was uniquely DIY, with loads of lovely handmade details personal to them. “Everything just had to have some kind of connection with me and Paul and who we are, so it was all a bit mish-mash! I’m not a big romantic, but actually it was romantic because it was all about me and Paul. It wasn’t pandering to what you think a wedding should be – it was literally just us, doing what we wanted to do.

The Setting
Lancashire lass Laura chose to wed in her childhood ‘hood, marrying Paul in a beautiful gothic church, Pleasington Priory, not far from their reception venue. The reception took place in exquisite Tudor stately home, Samlesbury Hall, Preston, which is reputed to be haunted. Laura explains, “I’ve always grown up with Samlesbury down the road. We were brought up on a story that my uncle had gone to a party there and seen a ghost – he wouldn’t go back because of the ‘white lady’. I love ghosts, and we both love that Tudor era. We didn’t have to do anything to it – we loved the dark wood… the ‘Tudorness’! The reason we picked it was because of what it looked like, and it ticked so many boxes.

The Reception & Wedding Breakfast
Our newlyweds’ celebrations continued at Samlesbury Hall, with games and merriment galore! Laura describes the afternoon, “We had Pimm’s when we got to Samlesbury, and canapés like mini Yorkshire puddings, and black pudding – proper Northern!We were all outside, because the weather was brilliant, so everyone was chucking pigs around and getting very competitive with the marbles.” Laura and Paul had so many personal touches and in-jokes that made their wedding totally true to them, and their love of music and films was always central.

The Band
We loved The Royale, and we played their song snippets for Paul’s dad. They had quite a few Beatles songs in their set, and he’s a massive fan, so he was like ‘hey, they’re good!’We thought it was great that they obviously cater for the generations, and we wanted everyone on the dancefloor. They’ve got new songs and they’ve got the old as well, and they’re really good – that boy can sing!They sent us a playlist, and they were all brilliant songs. There was one song that I went running on to, but that dancefloor was never empty; there were people dancing all night, it never dipped. Even in the DJ sections, it was just non-stop. It was brilliant!

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