Today, we are chatting to Bride-to-be, Lauren who tells us of her romantic proposal on New Years Eve at The Refinery, in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. She explains that they are having a Humanist Ceremony and writing personalised vows. We are loving the gorgeous colour theme of Autumnal burgundies, nude and champagne gold that they have chosen.
- Where did you meet your partner? My fiancé Matthew and I met at school when we were just 16. We were at a mutual friend’s house party and got chatting. Neither of us thought anything would come of it but then a few weeks later Matthew asked me out on a “date” and the rest is history.
- How long had you been together before you became engaged?We had been together for two and half years when Matthew proposed on New Years Eve of 2018 (31.12.2017). We were only 19 when we got engaged so I think our family were quite surprised.
- Can you remember an exact point when you looked at your partner and thought “he’s the one!”
From very early on in the relationship I knew Matthew was my soulmate, however there is one occasion that stands out. Before we met I had already planned to spend the summer in Spain with my mum, as she was living there at the time. We had only been together for three months but Matthew decided he wanted to come out and stay with me for a week. I missed him so much after just 2 weeks apart and when we reunited in the airport we ran towards each other and just held onto one another so tight – it was like something out of a film! In that moment I knew that I never wanted to be without him.
- Where and how did the proposal take place? Was it expected or a complete shock?
The proposal took place in Edinburgh, where we live, on New Year’s Eve. We had booked to have dinner at The Refinery St Andrew’s Square and it was so lovely. When we arrived I commented on the fact we had the best table with a wonderful view of the Christmas lights and ice rink in the square. After dinner, Matthew got down on one knee and said, “I love you more than you can ever understand, and I want to spend every day for the rest of my life proving to you just how much I love you. Lauren, will you marry me?” I was so shocked I burst into tears and couldn’t say yes fast enough! Our lovely waitress then brought out a huge bouquet of red roses Matthew had arranged and even she was in tears too! Walking home that night was so special as everybody kept stopping us in the street to congratulate us and wish us well.
- What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage to me means always facing things as a team, and being officially recognised as one. We’ll still be our own people, but we’ll be thought of as a family and that is really special to me. Any challenges we may face and any difficult decisions, I know I’ll never be alone.
- Did you both have the opportunity to meet each other’s families before the engagement?
Yes! We both knew each other’s families pretty well before we got engaged. As we were still in school for the first 18 months we were together we were always staying at each other’s houses and having dinner with each other’s parents. We had met extended family quite a few times too, I can’t imagine it any other way.
- Have you always had a set idea of how you’d like your wedding day or are you open to ideas?
We were both quite open to ideas when it came to the wedding day, and our day has actually changed quite a lot since we started planning. Originally we were looking for a very rustic barn venue and wanted everything to fit that. However, we actually ended up booking a Georgian mansion in the Scottish Borders with a beautiful ballroom – not rustic at all! Our theme is rich autumnal burgundies, nude and champagne gold. We both knew we wanted to have a humanist ceremony as this is legal in Scotland, and neither of us are religious. We want our ceremony to be very personal too so we are planning to write our own vows.
- Are you planning a small intimate ceremony or a large wedding?
We are planning quite a small intimate wedding, we have under 50 day guests and around another 25 in the evening. We both have quite small families so we were able to keep the numbers low.
- Have you enjoyed wedding planning so far? What’s been the most enjoyable part? What’s been the most stressful part?
I have really enjoyed wedding planning so far! After I made my wedding Instagram @prichardwedding I started to enjoy it even more. I love all aspects of planning and scrolling Pinterest for hours. We are just so excited to be marrying one another and it makes me so happy to think about the wedding. The most enjoyable part was dress shopping with my mum and girls, it was such a fun day and they made me feel so beautiful. It was really emotional too! The most stressful part has definitely been Covid-19. We were originally getting married on 12th September 2020 but have now had to move to 10th September 2021. It was so hard finding a day most of our suppliers could do and we still lost some suppliers and deposits. I’m still upset about our postponement but I know it was the right decision for us.
- What are your future plans together?
We will be 23 when we get married and both have just graduated from university so our first step towards our future will be finding careers. After that we are hoping to move out of our city centre flat and into our first house. We would both really love to go travelling together and visit the USA, as we haven’t really travelled outside of Europe.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. We wish you all the happiness and love in the world and can’t wait to see the Wedding Photographs!