Lorna and Dean


Dressed head to toe in a 1970s get up, Lorna and her friends bounced into a quiet pub in Loughborough, singing and dancing the moves from the musical they had just performed to finish their A levels. Filled with glee, Lorna sat down next to an unassuming local and started chatting. Little did either of them realise that 8 years later they would be tying the knot at their fairytale wedding.

The wedding was stunning. Set in the idyllic Swancar Farm, Nottingham, this shabby chic country house with open wood beams was the perfect location for the Hardy’s to get married. Handy man Dean, hand-painted the wedding signs, created the table plan, designed the invites and chopped up the log slices. The dusky blue and rustic theme resonated throughout the gorgeous location, in the floral and the décor, coordinating with the bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories of the groomsmen. Dean, dressed in a three-piece grey suit with a tweed waistcoat, waited patiently for his bride as their loved ones bustled excitedly. When Lorna walked down the aisle she took everyone’s breathe away. The Mandongus wedding gown that Lorna wore fitted her figure perfectly and complimented her personality to a tee. The lace illusion cap-sleeve over a sweet-heart neckline on this stunning wedding gown was clearly on show as Lorna’s hair was neatly tied up with intricate plaits and loose curls. The vintage lace dispersed throughout the dress contrasted perfectly with the simplicity of the satin bow tied around Lorna’s waist and the plain, full length veil she wore. The gasps of awe and delight arose from the guests as they admired this gorgeous bride as she carried her beautiful bouquet towards her fiancée. With a smile from ear to ear Lorna greeted the man of her dreams and the couple said ‘I do’ to the rest of their lives together.

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Do you know the name of the designer of your wedding gown?

Lusan Mandongus

Did you wear a veil, if so, what style?

Yes – waterfall, full length single tier (Helen Martin Veils).

How did you choose the style of your wedding shoes?

My main requirement was not too high! I‘m not great in heels!

Did you have a dress budget, and did you stick to it?

Yes – and no I didn’t, I fell in love with the dress!

How did you choose the style of your hair?

Pinterest was my inspiration! I knew I wanted an up style because of my high-necked dress and found a few ideas then my hairdresser Maria Conway made the magic happen.

Where was the honeymoon?

Borneo – visiting Orangutans, sea turtles, elephants and climbing mountains!

What was your favourite moment of your wedding?

This is so hard to choose, but I think my sister’s reading in our wedding ceremony which she’d written herself, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and it was a complete surprise!

Were you nervous the night before your wedding, if so, how did you overcome the nerves?

No – I was just excited! we went for a big meal with family and friends which kept us busy but I barely slept that night.


Do you have any top tips on how to get the most out of your photographer?

Natural is better – spend less time posing for the camera and more enjoying your day and having fun with your guests, that gets the best pictures.

If you could go back to the planning stage of your wedding, what would you do differently and why?

Maybe try more cake samples – you can never try too much cake!

What is the best piece of advice you could offer another bride?

I don’t know how many times I was told planning a wedding would be stressful and heard jokes about how the groom’s job was to just turn up on the day, we had the best time planning our day together, so have fun planning your wedding with you future husband, it’s his day as well as yours.

What are you most looking forward too about married life?

We love travelling so I can’t wait to have a life full of adventures with my best friend.


Photographer – Danny Jack

Caterer – Swancar Farm

Cake – Ruddington Cake Company

Bridesmaid Dresses – Chichi London

Hair – Maria Conway

Band – We’ve have you covered