The wedding of Laura Calvillo and Dave Howes

PUBLISHED: 16:53 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:08 20 February 2013

The wedding of Laura Calvillo and Dave Howes

The wedding of Laura Calvillo and Dave Howes

The wedding of Laura Calvillo and Dave Howes in as told by the new Mrs Calvillo-Howes

The wedding of Laura Calvillo and Dave Howes as told by the new Mrs Calvillo-Howes

The bride and groom
We live at Whitecross, Hereford,
and have a three-year-old son Jack.

I am a teaching assistant at Whitecross High School and Dave is a self-employed carpenter and joiner.

My parents are Rafael Calvillo, who originates from Cordoba, and Karen Calvillo. Daves parents are Danny and Lynn Howes.

Best men
Daniel Harper and Lee Crickmore.

Matron of honour was Rosa Robinson. We had three bridesmaids Beth Williams (my cousin); Emma Howes (Daves sister); Courtney Lewis (my niece) and the most handsome page boy Jack Calvillo-Howes (our son). As Dave has many friends we had a five ushers: Rob James, Stuart Neilson, Darren Evans, Martin Oliver and Elliot Williams.

Where and how did you meet?
We had been very good friends for a long time, but realised five years ago on a night out in Hereford that there was more to our friendship than we both thought. Dave asked me out for a meal on Valentines day 2005... from then on we have been inseparable.

The wedding
Our wedding took place at St Georges Church at Woolhope with the reception at Verzon House. We chose St Georges because of Daves family connection there, and it is so beautiful. When we were looking for a venue I knew instantly that I wanted Verzon House. Its the most perfect place. The owner Peter Marks and his daughter Jane made our day so wonderful and made what should have been a stressful experience flow beautifully from the organisation to the day itself. Its a stunning house, with the most fabulous rooms and amazing food. We will never forget what they did for us on our perfect day.

The gown
My dress was Justin Alexander from White Minx Bridal Boutique in Hereford. It was ivory with a very full

skirt, which I struggled to get into the wedding car, and the bodice and skirt were embellished with crystals. I had a cathedral-style veil also purchased from White Minx. Lucy of White Minx was fantastic.

The suits
We got all the suits from Bill Child of Hereford. They were black with ivory waistcoat and cravats to match the theme of green and white.

Bridesmaids dresses
Green gowns from Satin and Silk, Hereford.

The flowers
We got our flowers from The Hibiscus Room in Hereford, they have the most beautiful collection and we were so pleased with the result. I had a large white orchid bouquet and the groom, best men and ushers had a single orchid. The bridesmaids

carried white hydrangeas. All the flowers were white, the reception room and church were decorated with a mixture of white orchids,
hydrangeas and lilies.

Special touches
As a surprise for Dave I hired him a 1966 Ford Mustan, which was a hit.

The day
The service at St Georges started at 2pm, which is when the sun finally came out. Our vicar The Rev. Will Pridie is so lovely. We had three hymns and two readings, by Rosa Robinson and Marisa Lewis, my sister. After the service we made our way to Verzon House where we were greeted with Champagne and canaps. As the guest arrived and photos were taken we had canaps and Sangria (Spanish touches). Peter Marks was always on hand and made everything flow so well.

For our meal we chose terrine of Cornish crab and Wye Valley smoked salmon on toasted brioche to start, then roast sirloin of prime Herefordshire beef followed by Verzon House chocolate fudge cake, which was all superb. In the evening we had a DJ who was fantastic, playing great music, and we partied all night long. It was the most wonderful and perfect day.

The honeymoon
A three day minimoon in London.

Precious memories
Having so many people we care
about and love in one place. There
are so many beautiful moments
from the day that I couldnt
pick just one.

Pictures by Thomas Preston: 07866737583.

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