Before my first appointment I felt apprehensive, other boutiques I had contacted said it was too early to start looking for my dress but I met Y.A.P and Jo at a wedding fair and she told me it was the perfect time to start looking, I researched the boutique and read nothing but excellent reviews!
The boutique is right up my street! It’s elegant and beautiful. It matched the theme of my wedding day, the gowns look amazing - they glitter and sparkle in the stunning lighting. I couldn’t wait to try the dresses on.
I did… But it wasn’t the style I decided on thankfully. I thought I wanted a strapless gown with a bit of sparkle and a big, yet simple skirt. I tried five dresses on in the boutique, but one dress out of the five chosen styles really stood out. The one that I didn’t pick or think I would like, but felt amazing on, a soft lace Mori Lee dress with lace detailing on the shoulders and just enough sparkle to make me feel amazing.
Yes…I felt like all of my ideas were listened to - without this I would never have even looked at ‘the dress’ it wasn’t the style I thought I was after but after talking through my wedding style and idea’s it just seemed so natural to go for the dress I chose. It complemented my day perfectly, and made me feel amazing … just what I wanted.
The service was amazing I felt like I’d known the girls for ages. I felt relaxed and that nothing was too much trouble for them whenever I rang, emailed or text I was always sure I’d get a prompt response - I felt supported throughout the whole experience. There was never any pressure in regards to time or buying accessories. I couldn’t fault the girls or the service, I’m so glad Y.A.P is the boutique I chose.
It was the third dress I tried on, the previous two made me feel pretty but not how I imagined I would feel. When I put the third on I felt a mixture of emotions - I felt strange and overwhelmed … my eyes filled with tears. The dress was simply stunning it sparkled in the light but not over the top. I could imagine standing on the stairs in my venue wearing it, my maid of honour was with me she never cries! She cried so much more than me! The next two dresses I tried on just never reached the mark that ‘the dress’ did - it was perfect. I decided to come back later that week with my mam, auntie and untraditionally my father to make sure it was the one. The girls helped me put it on, I stood behind the curtains before they opened them I didn’t feel nervous I felt amazing, glamorous, perfect. They all cried I didn’t try on any others, they wouldn’t have come close and my mind was made up… I didn’t want to take my gown off! I felt like I was in a dream sipping champagne in this beautiful dress with some of the most important people in my life, so happy for me.
I wasn’t keen on any of the bridal shoes I saw, but my auntie bought me some amazing Swarovski crystal heeled peep toe shoes different to all the other bridal shoes I’d seen. My veil was from Y.A.P. A stunning lace topped simple veil that everyone commented on - it finished the dress off perfectly. I didn’t originally want a veil but I just couldn’t help myself. In my hair I wore my grandma’s pearl necklace she left me when she passed away I thought it would have been too much to go with the delicate neckline of the dress.
Being a Y.A.P bride felt amazing - I was made to feel welcomed and supported from beginning to end. The bridal experience is so important to the bride. I truly believe Y.A.P made me feel like the only bride in the world whenever I was in the shop and that put me in good stead for my whole bridal experience
I felt amazing, glamorous, sophisticated. ‘The dress’ fitted like a glove everything went together from the pearls in my hair to the shoes on my feet. From trying the dress on for the first time and crying (happy tears) I didn’t cry again until I was being dressed by my maid of honour. I felt so special like a princess.
The wedding was held at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. It was a laid back day getting married later on meant that I could enjoy all the preparations in the morning without getting up at silly o’clock.
It was a vintage and lace theme wedding with hints of Alice in Wonderland as that’s our favourite film. We had birdcages with gyp, roses, pearls and pocket watches. Table confetti was cut out hearts from the Alice in Wonderland book. Something that really finished it off was the photos of relatives who are no longer with us, scattered around the room so it felt like everyone was there. We didn’t have a set colour for our day however my bouquet was a vintage pink the bridesmaids dresses were a dusky lilac, the groom and grooms men wore grey and dusky pink - none of the colours matched but all complemented each other perfectly. We had an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed cake and sweetie table made by one of the sisters from work. I was so in love with our wedding and theme.
Photography: Green Honey Photography Flowers: Tom Owens VW Camper: Go Retro Hire Chair Covers: Favouritism
We loved reading all about your bridal journey Aimee! Love Danni xxx