Excited to try on lots of lovely dresses and find my dress! And intrigued to see what lots of different styles would look like on me; I was very open to trying on lots of different dresses on.
Beautiful boutique and a lovely, relaxing atmosphere. The girls were all so friendly and welcoming. Everything was very professional but not intimidating and I felt in very safe hands.
I thought I wanted a fitted and lace dress - And I had more of an idea of what I definitely didn’t want than what I actually wanted! My big day was a very rustic, outdoor wedding so I knew that I needed something that would fit that style, possibly something a bit vintage looking.
Louise was the first bridal stylist that I met and she really knew what she was doing. The initial consultation was very thorough and I was able to talk through everything I wanted with her. Louise asked lots of questions and listened carefully, taking everything I said on board.
Over my various appointments I saw Louise, Danni and Jo. All of the team at Y.A.P were so kind and I felt comfortable asking for their advice and opinion on not only my dress, but my shoes, veil, accessories and bridesmaid dresses. They were so helpful and honest, I really appreciated that – when planning a wedding you need people you can trust for good feedback!
I was shocked at first, because my dress was the opposite of what I had been imagining. One of my three bridesmaids, Nichola, picked it out for me and I didn’t initially love it on the hanger! When I put my dress on and showed the girls, their reaction made me realise it was the one! I just couldn’t believe it was me in the mirror, I felt like I was looking at a different person. I honestly never thought I could look so lovely! It was really overwhelming.
From beginning to end I felt in safe hands and knew I could trust all the girls at Y.A.P with my bridal journey. It is obviously a really busy boutique because they are the best and they have so many customers - however the whole process from choosing the dress to picking it up before the wedding is very smooth. The girls explain everything to you and you always know what’s going on.
Tell us more about your day...
• ACCESSORIES •
I had blue shoes as my something blue. They were hand dyed Rainbow Club shoes. The style was block heel, closed toes as my wedding was in a field so I couldn’t have stiletto style heels. I had a floor length, plain champagne veil which I bought from Y.A.P. And I had a pearl and crystal hair piece which matched the detail on my dress perfectly, it was my something borrowed from a friend of mine. I was the seventh girl of all my friends to wear it on my wedding day so it was really special to me.
• FEELINGS •
I felt incredible. Just incredible. I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the day! I got so many lovely compliments from all my friends and family and I love how my dress looks in all of the photographs.
• VENUE •
My wedding was held in a traditional canvas marquee in a field in the middle of nowhere in the North Pennines. It was not your average wedding venue, it’s normally a youth hostel! Our day was a relaxed day, and completely DIY. We did everything ourselves, from making confetti cones to baking our wedding cake to writing our ceremony. We had a Humanist Ceremony in the marquee and then a hog roast and a Scottish ceilidh. We booked out the hostel for 5 days and all of our friends stayed on site for the whole weekend, we had a BBQ with everyone the night before which was lovely. And everyone mucked in to help us get things ready, putting up bunting, decorating the tables, setting the fire pits etc!
• DETAILS •
The bridesmaid dresses were Wisteria, but we didn’t have a colour scheme as such as we didn’t need it. The beautiful countryside surrounding us was enough colour! It was the most beautiful location, with gorgeous views down the valley over a reservoir. And that evening there was a beautiful sunset, we were so lucky with the weather.
• SUPPLIERS •
The flowers came from a local flower shop, Floral Charm, in Barnard Castle. And the cheese for our cheese tower came from the local Deli. Our caterers, Jacksons Catering, who provided the hog roast came from Newcastle. My friend Euan is a piper and he played for us before and at the end of the ceremony. We had a lovely couple, Andy and Cath who are a folk band, play folk music during the ceremony and drinks reception. Our ceilidh band, Ceilidhdonia, came from Edinburgh to play their set – our first dance was a ceilidh dance too. And our photographer, Laura Jane Dale, was a friend of a friend. And of course we had a local chip van turn up in the evening to dole out fish and chips for everyone, it was brilliant!
Thank you so much to Jennifer for sharing all her special memories and details of her big day - the photo's are so gorgeous - big thanks to Laura Jane Dale Photography. xXx