Tell us how you and your partner met. Your ‘love story’…
We met over 15 years ago when I was at university and I was working as a barmaid in my local pub and Shaun used to drink in there with his friends. We got engaged in New York in 2011, but life got in the way of the wedding and we waited until we had a house and two kids before tying the knot last year!!
How did you feel before your first appointment to try on gowns?
Honestly, I was really nervous about it. I wasn’t at my ideal weight after not long having our little one, and was worried that nothing would fit or look nice. When I arrived at YAP though, the girls completely put my mind at rest. They took the time to pick out dresses I would feel comfortable in, and made so many helpful suggestions as to what would suit me.
Did you have in mind the style and look you wanted from your gown? If so what was it?
I knew I wanted a bigger skirt, and something that looked quite classic. I also kept being drawn to dresses with sleeves and ones with illusion backs. It’s hard not to love all of the dresses in YAP though, there’s so much choice!
How did your consultation during your appointment help to find the perfect dress for you?
The consultation was brilliant, Louise, my bridal stylist, was really excited to hear about our plans for the wedding and although I didn’t exactly know what I wanted, she was happy to help me try and problem solve. She was really helpful, and didn’t make me feel at all intimidated. I also really appreciated her honesty as a stylist as to what I looked happiest in.
Tell us about the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received …
On the day of the wedding, Jo ( the Y.A.P founder) came to dress me at my venue. This was an absolutely amazing service! It took so much stress out of the day, she also helped to dress my 10 bridesmaids! She was such a calming influence and is such a lovely genuine, friendly lady.
How did you feel when you found your precious gown & how did you know it was ‘The One’?
At my appointment I tried on some different styles which really helped me decide what elements of my dress I wanted and didn’t want. I found a dress that I absolutely loved on the internet- Morilee 'Katherine'. I had tried on a Morilee dress at Y.A.P so I immediately contacted them to see if they stocked it. They didn’t, but they really couldn’t have been more helpful - they brought in the gown on sample loan from the designer, and I was able to try it on back in the studio. As soon as I did, I knew it was definitely the one. It had all the elements of the other dresses I liked, rolled into one dress.
How did you feel in your amazing Y.A.P gown when you tied the knot?
I absolutely loved it, and got such a lovely response from everyone about it. I had prayed for sunshine on the wedding day, and it ended up being the hottest day of the year (August bank holiday) so to say I was a bit warm was an understatement!!!
What three words would you use to describe your overall Y.A.P Bridal Journey?
Special, Friendly, Relaxed
Tell us about the perfect accessories …
I wore Jimmy Choos with my dress which were super sparkly and comfortable (like something off Strictly Come Dancing!). I kept my jewellry simple with a Tiffany pearl necklace and earings and wore a single tier church length veil from Britten.
Talk to us about the location and how you styled your day …
We got married at Newton Hall, in Alnwick, which is the most stunning wedding venue, with stunning décor and amazing rooms. I loved it as soon as I visited for the first time. Being right next to the beach we were able to get some beautiful photographs down there at sunset, and being the hottest day of the year, it was amazing to have our drinks reception out in their beautiful grounds. I was also super impressed with the professionalism of Newton Hall, and the way they manage their weddings. We were able to make it so personal to us. We styled the wedding with décor from the Finishing Touch company and an abundance of flowers supplied by Bels Flowers.
Any colour schemes/ themes for your big day?
I wanted a English garden style summer wedding, so the bridesmaids wore a variety of different dresses in the colour Suede Rose (a very soft pinky nude purple), which really suited all of their different skin tones. The flower arrangements were mainly white with a hint of soft pink. Overall, the effect was very pretty and soft.
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect …
I picked a team of the most amazing suppliers including Bels Flowers, The Master Cakesmith, White Stag Wedding Photography, Moon and Back Video and Film, Rosewood Co Stationery, the Finishing Touch Company, Coco Lumiere and AMV Live Music, Iqra Ahmed Tahir (Makeup Artist) and The Big Event (Hair) to name a few, and of course, YAP were one of my absolute favourites!
Thank you Nikki for sharing your day with us! We adored looking after you and its such an honour to dress or brides on their special morning.
All our love,