Since the moment Peter proposed the hunt for the perfect dress began, I trawled the internet looking for inspiration and ideas and I'd decided a mermaid dress was the style for me.....I'd even managed to narrow it down to the designer I wanted! I tend to visualise what I want and stick to my guns.....I was sure wedding dress shopping would be a breeze. With that in mind I started tracking down boutiques which stocked that particular designer, that's when I came across Y.A.P Bridal Boutique, so me and my mam booked some appointments and couldn't wait to start the whole process.
Y.A.P Bridal Boutique was the 3rd shop we visited that day.... So a little deflated after trying all kinds of dresses at previous places and not being blown away, we were a little tired as we made our way to Y.A.P........WOW!!!! This small boutique nestled in Newcastle instantly won me over, climbing the stairs we were greeted by beautiful dreamy gowns as well as a warm and smiling team who genuinely appeared over the moon, we instantly felt at ease.
I'd managed to narrow down the basics of what I'd wanted for my dress, I knew I wanted a mermaid gown, which was lightweight, I also wanted a sweetheart neckline, I'd tried on a few other styles before arriving at Y.A.P and knew I wouldn't be happy in anything else.
Before we were taken into the main boutique room to look at all of the gowns I was asked questions about my wedding location, the dates, about styles and designers, it was also nice to know they took your ideal spend into consideration so that you didn't try on a dress you couldn't afford leaving you heart broken. Y.A.P were the first boutique to ask the above throughout my whole experience The girls really listened to what I wanted and asked if they could make suggestions for a gown for me to try on. The consultation helped me narrow down further the type of gown I wanted for our big day.
I visited Y.A.P twice before finally committing to my beautiful gown and had the pleasure of dealing with Heather, Danni and Jo on these visits, each consultant made me feel special and part of the family, there was no hard sale or 'buy today and you'll get a discount' bribes in fact I left it a full 6 months before returning. The service has been outstanding from the initial visit right through. It felt like each of the girls just wanted me to feel comfortable and confident with my gown with the help of their guidance I really did find the dress of my dreams.
As I'd said earlier Y.A.P Bridal Boutique was the 3rd shop I had visited that day...by which time I'd tried on around 10 dresses, I didn't know if I'd found my dress yet, I had liked 2 dresses which I'd tried on in the boutique - but I just wasn't ready to commit as I'd gone shopping around 18 months before the big day! 6 months later I tracked down a dress which I found online when I first started looking and took all my bridesmaids and mother with me to the shop that stocked the designer....I bought a dress that I wasn't happy with and instantly regretted my decision. That's when I knew I'd actually found my dream dress at Y.A.P 6 months ago, I couldn't stop thinking about the dreamy gown, about the beautiful detailing, the perfect tulle skirt, how the dress made me feel and look, I could imagine Peters face and reaction to me in the dress that I'd walked away from. I needed that dress!!!! I managed to sell the 1st dress I bought the day I collected it, I marched myself straight back to the beautiful little boutique in Newcastle that had provided me with an amazing bridal experience and put down the deposit for the Rosa Clara dress I tried on all them months ago without even asking to try it on!
I can't praise the team and this beautiful boutique enough, the experience is overwhelming and the girls are there every step of the way guiding and advising you, I felt like not only was I part of their family but they were part of mine, I trusted in everything they told me and didn't feel stressed or anxious about anything at all. My dress arrived around 6 months after we placed the order, when I came to try my actual dress on I fell in love all over again, Anne the seamstress was also there that day....wow what a woman she is.... after loosing quiet a bit of weight I knew the dress would be too big, so I'd expected to be pinned into my gorgeous gown but no, nothing not even a tape measure was needed - Anne asked how I'd like the dress to fit and if I wanted any specific alterations carrying out and then we made an appointment for my next fitting. I arrived to try my altered dress and couldn't believe my eyes, the dress fit like a glove and now it was fitted specifically to me my love for the dress hit a whole new level I was all giddy and had butterflies at the thought of Peter seeing me in this dress I couldn't wait for the wedding day!!!
Tell us more about your day...
• ACCESSORIES •
I bought a beautiful tulle veil and headpiece from Y.A.P Bridal Boutique with Anne's recommendation, I'd never considered a veil I just wanted a plain, clean and modern look, the veil completed and complimented my dress perfectly.
I wore a heeled pale pink strappy faith sandal from Debenhams during the ceremony and lace soleless sandals for the beach party and trash the dress shoot afterwards.
Peter had bought me a Swarovski necklace as a gift for our wedding day.
• FEELINGS •
On the day of the wedding I couldn't wait to wear my dress and see Peters reaction, I felt like I was walking on air the entire time I was in my dress, all our guests were stunned and peters face spoke a thousand words he couldn't take his eyes off me and complimented me through out the ceremony.
Due to us getting married at the hotel in the Dominican Republic there were a lot of hotel guests that weren't at the wedding who also stopped to tell me how stunning the dress was.
I was so happy that I was going to be able to wear my gown again for the trash the dress shoot 2 days after the initial wedding took place.
• VENUE •
We never really wanted a big white wedding and had dreamed of getting married in the Caribbean, we wanted a relaxed ceremony and a beach BBQ for the evening reception, initially we had thought that there would only be ourselves and our 2 boys.
Little did we know our full family were set on coming from the off, so off we went along with 20 guests to the Dominican Republic, we stayed in the beautiful Royalton Punta Cana.
We were married under a large gazebo capped with sheer canopy's surrounded by fountains and water, celebrations followed with a private beach party and we had the most beautiful lobster and fillet steak for our food. The reception area had palm trees wrapped in fairy lights with Chinese lanterns hung over the area, it looked magical.
We chose to do a trash the dress shoot after our wedding, partly for fun and partly so that I had an excuse to wear my dress one last time before it was put in a box, it added to the whole experience and to my surprise the sea and sand didn't damage my dress at all!
• DETAILS •
The groom and groomsmen wore light grey trousers and waistcoats with a lemon tie.
The Bridesmaids wore lemon dresses with grey/silver embellished waists and necklines.
• SUPPLIERS •
Our on site wedding coordinator at The Royalton Punta Cana dealt with all of our requests so that we had no stress or organising to do.
Our photographer was also booked through our wedding coordinator, photoshop caribe, on reviewing our photos, especially the trash the dress ones I was amazed at how beautiful they were.
Huge loves to our amazing bride Nikki for your bridal journey and for these amazing images xxxx