The way we met was perhaps unusual to some. I’d recently come out of a two-year relationship and was playing an online game with some friends. Steven was the only one of the group that I didn’t know. We started chatting, one thing led to another and ten years later here we are! I was never a believer in ‘fate’ but we’ve talked about how we met and our lives beforehand quite a lot over the years. There are quite a few times where we missed each other by seconds! I’d like to think that we didn’t meet at those times because it wasn’t the right time or we weren’t ready for each other. Either way, I’m glad that we met; I couldn’t imagine life without Steven now.
I was nervous… really nervous. I didn’t really know what I wanted as I’d never really been one of those girls who dreamt about her wedding day. I was worried that I’d end up annoying everyone with my indecisiveness and that I wasn’t going to find my wedding dress!
I’ll never forget the smell of the boutique. I know that sounds really weird! I was still panicking about not finding my gown so my mind was all muddled, but the smell is something that will always stay with me; and not in a bad way!
I had literally no idea what I wanted, style wise. I’d picked a few Mori Lee gowns on Pinterest and the styles varied quite a bit. I’m mostly legs, so I knew I couldn’t pull off a ballgown. I guess you could say I knew what I didn’t want? Haha!
As soon as Jo started asking me questions, things started to fall in to place. I don’t remember her really asking about what I wanted in terms of style, but more like how I wanted to feel. I’m not girly by any stretch of the imagination (hand me a baggy hoodie and skinny jeans and I’m happy!) so this was going to be the one time in my life that I really looked feminine. That’s what I wanted and it was the line of questioning that led to that.
Jo and the entire team are fabulous. You will not find service like theirs anywhere else, I promise you that. Like a lot of women, I’m always worried about my weight and undressing to try the gowns on was one of my biggest concerns. It needn’t have been, however; Jo put me right at ease.
It was overwhelming. You’ve seen things like “Say Yes to the Dress”, right? When the brides start crying? I didn’t think for a second that would be me, but it absolutely was. As I said, I’m all legs and everything else it straight up and down. I’m not lucky enough to have an hourglass figure, but wearing ‘Emma’ by Maggie Sottero made it look like I do. Cue the waterworks!
If I could start the planning all over again, I would go straight back to Y.A.P every time. Jo and the team have been so, so helpful right from the get-go right up to the aftercare as well. There was no question after that first appointment; ‘Emma’ was my dress and Y.A.P was where I would make that purchase. I even went back to get my bridesmaids’ dresses as well!
My shoes were Mary Janes that were ivory lace to match the lace on my gown and veil (also from Y.A.P!). My hair and makeup were done by ND Makeup. My jewellery came all the way from Cyprus and was handmade. It was a gift from my parents and is absolutely stunning!
Our wedding was held in the chapel at Wynyard Hall and the reception followed in the ballroom and conservatory. I just wanted a day that we’d remember for the rest of our lives. It surpassed all expectations.
The colour scheme kind of happened by accident! It was ivory, wine red and pale pink.
I felt exactly as I wanted: feminine and like a princess. I didn’t want to take it off!
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect..
2Tone Photography did our photographs, ND Hair and Makeup styles my mum, bridesmaids’ and my hair and makeup, Posh Chair Covers and Bows did our tablecloths and chairs, Nattrass did our centrepieces, buttonholes and bouquets, Dreamworld Cakes did our cake table and favours and The Storm Band UK did our live music and DJ set.
We deliberately chose suppliers that had worked together in the past and asked each of them for recommendations for the other aspects of our day. By doing this, our day went off without a hitch and everyone was where they needed to be at the right time.