Alex and Chris
Tell us how you felt before your first appointment to try on gowns…
I was a little bit anxious as previous experiences at appointments hadn’t lived up to my expectations, so I was hoping Y.A.P would! I had nightmares about making the wrong decision and having that captured in all the photos from my wedding day.
As I’m not from the area and I was the first of my friends to get engaged, I didn’t have anyone to advise me on where was best to go for my wedding dress, so I’d just Googled boutiques in Newcastle and luckily came across Y.A.P. I had a good feeling about it even before my first visit!
On arriving at Y.A.P Bridal Boutique what were your initial thoughts…
I was immediately impressed by the look and feel of the boutique, and we were given a lovely welcome by Jo – I felt at home there straightaway. I remember thinking that a boutique that had clearly put so much thought into it’s décor was likely to have put the same thought and effort put into the dresses it offered and the experience of it’s brides, and I wasn’t wrong!
Your Style Ideas…
I really wasn’t sure on my style ideas, and the more dresses I’d tried on at my previous appointments, the more confused I had become. I knew what I didn’t want – a ballgown, anything too fitted, satin – but couldn’t put my finger on what I did want. I wanted to feel comfortable in my dress and I wanted it to be well suited to my vineyard venue.
Your Consultation to Finding the One…
Y.A.P Bridal was the only boutique which offered a full consultation. Jo took the time to sit down with me and she asked me questions about my style, my venue and the décor, and how I wanted to feel on the day. Having discussed all of this, I felt that Jo knew enough about me and my wedding to help me pick my perfect dress. She picked four dresses that she thought would suit me and my wedding day, and she got it spot on. They were all beautiful and what I liked was that the dresses were more unique and varied than the traditional styles.
Tell us about your bridal stylist and the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received…
I encountered all the stylists at Y.A.P during my journey and the whole team is really friendly and can’t do enough to help you. My first consultation and second appointment were with Jo, which was great as she explained the amazing story behind Y.A.P and that made me feel a connection with the boutique straightaway. Jo was instrumental in helping me find my dress and she made sure that I had a fantastic start to my bridal journey.
My fittings were with Danni, who is amazing at what she does – I really couldn’t have asked for a better consultant. She’s so warm and welcoming and was able to give her expert advice on anything I needed, from alterations to accessories and even non-dress related things like my decorations! I really appreciated all Danni’s help and she played a big part in my Y.A.P bridal journey.
How did you feel when you found your dream gown & how did you know it was ‘The One’…
People had told me that I’d know when I found ‘the one’, but I genuinely could have got married in any of the dresses I tried on at Y.A.P as I loved them all! After my first consultation, I’d narrowed my options down to three dresses – all quite different and by different designers – and then had a few weeks to wait before going back to try them on again. I spent this time thinking about the dresses and Googling photos of them, but there was one that I kept thinking about more than the others.
When I went back to the boutique with my mum, bridesmaids and friends to make my decision, Jo said that when she saw me she immediately envisaged me in one of the dresses. It turned out not to be the one I’d been thinking of, which threw me a bit as I really valued Jo’s opinion and I started to wonder whether I’d like my favourite dress as much this time!
I left my favourite – Maggie Sottero’s ‘Patience’ – until last to try on, and I was happy to see that my entourage also loved this dress. I pretty much knew when I added the pale gold, cathedral length veil that this was the dress I wanted, but for some reason I still couldn’t quite make the final decision!
I left the boutique and went for prosecco with my mum and friends, and we discussed the three dresses but they quickly realised that I kept coming back to Patience! I went straight back to Y.A.P to officially say yes to the dress.
Talk to us about your overall Y.A.P Bridal Journey…
Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the best things about planning a wedding. It’s important that the service you receive doesn’t stop when you place the order – you want to feel part of the family and to be well looked after during the whole journey, from placing your order to fittings, alterations, choosing your accessories and picking up your dress just before the wedding.
That’s what makes Y.AP special as the team genuinely makes you feel like you’re their number one priority throughout. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and I was so impressed that I started recommending Y.A.P to everyone I knew!
One of my best friends who was getting married just before me ended up being a Y.A.P bride too, so at one point it felt like we were at the boutique nearly every Thursday night! We both thoroughly enjoyed all our visits and always felt so welcome.
Such a natural bridal beauty – Alex and her soulmate Chris had the most perfect of days celebrating their marriage in South Wales at a stunning vineyard. Romantic tones of purple and gold complemented Alex’s ideas so well including her beautiful gown which was a shade of diamond white over nude. The couple met in Arizona and had quirky touches such as their own signature cocktail ‘Arizona Sunrise’. A fun filled day for the perfect pair.