Becky and Graeme
Tell us how you and your partner met. Your ‘love story’…
Graeme and I met first at a works night out, he was very keen and I was very taken so he got the cold shoulder, haha. Within a couple of years we’d become as good as best friends but we both in and out of relationships with other people. The spark was there but the timing never worked.
It wasn’t until I got offered a job in Bristol, and then another in London very quickly after, that we were bith single and once and he plucked up the courage to ask me out! From there, it didn’t take long for us to be in a committed relationship. When you’re long distance, you have to decide early on whether that person is woth the time, effort and money of an LDR. Graeme is certainly worth all of that effort.
How did you feel before your first bridal appointment? Did you have in mind the style you wanted from your gown? If so what was it?
I was a little nervous about my first bridal appointment but excited too, it was definitely a butterflies moment. I had already, drunkenly, gone to a bridal shop in York and tried a couple on in the style I thought I wanted which was very plain, silk, A-line. I had imagined an almost lingerie feel. I tried it on and felt like a caterpillar where it was clinging to my curves in all the wrong places.
Having this experience where I realised that the bridal team would have a better idea of what would look good on me made it easier to release that need to control every aspect.
What did you feel like when you found your precious gown & how did you know it was ‘The One’?
When I found my ‘One’ it wasn’t immediately clear as it was my ‘wild card’ and my Maid of Honour favoured another that I had tried on. I ummed and ahhed quite a bit and even returned with more Bridesmaids as reinforcements! The second time trying on ‘The One’ was so different, there were tears all over. We all just knew that this was my dress.
I knew it was the one because I felt like a bride in it. It’s hard to explain but I tried on a few dresses and I felt beautiful in them but it also felt like playing ‘dress up’ as a bride. Wearing my dress, I could really see myself getting married in it, dancing in it and, obviously, I imagined how incredible the photos would be. It just clicked.
Describe how your gorgeous Y.A.P gown made you feel when you tied the knot with your fiancé?
You’ve seen his reaction, right? I don’t need to say what a confidence boost being looked at like that was.
All morning, getting ready, I did feel bridal and I felt so excited and all the things a bride feels. However, when I got to the venue and got dressed, it all amplified so much. Putting on my wedding dress took me from feeling like a bride to knowing ‘I’m a bride’. I got so giddy after I put it on, I actually jumped up and down squealing.
Standing at the alter with all eyes on us was made easier by the dress too. It’s more nerve wracking than I expected to have over 60 of your loved ones all watching you at the same time but, in that dress, I thought ‘let them look’.
Tell us about the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received along your bridal journey …
Danni and the Y.A.P team are incredible. They are clearly a very popular choice with brides and meet a lot of people but I never once felt like I wasn’t remembered or that they weren’t so excited about my wedding and how I would feel on the day. Due to Covid, we had to reschedule twice, which was a horrible thing to have to do but Y.A.P did everything they could to make it easier. I even received a personal and thoughtful card through the door from them after having to postpone.
The whole team are so invested in making Y.A.P brides feel their best, they don’t push anything on you that you don’t like/want, they are so sensitive to those days where you don’t feel good in your own body and know how to help you shift that when choosing gowns for you and they are very respectful of budgets. It’s obvious that the sale itself is not the thing that gives them most of a kick, it’s helping brides feel like their best selves on their biggest day.
What three words would you use to describe your overall Y.A.P Bridal experience?
Cheating a little but – Outta This World.