Ben and I met in 2015 after being ‘set up’ by a mutual friend who thought we’d be good for each other. Our mutual love for the great outdoors and triathlon galvanised our love for each other and we began our adventures together.
Excited but a bit nervous…I had a baby in 2018 and I was very conscious of getting back ‘in shape’ for the wedding. I had an idea of what I wanted but also went with an open mind as I didn’t want to rule anything out.
I thought I wanted something quite simple and classic and that’s what I ended up with…I had been obsessing about another dress but when I tried it on, it just wasn’t ‘me’…as soon as I tried on ‘the One’ (Raven) I felt so comfy!
Brogan, Danni and all the girls were absolutely lush from the outset. Choosing a dress during a pandemic (trying on with a mask and being limited with guests) could have been quite underwhelming, but they still managed to make it super special. A fab team and gorgeous dresses – what’s not to like?! It was like visiting my friends every time I went in.
The first question Brogan asked was ‘How do you want to feel in your dress’ …’Comfy’ was my answer… I didn’t want to be fiddling with my dress, pulling it up or down, breathing in and feeling conscious about having my photo taken and not being able to eat what I wanted on my big day. I am so pleased to say that I honestly felt like I was wearing my pyjamas (but a bit more glam) and I was able to dance the night away and eat everything I wanted to without worrying about falling out/breathing in or having my photo taken.
Completely wonderful. The dress was 100% the right one for me…I wish I could wear it again…I still get goosebumps when I think about walking down the aisle to the backdrop of lake windermere and the fells feeling like an absolute princess (the music was from Edward Scissorhands - by Danny Elfman)…it was quite enchanting)
Welcoming, Professional and just a LOVELY bunch of girls.
Gown - Maggie Sottero 'Raven'
Accessories - I had a fabulous Miranda Templeton hair vine with crystals and pearls and a long veil which was also studded with pearls. My dress despite being very simple, had pearls running all the way down the train and tiny pearls edging the straps, waistband and neckline. I love pearls so they were the perfect accessories (again picked by Brogan)
Location - Silverholme Manor in the Lake District (our happy place)
With lake Windermere and the fells as a backdrop as we said our vows. We had 56 guests to the day and about another 14 to the evening. The wedding was over 3 days (the first day being the setting up day)
Styling - We did a lot of the decoration ourselves. We went for very simple table flowers and decorations of eucalyptus and olive and our favours were mini succulents which added to the table decorations as well as acting as the place names for our guests. The accent colours were copper, black and grey. It was very simple but it all came together and was everything we hoped it would be (I do interior design as part of my job so it was a big deal for me that it was perfect) Ben was dragged along for the ride.
Suppliers - OMG I don’t even know where to start here…every one of our suppliers was AMAZING. We 100% picked the right team and none of them let us down.
Photographer – Chocolate Chip
Shazia and Chris are two absolute LEGENDS…we met them in 2019 when Chris took some newborn photos of our little boy Freddie…we hit it off straight away and despite having another photographer lined up, we decided it had to be Chocolate Chip who took our wedding pics. Again the investment was one of the best we made in our wedding…they made the day more special – Chris organising the guests with his warmth and humour and Shazia not missing the smallest detail (she even helped me into my wedding dress and reminded me to put my perfume on) . They were just the best bunch of people who made our day more special and perfect than we could ever have imagined.
Florist - Bluebell and Ivy in Ulverston and again the girls went the extra mile when another supplier let me down with succulents - they stepped in and saved the day. The bridal flowers were pastel pinks (peonies are my favourite flowers) and dusty greens with flowing blush ribbons and the men had blush rose bud buttonholes – all just stunning.
Cake - Bakery at No4 in Kendal
Mel and Marianne were an absolute dream…It was delicious and beautiful - decorated with hand painted lakes and mountains - completely us.
Hair and Makeup – Joanna Phllips (Beau by Joanna Phillips) and Vanessa Hall hair (plus the lovely Sharon) came all the way over from Northumberland to make me feel like a princess on my big day. They are an absolutely lush bunch of girls and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to make me look pretty on my big day.
Most Suitable – The boys got their suits from Carl and Nicola. They were a dark blue three piece, accessorised with blush pink knitted ties and tan brogues – they even made our little boy Freddie a matching version which was really cute and special.
DJ/Videographer - Stu Rodgers who was our DJ, but who also did us a fantastic wedding video – we hardly even noticed Stu was filming us and we now have the most gorgeous film to look back on when we are grey and old.
Special Mentions -
Hardy’s catering from Liverpool did our food and we went for the things we love to eat – tapas starter, with delicious pork loin for main and trio of deliciousness for pud!
In the evening we had street food – Bao buns and fish tacos with dirty fries served from a converted campervan called ‘the big dub of love’ Lou and Matt Hardy will definitely be friends for life.
Silverholme were absolutely brilliant too-.The pandemic meant we had to change our date and they couldn’t have been more reassuring and helpful…Alex, Georgia and Emma were just lush and made the day go without a glitch- we just need another big event so we can plan another party.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice for future Y.A.P brides about to embark on their bridal journey, what would it be?
Keep an open mind and let these wonderful girls do their job…they really are so knowledgeable and they know what suits you (with a bit of guidance from you obviously) - you can’t fail to have the experience you’ve always dreamed of as a bride. Best Bride squad in town – You want these girls on your team!
Big Love Y.A.P Babes.