Gemma & Paul
Tell us how you and your partner met. Your ‘love story’…
Paul and I were best friends for a long time at college. We both had other things going on but always seemed to gravitate towards each other. We eventually got together and 7 years down the line here we are! Very much in love and laughing our way through it all! He really is my best friend and I truly adore him.
How did you feel before your first appointment to try on gowns?
I felt excited but also pretty relaxed as it was my first time looking and I 100% did not expect to find my dream dress! I had my mam, sisters and brother with me and everyone was so excited! I felt confident that they would help me pick and be truthful about what suited me and what didn’t.
So did you have in mind the style and look you wanted from your gown? If so what was it?
The style that I initially loved before trying any dresses on, was very classic and simple. I really liked the Berta Bridal look and imagined myself in dress that swept across my shoulders, had lots of lace and sleeves. I was also pretty determined that I did not want a veil. Oh how wrong I was!
How did your consultation during your appointment help to find the perfect dress for you?
The consultation was amazing! My stylist asked very subtle questions here and there to pull out of me what I was looking for. She also looked at my style I was wearing on the day and how my makeup looked to get a better feel for me. My favourite part of the consultation was when I was asked for three words to describe how I wanted to look on my wedding day. When I later said ‘yes to my dress’ I was then asked if I felt like the three worlds I had described! It felt so magical and a great way to make sure people didn’t get lost in the moment!
Tell us about your bridal stylist and the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received …
All of the ladies at YAP are amazing! From stepping foot through the door I honestly felt like I had made a new group of friends! Jo (my stylist) was exceptional at working out what would suit me but still listening to what I wanted. You could tell she had lots of experience. They made me feel like the most beautiful bride in the world and seemed truly happy for me! Even on the week before the wedding I received a lovely text message from the team to wish me good luck and love for the big day! It really is those extra little moments that make them so special!
How did you feel when you found your dream gown & how did you know it was ‘The One’?
The moment that I stepped into the dress I felt so beautiful. I felt like a bride, but also still like myself and I knew Paul would love it! The reaction from my family confirmed my feelings when the curtains opened and they saw me! Even in my dress fittings when the stress of wedding planning was getting to me, as soon as I stepped in that beautiful dress it was all worth it and the stress just washed away!
How did you feel in your amazing Y.A.P gown when you tied the knot?
I felt so beautiful the whole day! I usually feel comfortable in my own skin but our wedding day was just something else. I can now truly understand what all the wedding day fuss is about! When Paul saw me he was so emotional and blown away. He couldn’t stop telling me all day how gorgeous I looked. It was nice to surprise guests as well as everyone had an idea of what the dress was going to be like, but no one expected it to be as amazing as it was!
What three words would you use to describe your overall Y.A.P Bridal Journey?
Unique, loving and unforgettable!