Tom and I met on a dating app. With us both working as doctors in different hospitals and in different specialities our paths would never have crossed. Our first date was at Lumley Castle and we were the last ones to leave the restaurant chatting the evening away without even noticing that everyone else had left! When they say ‘you know, you know’ and I definitely knew when I met Tom that he could be the one.
I was both excited and nervous as I just didn’t know what to expect. I had been looking on pinterest and the internet beforehand so had a vague idea of what I wanted. I had never tried a wedding dress on in my life and honestly didn’t think I would find my dress during my first appointment.
Yes, I wanted something simplistic, figure hugging and a dress that would be a timeless classic.
Ruth was my bridal consultant and was amazing from the onset. I was asked how I wanted to feel on the day and that was the first time that I imagined myself walking down the aisle and seeing Tom. I wanted to feel special but also myself. Ruth then brought out a few dresses to start trying on, I felt that she understood what I was after and it was the second dress that I fell in love with. I felt that I was part of something beautiful. The service I received was outstanding, I really couldn’t fault a thing
As soon as I put the dress on I knew that it was very me and I could see myself walking down the aisle with it. The reactions from my mum and cousin confirmed exactly what I felt. Every dress that I tried on after that I just kept comparing it to that one dress and nothing came close and that confirmed it for me. When I went back to try it on again I couldn’t stop smiling as I just knew that was my dress
I felt amazing, confident and me throughout the whole day. I loved how my dress made me feel.
Unforgettable, special, magical
Talk to us about the location and how you styled your day …
Tom and I got married at Bamburgh castle, we had the ceremony in the Kings Hall. We had the drinks reception with canapés on the battery terrace with stunning views of the Northumberland coast and with the Farne Islands in view. The reception was in a Marquee on the cricket pitch in the middle of the village. Sharon from Wild with Love helped style the Kings Hall with gorgeous floral displays and Sharon also did our bouquets and button holes while Fiona and Bill from the Great British Bash helped with the styling of the marquee. Both suppliers I would highly recommend.
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect …
The first supplier I knew I just had to book was Gill Edgerley from Unfurl photography and was ecstatic when she told me she was available for the day- the photos speak for themselves. Gill captured each moment perfectly. We had Andew Green from Tyne digital as our videographer and again he was absolutely amazing and created truly magical footage that we can treasure for years to come. Aimee Mckenry from Lisa Jones hair and make up did both my hair and make up and also the bridesmaids too with the help of her assistant. We were ready in no time and we all looked fabulous! I had my trial with Aimee and she knew exactly how I wanted to look on the day and managed to achieve this with ease. Lucy Bewley was our pianist and she played beautifully in the Kings Hall as the guests were arriving. We knew we wanted live music for our guests and opted to go for blue Lion band who kept everyone dancing all night. Jacob and Tori were our caterers who provided a wonderful wedding breakfast which drew very positive reviews from our guests.
Tell us about your perfect accessories …
I wore teardrop pearl and silver earrings to match the pearls on the back of my dress and a gold with white gold bracelet that Tom had bought me as a present. My hair wire was with pearls and Swarovski crystals from a shop on Etsy and I also worse a satin lined finger tip length veil which was perfect for the beach photos.
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?
Enjoy every single moment of it! Don’t get hung up on the details. This is a day for the both of you and will be one of the best days of your life!
Maryam and Tom your day looks utterly magical and we wish you so much love throughout yor life together.
You are Precious always,
Love, your Y.A.P team xo