Michael and I met through mutual friends back in 2010. Our first date was on new years eve, to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, and after that (in typical student style) a house party. We’ve been pretty much inseparable since then.
Part of me was worried that I would feel silly once I saw myself in a gown.. like a little girl putting on a grown-ups dress! I was actually quite nervous to try gowns on- I know people think that we play dress up all day, working in our studio, but we honestly don’t .. I promise!
I definitely had a style in mind. I wanted to feel natural and not too formal, yet keep it appropriate and special enough for church. I also knew fitted styles were out of the question- not quite right for the outdoor fun and games we had planned for the reception.
It did give me a bit of head start.. I think having the experience of seeing so many gorgeous brides go through this process before I did, I knew what really mattered most was how I FELT in my gown. I did a lot of looking online at potential gowns that we could borrow from the designers on their sample loan programs. I ran a few through the girls and they helped me narrow it down. The dress I ended up saying ‘yes’ to was about to be discontinued so I needed to decide fast!
Even though I am part of the team, and this is where I work, my whole experience as ‘a bride’ was made to feel so special. The girls know how I don’t like a fuss, so I tried on the sample of Maggie Sottero ‘Jorie’ with just the Y.A.P girls there- nobody else. When my actual gown arrived, Jo and Brogan un-boxed and steamed it ready for me coming in to the studio, as a surprise. I pencilled myself into the studio diary to bring my Mam and Mother in Law to see my gown as they had no idea what it looked like! Jo made my appointment very special and gave me and The Mams a glass of bubbles each to celebrate- just like we do when our brides ‘say yes!’ to their dress.
I could picture the whole day coming together when I tried 'Jorie' on. I felt like there couldn’t be anything more perfect, and I loved every single inch of the gown. She had just the right amount of detail and she felt soooo comfortable and easy to move in. Day to day, I wear high necklines and never anything backless, so I was surprised when my gown ended up being V- neck and open to my waist on the back. I didn’t get the overwhelming feeling of ‘this is it!’ and start crying- not everybody does- I just knew 100% that I had to get married in this one!
Like I’ve said before- I’m not one for fuss and attention however walking down the aisle in the most amazing dress I will ever wear really made me enjoy those precious moments more. Michael loved it (it’s the first thing I asked him in the car to the reception- What do you think of my dress?! Haha) and I had lots of comments on my gown and how right it was for me, which is such a wonderful compliment to receive. I honestly think I love the gown more now after spending such a precious, magical day wearing it. It makes me emotional to think we now have our daughter on the way and I’ll be showing her my gown one day and telling her about our wedding memories!
Magical, destined, effortless
Tell us about the perfect accessories …
I wore a short double tier veil as something borrowed from my sister in law. My shoes for the ceremony were blush pink block heels from New Look- I planned on spending all day in them but gave up immediately and changed into some canvas shoes once we got to the reception on the grass.
Talk to us about the location and how you styled your day …
Our wedding ceremony took place in the church we attend each week, St Helen’s in Low Fell. It was important to us that the congregation were invited and involved, and they were all so excited to be there to support us make such a big commitment. The church flower ladies made our altar arrangements and pew-ends, after the ceremony they even transformed the pew flowers into bouquets for each of our Mams as a gift.
Our reception was at Low Fiarside Farm, not known for being a wedding venue. We put up a marquee near the picturesque chapel ruin in the middle of the farm meadow. We had festoon lighting and homemade bunting everywhere. The tables were long wooden benches and I made potted plants into centrepieces- even planting up tiny pots of colourful flowers as favours. We wanted a relaxed feel so there was no seating plan. My Dad is a carpenter, so he made various garden games and activities to keep everyone entertained.
Any colour schemes/ themes for your big day?
We didn’t have a colour scheme and because I had just one special bridesmaid, there wasn’t really a problem of matching anything. Our bouquets and buttonholes were a gorgeous mix of wildflowers to fit in with the relaxed feel of the reception.
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect …
Everybody we worked with were unbelievably talented at what they do.
The beautiful flowers were from Floral Quarter- Vicky was so helpful and made my bouquet dreams come true!
Hair and makeup by Katherine Alexandra, who really made me feel natural for being someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup. She kept me calm on the wedding morning too.
Heather we cannot put into words how humbled we are to have you not just as part of our Y.A.P world daily, but now forever as a Y.A.P bride. We wish you and Michael a lifetime of love, joy and happiness.
You Are Precious Always x