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Katherine and Nick

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Katherine and Nick

May 2019

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Tell us how you and your partner met. Your ‘love story’…

Our love story began almost nine years ago on a beautiful island in Greece. A whirlwind holiday romance became a long-distance relationship, with Nick away at university, and me working up in Newcastle. We would travel by bus or train for hours on end (even through the night!) to see each other, and after a year together Nick made the big move up to live in Newcastle! We spent many happy years from there building our life together in Newcastle… buying our first home and enjoying our mutual love for travel on some amazing holidays! To celebrate 5 years together, Nick and I organised a dream holiday to Santorini and the Amalfi coast - we booked a breath taking cliffside apartment with sunset views over the Caldera to kick off our summer trip abroad. On the second day, after a relaxed morning in the sun, Nick spontaneously announced that we were “going on a trip” that he’d organised – this was totally unexpected, and I was only left with 30 minutes to get ready! We headed to a marina where Nick had arranged for a private catamaran cruise for the afternoon - taking in the breath-taking views over Santorini, snorkelling in the beautiful, warm waters and enjoying a spectacular BBQ on board. After an unforgettable trip, we started to head back to shore, and just as the captain turned the boat around to reveal the angelic sun setting before our eyes. Nick was down on one knee with the most dazzling ring I had ever seen, asking me to marry him and of course I said yes! After a two year engagement, with many celebratory glasses of fizz, we tied the knot on the 18th May 2019 at the stunning Newton Hall.

How did you feel before your first appointment to try on gowns?

I was soooo excited! Since I was a little girl, I dreamed about the day I would try on wedding dresses! I was so inspired by the range of silhouettes, laces and colours out there, that I couldn’t wait to start trying them all on! There’s something about those really modern laces and designs that just excites me.

Did you have in mind the style and look you wanted from your gown? If so what was it?

I wanted to keep an open mind when trying on wedding dresses, there’s so much out there I didn’t want to close myself off from anything I might actually love once I had them on. I knew that I loved the look of ‘floaty’ dresses with the feeling of being soft and romantic but also being comfortable, so I had that in mind when trying on dresses.

Tell us about the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received along your bridal journey

The level of service at Y.A.P is spectacular. You walk through the front door and feel like you’re seeing your best friends for a girly catch up. Everyone there makes you feel so welcome and ease any nerves you may have when entering the building. We started our appointment by having a little chat about my bridal journey so far, and if I had my eye on any styles already. Heather was an amazing bridal stylist, and I can’t thank her enough for helping me find my 'precious one'. She is someone I will really look up too now I have joined the Y.A.P girl gang.

How did you feel when you found your dream gown & how did you know it was ‘The One’?

For me, it wasn’t all tears when I found the one... I just knew that this dress felt right and that I could totally picture myself at the top of the aisle in Newton Hall, ready to walk down and feel as confident as I could be. I knew I genuinely felt amazing in my dress and I couldn’t wait to show it to everyone.

What three words would you use to describe your Y.A.P experience?

Effortless, magical and fun! – but there is so many more words I could use!

Tell us how you felt in your precious gown walking down your aisle?

I felt WOOOOOOOOOW! I played a great bride to be!


Talk to us about the location and how you styled your day …

Nick and I got married at Newton Hall in Alnwick; a quirky 18th Century country house based next to Northumberland’s stunning coastline – it made for so many amazing photo opportunities throughout the day. We were married on the breath taking outdoor terrace with spectacular views over the meadows. Our amazing suppliers and the team at Newton Hall helped to style our venue with lots of white blooms and greenery – creating the stylish, clean feel that we had always hoped for.

Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect …

We truly can’t thank our suppliers enough for making our day so perfect. The phenomenal Sean Elliott photographed our day from start to finish and captured every moment perfectly. Bennett Media created a truly special film of our day, with their extremely creative videography. The Finishing Touch Company helped with styling the venue and supplied our floristry and table decorations – they dressed the venue so elegantly with a real eye for details. For entertainment we had the stunning Aurora Strings; a string quartet playing me down the aisle, the acoustic artist John Gatenby singing beautifully throughout the day (including a collaboration for our first dance), and Livewire, a big band performing on the evening, all just spectacular!

Tell us about the perfect accessories …

Alongside my beautiful SAVIN gown I wore a full-length veil from Y.A.P, which has a beautiful silk trim. Jewellery was a mixture from Mappin & Webb and Tiffany and Co. However, I believe a smile is a girl’s perfect accessory!

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?

Somebody gave me this advice before my wedding (which I loved) ... On your wedding day, maybe after the ceremony when your family and friends are socialising (sometimes this is the first time they have all been in one room together!) make sure you take time out with your partner to just sit down and take everything in, really make that time to stop and watch everyone enjoying being a part of your special day, often those are the memories you’ll treasure watching everyone happy and enjoying all the hard work you put into planning.


 Thank you so much for sharing yours and Nicks beautiful love story with us Katherine. Your Precious day looks like it was utterly magical, filled with so much love. We wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness.

We absolutely adore having you as part of our Y.A.P girl gang!

You are Precious always.

Love, your Y.A.P team xxx