We met when we were 18 through friends at college. We didn’t start dating until we were 25 because I left to go to university and travelling. We never seemed to be in the same place, but as soon as we were he made the first move. After I worked in a cupcake store in Sydney and came back home, he went out to visit his sister over there. Whilst he was there he found the store I used to work in and took a photo to send to me, at this point I knew that he would do anything for me. We had a wonderful picnic as a first date beside a willow tree in Durham along the river bank, where he took me back a few months later to tell me he loved me for the first time. Four years passed and in that time I had moved north, we moved in together and bought our first house. It was a usual Sunday for me, as we walked along the river, I noticed our willow tree which I hadn’t seen in years. He knelt, all nervous and said how he wanted us to be together forever. It was such a wonderful emotional surprise and we married the same date, a year later.
I was so excited and nervous for my first appointment. With it being a first experience ever being in a bridal shop as I had no idea what to expect. My friend had been to the boutique and recommended it and so I did some research into the dressed that were samples there to get an idea of what I was wanting. Of course, there was a budget too!
It smelt so good as soon as you walked in, someone greeted us- Danni who went on to help me find my gown. She was so friendly and welcoming with me and my mum. I was so excited it just felt real suddenly, I was looking for ‘the dress’. The boutique had a large mirror with lots of light which helped you really see the wedding dress you were wearing.
I had a bit of an idea about the style I wanted but I didn’t want to rule anything out. I wanted to try a few different options to make sure I was happy with the idea of that one I wanted. We were getting married in a grand house- Middleton Lodge, so I wanted a dress that was ‘wow’ enough for there but also something that was different and A-line style.
Danni picked out a couple of dresses for me. We talked through how I wanted to feel walking down the aisle. This really helped as I realised I wanted a garden feel to the day so I wanted to feel magical. I think my exact words were like a fairy princess, which Danni and I laughed at this.
Danni was fantastic, she really listened to what I had to say but also very genuine and helpful. She just seemed to know what I was looking for but we hadn’t quite found it in the first couple of appointments we had. She knew that having the right dress was important and understood the theme I was going for. I trusted her to help me find it and she wasn’t pushing at all.
I first saw the dress on Y.A.P. facebook page announcing a new sample had arrived called ‘the Meadow’. I happened to have an appointment that week to try two final dresses on so wondered if it would be my wild card option. When we all arrived this time with sisters in tow, I told Danni I’d like to try this dress as a wildcard. We both got excited about it and when I put it on, I said to her ‘this is my dress!’. She went and told my family that I had actually picked this dress out and set up the room so they were able to view it. At that point the music in the background came on, ‘the little mermaid’, one of my favourite Disney films…at this point my sisters and mum were all in tears. We were given a glass of fizz to celebrate. It was a wonderful memory.
My overall bridal journey was lovely from start to finish. Everyone was so friendly and thoughtful. They even helped me pick out a veil as I wasn’t sure what style to go for. It was a sad day when I picked up my dress and said goodbyes and thank yous. They’d all become friends on this journey to becoming a wife and made it all so pleasant.
I had Rachel Simpson shoes which were floral rose gold shoes, my veil was a single tier long length from Y.A.P and I had Ivory Co. Rose gold headpiece with matching pearl rose gold jewellery.
Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Middleton Tyas. It was perfect for both of us. My husband wanted something sophisticated where I wanted a relaxed garden wedding feel. They cater for all there, with a beautiful Georgian old house, the kitchen gardens with lovely flowers and loads of ground for guests to walk. We loved being there so much we can’t wait to go back for anniversaries. The staff were fantastically organised, the food was amazing and we had an awesome party on the evening. I can’t recommend the venue and staff there enough. We wanted an outdoor wedding, relaxed vibes, good food and music and someone taking the stress away from the day. Our wedding co-ordinator Chloe was on point and she helped us have the day we wanted.
The bridesmaids wore pale blue dresses, floaty and whimsical like my dress, which were from ASOS. The flowers were out of this world, pinks and lots of eucalyptus leaves. The men had pink ties and matching suits. I’d like to say we were going for the secret garden feel with a sophisticated feel too.
I did feel amazing wearing my gown. It was surreal to wearing such a beautiful dress. The weather was strangely hot - 28 degrees for the wedding which was perfect as we had an outdoor ceremony!
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect –
All of our suppliers were perfect. Lyn Robinson (Bohemian Bakehouse) did the most fantastic wedding cake, people still tell me how good that cake was. We had four layers of tasty delight (Raspberry mud, chocolate oreo, coconut and lime and red velvet)
Our florist, Eliza Blooms, who is in Darlington, was a genius too who helped finish the cake with flowers and decorated our wedding reception. We instantly clicked about the types of flowers and theme for the day.
Our wedding singer Jessica Avison sang me so beautifully down the aisle. I was swaying listening to her songs as we signed the register.
Coco Lumiere provided the S&P light up letters for the evening and we had a band from Doncaster called ‘Electric Idols’ play our first dance. The lead singer was so good and the band were really fab, highly recommend them too.
We woulod also like to thank Chris Parkinson known as 'Beneath the Pines' for his wonderful photography. He was super chilled but also organised to get the photos captured. He captured the day so wonderfully and we now have lasting memories in these photos.