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Rachel and Marc

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Rachel and Marc

1st July 2017

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Tell us how you felt before your first appointment to try on gowns...

After a poor experience elsewhere, I was very nervous about going to try on gowns again. My nerves were soon put to rest when I met Jo at Y,A,P. She was warm and welcoming and the boutique was so gorgeous - I started thinking that this was going to be a completely different experience for me!

On arriving at Y.A.P Bridal Boutique what were your initial thoughts...

I loved the décor and layout of the boutique. Jo was so friendly and caring that myself, my mam and my best friend soon fell in love with the boutique. Jo was genuinely interested in my wedding plans and what I liked in terms of detail, embellishment and style, she really took the time to get to know me.

Your Style Ideas...

I had initially thought I would like a long sleeve lace dress and explained I quite liked a boho style gown, but also wanted to feel really chic and fabulous! I was very vague with what I was thinking!

Your Consultation to Finding the One...

Jo took the time to get to know me and what I liked; she knew our wedding venue well and took this into account along with everything else I spoke about. She picked a lace dress out that I had described but actually admitted that she didn’t think I’d like it when I put it on – she was completely right! She then took me round the gorgeous dresses and helped pick out a few for me to try on. I was quite comfortable having Jo select dresses for me as she seemed to have a better idea of what would work best style wise than I did! I tried 6 dresses on all together and they were all gorgeous!

Tell us about your bridal stylist and the ‘You Are Precious’ service you received...

Jo spent a long time with me making me feel at ease and comfortable in the boutique. She clearly loves her job and is proud of her fabulous store. The story of how she came to start up the boutique had us all close to tears before I’d even started trying dresses on, and it really made us feel like we were in a very unique place. Jo and her gorgeous team are all genuinely kind and caring girls. The team have a real love for helping women to find their perfect dress and the customer service is second to none. They go out of their way to help you and are all very honest and not scripted at all – they are all just so lovely, it’s like meeting up with your friends every time you go in the boutique!

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

The gown I picked was one that Jo had selected for me and was completely fabulous! The soft box pleats through the skirt had a boho feel and the glass beads gave it a soft sparkle that wasn’t too heavy. The dress was cool and contemporary which we all agreed fit in well with my venue. I felt amazing in my dress and knew I didn’t need to look elsewhere!

Talk to us about your overall Y.A.P Bridal Journey…

Every time I went into the boutique I was greeted by a bright friendly smile from one of the girls, no matter how busy a day they were having they always had time to stop and ask how everything was going and were genuinely interested in my plans and how I was feeling.

Tell us more about your day...


I chose a cathedral length veil and a beaded hair piece from the boutique. I hadn’t really considered these, but they just finished off the look and were the perfect extra special additions to my gown. Everyone commented on how beautiful these were, and I still felt special after taking my veil off later in the evening on the wedding day because I had my gorgeous hair accessory in place.


When I put my gown on, on the day of the wedding I felt incredible. My dad was speechless when he first saw me and that was the most special moment.



We had our wedding at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. We wanted a relaxed, laid back day and were having a BBQ for the wedding breakfast. We created a laid back playlist for background music and some fun songs for during the ceremony.


I had made decorations from artificial flowers, coloured vases and different bottles with coloured candles in. I wanted splashes of colour to create a fun and quirky feel in a cool, contemporary building.



I had my flowers from Eliza Blooms in Darlington. They do very unusual bouquets and I wanted a lot of greenery and texture with some pops of colour. Beth who owns the shop, really listens to her customers and can look at outfits, fabrics and colour swatches to explain what would work best for your flowers.

I chose Gasp Photography to capture images from the day. Jade is very cool and quirky. Her photos are colourful and abstract and she really put us at ease on the day, making us laugh and feel relaxed infront of the camera.


I’m so glad I was told about Y.A.P Bridal Boutique because I can’t imagine buying my dress from anyone else! 


So many happy wishes from your Y.A.P team Rachel... thank you for sharing your special journey with us and to Gasp photography for these incredible images that really capture your day xXx