My husband and I met at a local Church in Newcastle 5 years ago, where we were friends first and then started dating in 2018. He first asked me to go for coffee, and that one coffee date quickly turned into long walks along the beach. Fast forward 2 years and 7 months later, and here we are as husband and wife!
I was so excited but also nervous before going to my first appointment! Y.A.P was the first bridal studio I had been to (ever). I took my Mum and childhood best friend with me to help me find my ‘yes’ dress
I knew I wanted to go for a fitted dress, and I had imagined a full lace, backless gown, and thin spaghetti straps with a long train. Like many brides these days, my Pinterest board was full of all the styles of dresses I thought I would fall in love with, but a good friend of mine once said to me ‘you’ll probably end up coming out with a dress the total opposite of what you expected you would go for’…and she was so right!
Right from when I booked my first appointment, I felt like I was in such safe hands. I remember sit-ting with Heather (my personal stylist) as she took notes of everything I was looking for in my precious gown; totally stunned at how well she captured my vision. Being a COVID bride, I couldn’t have felt any more supported throughout the entire lead up to our wedding from the lovely girls at Y.A.P. It felt like talking to a friend, and that’s exactly what I needed to help me through the uncertainty of how our wedding would pan out.
My gown was Josie, by Rebecca Ingram. I saw it hanging up in the rails in the studio as the pearlescent material caught my eye. The off the shoulder sleeves and covered buttons all the way down the back of the dress onto the huge train was just a dream. I knew when I put it on, this was the dress that I was going to marry Ben in. When I showed my Mum and bestie they cried, I knew in that moment that was it the ‘one’! I came back to Y.A.P a month later after taking a step back to digest that I had found my dream dress – as soon as I tried her on one more time I was saying ‘yes to the dress’!
I was so comfortable all day, and I felt like me, which is super important. When Ben and I had a quiet moment together at the wedding, I asked him what he thought of the dress and if it was what he expected. His response was ‘It was the total opposite of what I was expecting, but when I saw you in it, I knew it was just right’. For me, that was exactly what I was going for.
Personal. Friendly. Special.
Talk to us about the location and how you styled your day …
Due to COVID, our reception at Beamish Hall has been postponed until next year when we can have all of our guests together safely, but our Church we got married in were so accommodating. We tied the knot in St James’s Church in Morpeth, the same Church my grandparents got married in! Then we had our ‘Covid-secure’ reception in St Aidans Church Hall, also in Morpeth. Despite the 2m social distancing, it felt like everyone was still present and a part of our day as if we weren’t in the middle of a global pandemic! We had so many people at the ceremony via zoom, something we are so grateful for, as there were so many important family and friends that were not able to be with us in person.
We decorated everything ourselves as we weren’t able to get any vendors in due to the pandemic. The florals were white and all things eucalyptus, with pearl accents tying in with my satin dress and the necklace I was wearing. Favours from friends meant we had handmade pearl spheres, orchids, fairy light hurricane jars and rose petals as some of our centre pieces - each one was different for the few tables we had in the hall. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen squads pulled together and we all got creative!
Tell us about your chosen suppliers and how they made your day perfect …
I had my hair done the morning of the wedding by a good friend of ours at ‘The Venue’ in Ashington. Even at 7am the excitement started in the salon, it was the perfect relaxing start to our special day. A morning I won’t forget.
We got our bridesmaid dresses (all 7 of them!) from Victoria Lou Bridal. They were super helpful, we were able to order swatches so we could see the colour we wanted before we ordered the dresses. I knew I wanted the girls to be comfortable first and foremost, and for there to be some sort of unity in the styles; I knew the wrap dresses would be perfect! We all had so much fun watching the videos Victoria Lou have of all the different ways to tie the dresses. They all chose how they wanted to design their dress once it was one, and they got creative! They were all so stunning!
My bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the groomsmen’s buttonholes were all from The Garden Florists, who were amazing! I loved the combination of flowers we chose together. They helped us choose what would be in season at the time of our wedding, flowers that would last the day without wilting, with what goes well and complements each other. They took so much into consideration, to make sure everything came together perfectly for us. My bouquet really was everything and more I’d dreamt of!
We got our rings made at a local jewellers in Morpeth, ‘The Jewellers Guild’. They were amazing, making our rings perfect from the first sketches to the finished articles. Making tiny adjustments here and there to ensure everything was perfect. Designing rings together was something that was so special, and we’re so pleased we were able to work alongside them for our forever rings.
And finally our photographer was ‘LHT Photography’. Lauren captured our intimate day beautifully.
If you could give one piece of advice to future Y.A.P brides about to embark on their bridal journey, what would it be?
Take everything one step at a time, plan (excel is your best friend!), go in with an open mind, and have so much FUN along the way!
Huge loves to you, our beautiful Rebecca, and for proving that in these uncertain times love is not cancelled! We wish you and Ben a lifetime of love, happiness and health. Thank you for sharing your bridal love story with us.
Your Y.A.P team xxx