I am sitting here at home with a glass of wine going through the many wedding pictures that we have and reminiscing about our perfect day. As clichéd as it sounds it really was one of the best days of my life, only coming second to the day our children were born!
I want to share so many beautiful pictures and details of the day, but I am also aware that Blogs aren’t meant to be essays! So I will try and keep it short and sweet!
I was lucky enough to be able to have access to some of the best local suppliers around and they helped Craig and I create the exact vision for our wedding – it was everything we dreamt it would be, and more! I have listed them below and I would highly recommend you take a look at their websites, if looking for similar suppliers. I will also be happy to answer any specific questions regarding each supplier.
The Venue – Stoke Place Hotel, Buckinghamshire
Floristry and Styling – Amie Bone Flowers
Chairs – Rose Tone Events
Photography – Zoe C Photography (all pictures included in this post are courtesy of Zoe)
Videographer – Adithio ( if you would like to see more of our day, you can view our video on Adithio’s website)
Cake – Birds Beautiful Cakes
Together we were able to create a space that was intimate, romantic, full of candlelight and reinforced my love for all things rose gold!
From fairy light curtains, hurricane lamps, endless tealights, to rose gold table cloths, a mirrored table plan and pictures of our nearest and dearest – Everything about the space (and the day) reflected Craig and I and all we ever wanted.
So I know the only thing
I haven’t mentioned is the dress
and one of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘how did I manage to pick one when I am surrounded by beautiful dresses all day every day?’ And yes I am surrounded by the most beautiful dresses but I am also obsessed with weddings and have been for a very long time, therefore, I know about different styles, cuts and fabrics and I also know my own body shape and style. In all honesty, I was lucky – I knew the dress that I loved from a picture and when I tried it on I instantly knew it was ‘the dress’. I did, however, still try a few (and I only mean a few) to make sure it was really the one.
The dress I picked was a
Suzanne Neville called ‘Salvador’
from the 2017 Portrait Collection.
It had a gorgeous crepe fishtail skirt, together with a long sleeve beaded lace top. I felt amazing, it was comfortable, I didn’t worry about part of my body I don’t like (arms!), it fitted me perfectly thanks to our AMAZING seamstress, Rani.
I teamed it with a simple Italian tulle veil and a headpiece that complimented the beading of the dress, without taking away from its beauty. I felt incredible and I am very sad that I will not be able to wear such a stunningly designed dress ever again!
I learnt so much by being on the other side and by me being the bride and I want to share a few words of wisdom.
- Go with your gut – I know I was lucky in terms of knowing what dress I wanted, but I could have tried on another 10 dresses just to have the experience – but I glad I didn’t. I knew deep down that was my dress and I stuck to it. Be ready to commit when you have found the one, even if it turns out to the first dress you try on.
- It’s normal to have a wobble – Something I never thought it would happen to me, I am a decisive person! But I did have a moment when I questioned my decision and wondered if I had made the right choice. It didn’t help that I couldn’t see the dress for months after I chose it, but I just had to remember how I felt when I first tried it on. I loved it then when it didn’t even fit properly, so I had to believe I would love it even more when it was mine – and I did!
- Do not bottle up your concerns – talk to the team that is helping you. I made a minor change to the dress after ordering. My one doubt was the colour of the lining, I didn’t feel that it complimented my skin tone. So I asked to try the dress on again and talked it through with the team and we all agreed to change the lining to ivory. We are lucky enough to work closely with the designers that allow us to make changes to dresses to ensure you get the dress that is perfect for you!
- Think carefully about who you bring to appointments – it is so easy to get swept up in the excitement and want to share the dress buying experience with lots of people, but you have to remember it is about you and what you feel best in, not what others think or how others see you. Your guests really can make or break an appointment!
- Lastly enjoy it – the overall dress journey goes so quickly and in the end you only wear it for a few hours, so make sure you soak up the whole experience and don’t stress about it, it really is a truly wonderful time. I wish I had done this, as I cannot believe how fast it all went (another cliché) but very true.