How did your partner propose?
Stuart proposed to me whilst on holiday in the Dominican Republic. We spent two weeks there and on the 7th day he had planned a day full of surprises, our own private cabana with infinity pool, a private butler, then finished the day with a private candlelit dinner on the beach. After our main meal Stuart got down on one knee, and opened the box to the most beautiful ring! I was in absolute shock.
What’s the best piece of advice you received in the run up to the big day?
To take a moment to ourselves on the day because it goes so quick. Buy things in stages so it doesn’t all come at once nearer to the big day. Do what makes you happy, make the day what you dreamed of, not what everyone else wants.
How did you go about finding the perfect wedding dress?
I went to 3 shops that I had been given feedback from close friends and family that had used or known these shops and based on popularity and reviews I knew these were going to be my ‘go to’ shops.
How many dresses did you try on before finding The One?
I think I tried between 10-15 dresses before I found ‘the one’. I had found a dress I really liked in the second shop I went too, however I was still questioning whether it really was for me. I made an appointment at Fross as I had seen what I thought would be my dream style dress on their website. I knew this would be make or break. I tried more than one at Fross to settle my mind on what it was that I really wanted.
What made you fall in love with the dress you chose?
I chose a romantic lace wedding dress by Stella York. It has an off-the-shoulder look with a sweetheart neckline complimenting the illusion bateau neckline.
The way I looked, the way I felt, it was everything I could ever of imagined and more. Being able to see the full picture as well with mirrors to see every angle did it for me. I did cry when I realised this was it, the dress I had always dreamt of was there and I was wearing it. It was meant to be.
What bridal accessories did you choose?
A jewelled slide for my hair to compliment my updo. A mid length ivory single-layered veil, as it was subtle but traditional so that it didn’t hide the beautiful details on the back of my dress. Ivory satin open toe shoes with diamonte embellishments across the front to compliment both the slide in my hair and the belt I had added to my dress. I wore a necklace given to my nan by my late grandad which was a fine gold with a simple detail to the front with sapphire, diamonds and pearls. And finished with a beautiful diamond bracelet my husband to be gave to me on the morning of the wedding.
Tell us about your wedding day.
We married at Ashdown Park hotel, such a romantic location and it just felt right for us. Myself and my bridesmaids stayed the night before to soak up the atmosphere, whilst my hubby to be and his best men stayed in a hotel down the road. We married at 1pm out on the lawns where all our family and friends were ready to greet us. I walked down the aisle to thousand years by Christina Perry. Canapés and Pimms were served after the ceremony on the lawns, accompanied by the beautiful singer Chloe Paige, who sung a range of songs to our guests on what was a beautifully sunny day. We went off around the grounds for photos, with so many little hidden gems to make up the most stunning back drop for our pictures. Our reception was held in the converted chapel, with its original stain glass windows glistening as we sat to dine. Eating at around 4pm, we had a caricature drawing pictures for each of our guests during and after the meal. Followed by speeches from my dad, our best man and of course my new husband, there was not a dry eye in the house. Our evening guests arrived from 7.30pm where we had a Dj ready to party the night away. Guests enjoyed the Magic photo mirror and the sweet Ferris wheel. A fingerprint tree and guest book made its way around the tables. An evening buffet was provided for guests to enjoy. The setting and the songs made sure that we partied the night away, a lot of our guests chose to stay at the hotel which meant we could all enjoy a breakfast together the next day.
What was your favourite moment from your big day?
I don’t think I can choose one - the whole day was everything and more that I had ever dreamt of. The moment we saw each other for the first time was the best feeling in the world, knowing all the planning and time was finally here. Secret garden photos - within the grounds our photographer took us to a secret garden for some private shots, it was full of flowers and colour and we have some of the most beautiful natural photos from this moment. Our first dance - the first moment we got to dance together as husband and wife, with everyone we loved watching in on us, then finished by my mum dancing with stuart and my dad with me, the room was just full of love.
What theme did you pick for the wedding?
I wanted a romantic, traditional feel. With laces, pastel and natural colours, and traditional suits. Flowers were creams and pale powder blues, with mine having a hint of pale pink too. The Bridesmaids dresses were powder blue with gypsophila in their hair, while the flower girls wore ivory dresses with a heart shaped wand wrapped with flowers. Suits were black, black tie and white shirts. Floral decorations included blossom trees, candelabras and hurricane vases wrapped in ivory floral wreathes to decorate the venue and aisle. We opted for an ivory 4 tier cake, with lace and flowers cascading down the cake. To tie in with our theme. Each tier filled with a different flavour Our stationery also tied into this with ivory as the base, a little bit of sparkle with a silver glitter and lace, powder blue ribbon with a gem to finish, they were truly stunning.
What advice would you give to other brides-to-be?
Take your time, and look around for options to find the best deals. Try not to stress, because you won’t get this opportunity again, take everything in. If your husband to be wants to help, let them! It is nice that they want to be apart of it.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Dubai and the Maldives
Who were your suppliers for your big day?
Cake - Sweetie Darling Cakes Flowers - Infusion Flowers Photographer - Debbie Sanderson Photography Venue - Ashdown Park Hotel Hair & Make Up - Grace Nethercott - make up, Emma Bennett - Hair Disco and smiley box mirror - Unlimited Promotions Singer - Chloe Paige Stationery - Kardelicious Caricaturist - Francesco, Caricaturist London