Welcome to the first post of my brand new wedding series. If you weren't aware, I got married last year on 2nd September 2016 after getting engaged on January 1st 2016 which, I know, is a pretty fast turn around for a wedding. So as I didn't get a chance to share my wedding planning journey at the time I thought it would be nice to share it now, in retrospect. I will be sharing how I planned my wedding from booking the venue to walking down the aisle.
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Originally we had planned to get married in May 2017 but for several different reasons which I won't go into here our dates got pushed around. So there we were setting the date in my very favourite month of the year, blessed with perfect weather, the perfect setting (lakeside hotel, outdoor ceremony), family and friends. Here are a few of the wedding day details.
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I knew as soon as we got engaged and I started to look at dresses that my dream dress was from Grace Loves Lace. However, as they are based in Australia and I had no way of trying the dress on I thought it would be impossible. I scoured the internet for anything similar that I could get from the UK but I was disappointed when I couldn't find anything anywhere near as dreamy. I decided to bite the bullet and contacted Grace Loves Lace. They were super helpful from the start of the process to the finish. My dress fitted me perfectly and I only needed to have it taken up about an inch. As I hadn't found my shoes at the time of ordering the dress I ordered it to be slightly longer just in case. If you are looking for a boho dress which is super comfortable and beautifully made then I highly recommend looking into Grace Loves Lace. My dress is the Emme-Waisted with the Ricci Belt.
I found my shoes in John Lewis from Rainbow Club, they were some of the first ones that I tried on but I didn't buy them right away, as I was trying to get a bargain. However, after searching all of the high street shops I came back to these shoes. I'm not a heels kinda girl. I'm a barefoot and flip flop kinda girl but I did want to wear a pair of comfortable heels on my wedding day. These were perfect - super comfortable, low but not too low of a heel and a peep toe which elongates the legs. I wore them for most of the day and my feet didn't get sore. My shoes were the Martha style from Rainbow Club but I highly recommend any of their shoes as they have lots of different styles.
We chose a local florist to organise our flowers and as I wanted to keep things simple it was pretty easy for them. I wanted a rose bouquet with dusky pink and cream roses. The bridesmaids had a similar bouquet each but smaller and heavier on the cream. The button holes were simple cream roses and the table decorations a mixture of gypsophila and roses in jam jars which I had collected and decorated myself. I loved our flowers but they were a little later arriving than we were told. Which sent me into a minor panic!
My super talented cousin (and hairdresser) Alice did our hair and I loved that I had family in the room helping us get ready. It made me feel really at ease and comfortable. If you have friends or family who are talented with something then don't be afraid to ask - they will often be more than happy to help! My flower crown was made by the same florist who did our flowers and I was super happy with it! It stayed put all day, with the help of a few pins and hairspray and it was so light I forgot I was wearing it.
The Make Up
I may be a yogi but I am also super into make up so I was happy to do my own make up on the day. I hit up the urban decay counter a few weeks before and had a chat to the girl on the counter and purchased a lot of products!
- Base - Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
- Primer - Urban Decay Complexion Brightening and Tightening
- Eyes - Naked 3 Palette
- Lips - 24/7 Glide on lip pencil in Native and Vice Lipstick in Morning After
- Powders - Naked 'Flushed' Palette
- To Set - Urban Decay 'All Nighter' Setting Spray (this stuff is AMAZING!)
- Mascara - Urban Decay Perversion
After hunting for a barn venue and then crying at the price we decided to opt for the Lodore Falls Hotel. We could get married outside, they would do a buffet style, relaxed wedding breakfast for us (we didn't want a formal 3 course affair) and the lake was a two minute walk away so we could treat our guests to a lake cruise and lots of champagne.
The Bridesmaids Dresses and Shoes
I sent my maid of honour, Elaine, on a bridesmaid dress hunt and she came through! The dresses came from Coast and matched mine perfectly, were beautifully made considering they are 'off the rack' and comfortable to wear. The shoes came from George at Asda (I know!) again another Elaine find! I wanted my girls to be comfortable and like what they wore on the day and with these dresses that's exactly what happened!
My engagement ring came from Pravins in Bristol. Their customer service is second to none and they helped us throughout the process of choosing our wedding rings. Again, we kept it simple. My engagement ring is diamond and platinum and our wedding rings are simple platinum court bands as we wanted them to match. We also got them engraved with the word 'Soulbound' which has a couple of meanings but if you are a keen World of Warcraft player then you know why ;) My necklace was my great grandmothers and my Mam had worn it on her wedding day as well. My other ring was my Grandmas engagement ring. I also wore a pearl bracelet that Matt had given me, a pair of pearl earrings, my Pandora bracelet and an anklet (which was my something blue) that Elaine gave me.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and a little look into the details of our wedding. If you have any special requests for future wedding series posts, just let me know in the comments section below!
All photos by Chris Goodman Photography.
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