I wanted to write a post on my wedding dress because quite honestly, I don’t know when I am ever going to feel like a princess in my big dress ever again and I want to savour every moment of it. I am keeping my dress though so you never know, I may find another use for it eventually.
I knew what type of dress I wanted before even attempting to try any on. I’ve always preferred thicker, solid materials rather than sheer and wanted something fairly full, not skin tight or too revealing. I’m also fairly plain when it comes to fashion, not a huge fan of patterns, prints or too much embroidery. In no way am I saying any of those things aren’t beautiful, I just don’t feel like me if I do attempt to dress that way. I do love those types of dresses on other people though, so still gave them the benefit of the doubt when trying dresses on. I wanted to make sure I’d tried lots of different styles before settling on what would inevitably be something like the dress I chose – mainly to rule them out and make sure I didn’t make any mistakes. I visited a local wedding dress shop Ethereal Bridal and tried on a selection of dresses, many of which nothing like my final choice. I’m glad I did it and thoroughly recommend any bride-to-be does the same. It made me even more determined the style I was looking for was one hundred percent right for me.
I saw my dress immediately, it was very similar to the dresses I had spent the last few years swooning over online. I felt so ‘me’ in it straight away. I love the weight of it, the straps, the waistband, the unusual bow on the back with long ties and the length of it. It feels quite modern but classic at the same time. My dress is by Enzoani – just in case anyone would like to know.
I decided to keep my dress fairly minimal and add drama with my veil and shoes. My veil was also purchased at Ethereal Bridal and I knew as soon as I tried it on it was the one for me. I wanted something longer than my dress and loved the embroidery along the edges, along with the shape it makes on the floor. It also had a blusher (shorter veil) that can be worn over the face, something I had wanted for walking down the aisle.
For my shoes I took longer to decide, I looked into a lot of styles but kept going back to Jimmy Choo. Originally I considered the Bing style and did order a pair in Ivory patent leather to try. Unfortunately they were darker than I had imagined and I personally found them difficult to walk in and keep on my foot. The last thing I wanted to be doing on my wedding day was having to think about my shoes, so they were swiftly returned. I then found the Bobbie style and they were perfect! I love the satin, it’s lighter than their patent leather and the added strap around my ankle meant I didn’t have to consider them staying on my feet. We did a lot of walking on the day so I am eternally grateful they were so comfortable. The crystal strap adds wow-factor, they twinkled in the light!
For my hair I visited my usual hairdressers for a few trials before the day. I’ve been to the same hairdressers since my late teens and the ladies who do my hair are all wonderful. I initially wanted my hair to be all tied up and off my face but in practice none of the styles felt right for me – The benefit to having trials! We decided on a plait as I find them so pretty and spent the majority of my childhood with some sort of plait in my hair for school. I also needed to secure my veil in my hair so a half up, half down approach worked best. For the cut and colour I didn’t do anything dramatic, just a refresh of my usual, a good trim and a few extra highlights underneath since my hair was partially up. It held so well considering we spent so much of the day outside, drove with the roof off the Morgan car to the reception venue and I even slept in it that night and wore it the same the following day!
I decided to do my own make up, something I had always imagined I would do anyway. I’m certainly no expert but have always enjoyed doing my own make up and wanted to look as natural and every-day-me as possible. COVID guidelines at the time of our wedding meant I could have arranged a make up artist if I wanted to, I just never really gave it much thought. I stuck to my usual make up routine and didn’t try any new products, just tried to make an effort with my eyeshadow and wore my ultimate favourite lipstick, by Louboutin.
I decided against jewellery as I wanted my dress to speak for itself and felt my shoes and veil had enough going on. I wore earrings which I wear every day but that was it, apart from my new wedding ring after the ceremony!
A huge thank you to all of the suppliers who made our day come together in the most perfect way.
Church – St Lawrence’s, Coppenhall
Reception venue – Weston Park, Shropshire
Photographer – James Merrick Photography
Videographer – Sam Holland, Route 89 Video Production
Brides dress – Enzoani, Ethereal Bridal, Penkridge
Brides shoes – Jimmy Choo*
Brides hair – Francesco Group, Weeping Cross
Florist – Lavender, Penkridge
Grooms Suit – Peter Posh Suit Hire
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