Whilst a lot of brides spend hours getting ready, I had just over two hours to cool down (I was so hot from dashing round all day getting the garden ready!), have my hair and make-up done, and get dressed.
I was finally ‘removed’ from the garden and banished upstairs at 2.15pm when Nick and the boys arrived – although we’d spent the morning together, we’d decided we wouldn’t see each other after that.
I never intended to buy a wedding dress, I have a friend who is a dressmaker and I’d always planned for her to make one. But I wanted a little of the fun of trying wedding dresses on, so off I went to Cheltenham with my mum and little sister to try some dresses on and see what style and shape suited me best.
We’d been to two generic wedding dress shops before we entered Cocoa Couture owned by Cara Wagstaff. We were instantly blown away by this tiny upstairs room stuffed full of gorgeous dresses all handmade by Cara and her team from antique fabrics and lace.
My only recollection of that day is Cara welcoming us and handing me a dress to try on. I did and it was just ‘me’. That’s the only way I can describe it. I put the dress on and it just felt like an outward reflection of who I feel like as a person inside. I felt totally relaxed and not self-conscious about any part of my body in it.
My dress is called ‘Emmeline’ and is made from hand-embroidered lace which is over 100 years old! It had a tiny ‘puddle’ of a train, delicate lace sleeves, and a stunning piece at the back where Cara had matched the lace together.
It completely blew our budget, but after 24 hours of me and my mum trying to work out how to find equally beautiful lace, we gave up, and did what felt right, which was to buy the dress. It was worth every penny! Especially the wonderful experience of going to visit Cara for fittings – all brides should be treated the way I was by this small, dedicated team.
The dress was a little too small for me and too short, so during the year leading up to our wedding, we went back to Cara, who measured me up and then took my whole dress to pieces! It was a scary day seeing it in pieces, but Cara is incredible and made it to fit me exactly. This is a photo Izzy took of me trying my dress on in Cara’s shop…
Before I put on my dress I wore a pretty pale pink lace dress that I’d got from TK Maxx and I just love this photo Izzy took…
More details to come – my two (yes two!) veils, hair, make-up, shoes and garter. If you missed yesterday there was the sneak peek of our wedding photos, we were featured on Love My Dress, and then there were photos of us setting up the garden on the morning of the wedding.