I met Kaine at a house party in July 2012 and instantly fell for his Northern charm and sense of humour (unlucky for him I met my future maid of honour/sister in law 5 minutes before!) 5 years later after travelling the world and buying our first home together Kaine recreated our first date in Regents Park and with a picnic he told me I could only drink the champagne if I agreed to marry him.
Only 9 days after our engagement we had already booked our venue! Myself and my maid of honour had been researching wedding venues online and visited one previously to Burley Manor in the New Forest. The long trailing driveway and deer roaming in the fields instantly made us fall in love. It had the perfect mix of a vintage, country feel with the barn along with a large manor house that we had exclusively for ourselves. It was the perfect place for our Autumn wedding.
Finding suppliers that you trust and will help bring your vision alive is a daunting task, Boo Bridal was the second bridal shop I visited as it had been recommended by a friend. From the moment I walked in with my bridesmaids, Mum and future Mother in Law Emma took care of us all. Emma was honestly like my fairy God mother, there was no sales technique and no rushing us through our appointment, she just wanted us to enjoy our time there. Nothing was too much trouble for her, even when I panicked that my dress wasn’t small enough!
What I enjoyed the most about my Boo adventure was having a laugh with Emma, she made me feel so at ease and is so refreshingly honest that I would have trusted her with anything. The whole experience was flawless and I would recommend anyone to visit her lovely boutique. You go away feeling like a friend, not a customer.
I’d actually found our wedding photographer Benjamin Stuart Photography before we got engaged as he had photographed a friend’s wedding and really captured the feel of the day with his relaxed and documentary style photography. Our florist, Ether Events is one of my Mum’s best friends and they took our ideas and enhanced them in every possible way, we had so many lovely comments on the flowers and décor. The colours and attention to detail really helped make our day even more special.
We found our band, Paul Fitzgerald aka the Human Jukebox a few years ago as he was playing a gig locally. We loved his charisma, sense of humour and the fact that he would play any song you asked (including the ‘washing machines live longer with Calgon’ TV advert!) everyone was dancing as soon as he started playing in the day late into the night.
Aideen from Hair Affair did my hair and make-up and made me feel amazing, she really understood the look I was going for and I really appreciated her patience with my indecisiveness!