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Rochelle & Ben-real weddings
Rochelle & Ben

We want to know your story; how did you meet?
Ben and I have known each other for around 14 years. We met when we were in our early teens at a local carnival. We dated on a couple of occasions over the years but it never seemed to be the right time for either of us. We bumped into each other for the final time in 2012 at a mutual friend’s party and we have been together since.

How did he propose?
Ben whisked me off for a 2 night stay to Newcastle and we stayed in a gorgeous penthouse apartment. Although it’s so close to were we live, it has always been one of my favourite cities. I had no idea he was going to propose though, he just kept saying it was a treat for how hard i’d worked within my business – especially over the busy festive period. As it was a few days before Christmas, he had small gifts wrapped up which he gave me throughout the days while we were there. On the second night we were getting ready to go out for a meal to the Baltic Flour Mill (Six). He told me to open the gift on the table which was a set of Swarovski champagne flutes. When I turned round he was down on one knee and I was gobsmacked! Little did I know the flutes were for a toast, and the meal was for our engagement. I liked how confident he was that I’d say yes! He proposed with the LeVian ring I’d pointed out around a year prior, I had said If I ever got engaged I would want something like it – rose gold, distinctive with coloured stones. It still baffles me how he remembered, as it was only said in passing!

How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for your big day?
I knew I wanted to be an Ian Stuart Bride as soon as I laid eyes on his designs. Run of the mill dresses just didn’t appeal to me and I love how unique his style is. Whether they are your taste or not; each of his dresses are timeless and a work of art in their own right, nobody can deny that. The closest stockist to where we live is Y.A.P Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. At my appointment I tried on only four of Ian’s gowns and I loved them all, but there was just something missing from first three I tried. The final dress I tried was La Fayette. Before my bridal consultant (Danni) got the zip half way up, I burst into tears. I knew I had found my dress instantly. When Danni pulled back the curtain for my Mam and Auntie to see, they both had the exact same reaction! I didn’t think the ‘bridal moment’ was a real thing, but it clearly was for me. I opted for the matching cathedral veil and I purchased my headdress from here also. The three of us had the most magical time at this boutique. I also decided to have the dressing experience that Y.A.P offers. The girls came out to dress me and my bridal party on the day and honestly, I couldn’t have managed without them. I would highly recommend it to anyone, even more so if if you have a big dress.

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Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding? 
The theme for the wedding seemed to evolve as time went by. We knew we wanted something glamorous as it reflects our personal taste both as individuals and as a couple. I’ve always loved really bright, punchy colours and I was getting so bored of seeing the usual anaemic colour schemes in bridal magazines. When I looked at La Fayette, I saw mix of say –  Marie Antoinette & Southern Belle. So I decided to run with that… you could say the theme was very much centred around the dress. The only way I could describe our theme is – Parisian Sophistication and New Orleans Colour Pop, with a hint of British Etiquette. The fabulous Kat from ‘The Whole Sch-Bang’ in Gateshead created the full decor including the flowers, our guests were simply blown away. They said it was so different to anything that they’d seen before.

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?
Although the wedding itself was quite a modern affair. We still tried to do all of the usual wedding traditions. Myself and Ben stayed in separate houses the night before on Rockliffe grounds and didn’t see each other till I walked down the aisle towards him. My something old was also something borrowed, my mam’s white handkerchief that belonged to my great grandma Annie. It is over 60 years old has an A embroidered on it. This was so relevant with my new surname being Anderson and was perfect for dabbing away the few tears I had on the day. Most of the things bought for the wedding were new and my Aquazurra Bridal Booties had powder blue soles. My Dad also placed sixpence in my shoe for the ceremony.

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Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?
Just try to enjoy it as much as you can. I spent far too much time stressing about minuscule details, that on the day I didn’t even notice. In hindsight, planning a wedding is very hard work – especially along with all of your usual daily tasks. I found it especially difficult trying to juggle running a house and two businesses, whilst also planning our dream wedding. Constant email threads, phone calls and questionnaires from suppliers became the bane of my life, my only regret is that I found it more of a hindrance rather than looking at the bigger picture. They were all just trying to make sure the day as seamless as possible; which is what it was.  Now I can’t believe it’s all over and would love to have the planning time back and re-live the day again. Select your suppliers wisely and most importantly, trust your venue. They will have likely done hundreds if not thousands of weddings before yours and they know exactly what they are doing. Oh and delegate… if someone can help you, let them!

With regard to choosing the dress, try and look at it more like the dress choosing you. You need to feel utterly beautiful & absolutely unstoppable in your gown while being the best possible version of yourself. Ian Stuart Bride certainly does that…


April & Andrew

April & Andrew

We want to know your story, how did you meet?
We met when we were kids (at 5 and 6) and have been lifelong friends, we were just always meant to be together. Our Families were close and always knew we would end up together, even when we tried to tell them we were just friends. We started dating when Andy came home on leave from his tour in Afghanistan in October 2012. The first few months that he was out there made us realise just how much we cared for each other. We stayed in contact during his deployment and have been together ever since.

How did he propose?
He proposed on a weekend away in the Lake District. It was a beautiful autumn day and we had gone for a walk in Keswick. While we were walking through Hope Park he got down on one knee, before he could ask me the question I threw my arms around him and said yes.

How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for you big day?
I had looked at so many dresses online but none of them jumped out at me. I wanted something different, something that stood out from the rest. I had opened a bridal magazine and there on the first page was the dress – Evangelista. I hadn’t even tried it on but I knew it was the one. I called our closest Bridal shop that stocked Ian Stuart Gowns and asked if they had it. Unfortunately they didn’t but they had a Designer Day scheduled in the coming weeks and could ask to have a sample of it brought up. The weekend I was go try the dress on I was unwell and had to cancel my appointment, I was devastated but the teams at Ian Stuart and Anne Priscilla organised to have the sample dress kept in the shop a bit longer so I could try it. I am so grateful that they did. The moment I tried the dress on I never wanted to take it off. It was perfect. All I had to do now was order it and wait the 2 years until our wedding date to wear it again.

Andrew & April's wedding day

Andrew & April’s wedding day

Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?
Our colour scheme was Navy Blue and Silver and the theme was The Movies. My husband and I are a bit geeky and big movie fans so it made sense for it to be our theme. Instead of classical music or hymns we had overtures and iconic tunes from movies played throughout the day, at dinner and in our service. We had Capella Quartet play at our service and our guests were pleasantly surprised when we signed the register to melody’s from Gladiator and Jurassic Park and we walked out to the Throne Room Theme from Star Wars. We wanted to have a day that was relaxed and fun so nothing was too serious. We also had a popcorn bar and Navy Blue and Grey M&Ms for Favours.

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?
We did. I wore my mum’s veil as my something old. My shoes were made with My Husbands Tartan and had blue glittery soles, this was my something blue. My something borrowed was a beautiful Tiffany Heart necklace and bracelet that my Maid of Honour Linsey wore at her wedding the year before. My something new was a beautiful ivory fur stole from my Maid of Honour Fiona and staying with tradition my Maid of Honour Catheren gave me a sixpence for my shoe for luck. Quite untraditionally I had three Maids of Honour and Andrew had two Best Men, Matthew and Cameron. Andy and my brother Matthew have been friends since they were children so it was really nice to have him there supporting us both on the day. My Mum who is a minister with the Church of Scotland performed the wedding ceremony and Andy’s Mum did a reading that we had asked her to pick and would be a surprise for us on the day. The whole service was just beautiful and so personal having both our mums involved.

April & Andrew- Wedding Day

Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?
I think the most important bit of advice I can give is the same advice that so many people gave me and that I struggled to follow, ‘This is you and your partner’s’ day, it is about your love, your partnership and celebrating the life you have and will continue to build together. Do it your way and stay true to who you are as a couple. Your wedding is just one day, you still have the rest of your lives together so don’t get too bogged down with the details because things in life never go to plan and that’s ok. At the end of the day all that matters is that you love each other. You can’t ever please everyone and no matter what, someone will always find something they aren’t happy about. Fill your day with love, joy and people that love you both and it will be perfect.’

And as for finding the perfect dress I can safely say from shopping for my own and a few of my friends ‘The right dress is the one you put on and never want to take off again, the one that gives you confidence and makes you feel beautiful’

April & Andrew's Wedding Day

Signing the registry

Brides Name: April Hickman (now Sutherland)
Spouses Name: Andrew Sutherland
Gowns Name: Evangelista
Boutique: Anne Priscilla Bridal Glasgow
Wedding Date: 6th January 2018
Location: The Lochside House Hotel, New Cumnock


We want to know your story, how did you meet?

We met at a ‘disco animals’ fancy dress party. Tom was wearing a monkey suit minus the head and feet and I was in leopard print and an afro wig. We spent most of the evening talking about our favourite Bob Dylan songs. The next day was his birthday so I took him out for a birthday breakfast and the rest is history.

How did he propose?

Tom proposed on a Tuesday morning in February. We were both getting ready for work, I was pulling my boots on when I turned around to find him on one knee! He proposed, I cried, and said yes and then we had to get the train for work! It was a complete surprise even though we’d been together for 6 years!3
How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for your big day?

I had already tried on 30 dresses before I found my dress. They had all been quite floaty, unstructured dresses so this was my wild card dress and I tired it because I was really attracted to the layers on the bodice. When I tired it on, it all suddenly made sense!

It was just such an amazing fit, so surprisingly comfortable and looked so much better than anything else – I didn’t ever want to take it off. I felt really upright and self-contained in the dress and that felt amazing, and just what I needed on a nerve wrecking day. I still wish I could wear it everyday it’s so beautiful!

Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?

I did my doctorate in evolution and Tom is a keen gardener so we had a naturalistic/botanical theme, with things under bell jars as table centre pieces (shells, lotus flower heads, microscopes, phrenology heads to name a few). There were ivy trails everywhere and succulents for favours. It was just as we pictured and everyone was so curious about the bell jars!2

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, as as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?

I’m Jewish, so we were able to incorporate some traditional Jewish customs, such as the breaking of the glass and our fathers recited a lovely blessing in Hebrew and English. The prayer is usually said to children on the Sabbath and wishes them wellness and happiness. It was a really special moment for us.

Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?

Don’t rest until you find the dress that is going to be with you on that day of transition from single women to married women. Even if you’ve been together for years, it really does feel different being married, so that day is so special.5

Bride: Tanya Carpenter
Groom: Tom Carpenter
Bridal Gown: Monet, Killer Queen Collections
Boutique: Fairytale Weddings, Towcester
Wedding Date: 24/05/2015
Location: Burloes Hall, Hertfordshire
Photographer: Michelle Lindsell Photography


We want to know your story, how did you meet?

James and I met in high school when we were set up on a blind date for our Senior Prom. The dance was held at Villa Siena that year. So it was very special for us to get married at the same place we had our first date.

Danielle wearing Everdina

How did he propose?

Well it is a very long story…. James had a very elaborate plan to propose during the Fireworks in San Diego on 4th of July, however when all the fireworks went off at once and the show went from 20 minutes to 10 seconds, he had to change his plan.  Knowing I suspected a proposal, he tried to throw me off by proposing on the beach the next morning with a pair of shoes, asking me to be his Cinderella, and marry him. I was very confused but accepted. Once in the car on our way from San Diego to Newport, I wanted to call and tell my family but was confused since he had gone ring shopping with her sister. I was worried they would ask to see the ring then James would feel bad about not having it. James asked me what was wrong, she started crying and felt bad and was just really confused. James pulled out the ring while driving down the freeway and proposed right then and there. He had planned on asking her at dinner that night, he just wanted to throw her off, but couldn’t take her being sad or crying.

Like I said it’s a very long complicated story. You can just say he proposed on the beach in San Diego it that is less confusing.

Danielle wearing Everdina

How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for your big day?

Part of it was the name. I always wanted my dress to look like my grandmother’s gown from the 50’s. Her name is Evenjelina, I loved how similar Everdina’s name was to hers. It was also a similar shape to my grandmother’s dress. I knew I wanted to add the long sleeves to match hers, but I also wanted to make the dress my own make the dress my own. I felt Everdina was the perfect canvas for me to do that.

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Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?

We got married around Christmas, we wanted the wedding to feel festive and inviting without being too literal. We used a mix of metallics and rich greens, reds, and taupes.

Danielle wearing Everdina

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?

I would say our wedding was very traditional. We both come from large families and wanted to incorporate them as much as possible. In the weeks preceding the wedding, I was having a very hard time missing my grandfather, who was more like a father to me.  On my wedding day I hadn’t yet picked my something borrowed. The whole morning of the wedding we were searching for a something for me to borrow, then I went in my grandmother’s room to see if she had a bracelet or something, and on her dresser was a pin of angel wings and a feather with a poem saying someone special is looking down on you on your wedding day.  It was just what I need to know he was there.

Danielle wearing Everdina

 Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?

Don’t worry about the little things. Remember what the day is truly about, the love between you and your partner. As long as you are happy and feel good about your dress that is all that matters.

Danielle wearing Everdina

Ian Stuart Bride: Danielle Ashworth
Groom: James Ashworth
Bridal Gown: Everdina, Frill Me Collection
Boutique:  Mariee Bridal, Scottsdale
Wedding Date: December 6th, 2014
Location:  Villa Siena, Gilbert, Arizona


We want to know your story, how did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend at a party when we were both 17 on Christmas Eve. I was at college and Tom had just started his professional career. Tom asked our mutual friend for my phone number when leaving the party and contacted me straight away to arrange our first date. We have now been together for almost 10 years.

How did he propose?

It was in August 2011. Tom arranged an overnight stay in a hotel where we had visited on one of our first dates. We arrived at the hotel and got ready to go out for an evening meal. As we were about to leave the room, Tom said he needed to ask me something before we left. I turned round to find Tom down on one knee holding “the box”. I cried and was completely shocked and put the ring on, but I’m told in all the emotion that I didn’t actually say yes for quite some time! When we arrived at the restaurant, Tom had booked a private booth and the table was decorated with rose petals and there was a nice bottle of champagne waiting for us.

How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for you big day?

When I started looking for my wedding dress I knew I wanted something different. I tried on dresses by different designers, however, nothing compared to the design and quality of the Ian Stuart’s gowns. I attended an Ian Stuart designer day in September 2013 and tried on around 6 of his amazing gowns from the Frill Me collection. When I tried Nova Scotia on I knew instantly that it was the dress for me. The shape of the dress and the colour (honey metallic lace) suited me perfectly. It was exactly what I had imagined for my wedding dress. The matching Ian Stuart long veil was incredible and just finished off the look perfectly.

Lynsey Clarke Wearing Nova Scotia

Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?

I based the theme and colour theme of the wedding around my dress which was traditional and elegant. The bridesmaids wore full length flowing light grey dresses which complimented my Ian Stuart dress perfectly. The groom and groomsmen wore black tie which looked super smart. The theme was romantic with lots of candles scattered around in large lanterns, hurricane vases and candelabras. My flowers were pastel pink and cream roses and hydrangeas.

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?

‘Something new’ was my dress and my shoes. ‘Something blue’ was a garter bought for me by my chief bridesmaid. ‘Something borrowed’ was a hair clip from my friend that she had worn at her wedding. For ‘something old’ I had my grandma’s necklace sewn into a pocket in my dress. I was very close to my grandma who sadly passed away in June 2013.

Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?

My advice to brides to be would be to have a stress free morning getting ready with your bridesmaids. We were ready an hour before the ceremony and this allowed us time to have photos taken and have some champagne. I was really nervous leading up to my big day and having a calm morning helped me relax and enjoy the day. My advice for looking for your wedding dress would be to take your bridesmaids with you to help you choose the perfect dress. Have an idea of what you are looking for before you go to try on and find out where the stockists are for the designers that you like. I would definitely recommend to any bride to look at Ian Stuart gowns as they are all incredible!

Lynsey Clarke Wearing Nova Scotia

Ian Stuart Bride: Lynsey Clarke
Groom: Tom Clarke
Bridal Gown: Nova Scotia, Frill Me!
Boutique: Limelight Occasions, Huddersfield
Wedding Date: 6 June 2014
Location: Rudding Park, Harrogate


We want to know your story, how did you meet?

We first met when I was a senior in High School and he was in college and were friends for about 5 years. We reconnected when I moved to San Diego, he was living there already. We started dating and quickly knew we were meant to be!

How did he propose?

He proposed in the jewellery store. I’m pretty nosey so I think he knew that was the only way to surprise me. I had found a ring a while before that I loved but it had been discontinued.  I had felt discouraged going to look at rings that day until he pulled me over to look at single glass display case filled with roses and one ring… the one I fell in love with! Then he got down on one knee and proposed! I was completely surprised. It was perfect!

How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for your big day?

I randomly walked into Posh one day and saw it on a mannequin and had to try it on. I knew right away, it was meant to be my dress! I was probably at Posh for almost four hours standing in the dress!
Amanda Oberhaus wearing Flowerbomb
Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?

We had an Alice in Wonderland theme for our wedding with very bold jewel tones.

Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?

The main tradition I incorporated was something old, For something old I had a brooch bouquet made of family heirloom pieces, it was really special! For something blue I wore blue shoes.

Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?

Less is more! You don’t need to go to every boutique or try on every dress, when it’s the one you will know… You might try on one or ten! The same goes for all of the wedding planning, don’t put too much stress on yourself. It all comes together in the end!

Amanda Oberhaus wearing Flowerbomb
Ian Stuart Bride: Amanda Oberhaus
Groom: Matthew Oberhaus
Bridal Gown: Flowerbomb, Revolution Rocks Collection
Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture Minneapolis
Wedding Date: 8/10/12
Location: San Diego, CA at The Ultimate Skybox

 


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