13th Oct 2014

Aylsa & Martin

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The Proposal

We got engaged Christmas Day 2009. I was pregnant with our little girl Isla at the time and I was still living at home with my parents. Martin had been planning it behind my back with my parents. He had arranged to arrive early on Christmas morning. The doorbell rang and everyone ignored it so I had to get up. I answered it to Martin holding up place cards like the Keira Knightly scene in the film Love Actually. There was even a soundtrack of Silent Night.


The Dress

My dress was the 'Ali' dress which is a full lace fitted dress with round neck and long train. It was one of the first dresses I tried on in Lily White Bridal Boutique in Jesmond. I did not even go to any other shops as I knew this was the dress for me straight away.
I designed my bridal bouquet and my daughter's bouquet which were matching pink and cream fabric and brooch bouquets. I have since set up Love is Vintage where I design and handcraft fabric, brooch and button bouquets. My two older bridesmaids carried pink and ivory roses by Adam Prest.


A Perfect Day

We got married on Saturday 29th December 2012 at St Catherine's church and our reception was at Beamish Hall. We had been to weddings at Beamish Hall before and knew how much of a beautiful venue it was. It was the first venue we looked at and knew it was the right place for our wedding. It has a cozy atmosphere and the grounds are very picturesque.
We had a vintage themed day with a hint of glamor. Our table decorations included tea cups and birdcages. We used old fashioned photos of family members from their wedding days on a family table. This included photographs of some members of family who had passed away, this added sentimental value.
Our wedding photographer was Helen Russell Photography.  We cannot thank her enough for giving us such beautiful wedding photos. I have never seen photos of this quality before by any other photographer and we would highly recommend her to anybody getting married. She is truly talented!


Words of Wisdom

My advice for other brides would be to enjoy every second of the lead up to and the big day as it goes over so quickly. Do not get stressed over the small details, everything will come together in the end. Choose your dress wisely and do not rush into anything, it's true what they say that you just know when you have found the right dress!

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