Our #bowbride of the week is Leah who wore Audacious by Nicola Anne. Leah’s wedding was on Friday 21st April 2017 at Wasing Park, Reading (It was the first and only venue they looked at) and her photographer was Emma-Jane Photography.
Tell us about the dress
I wore ‘Audacious’ by Nicola Anne A fully gathered fishtail bridal gown. Made in corded lace,silk dupion and soft tulle, with mid length train and zip and pearl buttons. Having only moved to Winchester a Few years ago, the first time i walked past BoW I said “Someday I will buy my Wedding Dress in there” and sure enough … I Did 🙂
How did you choose your venue?
Initially we had wanted a Destination Wedding, but decided to stay in the UK, we looked online for unusual venues and Wasing park was top of the list. It was the first and only venue we looked at. We knew straight away and booked there and then.
How did you choose your photographer?
We attended the London Olympia Wedding Fair and was bombarded with Photographers, Emma-Jame stood back and let her photos do the work, and they certainly did!! Looking through her portfolio is was our style: modern, fresh and laid back but with a few classical shots. Everything we were looking for. Upon meeting with her we knew we had made the right choice, she is amazing.
Who did your hair and makeup and where did you find them?
Claire Nicole was my Hair and Make-up Artist on the day, she is fantastic. So professional and so caring. She really listened to what I wanted, and created the look to suit my face, skin tone, dress style and theme. When I looked in the mirror I was genuinely shocked. I had never seen myself look like that before. I felt amazing.
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
We did not have a specific wedding theme as such, more a ‘Simple Elegance’ style. We both like the modern style with clean crisp lines and simplicity. Adding a touch of glam with silver accents, mirrors, colour coordinating crystals and table accessories.
What flowers did you choose?
We chose Orchids and Tulips in White, simple and stunning. We chose Cherubs Floral Design to be our florists for the day and they were amazing and managed to create our vision perfectly. They decorated the whole venue incorporating our flowers into every piece.
How did you feel on the morning? Walking down the aisle and during the ceremony?
I had moments of nervousness during the morning but then I would get a tidal wave of excitement. I had never been so sure about anything else in my life, I was 100% ready to marry my best friend and the man of my Dreams. When I was standing waiting for my Bridesmaids to walk down the aisle I was admittedly very nervous, 2 years of planning had finally come to an end and now I was about to see it all together for the first time. When it came for me to walk my feet would not move but as soon as I saw Mike I practically ran down the aisle with my dad having to slow me down. I felt completely as ease and really excited, everyone else in the room was a blur, all I could see was him.
What was your first dance?
What was the funniest moment of the day?
I think the funniest moment of the day was My Dads Speech! My dad had joked about playing the guitar or having his work friends who are all ammeter musicians come and play during our wedding. It always made for a good laugh but when he actually pulled out his guitar case during his speech I think both myself and Mike were on edge not knowing what was about to happen next!! When he finally opened the case to reveal an old pair of crutches I had used for an injury, it set the room off with laughter, I will always have something to support me, my Husband, Family and old pair of Crutches!!
Top tip(s) for other brides:
I think the tip would be to research everything, try not to buy on impulse. Everything we saw, we researched and then tried to find online discounts/promotions. Also don’t be afraid to negotiate with Vendors and Suppliers!
Highlight of the day
Marrying my Best friend and having an amazing celebration with all our loved ones.
List of wedding suppliers
Cherubs Floral Design
City Nights Disco
Brides of Winchester
Hair and Make-Up
Marks and Spencer