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Presenting our real life brides #bowbride

We love it when our brides share their stunning photos with us after their big day! So each week we will be featuring one of our fabulous brides, showcasing their wedding and, of course, their dress!

This week, as it is our fabulous Chanticleer designer event this weekend, we are featuring our beautiful Chanticleer bride Emily who found her dream bespoke gown at one of our events. Emily’s wedding was 23rd April 2016 at Parley Manor in Christchurch with BH13 Photography Leslie Adam taking the amazing photos

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Tell us about your dress

I had a picture in my head of my perfect dress but couldn’t seem to find it anywhere (which surprised me as it was fairly simple and classic). I tried on a few dresses at BOW which were lovely but not THE dress! After explaining in more detail what I had in my mind, the lovely BOW ladies put 3 different dresses together to create my dress, (I ended up trying 2 dresses on top of each other!) and ended up with a beautiful bespoke Chanticleer gown. I was so nervous to see the final creation, but as soon as I saw it hanging in the beautiful BOW dressing room I knew it was PERFECT…exactly what I pictured in my head. To finish off my look my Mum made me a veil which I will cherish forever.

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How did you choose your venue?

We got married at the stunning Parley Manor,  Christchurch. We fell in love with it straight away and it was the only venue we went to see. It wasn’t the type of venue that we originally had in mind, but we loved that we had exclusive use of the whole manor for our special day. The venue holds wedding celebrations in two permanent marques in separate areas of the grounds, this meant that our guests couldn’t see the reception marquee and decor until they ventured through to the walled Italian garden after the ceremony. The gardens were exquisite and the perfect environment for our guests to enjoy tasty canapes and cocktails before and after the I Do’s.

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What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

We wanted a relaxed, informal wedding with plenty of our favourite thing…food, drinks and lots of laughs! The gold tones injected a bit of glam but overall the day was simple and classic with a full dance floor in the evening! My Mum and Sister were amazing and decorated the venue just how we’d imagined it…we wouldn’t have trusted anyone else!

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What was your first dance?

Our first dance was ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Loves Me Better) Felix Jaehn performed by our amazing wedding band ‘LFX’. We wanted something pretty upbeat as we love to party and loved the lyrics of the song. Dancing together for the first time as husband and wife was one of our favourite parts of the day. We also had a Father of the Bride dance to ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ Stevie Wonder so my Dad and I could bust some moves, which will always be a great memory.

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What is your top tip?

Don’t sweat the small stuff…forget the perfect weather, centre pieces etc the day is about love, marriage and your new future as Mr and Mrs!

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What was the highlight of your day?

Our day was everything we wished for, we felt so grateful and loved to have our favourite people share it with us. Of course saying I Do was the peak of the day but we had so many highlights throughout; Jakes laugh out loud speech made me so proud of my new husband and I will always cherish seeing my Dad’s face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. Walking down the aisle with the biggest grin on my face… I was so excited to become Mrs Frampton and busting our moves during our first dance as husband and wife. All our guests on the dance floor, some questionable break dancing and dance-offs will be great memories too. The list goes on…so many highlights I wish we could do it all again!

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Thank you so much Emily for sharing.

Why not share your own special day! Send your snaps to mydress@bridesofwinchester.co.uk or tag us #bowbride

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