18 December 2013

The Wedding Diaries: Part One | Personal

As some of you may know, I'm getting married next year to my lovely fiancé of 7.5 years, Dean!
I thought it would be fun to start a little wedding diaries post to keep you updated on the whole wedding front.

The Proposal:
Dean proposed to me on our 6th anniversary (10/04/12). We had wanted to go out that day for a nice walk, but unfortunately the weather was not on our side! So instead, we stayed in. I thought something was up when Dean started talking about when we first met e.t.c. and after what seemed like ages, he finally got down on one knee, presented me with a beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes:

Although I wanted to get married the next year, we agreed that we'd aim for 2014 to give us more time to save up some money.

So, fast forward to now and this is where we are with plans:
After a few changes, we have finally decided upon the location of our big day; Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
We have booked a small, local hotel for the ceremony, sit-down meal and evening reception. We plan to have around 30 guests for the ceremony and meal and around 60 for the evening. We've never wanted a big wedding. We plan to have our main photos taken at Aden Country Park which is where I spent a lot of my childhood and it's a beautiful place:

Our colour/theme is a mix of purples, but mainly Cadbury's purple with touches of silver and also butterflies will be subtly incorporated into the theme.
The most important thing of all - my dress. I bought my dress in July at Bliss Bridal Studio in Edinburgh while on holiday with my family. I was so happy to find my dress in Scotland. Between me, my two sisters, my Mum and the shop owner, we picked out about 12 dresses and hung them on the rail for me to try on. The first dress I tried on was picked out by June, the proprietor of Bliss, and I loved it! I tried on the rest of the dresses and ended up with only two favourites, the first one included. I tried on that one first, for the second time, and I was truly in love and everyone could see it. I didn't want to take it off! So, I ended up purchasing the very first wedding dress I'd ever tried on in my life; it was obviously meant to be!

My wedding gown is designed by Maggie Sottero who is well-known for her corsetry skills. The original price tag was around £1700 and I purchased it for £750 as it is a sample dress. If I decide to take it back to Bliss, I will receive half my money back when it sells again which is a great deal. My original budget for my dress was only £350 so I am planning on selling it after the big day. I won't divulge too much info. about my dress but I will tell you that it is ivory, lace, which was so unexpected as I'd never imagined myself in a lace wedding dress, it has lots of hand-sewn embellishments and it has a chapel train. The corset is amazing and holds you in so tightly but still allows you to breath. My eldest sister, Laura, will be in charge of lacing me up on the day!
I have chosen my tiara, earrings and necklace for the day. I'm still in search of shoes and my bouquet. I don't like my hair up so I want something like this:
perfect curly half up do
Wedding Hair x

Luckily, Laura is a beautician so she will be doing my make-up and nails on the day.

I really hope you enjoyed part one of my wedding diary; I look forward to telling you more!
P.S. Only a week till Christmas!
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  1. Wow! It all looks beautiful hun!
    The location is absolutley breathtaking,the photos will be gorgeous!
    I think the third hair style!
    Congratulations to you both !

  2. thejollyfashionista18 December 2013 at 13:24

    Thank you, it's all very exciting! x


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