And welcome to our first 2017 edition of Real Bride featured Wedding of the Month! We have something a little different for you this month, as our January 2017 bride answered these questions many moons ago, long before the LMSB blog was A Thing and we wouldn’t want to do her a disservice by repeating the process.
This wedding is doubly exciting for us as the photographer for the event was the absolutely mesmerising ClickClickBang Photography. I have had the pleasure of working with Donna on several personal and professional projects, and LMSB have always really admired Donna’s wedding photography. We always do our bit to support local businesses, but it is especially good for us when we can support someone who’s work is inspiring to us, too.
So, this month’s blog introduces us to Amy-Louise and Lee Young from Colne, Lancashire, who tied the knot in November 2014 at the stunning venue, Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley. The magnificent fifteenth Century Manor house boasts beautiful views of the countryside, as well as its own terrace and gardens...
How did you meet?
"We knew each other from school, then he worked for my dad and we got together at Beat Herder festival."
How did he propose? Or did you take the plunge?
"He was supposed to propose to me on Christmas day but I found out, so he eventually did it at a friend's party."
Tell us about planning your wedding...
"Planning my wedding was the best thing ever, I was so organised and had everything under control. I wanted everything to be perfect. I loved every minute of it, from the minor details to choosing the venue and my dress. The last 3 weeks were stressful but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I had a year in which to plan it."
What were you looking forward to the most?
"The best bit of planning our wedding was choosing my wedding dress, and obviously marrying my husband."
Did you trust your other half with any of the planning?
"No, Lee didn't plan anything." - He only found the bloomin' stationer!
What was your theme?
"Vintage chic, blush pinks and very classy."
How did Zoë incorporate this into your stationery?
"Zoë incorporated the brooches with the pearls and the pink and white cut out design. My seating plan was perfect, she put it in a brushed silver vintage frame."
What was Zoë like to work with as a designer?
"Zoë met my every need, she was always prompt with responses and co-operated when I wanted to make changes etc. I was always changing my mind and adding guests. She was very patient and lovely with me. When I saw the designs they were everything I had imagined and more. She did a fantastic job."
How many bridesmaids and pageboys did you have?
"We had eight bridesmaids, two flower girls, and 11 groomsmen, safe to say it was a big wedding party!"
Tell us about the Big Day itself...
"The big day itself was everything I had dreamed of and more, the venue was beautiful and everything I had planned all came together perfectly. The day wouldn't have been the same without our amazing guests, we really do have the best friends and family and they made it so special."
What was the easiest thing about planning the wedding?
"Saying I do was the easiest thing."
...and the hardest?
"The hardest bit was satisfying everyone when working on a budget. Not inviting great aunts etc."
What did your guests think of the stationery?
"My guests loved my stationary particularly the seating plan. People commented on how beautiful it looked and how it all went together and matched the theme perfectly."
Where are you planning to go on your honeymoon?
"We plan to go to Mexico for our honeymoon, if we ever get one! With 2 small children it's difficult."
Would you recommend Zoë to family and friends?
"I would recommend Zoë to anyone. Since the wedding I have already referred brides to her and used her for other occasions such as other friends weddings and cards etc. She is fantastic at what she does."
Thank you Amy and Lee for sharing the details of your special day with us! We know all too well how emotional wedding days can be, and that it can be very stressful in those final weeks. The emotion on the day is always a bit of catharsis – releasing the tension that has built up as you’ve made all your plans and preparations – and suddenly you’re in the moment, so deeply in the moment you don’t have time to think about anything other than enjoying the day.
Most weddings do go off without issues, but last minute nerves can really make any niggles seem very intense. Our next blog will focus on how to keep those nerves at bay as you do your final countdown to the wedding, and what to do on your Big Day if things don’t go to plan!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this very short and sweet edition of Wedding of the Month, and we look forward to sharing more of our gorgeous brides over the next 12 months!
Don’t forget, we currently have a 10% discount on all stationery for our January sale which INCLUDES wedding stationery. So, if you’re a bride to be and fancy being one of our featured brides in future, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your design ideas.
Lots of love,