After having to postpone their wedding 3 times, it was 4th time lucky for our lovely couple Paige and James, who tied the knot at the show-stopping Clearwell Castle.
I met James on Tinder and knew from the first date that he was the one as we instantly hit it off. The proposal on the beach in Mexico was a complete surprise and I had absolutely no idea. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
When it came to the wedding planning, I was not set on a particular theme but instead focused on the colours of the wedding, selecting bright, vibrant tones that would complement a spring/summer wedding. I kept an open mind also in terms of venue, browsing a variety of options until we finally decided on the regal and sophisticated Clearwell castle. I have to credit the help of her amazing mother who helped with most of the planning for the big day and kept me sane.
Once we were set on the venue, I began my search for the dream dress. I visited just one store, The Dressing Rooms (TDR) in Halesowen. The ladies there were amazing and always made me feel like such a princess. They boosted my confidence, and nothing was ever too much trouble. When it came to the style of the dress, I had a clear vision in my mind of an elegant A-line or ballgown silhouette that would leave me feeling comfortable and confident on my big day. However, like many brides I ended up choosing the complete opposite. I fell in love with the lace, fishtail Nadette (69351) gown instantly and knew it was my dream dress.
I absolutely adored the back of my wedding dress and the beading on the bodice was just stunning! I just loved the way it made me feel and I never thought I would feel that way about a fishtail dress.
The slight cap on the shoulders gave me a strap without being too overwhelming and that the modest train was exactly what I was looking for.
When the day of the wedding finally arrived, James and I were so excited and overjoyed at the perfect weather which had turned out better than we had expected. We were able to enjoy the grounds of the venue and the beautiful weather by having the guest’s outside for drinks. However, my favourite part of the day was the ceremony when I was finally able to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend, after having waited so long. There were definitely a few tears.
My advice to future brides would be to enjoy every moment of the day, right from the planning to the sleep the night before the wedding. Soak it all up because I would do anything to have the day all over again.