We got married at St Cassian’s Centre in Kintbury, Berkshire where we first met over 10 years ago.   However, as this is not a registered wedding venue, we got married in the garden with our reception in a marquee on the lawn.  

Patrick proposed to me at the top of Plymouth lighthouse. I had no suspicions at all about our engagement until we got to the top and Patrick was acting strangely nervous but insisting that he was fine. We got the top and while looking out over beautiful Plymouth Sound in the evening sunshine, Patrick asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes! 

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Pinterest had been my best inspiration when looking for a dress. It helped me look for what kind of styles I wanted, and I ended up choosing a dress very close to what I had been looking at.

The owner at Amica Bridal Boutique made me feel very special and was a wonderful experience. I knew I would like a sweetheart necklined strapless dress and I was torn between two similar styles. Both were so beautiful, but after asking my Mum and bridesmaids their opinions I decided on the Cherie Ronald Joyce wedding dress (style 69405).

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It has an intricately beaded bodice with sweetheart neckline and multiple layers of tulle making a full skirt. One of the under layers is completely sparkly, meaning it just subtly catches the light which looked amazing in sunlight and on the dancefloor in the evening.

I didn’t want a huge dress, but this was the perfect amount of layers that it looked full but wasn’t overpowering or heavy. I didn’t commit to buying it that day as I felt I hadn’t shopped around enough, but I woke up thinking about it the next day so ended up calling Amy to come back in and try it on again!

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The wedding fit just like a jigsaw puzzle. Everything went perfectly including the weather. We had countless compliments about the relaxed feel on the day. The catering was fabulous, we had 2 catering trucks and a cocktail bar, which means we didn’t have to guesstimate how many people would eat.

Our favourite bit was seeing our friends and family after two years enjoying themselves. The best thing was looking around the completely full dancefloor in the evening. Seeing everyone we love in one place singing and dancing around us, having a great time and for the first time in a long time, things felt completely and totally normal again.  

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My advice for future brides is to try to take a few moments to step back and just look around on your wedding day to soak it all up.  

Our photographer was Leonie Rideout.

If you loved Stephanie’s wedding dress be sure to checkout our other strapless ballgown styles Francina, Deliza, Dora, Davina, Wilder, Wynona.