OMG!!! I am sooooo excited to be able to share this special weekend with you. It has been a very exiting and emotional weekend (to say the least) with my best friend Fenner and my fellow bridesmaids, Helen and Dani. I drove up to Northampton on Friday in preparation for an early start on Saturday. Along with Fenner’s mum, we were booked in to go and view the venue that they have booked recently, at Dodford Manor in Daventry. Set in the northamptonshire countryside, the modern and clean stone barn conversion, is exactly what I had pictured my best friend getting married in. The reception area has fantastic inside/outside windows with a gorgeous view and providing excellent light for photos (and toilet selfies!!)
There was a wedding happening at the venue so it was a super quick look around and then on to the next location, the first wedding dress shop that we were booked in for Fenner to try on her first ever wedding dresses. She had done some research and read some really good reviews about Serendipity Brides which is just down the road from the venue. I didn’t really know what to expect from the experience, I have heard horror stories of brides having such a bad experience when wedding dress shopping. So when we stepped in the shop greeted by a calming atmosphere and smiling faces, we all instantly felt relaxed and at home. We were served up teas and coffees in cute little mugs and were left to have a browse, whilst Fenner told the lady who was looking after us what she thought she wanted. We all picked out a few suggestions, which were taken through to the fitting room. As we followed after the cloud of white lace and sparkles ahead of us, her mum picked up a dress in a completely different style than she thought she wanted. We had all said she should try on something unexpected just to rule it out if nothing else, so that one came through with us too.
With our coffees, we sat there with our tissues at the ready, and cookies tempting us from the glasses tray on the table. We were all ready for the tears, seeing our girl all grown up in a wedding dress. She must have tried on about 7 or 8 dresses, all of which were nice, but only a couple really had the wow factor, and none of them felt like “the one” to any of us, let alone Fenner. The girls had sobbed a few tears during this process but I was beginning to feel like my working in the wedding industry had taken the speciality away from the day. They were all just looking like nice dresses, just like the ones I see all the time.
There was one dress left as we swiftly made our way through the allocated time we had for our viewing, it was the one that her Mum had picked out on the way in, the one none of us had thought would be the style she would want. And then she stepped out the dressing room and we were all speechless. My best friend who I have seen grow up since we were eleven years old looked the MOST beautiful I have ever seen her look. She was a proper princess, no a queen. We all grinned with such pride, Fenner’s face said it all, we were all in tears. This was the one, this is the dress that dreams are made of.
Who knew it could be so easy! We were all ready to visit three of four dress shops and try on twenty dresses before she found the one. The staff in the shop were so lovely, the shop was beautiful and the lady who was helping Fenner get in and out of the dresses and helping her make up her mind was so lovely and knew her stuff and really helped make the experience so perfect. Of course, the rest of the day was filled with lots champagne and celebrations and more talk of wedding planning. None of us can believe that we now how to wait over a year to see her in that dress again but it will all be worth the wait!