I began my dress hunt with an open mind, trying on several styles in stores both in Newcastle and Teeside. But I kept returning to minimal, figure-hugging designs, as they complimented my height and figure best. Pronovias have so many stunning designs like this, so I ended up booking an appointment at their flagship store in London. The moment I was greeted by my personal stylist with a glass of champagne, I knew I'd made the right choice. We sat down and discussed my everyday clothes, and I pointed out dresses I liked in the lookbook. Eventually, she said she'd like me to try the Orsola gown - one I hadn't noticed myself. When I put it on, I knew this was it. Both of my parents shed a tear when I came out of the fitting room! It was perfect.
My bridesmaids wore elegant yet very affordable fishtail dresses in blush. These went beautifully with our floral arrangements, whose palette was cream, white and soft pink, with a touch of claret. Their bouquets were dainty, and neatly tied with silk ribbon.
We bought these amazingly expensive-looking golden frames from Wilko - for just £7 each! They were used for our table numbers, all of which represented something about my and Jonathon's relationship: 7 for the number of years we'd been together, 11, the number of years we've known each other, and 199 for the number of steps we climbed in Whitby Abbey before Jonathon got down on one knee!
The Jo Malone sample fragrances I gave out as ladies' favours were crazily difficult to source. But I was determined… And ended up making quite a few purchases to get all fifty of them! Where there's a will, there's a way.
It might sound strange, but the most memorable part of the day for me was our car ride from the church to Lartington Hall. Jonathon and I had kept to tradition by not speaking for 24 hours before the ceremony. Catching up as husband and wife, in this private moment, was so special.
Photographs by Lee Scullion