It all started with a boat proposal… Real bride Victoria spills all about her Dartmoor wedding
How did Mike propose?
“Mike proposed to me on a boat in the middle of Coniston Water in the Lake District. It was so romantic and it’s safe to say my legs were a bit wobbly when we got back to shore!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a gorgeous gown from Maggie Sottero called Miela. It had sparkly sequins, twinkly pearls and Swarovski crystals all the way down the tulle and lace skirt. Even the spaghetti straps had dainty pearls encrusted on them! I bought my dress at Gems Bridal Wear in Newport, Isle of Wight.”
And the accessories?
“I wore a wonderful antique necklace, which was a lovely gift from my parents. I suppose this counted as my ‘something old’.”
What did the groom wear?
“Mike wore a navy blue tailored suit, with a grey textured waistcoat, a yellow tie, yellow socks and brown brogues. He looked very suave and handsome, I don’t mind saying!”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had three bridesmaids in total – two of my close childhood friends, and my sister. Their dresses came from Mialondon. I thought they all looked absolutely stunning in them.”
What was your theme?
“When it came to textures, we went for quite a rustic, boho kind of feel, along with a subtle, summery colour palette. With the venue being set on beautiful Dartmoor, we wanted to reflect the amazing surroundings we had been blessed with and keep quite a natural and relaxed vibe.”
What was your best buy?
“I’d probably say the things we bought for the table centrepieces, such as copper lanterns, table numbers, hessian and custom name tags. We got it all from Etsy, so it all felt a bit more bespoke than if we had got it from a department store.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“Oh, that’s a tough one! There were so many, it’s genuinely hard to pick just one. However, seeing each other for the first time on the aisle was something so, so special. You might think you’re prepared for it, but you’ll never really know until you’re standing there –emotion was flowing!”
Date: 9th September 2017
Venue: Ever After, Dartmoor
Photographer: Lee Maxwell Photography
Victoria’s dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid dresses: Mialondon