The latest #inourshoes blog is from the lovely bride Julie, whose tale is one of fate, even down to the name of her perfect wedding shoes ‘Julie’. Her country garden tea party inspired wedding is just gorgeous…
Julie the bride
How they met:
‘I had known my partner three years and one day when we got married. Although from our first date we always felt like we had known each other for longer, we just completely clicked. Even down to the point that we know what the other is thinking or feeling without saying a word. It’s truly amazing and even now I can’t totally believe I could be this lucky.’
How he popped the question:
‘He actually popped the question twice. Firstly we were shopping for Christmas gifts and he said he wanted to get me a commitment ring. Not an engagement ring as he didn’t want to get married again we had talked about this previously. So I said fine as I understood his reasons for this. We continued to shop then entered H Samuels. Whilst in there we looked at rings. The sales assistant asked ‘which finger do we need to measure?’ I looked at Steve and asked which finger do you think is best? His reply was your ring finger so I presented my right hand. Just as it was being measured Steve said no not that hand. The other one, I looked at him in disbelief and said are you totally sure? His reply yes I want you to be my wife. I burst into tears of happiness. Then three months later on my birthday in his PJs bringing me breakfast in bed. He got down on one knee and proposed again and place my ring on my finger’.
‘We got married at The Swan Hotel in Bibury. A beautiful little hotel which fitted what we wanted completely. Charlotte the wedding organiser there is wonderful, very helpful, supportive and is a credit to her profession’.
‘Our theme was to have a country garden tea party with a wedding ceremony in the middle. An informal affair with our family and special friends. We were lucky enough to have a garden ceremony with the River Coln flowing past the garden on our special day. Our flowers complimented those in the garden. We had lace covered jam jars with fresh flowers up the aisle. Our centrepieces were fresh country garden flowers in tea cups belonging to our grand parents. Our favours even echoed the garden theme as they were tiny pots of jam and honey’.
‘The most favourite part of our day, that’s tricky as we had many special moments. But I think my favourite was in the evening when Steve was telling me how he could not understand why I had had wobbles about my dress. He said I looked beautiful totally amazing he could not believe he was luck enough to have me as his wife. The dress suited me so well and I definitely looked like his princess. This made my day as seeing him so proud of me was magical. No one has ever loved me in the way he does’.
‘The Rainbow product I brought was my wedding shoes. I have difficult feet to get shoes for. I have wide feet with a high instep. Many shoes designed for my feet are more what a granny would wear rather than a bride. I wanted to look elegant if I could. I discovered your shoes called Julie, so fate had stepped in again like so often in our relationship. My name being Julie meant these shoes would be prefect, they were also not too high as I also have a spinal problem so high heels are not an option for me. They were instantly comfortable which was also a lovely surprise’.
‘The only advice I would give to other brides is. It is very easy to get carried away with the wedding preparation etc. Get caught up in spending more than maybe you can afford. Many elements you could do without or can actually make yourselves although this can be time consuming. It can also add a very special personal touch to your day. We wanted a simple occasion personal to us, the most important thing was I got to marry my best friend. I made our invitations, the table plan, name places, floral decoration etc which I loved doing and the guests were very complimentary of my efforts. Also in the chaos of all the preparation don’t forget to include time for you as a couple. We had date nights and took up ballroom and latin dancing. This was brilliant as really fun to do and gave us time away from wedding plans. We even managed to dance a foxtrot for our first dance which completely surprised our guests. We remained true to our original idea of what we wanted which resulted in a beautiful, memorable day one we will cherish forever.’
Congratulations Julie, and thank you for sharing your gorgeous day. We wish you all the best for the future x
Photography: Witney Photography Ltd (www.facebook.com/witneyphotographyltd)
Shoes: Julie by Rainbow Club (www.rainbowclub.co.uk/julie-satin-two-piece-court-shoe)