So this post has been a long time coming. As some of you may be aware, i got married in the summer of last year and it was as one of the best days of my life to say the least.
Chris I got were engaged for 3 years. He proposed to me whilst I was 6 months pregnant and before he was due to deploy to Afghanistan. Chris was away for 9 months so when he finally arrived back to the UK we thought it was more important to spend quality time together rather than dive straight in and organise our wedding hence such a big delay. As much as I was super eager to get married, having my family together after long last was what I needed after having to raise our first child on my own for the first 6 months of his life.
We didn't set a time scale of when we were going to get married or where if I'm totally honest until one day, we went for some lunch at Crusoe's on Longsands Beach in Tynemouth and I instantly fell in love. We spoke to the manager, Tracey, and put a deposit down there and then - with just under a year to plan our wedding the heat was on. With this view, who can blame us booking the wedding venue there and then!
Since having a child, it's not all about us anymore, our main influence in our lives is our son and what is best for him. I felt like if we got married in a hall and the day started early in the day it wouldn't be fair on our son or the other children who attending the wedding so the beach location was perfect.
We got married at 3pm meaning we didn't have to rush around and we had such a lovely morning having nice food and drinks and getting our hair done. I did my makeup myself after getting let down by a company but, to be honest, this didn't bother me at all as I love doing make up.
My dress was designed and made by designer Madeline Gardner from her Marilee Collection. The dress is everything I wanted in a gown and more. Nice and simple, with a bandeau design and fish tail handfinished with Italian Lace. I got my dress altered to fit me correctly by a local seamstress based in Prudhoe and my dress then fit like a glove. I've always thought I would like to wear a cathedral length veil when I got married but in hindsight this option was way too long and not very practical so I opted for a shorter length which felt way more natural and flowing to wear. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and jewellery by local Newcastle designer Bcharmd.
Planning for a wedding is costly so where we could we tried to save on costs but one thing I didn't want to cut back on were my flowers. They had to be fresh as you can tell artificial flowers a mile off. Don't get me wrong, I have artificial flowers in my home but, personally for me, it was essential I had real flowers for my big day - that's one thing I put my foot down. My bouquet cost more than I planned but I was in love - the were exactly what I asked for from the florist. My bridesmaids bouquets were handmade using gypsophila which was an ongoing theme throughout the wedding - this flower was used in the buttonholes and as a decoration on our wedding cake.
Arriving at the ceremony I was extremely nervous, I couldn't actually believe this was happening. We had a wedding singer to walk me down the aisle - his name was Geoff Mull and he blew me away. His voice was incredible. I'm not one to go with tradition and walking down the aisle to a organ really want my style. Instead I had the amazing Geoff Mull singing me down the aisle to Christina Perri - A Thousand Miles. He also sang Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You whilst we signed the register and finally Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are as we exited the church.
Upon exiting the church, we had a few of the Army Officers raise their swords as we left which was amazing! The army plays such a big influence in our life so we really appreciated this. We then proceeded to the church gardens for a prosecco reception and photographs. The weather was absolutely amazing, I just can't get over how warm it was!
The venue was amazing, just like we envisioned it. From the table settings, to the balloons - the staff did great! Upon arrival we had a string quintet playing which was just perfect, it really did set the scene. After the speeches, or should that say take the mick out of Lindsey, the food was served and then Chris and I were whisked away by our photographer for some beach images.
I absolutely adore these images, my only regret of the whole day is that we didn't get more images of our friends and family on the beach but the ones we did get I love and will treasure forever. Obviously these photos were taken later in the day which meant a few glasses of prosecco later too for Lindsey so whilst we were up in the sand dunes, which was quite a walk up the sand, especially in a wedding dress, que a slightly tipsy Lindsey falling over in the dunes. Never a dull moment eh?!
Next up with the cutting of our wedding cake and how many people get to say they cut their cake with a military sword... yet again another pretty cool moment. I remember when Chris & I first started dating he sent me a link to Lawson - Love Is Taking Over Me so we both felt like this should be our first dance sing. The radio edit is quite fast but Chris found an acoustic version which was more fitting.
Overall we had such an amazing day and I really do wish we could do it again. It was so much fun and loved having all of our nearest and dearest with us to share this fantastic day with.
Our photographer for the day was local photographer Dan Graham. I've always said that when I get married I'll use him as a photographer. Not only is he brilliant at what he doesn't but because I've know him for years I felt more comfortable with him so if anyone is looking for a photographer ill leave his link at the end of this post. To say it took us just under a year to organise our wedding, we didn't stress once (yeah I know?!) everything just fell into place! 7 months later, I still can't believe I've got to marry my best friend. He's honestly the best husband I could have ask for. Here's to the rest of our lives together and many more exciting stories to share.
To be continued...
Mrs Evans x
Wedding photography - Dan Graham Photography
Wedding Singer - Geoff Mull Music
Wedding Venue - Crusoes Tynemouth