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Philippa Kinsella

My proposal story

We’d travelled to Paris, it was our first visit and we both fell in love with the place – it’s was extra magical as it was Christmas time and icy cold. However, we hadn’t planned for the riots which descended the weekend we were there meaning most of the city centre and tourist attractions were all closed and I learnt afterwards that my now husband (Declan) had to change his plans of proposing at the Eiffel Tower. In the end it was special as it was just us, walking along the Champs Elysee on our final evening reminiscing about our favourite memories of our trip away.

Wedding style

The wedding date was 1st December 2019, I’ve always wanted a winter wedding. Our venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe, it’s an absolutely stunning location and we knew our family and friends would love it. The onsite team were amazing I can’t recommend them highly enough. We chose a church wedding in nearby Waddington and as we had to attend church for 6 months prior we have very fond memories of the time leading up to our wedding, it’s a beautiful village if you ever get chance to visit.
I can’t say I really had a theme as such for the wedding, I just knew I had in mind elegance with a festive twist. All the flowers were created by my mum who’s a florist, the cake by myself (although I did have a last minute disaster!- it was rectified thankfully), all print designed by a graphic designer friend and I sourced as many things myself as I could to save on budget.

Shopping experience

I had never thought about what style of dress I’d go for at all, my first point of call was Emma Louise Bridal. I chose to attend just with my mum as I wanted this experience to remember just to two of us.

How did you choose 'The One'?

I struggled! I had narrowed it down to 2 dresses I couldn’t decide between, in the end it was the date and venue which decided it, as one dress would have been more appropriate for a summer wedding. I’d happily have chosen either, but the one I did choose was absolutely stunning and felt amazing on!

Tell us about your experience at Emma Louise Bridal

I have to admit I’ve known Emma for years and she knows my style, straight away she let me look around and select which gowns I liked the look of. This was my first ever wedding dress experience after all and for my own peace of mind I wanted to try different styles on to understand what suited me and felt comfortable. Emma was very patient with me, but secretly I think she knew which dress I’d choose in the end. It took me 3 visits to decide which dress and Emma was able to order the matching veil which was perfect.
The alterations service was faultless also, just reiterates the whole experience for me really. The team are really helpful and offered me advice on other wedding service providers I needed to add to my research for the day.

What are your favourite memories from your wedding day?

Waking up to a clear crisp frosty day with blue sky which lasted all day.
Getting ready with my bridesmaids at Eaves Hall.
Travelling to church with my dad.
Arriving at Church and the look on Dec’s face.
Taking time out for just Dec and myself (we didn’t have long but lots of people told us to do this and just take the day in)
Dancing all night.

If you have a honeymoon planned - where are you going?

We had a mini-moon with 4 days in Paris straight after the wedding, returning almost a year to the date of getting engaged there.
Our plans had been to do a long haul destination in Spring 2020, however that’s been halted by Covid 19. Not sure we’ll get to go on our honeymoon for a good while yet…..

Do you have any advise for other couples planning their wedding?

I planned my wedding in less than a year. Don’t panic, and try to enjoy the experience of planning and don’t take on too much yourself (I do regret doing too much in the end but I’m a control freak so handling it myself was probably better just stressful). Try to decide and agree a budget and try to stick to it if you can.
Enjoy your day and take some time to yourselves on the day, you’ll never experience that feeling together again.

VenueEaves Hall
PhotographerMick Cookson
EntertainmentDFC Events
Floristmy mum!
Hair stylistNala & Knot
Make upNala & Knot
SuitsSlaters Suit Hire Bolton
Venue dresser/stationaryCreative Cover hire (chair sashes), all print done by myself designed by a friend
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