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So the wheels were in motion… after getting engaged on Christmas day 2014 we finally took the plunge and set the date, which just happened to conveniently coincide with my birthday – 12th August 2017. It was set. And with a laid back approach, the planning begun. I created miniature suitcase gift boxes for each of the bridesmaids containing; a miniature daisy perfume, a small box of handmade chocolates, a framed photograph of the two of us, an intricate silver daisy bracelet and a handmade card reading ‘Will you be my Bridesmaid?’ with a personal little message/poem to each on the inside. Thankfully they all said ‘YES’ and so it was; Abi, Bronwen, Jade, Emma & Menna had signed themselves up for a prolonged period of wedding based conversations and late night preparations! Ben however decided to take a more ‘simplified’ approach; adding all his ushers to a whatsapp group and writing them a short generalised message – sorted.
I always imagined the day to be simple, yet classic, with minimal colour and an abundance of flowers. We opted for a predominantly black and white theme, and it seemed fitting to go with daisies – lots and lots of daisies!! It also just so happened that my mum has a talent of flower arranging, so that came in handy to. Luckily we were quickly able to establish a plan; mum would do all the flowers, with Sheila (Bizzy Lizzy’s) kindly agreeing to help out with bouquets and button holes – that was one thing ticked off the list.

The dress…
This I thought was going to be the biggest challenge of them all – finding a dress! Fortunately, I was at the shop one day (Wedding Belles At Laura’s) when Sam happened to mention that they were holding a Maggie Sottero event that coming weekend. I went in to the back room for a sneaky peak at the collection and could see multiple dresses that fitted the bill. I immediately made an appointment and sure enough returned on the following Saturday morning. I took only my mum along with me and instantly set to. The first I tried was a dress that had really stood out to me when I initially saw the collection a few days previous; figure hugging lace with nude mesh sleeves and chest, with intricate sewn on details. I was in love, but unfortunately I could not have gotten it more wrong. After trying on several other styles and working through batches of fives without any joy, mum brought through a few designs she had fancied. I proceeded to try on her first choice, a strapless (I did not want strapless!), simple dress with a white ‘crochet like’ lace overlay and sweetheart neckline…it was perfect!
And as the cliché goes, I knew instantly that it was the one! Tick, another thing off the list.

The Maids…
At first everyone thought I was going a little crazy persisting to have a white wedding dress, white flowers and WHITE BRIDESMAIDS – Would it not be too plain? But thankfully, everyone quickly got used to the idea and grew to love it also. I searched and searched online through bridesmaid dresses, calling Sam every other day with a new list of codes, ‘Do you have these in stock?’ ‘Can you get these in stock?’ Do you do this in ivory?’
Eventually we whittled it down to four different designs before booking the girls in to try them on. There were two clear favourites, but within minutes and with everyone in agreement, we had narrowed it down to one – a plain off the shoulder dress with a thick banded crossover back. The dresses were ordered and soon after arrived at the shop. It quickly became evident how convenient the shop was being based in Llanidloes, and how helpful both Sam and Ananda were. Within weeks the girls had all been for their initial fittings and the required amendments had very kindly been made (by Jill).