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Real bride feature: My dress shopping Journey

Jordan Beechy visited Bridal Reloved in Poundbury prior to the pandemic, to find the dress of her dreams. She shares with us here at Wedding Fix her dress shopping journey along with details and suppliers from her wedding day.

“We started planning our wedding at the beginning of 2019 and set the date for 2021. We had just moved into our first home together and had depleted our savings, so we wanted to give ourselves enough time to save up the money we would need to have the wedding day we wanted. At the beginning of 2020, I asked my Mum if she wanted to come wedding dress shopping with me “just to have a look” at what styles suited me. I knew I didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds on a dress I would only wear once in my life, so I decided to try Bridal Reloved in Dorchester.

In my mind, prior to entering the doorway, I envisioned wearing a dress like Kate Middleton’s, with the long lace sleeves and a floaty train, so this is the style that I went for straight away. The dress itself was beautiful but when I put it on, I felt like I had aged about 20 years! I remember feeling upset because the dress I had originally dreamed of did not suit me at all, but I carried on searching for alternatives. I tried a few different styles but still did not feel like I had found “the one” and in fact, what I did discover, was that I was far too pale to feel comfortable in a bright white dress!

The lovely lady I spoke with in the shop agreed that white was too harsh against my pale skin and light blonde hair and quite rightly, suggested I try a different colour. I felt apprehensive about trying a colour other than the traditional white or ivory because I thought I wouldn’t feel like “a bride”, but I decided I would give it a go. In doing so, I found the dress of my dreams; I tried on a beautiful David Fielden blush-coloured tulle dress with an ivory lace bodice. It was too big for me, and far too long, but I instantly fell in love and knew it was the dress for me.

The stylist told me that the dress had never been worn by a bride, but had been worn on a catwalk, which is something I had not considered. She told me that “Amazing Emily” (the seamstress) would be able to remove the straps, change the neckline to a sweetheart, take the dress in and up for me, as I wanted. With that, I was sold and took the dress home. After a few fittings with Emily, she had created my dress of dreams and I could not have been more pleased. “

Wedding Day Details

“We were married at Haselbury Mill on Friday the 30th of July, after 14 years together, at the same venue in which we had our school prom 10 years prior. The covid restrictions had been dropped 11 days before, allowing us to have our dream wedding after months of worrying it would not happen. We thank all of our amazing suppliers for making our day so special, we loved every minute.”

Suppliers

Dress – Bridal Reloved, Dorchester

Photography – Hannah Barnes

Rain Saville @ It’s Only Rain Designs

Decor – Jordan @ So Devoted

Magician – Grant Maidment

Ice cream bike – Sevanetti

Singer – Jorden Lindsay

Venue – Haselbury Mill

DJ – Pulse Roadshow

Hair – Sherilli Park @ Brothers and Sisters Salon

Makeup – Pip Duma MUA

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