Bride of the Month - Connie Murray

Congratulations Connie & Adam, AKA the new Mr & Mrs Murray.

How did Adam propose?

We were on a birthday trip to Iceland at the time. We had spent the day in Reykjavik, doing our best to explore whilst dodging gale force winds and torrential rain. Having not found the perfect moment all day, after a fancy dinner we drove back to our hotel by the sea. It was fairly late and freezing cold, so when Adam suggested we go to the beach I grumpily refused to go, eventually giving in after he kept asking. We got out of the car, walked down the beach and looked up to see the Northern Lights appearing above us, which is when Adam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so surreal and unexpected - it definitely took me a few moments to realise what was happening!

How was your experience when shopping for your wedding dress?

Incredibly special and something I will remember forever. I brought my Mum and best friend with me for my first appointment and then my bridesmaids joined for my second (including one via FaceTime!) I was quite overwhelmed by the thought of trying on dresses, but Claire and Cath walked me through the whole thing and kept me calm. There were so many wonderful dresses to choose from that the problem ended up being deciding which one I loved the most.

Did you have a ‘look’ in mind when searching for the perfect dress?

I had seen a few that I liked the look of but I came with an open mind. Claire and Cath did a really good job of teasing out what I liked about the different options and helping me narrow down what I was looking for by suggesting dresses I might not have tried on otherwise - all of which I loved. In the end I went for a dress I had come in wanting to try on, it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Tell us about your wedding day.. where did you get married and what kind of style was your wedding?

Since our families live far apart, we chose somewhere completely random and got married in Derby at the West Mill. We wanted a really relaxed day with our main priority being that everyone had a really great time, which we felt the venue was perfect for - with its industrial brick and metal vibes it felt relaxed and cool, and the bar floor definitely made for a fun evening. What were some of your favourite parts of the day and the most memorable?

There are too many to name - but a few that stand out were standing in the doorway ready to walk down the aisle with my Dad, seeing Adam get emotional in the ceremony, working up the guts to give a speech at the reception. Mostly I just spent the day completely surrounded by love - it was such an overwhelming feeling that I hope I never forget.

What advice would you give to brides planning their big day?

Try to relax as much as possible and build enough time into your schedule to help - take your time getting ready with your special people, have a few moments where you can step away with your partner, add some extra time in for drinks so you can get round a few more people, make sure you’ve got time to get your posted photos so you don’t feel flustered! It all just helps smooth things out when everything is flying by - we definitely could have done with a few extra moments at times!

Would you do anything differently if you could do it all again?

Nothing - even though a couple of bits didn't go according to plan (including the weather!) we were the only ones that noticed and it was the perfect day regardless.

Sum up your Love in Lace dress in 3 words?

Sexy, feminine, empowering.

Photography by @jessicabevanphotography

Dress by @madewithlovebridal

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