Bride of the Month - Ellie Thatcher

Congratulations on tying the knot! You did it!

How did Harry propose?

We are both performers - specifically singers. I was playing Cinderella in a pantomime in December 2018 and my entire family came to watch the show one evening. Little did I know, Harry had told the whole cast that at the end of the show he was going to propose. Just when the last song was due to start, the entire cast ran to the back of the stage and allowed Harry to come up. He said some words privately to me and then got down on one knee, much to the surprise of my family and friends! He’d only told his parents and my parents. There were cheers and whooping from the audience which was incredible. I’m not very easy to surprise but I couldn’t have been more shocked! The whole thing was captured on camera too, so it’s an incredible video to watch back.

How was your experience when shopping for your wedding dress?

I really enjoyed shopping for my wedding dress. I managed to include my mum, my sister and numerous friends by visiting lots of different bridal boutiques. I was surprised at how quickly my taste changed, and what I thought I wanted was quite different to the dresses I ended up liking! I had such a wonderful experience at Love in Lace though, and that’s a big reason why I chose to buy my dress from there. The boutique is gorgeous and not overwhelming like some other boutiques I’d visited. It had a beautiful big dressing room to change in. And the setting in the beautiful Kent countryside can’t be beaten!

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

To be honest, I went into dress shopping with quite an open mind. At the time of buying my dress, we had a big countryside wedding in September planned so I tried to keep this in mind when buying my dress. We actually ended up having a tiny London wedding in November, but the dress still worked!

I thought I knew what styles I’d like and dislike, but when it came to trying them on, I realised what truly suited me and my personality.

Where did you get married and kind of style was your wedding? Did your plans have to change due to the global pandemic?

Yes they did!! Our day eventually happened after FOUR changes! But I wouldn’t have changed it. It was the most perfect day. Our wedding was in London. We were married in a beautiful big church followed by an intimate reception at Claridge’s in Mayfair with our closest family. We were originally due to marry in Sussex in September, but when the pandemic threatened that going ahead, we rescheduled to a day in April 2021 and moved the plans to Suffolk which is where my parents live. As 2020 progressed, we quickly realised a large wedding in April was looking a little risky too and decided to move the day to an intimate setting in London. We set the date for 6th November 2020. However, with 6 days to go, the government announced yet another full lockdown where weddings were banned entirely. Harry was absolutely incredible (and while I was feeling sorry for myself after my hen do!) moved the whole day to 3rd November. It was a total whirlwind, but we had the best day ever.

What were some of your favourite parts of the day and the most memorable?

There are so many wonderful memories from our day that it’s hard to pick one. Something that happened which we didn’t expect was that Claridge’s upgraded us to a crazy suite for our wedding night! We’d booked the cheapest possible room in the hotel! It was absolutely mind blowing. We will never forget once we got upstairs and ours families had gone home, we found a mountain of wedding cards and gifts. My lovely Mum had asked all of our ‘original’ guests to send cards so that we’d feel like everyone was with us on our special day. It was so memorable. There were tears!

What advice would you give to brides planning their big day, and for those who may also have to switch up their original plans?

My biggest piece of advice to brides who may have to change their wedding plans is to remember why you want to be married in the first place. It’s about you and your fiancé. There’s the rest of your lives for parties and big celebrations, but we have absolutely no regrets about having an intimate day. It made it so personal and memorable and was really about us and our love for each other. We would even go so far as to say it was better than our original plans!

Sum up your Love in Lace dress in 3 words?

Romantic, feminine, unusual - I felt like a princess.

Dress @Bridewalkcouture

Photographer @Lewismembury

Venue @Claridgeshotel

1 view0 comments