Bridal Indulgence Bride Ellen Wearing Lupine by Willowby

Bridal Indulgence bride Ellen, who works as Head of Operations and Photography for a British artist, met her husband, and Creative Recruiter, Ben when the pair were celebrating Halloween in a Bournemouth nightclub.

Both self-professed foodies, the pair unwind by eating out or spending time together at the beach. 

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Bridal Indulgence bride Ellen with her partner

Four and a half years after Ellen and Ben locked eyes for the first time, and the pair said their vows at Lytchett Minster Church before holding their jaw-droppingly stunning reception at Gorwell Barn in Abbotsbury.

We caught up with Bridal Indulgence bride Ellen, who told us more about her wedding-planning experience and how her big day went.

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Wedding reception at Gorwell Barn in Abbotsbury

What first caught your eye about Lupine by Willowby?

“I was looking for something light and airy, that also had lots of detail, so the detail on the dress caught my eye instantly. Lupine by Willowby is absolutely gorgeous, I picked it because it shaped my body beautifully.”

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Lupine by Willowby Bridal Indulgence wedding dress

“I knew I loved it when I first tried it on but it was seeing my family’s faces that made it for me.”

Did you have any adjustments to your dress?

“Yeah, I knew I wanted a dress with straps because I didn’t want to be one of those brides who had to constantly pull up their dress! I Really struggled to find a wedding dress with straps that I liked so my sister suggested trying on strapless dresses and having straps put on. 

Lupine by Willowby with added straps

“It was the best decision ever. It made the dress much more comfortable and I was able to relax!”

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What drew you to Bridal Indulgence?

“I really struggled finding a dress I liked in my local area, finding that a lot of the bridal boutiques near me were very old-fashioned. When I had a look on the Bridal Indulgence website, the styles of dresses completely sold me, so I booked an appointment straight away!”

Wedding photography by Gemma from Romy Lawrence Photography

How was your Bridal Indulgence experience?

“I had the best experience trying on dresses there, it was so lovely and personal and I was able to take my time and make a return visit with more of my family.”

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Wedding photography at sunset

Where did you get your wedding stationery?

“Our wedding stationery was completely designed by myself, everything from the invites to the order of service and the table plan!

“I’m from a creative background so found the typography I liked off a website called Canva and then input this into Photoshop and drew the design out first and then filled in the colour.”

Bridal Indulgence bride Ellen's home-made wedding stationary

Who took your amazing wedding photos?

“Our photographer was Gemma from Romy Lawrence Photography. Gemma made us feel so relaxed on the day and we wanted a documentary-style photographer who captured the day around us and she filled this brief perfectly. We still don’t think we could have found anyone better for the job.”

Wedding photography by Gemma from Romy Lawrence Photography

Your flowers and cake were gorgeous! Where did you get them from?

“We were incredibly blessed with our flowers and cake! My mother-in-law is a florist and did a wonderful job when creating a floral dream at our church and venue! Our bouquets were also just perfect, I didn’t have any specific flowers in mind, but I knew I wanted a mix of spring pastel colours, to go with the spring theme of the wedding.”

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Blush wedding flowers

“Our cake was made by a family friend. The top of it was coffee-flavoured while the bottom was chocolate. I found inspiration for the cake from Pinterest, and it turned out even better than I’d been expecting!”

What transport did you have?

“We took my brother-in-law’s Mercedes, and we put a bottle of champagne and glasses in for the ride down to the venue!”

What was your most memorable moment of your big day?

Wedding photography at golden hour with Bridal Indulgence bride

“This is a tricky one!

“I think my most memorable moment was probably the time we had to ourselves when we were taking photos together in a bluebell forest and walking in a field during sunset. I was able to take a moment to pause and really look at my husband like ‘wow, we did it’!”

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Wedding photography outdoors in a field

Finally, what’s your wedding advice for brides who are just about to get married?

“The day goes so, so quickly – before you know it you’ll be in the taxi leaving the venue. Try to remember to take a pause in the day, sit back and take it all in. Look at how amazing it is to be sharing your day with everyone you love in the same room – it’s the best feeling!”

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