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Real Bride Spotlight: Hannah Wands

Here at Vicki’s Bridal Boutique, we love nothing more than hearing our Vicki’s Bride love stories from the proposal to the big day.  So we want to share the love with our readers and hopefully offer you a bit of Real Bride inspiration. Today's Real Bride Spotlight is the lovely Hannah, who has offered to share her and Rob’s story with us and of course tell us all about their beautiful wedding. 

So tell us, how did your partner propose?

First thing in the morning at Mawgan Porth beach; we had headed there for a day bodyboarding, and we're enjoying a coffee perched on a rock in the early morning sun. Rob distracted me and got down on one knee! 

couple on a beach with coffee cups when they got engaged.


When and where did you get married?

We got married on the 3rd June 2023 at The Oak Barn, Frame Farm in Benenden, which is about 15 minutes from where we live.


What colour/theme did you go for?

Lots of greenery with creams/whites; we wanted it to reflect an English country garden, so everything was free flowing, and we incorporated herbs, with a little nod to Rob's Scottish heritage with green thistles. We used stocks on the aisle, which smelt amazing! 

table display in a barn on a wedding day

One bit of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Bride and her mum in a wedding boutique saying yes to the dress

Start early! You can never book a supplier too soon, especially in the post-covid wedding world. Spreadsheets will also be your best friend!

We love that piece of advice!

Now, Shopping for your dress….tell us about it?!

There was only one place I wanted to shop, and that was Vicki's! I had visited once and was sure I had found my dress, until a new collection arrived.... I returned and really did find the one! It was such a lovely moment. I had been a bit nervous about wedding dress shopping, but you guys were amazing and made the experience so lovely. 

Thank you! And it really was a moment that we won't forget, either.

So tell us; Highlight from your big day...

bridesmaids flower arrangements of greens and whites.

The moment I walked into the barn for our wedding breakfast and saw the flowers Perinda set up; I was completely overwhelmed by how beautiful the place looked, it was better than I ever could have imagined.


Your favourite photo from your big day, professional or moment captured by a guest.
bride and groom walking to their wedding with veil over the grooms shoulder

It’s so hard to choose! But I love this one of Rob and I, walking back to our guests after going off with the photographer for a photoshoot late afternoon. I had asked Rob to help me carry the veil, and he hooked it over his shoulder. Completely unplanned, but looks amazing! 

OMG, that really is a beautiful moment captured. Thank you so much Hannah for being our real bride spotlight this month. We absolutely loved your photos and Juno by Kelsey Rose really did look stunning on you with the gorgeous Horse Hair chapel length veil by Nieve Couture. We wish many years of making beautiful memories as Mr & Mrs Wands.


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