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There is something quintessentially British about a garden wedding, it’s as if a scene straight out of Winston Clarke’s Poldark. As summer was coming to an end, the nearest and dearest of Joanne and Michael Curtis came together under the glorious English sunshine as they took their vows in Lyveden New Bield.
After a snowy proposal in the majestic woods of Switzerland, Joanne had her heart set on a ethical wedding dress. Already a fan of fairtrade fashion, she was delighted to become a Sanyukta Shrestha bride after finding us online. Planning a relaxed outdoors wedding in the countryside, Joanne knew she wanted a dress she could relax and have fun in
In her semi-bespoke gown, Joanne wore Neha, a sleeveless wedding dress, perfect for her September wedding and ideally matched with her Orva sash for a touch of elegance.
“When he saw me in my dress on the day, my husband said he didn’t know that you could get a wedding dress like that, and that it was perfect! I loved the dress style because it was elegant and floaty, but also comfortable and easy to wear – I was able to walk across the fields and dance a ceilidh in it”.
WHERE DID YOU MEET
In snowy woods in Switzerland.
MOST MAGICAL MOMENT
All of it! There was a moment half way through the day, when after the meal and speeches, me and my husband went for a wander to take stock of it all. We were coming back to the marquee and could hear the sound of the ceilidh band floating across the field and could see all our guests relaxed and happy – that was magical.
I knew that I wanted a fair trade or eco-friendly wedding dress. We went to Sanyukta’s shop in Fulham and she and her team were very helpful, letting me try on several dresses. I chose the one that I felt great in!
Yes I was aware. What is wonderful about Sanyukta’s wedding dresses is that not only are they eco-friendly and fairly made, but the fabrics are absolutely beautiful and of such high quality. My dress was in a bamboo silk with a floaty silk upper layer. It was very soft and felt great to wear.
YOUR ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES
Don’t be afraid to try something on which you might not automatically go for – things can look and feel completely different when you put them on and what suits you best might be something you hadn’t thought about before.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED & SOMETHING BLUE
My wedding dress was new, I borrowed my mother-in-law’s love-heart pearl necklace, and for the civil ceremony (which we did two days beforehand at the registry office because our venue was not licensed) I wore the blue flowery dress which my mother got married in.
Dress: Sanyukta Shrestha
Shoes: Cecilia Quinn
Bridesmaids Dresses: Maids to Measure
Flowers: Penny Corell
Cake: Bun Einchcomb