Real Wedding: A Winter Wonderland in Chamonix with a Mori Lee Wedding Dress
The couple left their rustic venue to do the talking, adorning it with cream throws and understated decorations for a decor that suited them as a couple perfectly.
Maria wore a lovely Mori Lee dress complete with a beautifully billowing veil that looked right at home in the snowcapped mountains.
Photographer | Lee Scullion
How they met and the proposal
After growing up in the same town, meeting in 2005 in their early twenties and crossing paths countless times, Maria and Mark eventually became a couple in 2009.<br /><br />"We knew from the start this was our forever relationship and moved in together after six weeks," says Maria.<br /><br />Their proposal story is an understated one: Maria had a thirtieth birthday party booked for November 2013 and the pair decided to make it a joint celebration, celebrating their engagement too. <br /><br />
Their destination wedding
As avid snowboarders, Maria and Mark decided to hold their wedding in Chamonix in France and make a holiday out of it at the same time. <br /><br />"When we were first dating I went to work in Chamonix for eight weeks and Mark came to visit," explains Maria.<br /><br />"Chamonix is our happy place. It was our first ever trip together and we have such amazing memories there."
Planning a destination wedding
Mark and Maria had the wedding of their dreams, but planning a wedding abroad wasn't without struggles.<br /><br />"The language barrier was a huge challenge," admits Maria. <br /><br />"If I'm honest, a lot of the finer details weren't finalised until we arrived in Chamonix three days prior to the ceremony."
The wedding dress
Maria wore a breathtaking <a href="http://morilee.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mori Lee</a> wedding dress from <a href="https://www.yapbridal.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Yap Bridal</a> in Newcastle Upon Tyne. <br /><br />"I was really apprehensive going into the appointment, and I almost cancelled the day before," reveals Maria. <br /><br />"I'd had a stressful year and wasn't feeling gown ready, but my mam and best friend Gemma persuaded me to go still."<br /><br />"The boutique owner Joanne suggested I try on my dress, and although I would never have picked it out, I trusted her advice."<br /><br />"Within seconds of stepping into it I instantly felt extremely comfortable. It accentuated my curves and I especially loved the fishtail effect. However, I felt something was missing and I wasn't wowed. Joanne added the diamante belt and the whole feel of the dress changed."<br /><br />"It's amazing what one little belt can do!"<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/9-things-you-need-to-know-before-wedding-dress-shopping/22232.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Things to know before wedding dress shopping</a>
The bridal accessories
Maria complemented her dress with a full length veil, also bought from YAP Bridal, and personalised jewellery.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/how-to-choose-your-wedding-veil/21449.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to choose your wedding veil</a>
The bridesmaid dresses
"Finding dresses to suit all of my bridesmaids, with their different heights, sizes and bust sizes was the hardest part of the planning process," says Maria.<br /><br />"I'm sure we went through five dresses before settling on the final choice. In the end we chose nude pink, mid-length strapless dresses with a diamante belt to imitate my dress."<br /><br />"As part of the wedding day involved walking through the town to the train station, and going up to the top of the mountain, each bridesmaid had silver pumps and a thick faux fur silvery grey coat to change into."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/perfect-pink-bridesmaids-dresses-for-your-girls/19649.html" target="_blank">READ MORE: Pretty pink bridesmaid dresses</a>
The wedding theme
"The destination created the theme for our day and was behind a lot of the inspiration," shares Maria. "It was pretty much made for us and we worked with it."<br /><br />"We aren't the most creative couple, we just love winter sports and the alps, so we were lucky that that the theme just fell into place due to the destination."<br /><br />"We didn't want a typical wedding that was over in one day, that's just not us. Our day was laid back and chilled."
"Our theme was extremely rustic, and we had wooden hearts hanging on the chair arms, and at the top of our aisle we had two large perspex boxes filled with flowers that matched the reception table centres," says Maria.<br /><br />"The room itself was incredibly quirky, with lots of light and wooden beams, so it didn't need a great deal of dressing."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/wedding-theme-rustic-woodland/20517.html" target="_blank">READ MORE: How to style your rustic woodland wedding</a>
The wedding colours
"We had blue, silver and cream as our wedding colours," says Maria.<br /><br />"A lot of the interiors were wooden, and there were cream furs dotted around, so we kept colours to a minimum to tie in with the look and feel of the whole day."<br /><br />"We completely fell in love with the quirky reception venue and were so pleased with it forming the foundation of our theme."
The table decorations
"Each table had a candle box dressed with the same flowers as my bouquet, which stood on top of a wooden block," explains Maria.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/wedding-table-decorations-and-centre-pieces-25-interesting-ways-to-dress-up-your-tables/22128.html" target="_blank">READ MORE: 25 interesting ways to dress up your tables</a>
Maria's photographer, Lee Scullion, who she met at school, went above and beyond to capture breath-taking photos, like this gorgeous shot.<br /><br />"The views at the top of the glacier were out of this world. Looking back at the photographs they look like they are superimposed! I can’t believe that is actually me and Mark and that was our wedding."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/photographers/12-wedding-pictures-you-should-ask-your-photographer-to-take/21236.html" target="_blank">READ MORE: 12 wedding pictures you should ask your photographer to take</a>