Real Bride Story: Hayley & Graham

When we saw stunning real bride Hayley had tagged us in her anniversary photos on Instagram, we had to get in touch to find out more about her beautiful destination wedding.

Hayley & her husband Graham were married back in June 2019 at breath-taking coastal venue Villa Antiche Mura in Sorrento, Italy.

Hayley told us…
“We met online, skipped the whole dating thing and moved in together after 6 months – we became engaged after a year. Graham proposed on a private charter boat when we were on holiday in Greece for my birthday.
We wanted a personal wedding with an outdoor location, warm weather, ocean view and coral colour scheme. To help plan the wedding with ease we used Cheryl as our wedding planner at Bella Sposa who helped every step of the way to make our destination wedding perfect for us. As for the dress I know I wanted something fitted, classy and elegant. I visited perhaps 10 wedding boutiques between Bournemouth where I am from and London. The dress I fell in love with was Morilee’s Miralda 8191 which I chose in ivory from Pascali, in Ashley Road, Bournemouth.

I had seen so many similar dresses to this online, so I knew what I was looking for. This dress is fitted, backless, and has the most stunning bodice and neckline design you’ve ever seen! It’s truly classic and timeless and the train is out of this world. As soon as I pulled the hanger out, I welled up and gasped “Mum!” who I was with at the time. I just knew… and so did she. Pascali was sensational. A personal and approachable team of wonderful women. Sarah and the whole team always welcomed you with a smile, were never angry when you spent HOURS of their time trying on your dress, tears of joy, or taking photos to be sure of every angle. They were attentive and made every visit special… I miss going in and love them all!

The wedding was perfect and absolutely everything ran smoothly from start to finish. For me the best bit was approaching the stairs at the villa that I was to walk down in front of our guests that led me down the aisle. That moment, in my dress, seeing my fiancé and all our guests faces…I’ll never forget it. The wedding was absolutely everything I’d ever dreamt of and more. I can’t recommend enough to any bride, to ensure you LOVE absolutely every single element of your special day. Find the dress that makes you feel a girl in a million, work with a team that support you in every way and share the whole planning experience with your fiancé, if I could do it all again, I would.

Lastly, I could not bear to never wear my dress again. So, every anniversary since the big day, my husband and I get dressed up in our wedding gear to share a bottle of champagne, so I can always wear my dress again.  Just once a year, it’s still as special as the day.” – We love this idea Hayley!

We wish you all the very best for a very long and happy life together. Photographer: Pippa Carvell