Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride

Fun in the Irish Sun!

Let's have some Friday fun with this playful pair! Wendy & Will took a twist on tradition by combining a religious ceremony and a relaxed reception, keeping quality food, drinks, dancing and company at the top of their list! Having styled their wedding very simply, the couple were married in an intimate setting close to their home, at St Joseph's SMA Church, in Cork. Innishannon House Hotel held Wendy & Wills' late summer reception. Guests were greeted with the beauty of both the city and the countryside as traditional Irish music kicked off their celebration!

Wendy couldn't resist partying on her lively day which made our Arlettedress an irresistible choice! The detailed lace bodice and racer-back shape is a beautiful compliment to the box-pleat skirt, making it fabulously comfortable to dance in! This look wouldn't be complete without built-in pockets - perfect for hiding those wedding necessities!

Enjoy the bright and energetic photos from Wendy & Will's big day, as captured by John Beasley.

 

How did Will propose?
 

Will proposed while we were on holiday in Croatia in August 2015. We visited the Plitvice Lakes which were absolutely incredible. We paddled out (me doing all the work!) in a row boat one morning for breakfast. We were the only people there and he wobbled down onto one knee, conscious not to tip the boat over. He presented me with not one but two token rings, not sure of which style I’d prefer. Both rings turned out to be far too big and I actually lost my ring on the first night!!! So it was lucky he bought me two really! (They were only cheap ones so no harm done!) I, of course, happily accepted! Then I rolled up my sleeves and did all the rowing back to shore!

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?

My best experience was finding ‘my dress’ in Charlie Brear. I put it on, looked in the mirror, gave my mum a spin and we both said, “Yes, that’s it, job done!” It can be quite daunting and confusing trying on lots of different dresses in such a short space of time and it’s hard to be really sure of yourself. But when I tried on the Arlette dress I felt really confident that I’d made the perfect choice for me and was really excited about wearing it. 

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?

Be open minded, you might surprise yourself. My mum persuaded me to try on a dress which I wouldn’t have picked myself and it turned out to be the one! Trust the stylists, they’re professionals and really truly want you to look amazing on the big day. 

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

I was really excited and really happy. I looked forward to the day even more just so I could show off this amazing dress!

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, and what would you recommend anything for future brides? 
 

 

I was quite lucky that my dress didn’t require any specific type of lingerie, just a strapless bra, or none at all. This made it very easy for me! So again, a few days before the wedding, I wandered out and bought some lingerie. (But was actually in a bit of a rush on the wedding day and forgot to change into it before leaving the house!) 

What shoes did you wear?

I’m not really a ‘shoe person’, so shoes were quite far down the list for me. I ended up buying my shoes online a couple of weeks before the wedding. I chose a really simple, elegant pair of sandals from Dune London. I plan to wear them again and again and again!

How did you feel walking down the aisle?

I was quite nervous outside the church! I was worried about walking into the church and all eyes being on me (and dad of course). But when I started walking, I looked up and saw all the familiar, friendly faces smiling. Then I saw Will at the end of the aisle and all the nerves were gone and the feelings changed to excitement! I was so excited to see everybody and couldn’t wait to take on the day!

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

Both hair and make-up were through recommendations.

Ruthanna Crowley did me and my 4 bridesmaids' make-up and she was incredible. My skin is definitely not my greatest asset and I generally don’t wear a lot of make-up, so this was my only concern leading up to the wedding. Ruthanna was just fantastic, she did a brilliant job for all 5 of us and it was an absolute pleasure to have her with the bridal party for the morning. I would definitely recommend her for any brides.

Our house is tiny and with me plus 4 bridesmaids, we could never fit a hair stylist into the house, so we took a trip out to Rembrandts where the staff not only did an amazing job with everybody’s hair, but they spoiled us all with champers, tea and chocolate. A perfect way to start the day! I, of course, would recommend!

What was the funniest moment of the day?

Watching all the English guests (and me) attempt to dance the Siege of Ennis with all the Irish pros! Was great fun and some serious exercise too! 


Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
 

Instead of a wedding car, our good friend Adrian offered to chauffeur us for the day. I was so happy with this decision, it was so nice to have a close friend in the car with us celebrating and he could jump in with a few of the photographs too!

Both Will and I are quite sporty, I play a lot of netball and Will, hurling. So when we were leaving the church, some of our friends (unbeknown to me) set up a guard of honour. A mix of hurleys and netballs! Straight from the church we piled all of the out-of-towner guests onto the wedding bus and everybody headed to the pub where we ate, drank and danced to Will, his brother (best man) and friends playing traditional Irish music!  

I didn’t want to leave the party at any point in the day, so instead of driving off to all the beautiful spots of Cork for photographs, we chose to have our pictures taken around the streets and on the docks where we live. It was so much fun - all the cars were beeping and people were cheering. Then, of course, Innishannon House Hotel is located in such stunning surroundings that we were able to get a real mix of city and country scenery.  We’re both big lovers of cheese, so instead of a traditional wedding cake, we opted for a cake made of cheese instead, with plenty of crackers and dips.

Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAY BRIDE
WENDY!

Wendy's #WEDDINGHACKS

1. Don’t get bogged down with the small things – as long as you both turn up and say ‘I do’ the rest will fall into place. 

2. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help. Most people are over the moon to get involved in the wedding prep! 

3. I tried a bit of DIY with our décor, but it ended up costing loads and taking me twice as long as I’d thought it would! So, unless you already have the materials or you really enjoy DIY, sometimes it’s just easier (and cheaper) to buy things, or leave the professionals to it! 

4. On the big day, have a bottle of water and a bit of food in the wedding car ready. With all the fuss in the morning and afternoon, time passes by and you don’t realise how long it’s been since breakfast and you really need to keep those energy levels up for the full day.

5. Enjoy the lead up to the day. See and speak to as many of your friends and family as possible, everybody is so happy for you and it’s such a lovely time in your life so try to take it all in.  

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?

Our photographer was John Beasley. To call him a wedding photographer would be an injustice. He was a one man show of an incredible photographer, wedding coordinator, breakfast chef, astronomer and he’s got some pretty impressive dance moves too (even while holding a heavy camera). He was everywhere and yet almost invisible and exactly what we wanted for the day. I had read some reviews before our wedding, yet I was still amazed at what a fantastic job he did and he really added that bit extra to the day!

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?

I think it’s difficult to pick just one, it was such an incredible day! 

One of my favourite memories of the day was leaving the house in the morning to go to the church. I left from our home and all the neighbours came out to the street to wish us good luck and cheer us on, it was just really lovely. I also really loved being in the pub and cheering on Will and his friends playing the trad music. It was really fun, relaxed and great entertainment for everybody too!

Suppliers

Dress Arlette by Charlie Brear

Ceremony Venue St Josephs SMA Church, Blackrock, Cork

Reception Venue Innishannon House Hotel, Innishannon, Co. Cork

Photographer John Beasley

Rings Keanes, Cork 

Hair Rembrandts Hair Design

Make-Up Ruthanna Crowley

Shoes Dune London

Bridesmaids Dresses Joy – London

Flowers Flowers Sheila Crean

Cheese Cake Supplier On the Pigs Back – The English Market, Cork

 

Music Traffic 

 

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