Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE laura
This week’s Friday Bride, Laura, added some unusual quirks to her special day ranging from a donut cake to an incredibly unique venue. Laura looked incredible in the Charlie Brear Delancey dress, which she says was love at first sight. Keep reading to find out more about Laura and Jake’s rockin’ wedding and some amazing #bridalhacks.
Please describe the style of your wedding
Fun, relaxed, quirky pub wedding
When and where did your partner propose to you?
Jake proposed at home on a random Wednesday morning, he woke me up with my favourite breakfast of porridge and coffee laid on a tray complete with beautiful roses...oh and an engagement ring! He was so nervous he forgot how to make coffee! He then whisked me off for a surprise road trip from San Francisco to LA in a convertible Mustang. It was awesome.
Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
I chose the Charlie Brear 'Delancey' dress and bought it from FrouFrou bridal boutique in my local town Tunbridge Wells.
How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? (Was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun? Was the decision tough?)
It was probably the easiest decision of the process. 'FrouFrou' offers amazing dresses for women who are looking for something modern yet timeless and I always hoped I'd get my dress from them. Exactly one year before our wedding I happened to have a day off work so I strolled down to the boutique to take a look. The Charlie Brear Delancey dress was the first I tried on and that was it! I bought it there and then. I couldn't believe how lucky I was. Plus, boutique owner Nicole made it such a lovely relaxing process and even cracked open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate!
What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Personally, I would go alone! It's not for everyone, but I loved the freedom and not having to worry about anybody else's opinion. I then tried on my dress again with my Grandmother there so I could share that moment with her. There were lots of tears and special memories I will cherish.
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Elated! I did a 'test dance' around the boutique just to make sure I could rock out in it. I must have looked ridiculous to any outsiders looking in! For me the dress had to be light enough to feel comfortable and free in.
What shoes did you wear?
New Look strappy sandals during the day, 'wide-fit' as unfortunately I inherited my father's wide duck-feet so it was all about comfort, but they actually looked fab! I changed into sparkly silver Converse trainers after dinner for partying in.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Lingerie wasn't an issue as my seamstress cleverly stitched some support into my dress so I could be bra-less. A good option for those like me who are rocking smaller boobs. And I wore nude coloured no-vpl knickers from M&S, not the sexiest but it worked well with my dress.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
My hair stylist is my regular hairdresser Kerry from Leigh Roberts, Tunbridge Wells. It was my usual blow dry style - hair curled with large barrel tongs and then brushed out, to create a simple and classic do. A friend did my make-up on the day using Bobby Brown products.
Where and when did you get married?
The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex on Saturday 30th September 2017.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Excited to see all our loved ones standing in one room, and to see Jake standing at the end waiting for me...there really is no better feeling!
What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
I didn't consciously tick off the old, new, borrowed and blue...I'm not really one for following traditions. It's all about throwing out the rule book!
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
The venue is full of quirks, including a tree in every room, a taxidermy squirrel in a rocking chair, and tubas for urinals in the gents...seriously! Our 'love nest' lodge room featured a nest complete with egg chairs on the roof - check out their site, the venue really is incredible.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
That's a tough one, there were a few moments that made me giggle. Watching our family and friends spontaneously catwalk down our table (which had been red carpeted earlier in the day for our reception) was pretty hilarious. We also wrote personal vows and the last line "til death or zombies do us part" raised a few laughs!
Who took your wedding pictures?
The gorgeous rock'n'roll Emma from Epic Love Story photography. I knew Emma from when I worked in a hair salon and she was a client. I used to love talking weddings with her leading up to our day. She is amazingly talented and got stuck in; she even shared a tequila shot with us during the party bit! Jake's cousin is also a wedding photographer and took snaps of Jake and his brother getting ready at home, which was really lovely to see afterwards.
If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
Nothing at all. OK, maybe not have had quite so many glasses of bubbles pre-ceremony but luckily the adrenaline balanced out the affects!
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
Our wedding coordinator at the Bell made the process very easy as she was super helpful and calm. The tricky parts were worrying about everyone else and their travel/accommodation arrangements. In reality, they were all capable and happy to look after themselves and I'd advise to concentrate on what's important - you two!
What will you do with your dress now?
I'm thinking of dyeing the silk gown a darker colour so I can use for fancy do's and I'll probably keep the lace to maybe pass down one day.
What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
My husband says the moment when he turned around and saw me in my dress; apparently his first thought was 'she's nailed it'! Mine was when we got locked in a little snug room after our ceremony for 5 minutes . We just screamed and did a little jig around the room! Oh and our first dance (Rudimental 'Waiting All Night') played by our band...they smashed it!
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYBRIDE
Book in for a spa evening just the two of you during the week leading up to the big day. Our friend treated us to this; it was so relaxing and exactly what we needed!
Don't feel like you must follow conventions; at first our family found it strange that Jake wasn't wearing a tie and that we were getting married in a pub. But afterwards they commented on how relaxed and easy the day felt, which we definitely noticed ourselves. Our guests let loose and that was great to see!
Sometimes things aren't going to be as perfect as you dreamt in your head. Let those moments happen, honestly it adds charm to the day.
Bit of a boring one but make a list of all the decorations you give to your venue - it makes the clearing up process run more smoothly if you can check it off.
If you want to dance, DANCE! Don't feel like you need to entertain everyone as you'll be there all night. Let your guests come to you and enjoy the entertainment you've paid for!
Ceremony Venue - The Bell in Ticehurst
Reception Venue - The Bell in Ticehurst
Photographer/Videographer - Emma - Epic Love Story
Shoes by New Look & Converse. Accessories handmade by Charlotte 'My Fayre Favourite'
Bridesmaids' dresses - Tops (various styles) and asymmetric skirts from Coast, pleated skirts from Oliver Bonas
Rings - His is a wood and graphic ring from Rösler, mine was Alexis Dove (Lewes)
Florist- Wild Rubus
Entertainment- Funk the Revolution band
Caterer- The venue
Cake Supplier- Dum Dum & Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
Hair- Leigh Roberts salon
Make-up- My friend Abby
Transportation- My uncle's convertible BMW
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