Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Jennifer
This week’s Friday Bride combines Canadian and British influences to create the perfect rustic, country wedding, complete with an authentic barn and vintage airstream photo booth. Jennifer stunned in the classic Payton dress with lace sleeves and lace overskirt. The guests enjoyed traditional touches and décor handmade by the bride. Keep reading to find out more about Jennifer’s gorgeous wedding and some helpful #bridalhacks.
Please describe the style of your wedding
Our wedding was a rustic country with a combination of British and Canadian influences. We wanted it to be a laid back and relaxed vibe for our guests.
When and where did your partner propose to you?
Andrew proposed to me on my birthday December 18th 2015 in front of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK. I was completely unaware anything was happening and after questioning him on why he was acting so odd it all made sense when we reached the front of the cathedral and he got down on his knee! Afterwards we made our way to Madison roof top where all my mates were there to surprise me, including my best friend who Andrew planned to have fly in from Dubai. To say the very least it was a great and memorable birthday!
Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
I ended up going with the Payton slip dress, with lace skirt and I added matching sleeves. I also had the gold belt which I loved and a beautifully simple veil. All from Charlie Brear. I got everything from the London Charlie Brear shop not far from Goodge Street.
How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun? Was the decision tough?)
I loved my experience at the shop as it is such a cute and special building with so much character. My bridal consultant was absolutely lovely and so helpful she really made me feel comfortable to take my time and enjoy the experience. The decision was tough however it was one of the first dresses I tried on and came back to it months later when my mom was able to fly in from Canada and see it!
What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
I would definitely give two tips: firstly try on all shapes and styles as you may be surprised what you like! Secondly, make sure you feel comfortable and as much as others who come with you have opinions you are the one wearing it all day so make sure it’s what you want!
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
I felt very excited as it was everything I was looking for and was so perfect for the venue and the vibe of the wedding I couldn't wait to put it on again!
What shoes did you wear?
I wore blue Rachael Simpson T bar shoes that my mother in law bought for me. It was my "something blue" and I felt so comfortable all day in them.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Actually yes I did find it difficult to find a bra for my dress as it was a fairly thin silk dress with spaghetti straps. Everything I tried you could see through the material so in the end I wore the inserts of one of my bikinis and double side taped them on!
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
I had the fabulous Uno Jo for my hair and Nikki Strachan for my makeup and I was over the moon with both outcomes on the day. I found them by researching online as I planned the wedding living in the UK but got married in Canada.
Where and when did you get married?
Cambium Farms, Caledon, Ontario, Canada
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Overwhelmed and nervous especially when the music started for the recession. Once I saw Andrew I felt a calm and excited.
What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
We followed the something old, new, blue and borrowed and it was important to us to keep the tradition of seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle.
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We definitely did have some elements of fun. We hired an airstream that was a photo booth inside that replicated a retro home. The venue was a magnificent barn with amazing features and we added a lot of British influenced decor to bring it back to Andrew's Welsh heritage. The decor was handmade by myself and family and therefore was very special and personal.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
The day was full of funny moments and memories but two that come to mind immediately were firstly we wrote our own vows and Andrews started off "Jennifer you make me feel tall!" and if you saw us we are both petite so that went over well! Secondly we had two tables across from each other which were the rowdy tables and before we were even done with dinner service they met on the dance floor and had a dance off!
Who took your wedding pictures?
New Vintage Media were our photographers and we were oh so happy with the outcome of our photos.
If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
I have to say no, we loved our wedding and would do it all over again exactly the same!
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
Organizing a wedding is definitely an undertaking that consumes a lot of your time and energy. The easiest part for us was finding and booking the venue and vendors as we knew exactly what we wanted. The hardest part of the process were the finer details as they really add up, especially the fact that I crafted most of the decor and that was very time consuming. I didn't use an event planner and at times I wondered why I didn't lol!
What will you do with your dress now?
I have had it cleaned and boxed up and if I have a daughter she will have the option to wear it. The beauty is it's all separates so even pieces of it could be used. I have the gold metallic belt and my shoes I will wear on special occasions.
What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
Andrew loved sitting at the front on the head table and watching all of the guests from all over the world and walks of life mingling and in the same room celebrating our day! He also loved seeing me walk down the aisle!
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYBRIDE
Stand your ground and be comfortable with all your decisions as it’s your day!
Make a list of all the photos of people and areas in the venue you want your photographer to take as on the day of your mind goes blank.
Manage your time so the week of your wedding you can enjoy it rather than run around and not spend time with your out of town guests
Plan welcome drinks for out of town guests so you can catch up with them prior to the wedding as the day of you don't have much time to catch up!
Lastly enjoy every second of every moment because it’s gone before you know it and it truly is the best day of your life
Ceremony Venue- Cambium Farms
Reception Venue- Cambium Farms
Photographer/Videographer- New Vintage Media
Shoes & Accessories -Rachael Simpson shoes and metallic belt and veil Charlie Brear. jewellery was my grandmothers.
Bridesmaids' dresses - BHLDN (lace tops and skirts)
Rings- Alton Mills
Florist- Cedar & Stone
Entertainment- Megan Bonell and DJ
Caterer - Cabral Catering
Cake Supplier- Crumb & Berry
Hair- Uno Jo
Make-up -Nikki Strachan
jennifer WAS A VISION In a Mainline collection dress
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Did you catch last week's friday bride, Laura?
Our cool bride walked down the aisle in an Mainline Collection dress