Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Erin
This week’s Friday Bride created a modern, outdoor wedding in New Forest. Erin looked stunning and felt confident and comfortable in the Charlie Brear Marielle dress. The day full of friends and family was filled with laughter and tears. Every detail of the wedding complimented the couples personal style. Keep reading to learn about Erin’s planning process.
1.Please describe the style of your wedding
We’re both very outdoors-y people, we knew a hotel wedding was never going to be for us and it was compulsory for us to be outside in the fresh air, so we chose to have a garden party style wedding, minus any formalities and devoid of some of the well-known traditions. I had grown up in the New Forest as a child, so it was the most obvious place to get hitched. After stumbling across it, we were thrilled to find the gem that is Gins Barn in Beaulieu. The views onto the Beaulieu river were so calming and relaxing. We lucked out with the weather and dined under a fabulous stretch tent; something a little different, dramatic and elegant all at the same time.
2. When and where did your partner propose to you?
Krzysiek totally whipped the carpet from under my feet with his proposal on our anniversary. I was late, having way too much fun at a friend’s leaving do. After begrudgingly leaving to attend our anniversary dinner, little did I know what surprise I was in for!
3. Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
After a fantastic trip to the wonderful ladies at Charlie Brear, I knew it was always going to be a Charlie Brear gown I married in. After some additional research I typically managed to find the Marielle dress that was both out of season and out of stock. Thanks to even more help from the Charlie Brear team, the hunt was on to track it down! I spent hours contacting every stockist in Europe, eventually finding it a tiny, beautiful bridal boutique in the Lancashire countryside and off I went. Following a train ride from London and I was lucky enough to find the bubbliest of Lancasterian female taxi drivers, complete with pink rinse; I felt like I had a fabulous aunt/old family friend by my side – she even waited for me to collect my dress and was thrilled to be a part of the dress journey! She absolutely made the whole trip and I still smile whenever I think back.
I knew I wanted something simple; something I could move in, nothing that required any hard work or heavy lifting and the stunning layers of the Charlie Brear gowns was pure perfection. The way it moved and flowed in the wind was absolutely everything I had dreamed of.
4. How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)
I’m a very self-conscious person so I knew it was going to feel like a weird initial experience though one made a thousand times more amazing by the ease and crew at Charlie Brear flagship store. It wasn’t hard, and it wasn’t long before I was completely in love with every gown.
5. What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Keep and open mind and don’t be afraid to get your boobs out, they’ve seen it all before!
6.How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
I knew I couldn’t keep my dress in our house, so I immediately took it round to a friend’s to be babysat. Every time I saw the dress through the alterations process, I got emotional, so I think that says it all!
7. What shoes did you wear?
For my 30th birthday Krzysiek treated me to the most gorgeous pair of nude Louboutin’s – little did he know these were on my wish list because I knew I wanted them for my wedding shoes which added an extra layer of special. The pop of red didn’t go unnoticed!
8. Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I tried the whole stick-on-boob cups and they were hopeless. In the end I went solo with no bra and a decent pair of spanx.
9. Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
I was truly spoilt to have my hair and make up done by the stunning Melissa Clare Make up. She is extremely talented, and I felt like I had a best friend doing my hair and makeup.
10.Where and when did you get married?
We married in the stunning chocolate box, intimate and petite St Nicholas’ church Brockenhurst with our reception on the Beaulieu river, New Forest.
11. How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I’d love to say I was cool, calm and collected but actually I was an emotional wreck and very teary all the way down the very petite aisle. It was a very emotional day!
12. What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
None actually! And we didn’t follow many on the day either. My wedding band I inherited from my great grandmother, and my engagement ring is late 19th century too so plenty of old. I wasn’t fussed about not having anything borrowed or blue.
13. Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We had an open mic for our wedding speeches which was absolutely fantastic and the best thing to watch post wedding. Some truly excellent speeches were made.
14. What was the funniest moment of the day?
My husband surprised us all by delivering the most hysterical speech in his dry, deadpan way. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.
15. Who took your wedding pictures?
Again, we were completely spoilt to have Allister Freeman capture our day. He is the most talented wedding photographer I found, managing to shoot every laugh, every tar, every smile and every moment of the day.
16. If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
The whole day passed in a complete blur with a lot of it I don’t remember. Planning wise I wouldn’t do anything differently, we had the most beautiful day but if I had to do anything I would have taken more time out with my new husband.
17. Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
Wedding planning was such fun, I enjoyed every moment of it. Apart from when we found out we had to change the date which was a bit of a headache, the rest of it was an absolute pleasure.
18.What will you do with your dress now?
I am secretly hoping someone will throw a black and white ball to give me the chance to wear it again. Realistically I may try and sell it to give someone else the chance to twirl in it and feel magical.
19.What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
Easily the vows. I had a teary wobble in my voice through those too!
Trust your suppliers – they will become your best friend by the end of it.
Take time out to look around and soak in the day. I looked round and saw the entire wedding party on the dancefloor and it make me grin like the Cheshire cat.
Don’t waste time sweating the small stuff and relinquish control on that you have no influence over. 250 cows in the road just gave me my very own Four Weddings and a Funeral moment!
Prioritise on what is the most important thing to you and be prepared to compromise.
Choose a dress you want to wear every day for the rest of your life.
Ceremony Venue - St Nicholas' Church, Brockenhurst
Reception Venue - Gins Barn, Bealieu
Photographer/Videographer - Allister Freeman
Shoes & Accessories - Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids' dresses - Reiss, Issa
Rings - One inherited, one A R Ullmann antiques, Hatton Garden
Florist - Clair Lythcoe
Entertainment - Blue Lion Band
Caterer - Sam's Kitchen Deli
Hair & Make up - Melissa Clare make up
Transportation - Cars of Weybridge
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