Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Belinda
Belinda and James had a gorgeous South Australian wedding surrounded by all their family and friends from both England and Australia. Belinda looked stunning in the Hopefield dress with the Voulaire overskirt, highlighting the open back. With a baby on the way, the couple looked happier than ever. A perfect wedding - if only the day could have lasted longer! Read on to hear about Belinda’s tips on planning an overseas wedding.
1.Please describe the style of your wedding?
A coastal clifftop dinner party
2. When and where did your partner propose to you?
There was no proposal as such, more so a conversation about our future after a few too many drinks! We had only been together 6 months at this stage and came up with a grand plan to secretly get married in the following few months and have a bigger celebration down the track. In February 2016 we were married in London, at Islington Town Hall, followed by lunch at the Boundary Hotel and drinks at Shoreditch Grind. Two years later we had our Australian wedding!
3. Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
I wore the Hopefield Dress with the Voulaire lace skirt, which I purchased from the flagship store in London. We were living in the area at the time (Queens Park) and I loved the local element, plus I could have happily worn every dress in the collection, they were all so gorgeous.
4. How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)
I was actually in early stage pregnancy when I went dress shopping, so I needed to get some advice on dresses that would work with a growing bump. I went on my own, and once I had decided on the dress I FaceTimed my mum in Australia to get her opinion.
5. What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Don't be afraid to go by yourself initially, be open to trying dresses that aren't your typical style, and trust your instincts.
6.How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Nervous it wouldn't fit on the day! And very excited to show it off.
7. What shoes did you wear?
Pink suede low block heels
8. Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Yes! After a failed attempt at finding a strapless, backless, low-cut bra (how strange - such a simple request), I opted for braless. I just used hollywood tape to secure the dress, and wore seamless nude underwear.
9. Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Both were old friends from Adelaide who are the coincidentally the best in the biz!
10.Where and when did you get married?
We had a 'renewal of vows' at my parents house in Glenelg, South Australia before a dinner reception at Star of Greece restaurant in Willunga.
11. How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Despite being our second time round I was surprisingly emotional! This time my dad walked me down the aisle, and I hadn't seen many of our guests for at least a year, as we live abroad, so I was really excited.
12. What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
Almost none - it was a very non-traditional event! We served wedding cake for afternoon tea along with Pimms, for a British touch. James and I spent the night beforehand together (scandalous I know) and we went for coffee and a swim in the sea before parting ways to get ready for the day ahead. I did have a father-daughter dance-off at the end of the night, is that traditional?
13. Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
My uncle was our 'celebrant', my best friend played acoustic guitar at our ceremony, and as a surprise on the day my parents had organised a vintage 60's coffee caravan to serve our guests.
14. What was the funniest moment of the day?
When my grandmother jumped in front of the photographer's one and only confetti shot. I'm not sure she knows this happened, but i'm sure she will read this and find out (Hi Nanna, we still love you!). There were also some hilarious dance floor antics, namely the T-rex and the worm.
15. Who took your wedding pictures?
Our photographer Tomek was amazing. He took us on an off-road adventure for some stunning shots of the Australian scenery.
16. If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
I would magic up a few extra hours between 7pm and midnight so we could spend more time with everyone. It ended up being the most amazing way to catch up with my old friends from home, and introduce them to newer friends from overseas.
17. Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
Organising anything from abroad is challenging. My friends and family in Adelaide did so much to assist, from visiting our venue, paying vendor deposits, arranging our flowers and tables on the day, the list goes on. My husband did quite a lot of the organising, which made it easier all round.
18.What will you do with your dress now?
I'm hoping to wear my skirt again one day, but for now its at my parents house awaiting drycleaning. I'm donating my dress to Angel Gowns Australia - a charity that provide garments to bereaved families who have suffered stillbirth or death of their baby. I believe there is a UK version called Heavenly Gowns.
19.What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
My husband says 'the food'. We both agree that the heartfelt speeches and the spectacular scenery and weather made our wedding so memorable. Being a pregnant bride was also pretty special!
I think every bride is so different its hard to give general advice... but if I was to give advice to my pre-wedding self, it would be not to stress about planning the finer details so much. If you have a room filled with great people, it will be a great event, regardless of the fact you forgot to bring the table placecards from London.
Ceremony Venue - Belinda's parents house (Glenelg Beach)
Reception Venue - Star of Greece
Photographer/Videographer - Tomek Photography
Shoes & Accessories - Net-a-porter
Bridesmaids' dresses - We didn't have a bridal party
Rings - 77 Diamonds
Florist - Flower Society Co
Entertainment - DJ Lisa D
Cake Supplie - rLa Petite Patisserie
Hair - Abache Hair and Body
Make-up - Ali Buss
Transportation - We joined our guests on a private bus
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