Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Chloe
Chloe and Mark celebrated a colourful seaside wedding that had everything from fish & chips, mushy peas and curry sauce. Everything you would want from an English wedding and Chloe wouldn’t change a thing. She looked stunning in the Torum dress, styled with the Calla top and tulle overskirt, all bought at the sample sale! Read on to learn more about Chloe’s DIY decorations and planning process.
1.Please describe the style of your wedding
A relaxed, fun and colourful wedding by the sea.
2. When and where did your partner propose to you?
We were on holiday in Montenegro last summer. We'd just arrived in Montenegro from Croatia, and were on the balcony having a drink with an amazing view.
3. Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
I chose the Torum dress, with the Calla top and a tulle skirt. I bought it from the London flagship showroom in Queenspark. I was really lucky and bought them in the sample sale.
4. How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)
I felt slightly overwhelmed by some of the traditional wedding dress shops I went into first of all. But as soon as I walked into the Charlie Brear showroom, I knew it was much more my style. I loved that you could layer up different pieces and put your own spin on the outfits.
5. What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Don't rush into anything, enjoy trying on lots of different styles. Go with you gut instincts and how you feel in the dress when you first try it on.
6.How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
So excited! I wanted to show everyone, but also wanted to keep it as a surprise for the day.
7. What shoes did you wear?
I chose a pair of silver sandals from & Other Stories, they had a nice chunky block heel as I don't wear heels very often, so wanted to make sure they were comfy.
8. Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Yes it was harder than I thought it would be actually. The Torum dress has a really nice low back, so I needed a backless bra. After trying lots of options I went for a stick on bra (it was the one that was recommended by the girls in the Charlie Brear showroom).
9. Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Poppy Tallulah did my hair and make up, we met at the Most Curious wedding show, we're both from Manchester and got on straight away. I don't normally wear a lot of make up, so wanted to go for something quite natural and Poppy's style as exactly what I was looking for. She was great and very calming on the morning of the wedding.
10.Where and when did you get married?
We got married in July at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. We wanted the wedding to feel like a relaxed weekend away with all of our family and friends and we have had lots of nice little holidays on the Kent coast, so Whitstable felt like the perfect place.
11. How did you feel walking down the aisle?
As I walked into the venue, I could hear Ben (our friend) playing the piano and everyone chatting upstairs, this took away any nerves I had, and just made me feel excited to get up there and see everyone! My Mum walked me down the aisle, it was really emotional but we couldn't stop smiling.
12. What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
I didn't really think about the something old, new, borrowed and blue tradition until the last minute. The something old and new were easy, because I have my Dads ring which I wear everyday, and obviously had a new dress on! But for the other two, they fell into place the week before the wedding. I borrowed my Grandmas ring off my Mum, which was really special. as it would have been her 86th Birthday on our wedding day. And my friend who is in Australia at the moment and couldn't make it, sent me a blue pin badge which had a lovely, sentimental meaning, so I pinned that onto my ribbon on my bouquet.
13. Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We wanted to have a very laid back wedding as that felt right for us. So we had fish and chips for the wedding breakfast, with mushy peas, and as we're both northerners, we also had chip shop gravy and curry sauce! It was delicious and the best thing to eat when you're by the seaside. We also had a retro ice cream van that came after the ceremony and served everyone an ice cream on the beach.
14. What was the funniest moment of the day?
The speeches were all great, they were the perfect combination of emotional and funny. Also we've got lots of amazing memories of funny moments on the dancefloor!
15. Who took your wedding pictures?
The Curries took our photos on the day, and Lisa Jane Photography also came to take photos in the evening. They were all amazing. As soon as we started speaking to the Curries in the run up to the wedding, we knew that they were going to capture our day perfectly. They were so easy to get on with, they mingled in with our guest really well, and they made us feel very relaxed the whole way through.
16. If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
Sounds cheesy but I don't think we would change anything, we loved every minute of the whole weekend!
17. Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
I loved planning the wedding, I'm quite crafty so I really enjoyed making lots of the decorations, like the crepe paper streamers for the beach and the personalised oyster shell table place names. But it is easy to panic about the little things and it can feel slightly overwhelming at times, but luckily my sister got married this year also, which meant we could share everything and stop each other worrying too much.
18.What will you do with your dress now?
I still need to get the dress and top dry cleaned. The tulle skirt has now got a black ombre hem from the beach and the dance floor! But I'm going to keep it like that I think.
19.What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
I think taking a moment together after the ceremony was really special. We both also loved when we danced up and down the beach in between our guests making a sparkler tunnel for us.
Have a to-do list and delegate things out to your friends. We had so many friends and family help out with different parts of our day, and that made it feel even more personal. Don't worry about trying to please everyone, they will love whatever you choose to do. Have a budget and try and stick to it where possible, the little things can all add up, so choose which things are most important to you. But most of all, enjoy it every bit of it, as it goes by so quickly!
Ceremony Venue - East Quay Venue
Reception Venue - East Quay venue
Photographer/Videographer - The Curries and Lisa Jane Photography
Shoes & Accessories - Shoes - & Other Stories, Earrings - Laura Rhodes
Bridesmaids' dresses - Y.A.S at ASOS
Rings - Handmade by Sheldon Shapiro
Florist - Jane at Graham Greener
Entertainment - Ben Noke (One of Mark's best friends)
Caterer - East Quay Venue and Treats on a Tricycle
Cake Supplier - My friend Saffron made our cake
Hair & Makeup - Poppy Tallulah
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