Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBride

Almost a year to the day after becoming engaged, Danielle & Paul said their ‘I dos’ in the late summer of last year. The day was characterised by the rustic, exposed brick and soft lighting of their atmospheric venue. It set the tone for Danielle & Paul’s beautiful day effortlessly. Married by candlelight at The Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall, this laid-back pair instantly connected to their venue and organized a great celebration where their guests were well and truly looked after.

 

Wearing our elegant Torum dress, Danielle found her dream dress at Mears Ghyll and layered our beaded Catroux skirt on top. She accessorised her look with our blush silk sash and matching beaded cap sleeves. To complete her look, Danielle added a vintage-style head band and detailed lace veil.

Danielle & Paul’s wedding day was captured by Emma Boileau

 

When and where did your husband propose to you? Did he have a ring ready?

We were buying our first home together and the date had been pushed back several times which was really frustrating for me. Little did I know it was even more frustrating to Paul as he planned to propose when we got the keys! The dates changed that many times that he got so sick of waiting and proposed on the beach whilst we walked our dog Ruby. I had suspected something might be going on and got so nervous that I couldn't even remember if I had actually said yes! Paul had chosen the ring himself and it fit perfectly which I was super impressed with. 

 

Where did you purchase your dress & why?

I purchased my dress from Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms in Lancaster. I had seen the Charlie Brear dresses on wedding blogs and pinterest and really wanted to see them in real life. Mears Ghyll was the closest shop to me that stocked them. I wanted something that didn't feel heavy, was comfortable and vintage inspired and I just loved all the Charlie Brear dresses and how they can be customised. 

 

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?

I wasn't looking forward to trying on wedding dresses all that much. I felt like it would be awkward and didn't see myself in what I thought of as the "traditional bridal dress". I went to a shop near my home town and felt like nothing was really me. All the dresses felt quite heavy and uncomfortable. 

After that, I did a lot of research into what I thought would be the style of dress I wanted and where I might find it. I went to two more dress shops in Manchester, both which stocked non-traditional type dresses. I liked some of these but the ones I thought I would love still didn't feel or look right for me. Then I saw a Charlie Brear dress online which looked like what I was hoping for and decided to hunt out a stockist. I took myself on my own to try some on as I really felt I would feel more comfortable deciding alone, before bringing my bridesmaids and Mum along. 

Mears Ghyll were just lovely and they spent so much time with me. Nothing was too much trouble and they were so helpful in helping me to decide. I didn't feel rushed at all or pressured into making any decisions. It really felt like they wanted me to decide what was right for me and were so supportive. 


What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?

It really helped me to have in mind an idea of what I wanted in a wedding dress and to research stockists of these particular dresses. But also keep an open mind. The dresses I originally thought I would love didn't feel right to me and the most important thing was that I felt comfortable on the day and would wear something that reflected me.  

 

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

I was relieved and happy to have found something I knew I would feel comfortable in and that I was really looking forward to wearing. It also made it all the more real that I had the dress!

 

What shoes did you wear?

Only two weeks after we got engaged, my friend gave us free tickets to a wedding fair in Manchester. Paul made me enter every competition going but the only one I really wanted to win was a pair of beautiful Rachel Simpson shoes. They contacted me soon after to tell me I had won the shoes of my choice which I was so excited by! I chose the Ginger shoe in silver leather. They were so comfortable and I really wanted to choose something I could wear again which I definitely will. 

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?

My dress had quite a low back which meant bra shopping was a bit tricky but I bought some stick on cups from Primark which worked really well and stayed in place all day. 


Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

The venue recommended the hairdresser and make-up artist and a friend of mine also recommended the same two from her own wedding. I had Duncan Fisher Hair Designer do all of our hair and Sonara Parker who did our make-up. Both were just lovely and really kept us calm on the day. We had so much fun at the trial, I knew they would really put me at ease on the wedding morning and they went above and beyond doing hair and make-up. 

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Towards the end of the evening me and my best friend Becky, who was maid of honour, were dancing  like complete idiots when the strap on Becky's dress pinged off, exposing more of herself than she would have wanted to some of our guests!

What Traditions did you follow? 

We didn't see each other the night before the wedding as Paul stayed with his family at a nearby hotel and I stayed at the venue with my bridesmaids. I found this really hard as Paul usually keeps me calm if I'm feeling nervous. I mentioned this to my maid of honour and she came equipped with so many crafty activities to keep us occupied. We spent the night before the wedding decorating mugs and shoes which was a great distraction and lots of fun. 

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?

We wanted everything to be relaxed, informal and a little bit random... a bit like us! But we don't think there was anything particularly unusual. 

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?

Emma Boileau took our wedding photos. She had photographed our friends wedding and we loved their photos. Emma was one of the first suppliers we booked and we were so happy she was available on our wedding day. We did a pre-shoot with Emma which we felt really put us at ease for the day as we knew what to expect and got used to being in front of the camera. Emma was really considerate and thoughtful and we just love our photos. 

How did you feel walking down the aisle?

This for me was the part I was most anxious about. I can be quite clumsy and am not great at walking in heels or being the centre of attention. I knew once I had done the walk though, I could relax for the rest of the day. I was really nervous going in and my Dad was so emotional but as soon as I saw Paul looking so relaxed and smiling back at me, it really helped to ease my nerves. Seeing of all our friends and family there too was really special. Looking back, I do wish I hadn't been so nervous as this is one of the most lovely parts of the day.

 

#WeddingHacks

Take 5 with this week’s #FridayBride DANIELLE

 

1. Do what is right for you both. Other people will have their opinions and give their advice but it is your day. 

2. Don't be afraid to do things differently or miss them out if they are making you feel particularly stressed out. Me and Paul both hate dancing and being centre stage. We felt like we would be nervous all day leading up to the first dance so we didn't have one. We also did the speeches before the food so people could then relax and enjoy the meal. 

3. Decide what are the most important parts of the day for you early on. Paul loves his food which was a big factor and I really love flowers so these were big things for us which we wanted to focus on. 

4. Have fun planning it together! At times it can be stressful and a little overwhelming but enjoy the planning as well as the day. Some of my most special memories are from making our seating plan and name places.

5. Try not to be too nervous and just enjoy the day! No matter what happens it will still be perfect. 

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?

It's easy to say now but I would try not to feel so nervous about the day. Everyone there knows and loves you and is there to celebrate one of the happiest days of your life. There is really nothing to be nervous about. The most important thing is sharing your special day with everyone you love. 

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We had a couple of nights in Chester straight after the wedding then a week or so later we went to Ischia, Italy which was absolutely beautiful and so relaxing. I left Paul to plan and book the honeymoon without much input at all and it was just perfect and exactly what I wanted. 

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy, what parts were trickier?

There were parts of the wedding where we knew what we wanted and what we didn't want. They were quite easy to plan and make decisions on. The others, we were less decisive about proved harder and we were so worried about making the wrong decision and not getting it right. In some ways I wish we had less time to plan as that may have stopped me in particular, overthinking certain decisions. 

What will you do with your dress now?

I had my dressed sent away to be cleaned after the wedding as it was so dirty. It's now sat under our bed in a beautiful box looking much cleaner but I have no idea what I will do with it now!

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?

All of it! The ceremony, wedding breakfast and the evening! There are just too many special moments to pick our best! 


 

SUPPLIERS


DRESS Torum dress , Catroux skirt, Catroux cap sleeves and blush sash by Charlie Brear from Mears Ghyll

SHOES  Rachel Simpson. I won then from a competition at a wedding fair just two weeks after we got engaged! I was so happy as I never win anything and I knew I loved these shoes as soon as I saw them!


ACCESSORIES I wore a Swarovski bracelet that Paul had bought me for my 30th Birthday and earrings my Mum had given me the previous Christmas as a present. My Dad also surprised me with a beautiful diamond necklace on the wedding morning which I wore on the day. 


CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE The Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall 

PHOTOGRAPHER Emma Boileau

VIDEOGRAPHER Jon Bird

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES from Mears Ghyll

RINGS Beaverbrooks

MUSIC Hannah Rose for the ceremony and drinks reception and Agent Smith for the evening. Both were absolutely amazing and I cannot praise highly enough. They really made our day so special. And we had so much positive feedback on both. 

FLORIST Flower Design Blackpool

CATERER  Twelve Event Management

CAKE SUPPLIER M&S and I was super happy with it! It was the simple 3 flavour cake I wanted and it travelled the bumpy journey there on my lap without any damage. Our pegs on top of the cake were from My Peg Weddings

STATIONARY Paper Fudge

HAIR Duncan Fisher Hair Designer

MAKE-UP Sonara Parker