Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBride
Last winter, Kitty & Nick began an exciting new chapter. Whilst celebrating their very first Christmas together in their new home, Nick surprised Kitty with a memorable Christmas Day proposal. The following spring, the pair made their love official in an incredibly elegant ceremony, at St Michael the Archangel Church in Nottinghamshire.
Kitty looked tineless wearing our Haliton dress layered with our beaded Catroux lace skirt. Styled with a naturalfloral bouquet and with her mother's sapphire necklace; Kitty stayed true to tradition and oozed vintage elegance. As captured by Matt Horran, Kitty & Nick's countryside wedding was an ever-so classic and beautiful affair.
When and where did your husband propose to you? Did he have a ring ready?
Nick proposed on Christmas Day, it was our first Christmas just the two of us together in our new home. He had a ring specially made but it had been delayed so he proposed with some diamond earrings.
Where did you purchase your dress & why?
I purchased my dress from the beautiful Charlie Bear showroom after originally seeing it while out dress shopping with my Mum in Leicestershire. It was how I'd always pictured my wedding dress to be and once I'd tried it on, it was the dress I couldn't stop thinking about.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Once I had identified the style and dress designs I liked, I really enjoyed dress shopping. The first few dresses I tried on really didn't suit me and it made me quite anxious about finding 'the one' but as soon as I came across Charlie Brear I knew I was onto a winner, I'd have been delighted to wear any dress in the collection.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Give yourself plenty of time. I left it a little while between trying on my dress and actually purchasing it giving me some time to reflect on whether it was the right dress for me - don't overthink it though and go with the dress that feel most like you!
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Relieved and excited. After I'd got my dress I felt like lots of other stylistic aspects of the wedding just fell into place.
What shoes did you wear?
I stumbled across some sparkly shoes in the sale in LK Bennett.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I was really worried about underwear as I felt l needed some support under my dress to get a good shape. The ladies at Charlie Brear recommended seamless pants that were a couple of sizes too big and ‘Lift Its' by Magic Body Fashion. I didn't quite believe that they would stay in place all day but they did!
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
A lady called Laura Hallam did mine and the bridesmaids hair, she is incredibly talented and instinctively understood the look I was after. I did my own make-up following a lesson from a wonderful make-up artist I know through work.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Nick accidentally said 'I Kitty' instead of his own name at the alter which made everyone laugh - I think it helped to relieve the nerves a bit and a lot of other funny moments followed.
What Traditions did you follow?
I wore some of my Mum's sapphire jewellery including my Great Grandmothers engagement ring covering something Old, Borrowed and Blue. Nick and I didn't see each other for a few days before the wedding too.
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
My bridesmaids wore different dresses in different colours to reflect their individual tastes. We also had a macaron tower instead of a traditional wedding cake.
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Matt Horran was the photographer. His wife Rach also made a wedding video for us. They were amazing and it really felt like having a couple of mates taking our pictures.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
It's all a bit of a blur, I think I walked too quickly. I remember thinking how wonderful it was to have all our friends and family together in the same room.
Take 5 with this week’s #FridayBride KITTY
1. Have the day you want and don't be worried about breaking traditions or doing something differently if that's what works for you.
2. If you have a long gown do little kicks when taking a step to avoid tripping over your dress.
3. Get as much done in advance as possible so you can spend the days running up to the wedding relaxing without any stress.
4. Ask someone to film the speeches for you, we wish we could have watched them back again.
5. Plan something (or several things) fun to look forward to after the wedding. So much effort and time goes into one day and it passes so quickly.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I don’t think I'd really change anything. In the run up I would remind myself to not let wedding planning overtake my life.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We had a mini moon in the Yorkshire Dales straight after the wedding and then went on a longer holiday in Sri Lanka and the Maldives later.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy, what parts were trickier?
I really enjoyed wedding planning although at times I did feel a little bit overwhelmed wanting everything to be perfect. Looking back there wasn't anything I found difficult but there were of course passing stressful moments.