Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBride JESSICA

Today, meet Jessica & Tyran as we share their beautiful South African wedding tale. Set in a private reserve last February, this wedding combines a dreamy beach, rustic vibes and pure elegance.

After a romantic proposal in South Africa, Jessica & Tyran decided to celebrate their union at the exact same place one year later. After saying their “I dos” by the sea, they enjoyed their incredible reception alongside close family and friends. The venue was decorated with white lace, candles and fresh pink bouquets, not forgetting the incredible view of the mountains. Jessica oozed 1940’s glamour in our silk Valise cowl neck dress accessorised with pearls and vintage inspired accessories.

Jessica & Tyran’s wedding pictures were captured by Zara Zoo Photography.

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When and where did your partner propose to you?
February 2014, South Africa - at the future wedding venue!

Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
Charlie Brear Valise Dress Sandwashed silk bought from London studio.

How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress?
I already had an idea of the dress I was looking for (in the style of the Valise dress) and I tried on a few others before just to make sure it was the one!  The decision was easy and I knew as soon as I tried it on!

What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Have fun, try lots of styles and you'll know when you try the right one on!

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Excited! I couldn't wait to wear it!

What shoes did you wear?
Jimmy Choo, Ivette in Champagne

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Spanx for smooth silhouette and a backless bra

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Hair and make-up were by Corle Barnard who I found through wedding blogs in Cape Town.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Windswept! We had a beach wedding and it was a challenge keeping my hair and dress in place! But most of all, I was excited to be marrying my best friend.

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What traditions did you follow?
I didn't strictly follow the usual traditions but had everything I wanted! The perfect dress, my father walking me down the 'aisle' and family and friends to celebrate with.

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We started the day with horse riding in the national park, got driven to the beach on a open 4x4, drank pimms (something British!) on the beach, and had our wedding reception lit by candles and fairy lights in a very magical forest.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
Struggling to get the ring on my husbands finger!

Who took your wedding pictures?
Zara Zoo Photography (amazing photographers!)

If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
More flowers! Otherwise no, everything was perfect. I wouldn't have changed a thing.

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
The biggest challenge was arranging an overseas wedding but I was lucky to have worked with brilliant vendors. One of the easiest parts was picking out the dress and saying 'yes'!

What will you do with your dress now?
At the moment it is stored and I intend to have it cleaned and just keep it as a precious memory.

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
Glorious sunshine, great company, music and food! It felt amazing getting dressed up and sharing the day with family and friends.



1) Overplan ahead of time so that you can just enjoy your day
2) Find excellent reliable vendors to work with
3) Dress shopping should be fun
4) A good photographer is so important and if possible do an engagement shoot with them before as it will help you feel more at ease on the day.
5) On the day itself, try to slow down and savour every moment as the day goes by too quickly.


Ceremony Venue - Walker Bay National park - beach

Reception Venue - Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Photographer/Videographer - Zara Zoo Photography

Shoes & Accessories - Jimmy Choo shoes, Donna Crain hair accessories

Bridesmaids' dresses - Seahorse by Watters (flower girls)

Rings - Plain platinum bands

Florist - The Flower Scene, Hermanus, South Africa

Entertainment - Acoustic Element (drinks reception and beach), Moonshine Band at the reception.

Caterer - Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Cake Supplier - Roxanne Floquet

Hair - Corle Bernard

Make-up - Corle Bernard

Transportation - 4x4 (safari style open top vehicles)