Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBride ISOBEL
Since Spring in London is not on time this year, let’s delve right into a glamorous winter wedding…. imagine a breathtaking mix of Narnia and the English countryside of Wiltshire. The venue was embellished with fairy lights, and full of delicate white, gold and green decorations. Isobel & Christopher got married in December 2016, in Christopher's family village church, followed by a beautiful marquee reception at home in their garden.
Isobel looked divine wearing our Ventoux dress accessorised with our embroidered Sera satin sash and a fur coat. The bride emulated the perfect combination of modern vibes with vintage inspired elegance.
Isobel & Christopher's wedding pictures were captured by Ciaran McCrickard.
Where did you purchase your dress & why?
I purchased it from Charlie Brear's studio in London. I can genuinely say it is the dress that made me stand up straighter and I felt like a goddess when I put it on - which I think is the point! It was a one-off - the fabric that had been used had only been used for this one dress, so it felt really special.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Charlie Brear (and Hannah) gave me the most wonderful experience at their studio. I went to a few other dress shops afterwards and I can honestly say that Charlie Brear were miles ahead of the others in terms of customer service.
When and where did your husband propose to you? Did he have a ring ready?
He proposed to me on a walk in the countryside in Wiltshire, near his parents' house (where we got married). The ring is a family heirloom - it was his late grandmother's and is totally beautiful and unique.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Take your time, enjoy the process, don't wear makeup! And be prepared to withstand some fairly aggressive selling techniques from bridal assistants (not at Charlie Brear I should say) - you'll know when you've found a dress you're happy in.
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Incredibly excited! I also wanted to wear it immediately but had to wait 18 months!
What shoes did you wear?
Some simple, but pretty fabulous, flats from Next.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
No, as my dress was lined and was made of quite heavy silk. I am fortunate to not have needed a bra.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
I did my hair (as it's very short) and my friend Nicole did my makeup.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
When I told my (very emotional) husband to pull himself together during our vows! Oh and my 2 year old niece piped up during the time when the vicar asks if anyone had any objections to us getting married...that was hilarious!
What Traditions did you follow?
I did do the 'something borrowed' tradition: my mother-in-law lent me a fur coat which was my something old, something new was my wedding dress, something borrowed - my best woman lent me her earrings and something blue was my underwear!
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We were quite traditional in lots of ways, although we did exit the church to a Star Wars theme (thank you, husband). My husband had made me an 'UP' house, complete with balloons, which was completely amazing and made me burst into tears for the 100th time that day.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Completely amazing and very emotional. My wonderful choir sung us down the aisle which was also very special.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I'd try to be calmer about the whole thing. The day before the wedding was probably the most stressed both me and my husband have ever been. It was totally worth it though.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We're going to Kenya & Zanzibar in March - we had a little mini break in a cottage in Cornwall straight after the wedding though.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy, what parts were trickier?
Bits of it were easy - the food, the dress, agreeing what was important to us both. It was trickier to manage all the disparate elements and our wonderful parents who had lots of opinions. Some helpful, some not! It was also ABSOLUTELY FREEZING the week of our wedding which came as a bit of a surprise (in December, I know!) so we did panic that everyone was going to be desperately cold.
What will you do with your dress now?
I want to wear it every day. But I think I might get altered so it could be an evening dress in the future - as it's not white I think it's more adaptable in that sense.
What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
The ceremony was the best bit of our day - our choir sung us a specially- written anthem, our vicar was amazing, one of our best friends played the cello for us, the readings were pitch-perfect. We had glorious weather on the day and walked back to the reception together which was brilliant too. The speeches - we've had so many compliments on how beautiful and heartfelt they were. I mean, it was all great.
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYBRIDE JESSICA
1. Don't have just men speaking at your wedding - I couldn't speak myself as I thought I'd cry, but my best friend made a speech which was amazing. All for gender equality in weddings!
2. Utilise your talented friends and family - my sister did all our table decorations and decorated our wedding cake. She worked like a demon but it looked STUNNING.
3. After a certain point, there's nothing more you can do!
4. Split people up on table plans - sit partners near enough each other that they can talk but mix up groups. On this note, we also had sharing platters of antipasto as our starter which really got people talking too.
5. There are beautiful accessories to be found on the high street - I got so many compliments on my Accessorize headpiece, people thought it cost far more than it did!