Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE VICKI
Vicki & Calvin celebrated their love with a bohemian wedding by the beach in Ibiza last Summer, Vicki’s favourite place in the world. The venue was decorated with wild flowers, jam jars and dream catchers. Before they jetted off to the magical Island, Vicki & Calvin officially said their I dos in a London city hall, the same venue Vicki’s grandparents got married in. The whole wedding had a retro, boho feel to it, with an ice cream truck, an amazing hippie photo booth and a saxophonist to entertain guests.
Vicki was sparkling with happiness, and looked absolutely gorgeous wearing our Payton dress, Augustine lace jacket with midi sleeves, finished off with our leather rose-gold belt.
Vicki & Calvin's wedding pictures were captured by Gypsy Westwood.
Where did you purchase your dress & why?
The Charlie Brear studio in London. I originally tried on a Charlie Brear dress in a small bridal boutique in Bradford upon Avon and realised I loved the idea of building my own dress and decided to go directly to Charlie Brear to see the full collection. I chose the Payton dress with the Augustine lace jacket with midi sleeves and a rose gold belt.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Definitely at Charlie Brear. Hannah was amazing, of all the bridal shops I had visited she was the only stylist that got the look I was going for and came up with some fantastic suggestions, including the addition of the rose gold leather belt which gave my dress an awesome edge which was perfect for Ibiza. Hannah was also fantastic at making me feel comfortable and beautiful, which given I was pregnant at the time wasn't an easy task!! My experience was so good I recommended my sister look for her dress there and she too has now purchased a Charlie Brear gown!
When and where did your husband propose to you? Did he have a ring ready?
Calvin had spent time printing off our memories in Polaroid snaps over the 8 years we had been together and planned to propose with these and his grandmother’s vintage engagement ring which I have loved for years. I, however, got suspicious when a package arrived in the post one day and he got over excited so he ended up bursting out the proposal that moment at home. We jumped around like children with excitement and picked the ring up the next day! I was completely surprised, which was amazing!
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
I would say have an idea of the style you are after (Pinterest is perfect for this!) but also try a few different things on, as sometimes something you would least expect to suit you just looks fantastic! Choose a few boutiques that have the styles you are after and be sure to take a very honest friend with you!
How long did it take to plan your wedding?
Just over a year. Calvin and I knew we wanted a beach wedding in Ibiza, we had spoken about it for years. Within a month of getting engaged we were out in Ibiza and had a two day road trip checking out venues and wedding planners! This was the first of a few trips out there, all wedding preparation of course....!!!!
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Excited and relieved. Such a big decision and you feel a huge weight off your shoulders once you've ticked that one off the list!
What shoes did you wear?
Michael Kors nude sandals with tassels! I knew I wanted something I would wear again and these look great with jeans too.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Yes, this was the hardest job I had. Having only had a baby six months before the wedding day, I needed a bit of help to smooth out the lumps and bumps and eventually got a fantastic slip from fig leaves. Far from sexy but gave me some lovely smooth curves!
What Traditions did you follow?
We aren't overly traditional people but as the day got closer we actually realised we wanted to have some traditions. We spent the night before the wedding together and instead of a wedding cake we had a retro ice cream truck, but my dad walked me down the aisle to Green Eyes by Coldplay, we had a first dance and my mum, sister and bridesmaids gave me my something old, new, borrowed and blue. My something new and blue was a lovely turquoise leather clutch which had my new initials on it! This went fabulously with the turquoise jewellery we were wearing and the jars for the centerpieces.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Louise Maxwell. She's fantastic and was recommended by our wedding planners Cardamom Events. Louise has been in Ibiza for years and loved her cool, laid back style. She gave me gorgeous beachy waves with a lovely fishtail plait, which we weaved flowers throughout. All my bridesmaids had plaits of some kind.
Where and when did you get married?
We got married at Ses Savines Restaurant and Beach Club in Ibiza on 20th August. We had already had the legal ceremony a few days before at Chelsea's Old Town Hall on Kings Road, London. My grandparents got married here, so this was a lovely way they could be a part of it!
What was the funniest moment of the day?
It has to be the kids on the dance floor! It was so hot they had stripped down to their superman pants and were dancing all night! Even the babies were on until the end! Everyone danced all night it was exactly how we wanted the wedding to be!
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
Retro ice cream truck, Hippie Photo Booth, a saxophonist who played along with our DJ to some amazing Balearic beats. My husband thought I was being extravagant with these but everyone, including him, said these made the wedding unique! My best friends wrote some wonderful words about Calvin and I which they read out after dinner. That's when the tears started!
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Gypsy Westwood, she's amazing and captured some beautiful moments in the relaxed style we were after. Also my brother in law did a fantastic job and took the majority of the pics from getting ready at the villa until the very last tune on the dance floor!
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Strangely very calm. My dad told me to look around and soak up as much of it at that moment as I could, it was a wonderful feeling which I will remember forever. When I heard the beginning of the music and saw my sister lead out the bridesmaids, my best friend carry my daughter Poppy down the aisle, I was bursting with love and happiness and couldn't wait to get down the aisle to Calvin! It really was the best day of my life!
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYBRIDE VICKI
1. Go with your gut, it's always right.
2. Organise something the day after, we had a pool party and it was a great chance to catch up with people as the wedding day goes far too quickly! 3. Get a videographer, or have a friend film the ceremony at least. This is my biggest regret.
4. Take some time out to be with your husband alone during the day, even 10 minutes with a glass of bubbly.
5. Make sure your day is true to you and your style and is everything you want
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I would get a videographer. Friends recommended at the time we get one but to save money we decided against it however, this would be brilliant to have to watch over and over again!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We haven't managed to have one yet, as we don't want to leave our daughter just yet as she's only 9 months old! We are hoping to go somewhere for our anniversary and one day go to Bali which we had booked just before we found out we were pregnant so had to cancel!
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy, what parts were trickier?
Having a wedding planner definitely made it much easier, although I managed to convince my husband I needed to have three visits to Ibiza to do "wedding bits!!" I already knew my style was laid back bohemian which worked perfectly with the venue, so organising flowers and decor to go with this was easy. My talented bridesmaid Joy made some beautiful dream catchers which we hung from the trees, along with jam jars with tea lights. I was lucky enough that the venue was so beautiful all I needed was a pop of colour with the flowers and turquoise jars and then just lots of lighting.
What will you do with your dress now?
I still need to get it dry cleaned, as it's covered in sand, mint ice cream and sangria… The signs of brilliant time!! I would love to wear the slip again but the Rose gold belt will definitely be used!
What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
Obviously the traditional parts of the wedding day were amazing, sharing your special day with friends and family, seeing my beautiful bride in her amazing dress, having kind and wonderful words said about you are memories that will last a lifetime. But the most special parts for me were the intricate and personal parts of the day.
Using personalised music throughout the day meant so much to us, having friends join us who we thought couldn’t make it was an incredible surprise, seeing our loved ones enjoying the day we ‘d planned was an amazing feeling.
Sharing our day with our daughter was truly the best thing, having her there is something that will make me smile everyday forever. The whole wedding experience was something I found to be surprisingly enjoyable and stress free and was honestly the best day of my life and I have my wife to thank for that. Her love, vision and planning exhibited how much she knows herself, me and as a family.