Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Jo

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This week, the Friday Bride team brings you to Chilston Park, Lenham, for a very special winter wedding. After an intimate and emotional proposal in Italy, Jo & Henry started their new chapter with a gorgeous ceremony in the beautiful English countryside.

Stunning Jo wore our iconic Torum dress, styled with our beaded lace Catroux sleeves. In a nod to the 1940s the bride styled her hair with a soft wave, a pair of vintage earrings, pearls and an emerald green faux fur scarf.

Jo & Henry’s wedding pictures were captured by Benjamin Thomas Wheeler.

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When and where did your partner propose to you?
Henry proposed on June 2016 when we were on the Lake Garda in Italy.

Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?
Charlie Brear, Torum. As soon as I put it on on I knew it was the one. I felt so comfortable and myself wearing it. Also it is beautifully classic.

How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress?
The experience was relaxed and enjoyable, and so easy!

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What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Try on everything, don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when selecting dresses to try on, you never know what might be right until you try it on. Make sure you feel comfortable, you have to be in the dress all day and you want it to look amazing, make you feel wonderful and relaxed.

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

What shoes did you wear?
Benjamin Adams, Felicity and I can't wait to have them dyed to wear them again!

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Hair - Liz Bower, Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair. Liz was a recommendation from my makeup artist, she was amazing. Make up - Ellie Gill, Ellie Gill Natural beauty and Well being. A friend from school but also an incredible makeup artist. Using all natural products.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Emotional. The moment I saw my family and friends was the greatest feeling to date.

What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)
Something old, my late grandmothers broach. Something blue, a beautiful bracelet from Tiffany's from my Maid of Honour.

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
Our wedding cake was Krispy Kremes!

What was the funniest moment of the day?
When my husband got my name wrong during our ceremony, a classic 'Friends' moment. He said my middle name before my first name, everyone was in stitches.

Who took your wedding pictures?
Benjamin Thomas Wheeler

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Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?
Yes we only had a few months, started planning in August and we were married by January. We loved that we only had a short time and kept the momentum going right through to the wedding day without getting stressed. The guest list is the trickiest part, everything else we found easy.


1. Find a dress you are going to feel yourself in, don't try and be someone else on this special day.

2. Again with your hair and makeup, don't try and look like someone else, enhance your natural beauty don't mask it!

3.Spend as little as possible on items like invites, wedding favours and cakes. Know one will remember these items, save your money for the important things.

4. Do you research to find a really good photographer (don't be afraid to spend your good part of your budget) that you know will capture the style of the day. The photographs will be the one thing you will takeaway and have forever, you want them to be perfect.

5. Think about the locations and timeline of the day, if you are having two locations make sure they are close together or even arrange transport from one to the other, nothing worse than lost guests halfway through the day. You don't want you wedding day to lose momentum, keep your guests comfortable and busy and try and be with them as much as possible, they have come to see you after all! Nothing worse than the wedding couple going off for hours to have pictures taken, a good photographer will capture the greatest pictures in minutes not hours!


What will you do with your dress now?
Too early to tell....but I considered having it dyed to wear as an evening gown.

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
It is very hard to pick a favourite but seeing each other for the first time at the altar has to be one of our favourites. We really enjoyed the evening where we had a chance to talk to everyone, however it really is hard to get round to everyone!

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Ceremony Venue - Chilston Park, Lenham

Reception Venue - Chilston Park, Lenham

Photographer/Videographer - Benjamin Thomas Wheeler

Shoes & Accessories - Benjamin Adams, Jigsaw, My Fayre Favourite

Bridesmaids' dresses - Coast

Rings - Collins & Sons Tunbridge Wells

Florist - Astilbe & Sorrel

Entertainment - Hot Detroit

Caterer - Chilston Park

Cake Supplier - Krispy Kreme

Hair - Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair

Make-up - Ellie Gill

Transportation - None, whole day in one location.