Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE EMILY

Friday Bride

Our Australian Friday Bride, Emily, was grinning ear to ear on her special day!

Easy, breezy Emily and her dashing groom, Steven, created an entire DIY wedding, fitted with hanging gems, and an emphasis on lots of fun and dancing for all guests! Emily's enthusiasm for her Charlie Brear dress had our team beaming as we read all about her dance-friendly, pocket-handy Arlette dress. Emily's PSA for all brides: Buy a dress with pockets! 

Emily & Steven's nuptials were captured by Kat & Scout from It's Beautiful Here .

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Please describe the style of your wedding

The thing we really wanted to achieve was a relaxed, fun wedding that was full of dancing. The venue, the Substation, was the right mix of industrial and modern, without being too formal or stuffy, and the large open space of the main room really worked with this idea. I designed the layout, furniture and decorations... undertaking some serious DIY projects (with the help of Steven and my wonderful friends) to realise the crazy idea of having suspended hanging gems within the space. It was a lot of work, but they really made the space seem so magical!

When and where did your partner propose to you?

Steven had no intention of getting engaged when we specifically did. (Especially as, if he had, he thought it would be super tacky - a weekend away to Sydney, seeing a ballet at the opera house, having drinks in a nice bar, getting engaged. No, too lame!). We had discussed marriage and stuff, and it was definitely on the table. We were discussing the concept over the weekend in Sydney, and Steven thought that I was getting a bit annoyed that he wasn’t asking me (I was). So after we got home for the night I asked him why he wasn’t asking me. And then he said, “So, do you want to get married?”. My reaction was to say, “Seriously? Yes…. yes yes yes”. I then asked “So, are you going to get down on one knee?” and he replied, “Not a chance”.

Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?

In searching for my dress I had two requirements, I had to be able to dance, and go to the bathroom without assistance. When I saw the Arlette dress on the Charlie Brear website, I felt a little jump in my heart. It looked exactly my style, and nothing like any other wedding dress I had seen. It also seemed to suit my requirements, as a simple, tea length dress would be easy to handle on the day. Plus, it had the one thing that every girl dreams about… pockets!

How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)

Even though I was sure that I loved the Arlette dress, I did feel a pressure to have a stereotypical wedding dress with a large train and veil. I tried on many different styles from different places, but ultimately when I tried on the Arlette dress for a second time there was no competition. I'm so happy that I decided to wear a dress that I loved and felt like me, rather than what I felt like I 'should' be wearing.


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What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?

Don't be pressured into a style that you are not comfortable with just because it is in fashion or a classic bride look. You want to feel like yourself on the wedding day and wear a dress that you love... rather than be uncomfortable in what you thought would be the 'right' choice. Plus, choose pockets. Always!

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

Impatient for the wedding day to arrive! I was so ready to wear that beautiful dress again.

What shoes did you wear?

As my dress was not floor length I really wanted to choose beautiful shoes that played up the youthful, fun side of the dress. I had two pairs of shoes, one for the ceremony and one for dancing! My ceremony heels were by Kate Spade with sparkly wedges and a rose on the toe (in a fabric that perfectly matched the skirt of my dress... meant to be!). My sparkly dancing sneakers were by Keds for Kate Spade. Dancing shoes were a fantastic idea, something I would recommend for every bride!

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?

It was a little difficult to find the lingerie, as I needed a strapless bra with a low back. A simple strapless bodice turned out to be the best solution. My advice would be, go for comfort not for frills... you want to be confident and comfortable in your dress!

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Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

My longstanding hairdresser Leanne from Hair by Lelo did my hair, which was fantastic because every hair cut leading up to the day was like a mini bridal hair trial. There was no stress on the day because we both knew exactly how my hair should be, and it looked exactly how I wanted it to. Leanne recommended Brittany from Britty Rose Beauty to do my make-up, and she did a beautiful job. I felt completely natural on the day, not at all weighed down by heavy make-up.

Where and when did you get married?

Our wedding was on 19th February 2017 at the Substation in Newport, Melbourne, Australia

How did you feel walking down the aisle?

Following Jewish tradition, Steven walked down the aisle with his parents, and I walked down the aisle with mine. As we walked down the aisle people clapped and cheered, which made the moment seem fun and joyous.. exactly what we were hoping for! It was such a lovely start to the ceremony, to feel the support of our friends and family as we were married under a chuppah made by my parents, surrounded by our friends and family.


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What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)

I wore the same headpiece that my mum wore on her wedding day. The geometry of it worked so well with the back of my Arlette dress, it almost looked like they were made for each other! I remember growing up seeing it in my parent’s wedding photos, and thinking how beautiful my mum looked (she has always been so stylish, and didn’t have the typical 80’s bridal outfit!) and it was extremely special to wear it on the day. I also kept a handkerchief in my pocket that my mum had on her wedding day… luckily I didn’t cry so didn’t need to use it, but it was definitely a comfort to have it with me!

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?

The most notable thing was the gems hanging from the roof. We got together with friends, over a few afternoons, and following instructions Steven conveniently found in the Triple R magazine (shout out to Beci Orpin, whose design it is!) we cranked out 19 gems, made from cardboard boxes and fringed crepe and gold paper. It was a lot of work, but they really made the space seem so magical.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

A couple of moments stand out from the day...
During the rehearsal Steven didn’t know what hand his ring went on. On the day, I assumed that he got it wrong again.. But turns out I was wrong, and we spent a little while in confusion about where the ring goes.

Our friend’s rendition of ‘wrecking ball’ by Miley Cyrus, where she leapt into her partner's arms and swung back and forth like a wrecking ball.

My face (and Steven's too, to be honest) as we was about to be lifted up on the chair during the Jewish dancing. A pure scream as I'm holding on for dear life (no one was harmed!). I’m glad the moment was well documented!

Who took your wedding pictures?

The incredible Kat and Scout from It's Beautiful Here . We couldn't have been happier with the photos, and they were both so lovely on the day.

If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?

Nothing at all. It wasn't a perfect day, but it was the perfect wedding for us and we both had so much fun.


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What will you do with your dress now?

I've kept the dress in a box with my mum's headpiece. I'd like to keep it, just in case someone wants to wear them one day in the future :)

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?

Emily: One of my favourite moments was meeting Steven before the ceremony. I was just going to tell him to come into the room where we were getting ready, but Kat and Scout from It’s Beautiful Here convinced me to meet him alone in another room. Such a good idea! I was pretty (very) nervous before that point, but the minute I saw Steven I was immediately relaxed. It was so lovely to just chat and hang out alone (albeit with two photographers, but I didn’t really notice them as I was so happy to see Steven!) before the ceremony.

Steven: It’s so hard to choose! It was a really great day, filled with so many fun moments. Everything went really well so it’s tough to single one thing out. Was it our celebrant Kim’s lovely, heartfelt, personal, but not at all sappy ceremony? Was it seeing friends and family who had come from near and far to celebrate the day with us? Surviving being carried high in the air on chairs? The speeches, all of which were funny, sweet, and very true to the people who made them?  Being surrounded by the people you love, everyone having a great time and all there to be with you is a really great feeling, and I’m very grateful we could have that.



1. No one will see the options you didn’t go with, so try not to worry about small choices too much.

2. Get your friends to help out with DIY stuff - they’re eager and willing, and it means they all get to be a bigger part of the special day.

3. Choose things that you like, and that feel like your style, not just things that are in or that you feel like you should do. It’ll make it feel a lot more personal, and people will love how representative it is of you, even if it isn’t their taste.

4. Choose a dress that you love, and that reflects your personality and style.

5. Have as much dancing as possible!


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Reception & Ceremony Venue|  The Substation

Photographer |  It's Beautiful Here 

Shoes & Accessories |Ceremony Shoes are Kate Spade, Dancing Shoes are Keds for Kate Spade. Earrings from 'A quirk of fate' in Melbourne, Aus

Bridesmaids' dresses | Gorman, Bec and Bridge, Empire Room Bridal and tailor made in vietnam.

Rings | Both my rings are by Melanie Katsalidis, Steven's ring by Natalia Milosz-Piekarksa and both purchase from Pieces of Eight Gallery 

Florist | Flawless Flowers 

Entertainment | DJ - Kieran O’Sullivan (Instagram @thatssokieran)

Caterer| Kinfolk  Donkey Wheel House Events 

Cake Supplier| Mad About Cakes

Hair | Hair by Lelo (instagram @hairbylelo)

Make-up | Britty Rose Beauty (instagram @brittyrosebeauty)