PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAY BRIDE #02

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Every Friday we kick off the weekend by featuring one of our fabulous brides, showcasing their wedding and, of course, their dress! This week we spoke to Janey; who married Tom on the 26th of September 2015 at  Christ Church Kensington. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Brunswick House in Vauxhall. The bride wore our Haliton dress.  Continue reading to see some beautiful photographs and find out all about Janey and Tom's big day! 

Describe the style of your wedding.  We had a city wedding in London with two very different halves: first a traditional church ceremony in a Kensington church that looks like it’s been plucked out of the Cotswolds, followed by a quirky reception at the formerly wrecked Georgian mansion Brunswick House, now crammed between Vauxhall roundabout and multiple high rises by the River Thames. So maybe the style could be described as eclectic London!

How did he propose?  Tom proposed on the beach at Watergate Bay in Cornwall on 6th December 2014, we love that part of the world and British beaches in winter are a particular favourite or ours. He had the engagement ring already; he’d designed this for me with the jewellers Ingle & Rhode, it’s beautiful.

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?  Some of the places I went to try on dresses, I didn’t like any of the styles, but still felt obliged to try on one or two – not a great experience. At Charlie Brear I was excited to try on lots of the dresses as they were all gorgeous and the best part of it was the space in which you try on the dresses, I wanted to live there, or at least model a future home in the same way with the high beams, draping long curtains, faux fur and chandeliers – amazing, I felt right at home there and with the super friendly CB girls.

What shoes did you wear?  I wore a pair of heels from Bionda Castana, their 'Alexa' Silver Calf Leather Geometric Panel Pump with the 75mm heel. I love them and was keen to buy a pair of shoes that weren’t too bridal so I could wear them again. 

Who did your hair and makeup? The lovely Helen Asher did my hair and make-up, I was lucky to find her through a recommendation as she doesn’t usually do weddings. Helen is a make up artist for predominantly editorial campaigns, so she absolutely knows what she’s doing. I trusted her completely, and was so happy with the end result. The trial we had was so much fun too, I was at her house for hours as we chatted away. 

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I bought a lot of different lingerie options to test them out and in the end went for some seamless Spanx, I wanted to feel like I had some support! M&S and Debenhams ended up being the best places to find lots of options to try and be prepared to buy bigger sizes than you usually would if you’re in a slinkier dress.

How did you feel walking down the aisle? Much of the day is a bit of a blur, but I do remember walking down the aisle. I’d had a little talk to myself outside the church as I’d been getting really nervous from about an hour before, so told myself to pull it together, smile, and just get on with it. That seemed to do the trick as I just looked at everyone smiling at me and smiled back, I felt a combination of happiness and excited anticipation by that point, my nerves had vanished.


Did your wedding have any quirky features? Our whole reception venue was quirky as it’s day job is an antique shop so everything you see is for sale, a few of our guests actually bought items on the night. An unplanned moment that was pretty unusual was after the church ceremony a couple of policewomen on police horses had come to see the bus and ‘see the bride’ so it inadvertently looked like we had a police escort as Tom and I left in our vintage Rolls Royce!

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Camilla and her husband Justin from Camilla Arnhold Photography were our brilliant photographers.

If you could do it all again, would you do any differently? Hire a wedding planner!?! Seriously, I probably would, I think they can be fairly reasonable and means you can still get on with your life. If I couldn’t do that, I’d delegate more! It was hard to know how to, but I’d find a way!


Where did you go for your honeymoon? We went to Indonesia; Bali followed by Lombok – it was heavenly.
 

What are your best memories of the day? We loved saying our vows, firstly because we both said them correctly and clearly having worried we’d stumble so it was a relief! And also because ultimately that’s what the day was about and it did feel momentous to be publicly declaring our commitment to each other. Everyone has talked so much about the flowers, we did love them, and they were absolutely stunning. They were from That Flower Shop run by Hattie, she is a genius. I’m a cake person (not so much Tom) so I have fond memories of sitting with school friends having a breather with some tea and cake at about 10pm! The cake was so delicious, a three-tier delight made by Bee from Bee’s Bakery.

Finally we both loved the band – The Jets – they were so good, it got very sweaty with so many of us dancing all night but you couldn’t leave the dance floor as every time they played another song, it was a classic, including an impromptu moment where I was asked to join the band to sing Teenage Dirtbag - I’m just glad there’s no video footage!