PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAY BRIDE #03

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Every Friday we celebrate the beginning of the weekend by featuring one of our amazing Real Life Brides. Showcasing their wedding and, of course, their dress! 

This week we spoke to Lauren Adams; who married Sean on the 26th of September 2015 at  Hackney Town Hall.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at London Fields Brewery. The bride wore our Payton dress and Isere skirt. 

Get an exclusive look at Lauren and Sean's big day below! 

Describe the style of your wedding. 
Laid-back vintage with an emphasis on music and lyrics.


How did your husband propose to you?
My grandparents had bought a beach hut in Thorpe Bay, Essex when I was little and Sean decided that because it held so many memories of the time I spent with my grandad there, it was the perfect setting. His mum and sister had decorated the inside of the beach hut with fairy lights and candles and there was a beautiful sunset. He had found the perfect style of ring and he got it made at Robert Glenn in Hatton Garden. 

 

What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Be open minded. Having an idea of what you want and don't want is fine but this is the time to try on the most important item of clothing you will buy. Come out of your comfort zone. You may find the one most unexpectedly.

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress? Thrilled and relieved. It was good to know that it was a big task ticked off the list in the early stages of planning.

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides? The dress I wore did require some assistance and was not suitable for a normal bra. Mandi at Charlie Brear recommended Magic Lift-It’swhich are self-adhesive silicone cups. They look a little bizarre and I would recommend not removing them in front of your husband, but they stayed on all day and gave a natural look.

 
Who did your hair & make-up? I decided to stick with my hairdressers at Gregory Dean in Leigh-on-Sea. They have excellent experience working on fashion, editorial and bridal hair, so it made sense to go with a team who I see on a regular basis. Keeley who came up on the morning to do my hair and my two bridesmaids and mum was excellent and I couldn't have been happier.  My headpiece was from Jannie Baltzer who is based in Copenhagen. My makeup artist was Gemma Aldous. She was a calming presence on the morning of the wedding and I am so pleased with the look she created.

What was the funniest moment of the day? During his speech my dad spoke about the day he and my mum got married and my grandad's Father of the Bride speech. My grandad had joked that he was concerned with the amount of time my mum spent in the bathroom and gave my dad a gift. My dad decided to pass this ‘heirloom’ down to Sean.
The ‘heirloom’ to my horror and amusement when I realised what it was…..a ceramic bedpan. My dad assured me it had never been used.

Did your wedding have any quirky features? A lot of the details for the wedding were homemade. My mum made the men’s pocket squares from Liberty’s Queue for the Zoo print. Picking up on the animals we decided to collect plastic animal figurines and spray paint them silver as decorations for the tables. I set myself a bit of a task for our guest’s place settings. Each guest had a different lyric, either of a song that reminded us of them or their favourite artist/band. It was tricky, but everyone said how touched they were by the detail.
 
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Harriet from Weddings Vintage. She is amazing. 

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
I am quite organised so found that the general process was easy. You have to remember the purpose of the day and not compare yourself to other couples. If you are true to the elements and quirks that make you a couple, you will be fine and the process will be easy. It can be tricky as opinions fly around and sometimes saying no can be awkward. At times the details of the day overwhelmed me, when it came to the seating plan I did feel the need to breathe into a paper bag. However, it all came together in the end.

What's your best piece of advice (#weddinghacks)? Have a checklist and try to tick off the big elements of your day as early as possible. Avoid leaving booking things like entertainment until the last minute. We booked our band 10 months in advance. 
Communicate with your partner. If you are feeling overwhelmed tell them. It will avoid the screaming banshee bridezilla look. Delegate!!!

If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think there is anything I would change.