PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S #FRIDAYBRIDE
These two glowing love birds, Helena & Ky, filled their rustic summer Wedding in the wilderness with laughter. Warmth radiated through this gorgeous couple as they were married beneath a 16th century thatched barn in Tey, Colchester. To suit their relaxed surroundings of wild flowers, open fields and hay bales at their venue, The Barn Brasserie; the pair featured lace and natural tones to create a comfortable and informal vibe. Guests were indulged with decadent summertime goodies such as classic Pimms and oreo flavoured popcorn in the beaming sunshine.
Draped in our delicate Voulaire lace Overdress, Helena created an effortlessly romantic look. Layered on top of our stunning Ventoux dress and finished with our classic ivory silk sash, these feminine, boho vibes sweetly complimented the soft colour palette and natural floral arrangements Helena chose for her wedding day.
Catch a glimpse of Helena & Ky's beautifully intimate moments as they strolled through fields, candidly snapped by Craig George, below.
How did Ky propose? It was nearly 6 years ago (whoops) beneath what was Love Lock Bridge at that time. No one was around and it was blissfully quiet for Paris. Kynan then asked me to take a photo of some buildings in the distance on our polaroid camera. When I turned around to show him the printed polaroid, he was down on one knee. Kynan had kept the ring inside his jacket pocket all day. He carried the ring with him all through the holiday and was waiting until he found the right spot to propose. I thought he kept checking for his wallet! Clearly I was mistaken.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses? I found comfort in knowing that what I thought I wanted was indeed what I wanted. I ended up with a dress that was exactly what I thought it would be..
How did you feel after you had ordered your bridal look? Relieved! It was nice to know that what I wanted worked for my body type.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress? Trust your gut. Try on styles you never would to make sure and because it's fun! Take your time and don't worry about any one else apart from yourself. You have to wear the dress. Also its fun to play with accessories, veils, flower crowns, belts etc.
What shoes did you wear? I did have a pair of nude barely there heels for the day. However after recent surgery on my leg I was restricted to flats. I surrendered and went with rubber flip flops in the end and thank goodness I did! I never would have made it through the fields and farms in my 4 inch suede heels!
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie for your dress & what would you recommend for other brides-to-be? My dress was backless so I did struggle with my bra. In the end I went for the M&S multiway bra.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them? I had 2 good friends do mine, the bridesmaids' and my mum's hair. Myself and another bridesmaid are aspiring make-up artists so we decided to do all the make up ourselves.
What traditions did you follow? Something old and something blue was my sapphire vintage engagement ring. Something new was my dress. Something borrowed was the VW Beetle. We also stayed apart the night before and didn't see each other until the ceremony - this made walking up the aisle very special.
How did you feel walking down the aisle? Ready. I didn't experience nerves at any point. Not once.
What was the funniest moment of the day? There's an ugly selfie tradition between my bridesmaids and I. Whoever can pull the ugliest, most unattractive face in a photo wins. These photos are strictly forbidden and will never be seen by anyone other than the bridesmaids.
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK'S #FRIDAYBRIDE HELENA
1. Go with your gut.
2. Be realistic with your budget.
3. Don't become too obsessed with Pinterest or wedding blogs. There is no such thing as perfection!
4. Take time to be alone with your new husband after you are married.
5. Enjoy the day, the preparation, the honeymoon and the celebrations that come after. Drag it out for as long as you can.
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features? We had the guests sit around our tables dressed with wild flowers for the service. We wanted it to be very comfortable and informal. I would have been married in my front room if I could have. We had an oreo, white chocolate and fudge brownie wedding cake. This went well with the oreo and white chocolate popcorn jars we had as favours.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? I knew exactly what I didn't want which helped. I also knew I wanted a wedding in the countryside, with lace, natural colours and wild flowers. I struggled with the details not being perfect. I became addicted to Pinterest which can be dangerous and unrealistic.
What are you and your husband's best memories of the day? The laughing and smiles in all the photos were completely real and natural. Craig (our photographer) caught these candid moments perfectly. We had the best time taking the time to be alone together and laughing together as we always do, it felt so special as we had just been married.