PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAY BRIDE #25 (29/04/2016)

IT'S FRIDAY TIME AGAIN!

Today we have an amazing #FridayBride for you to enjoy, who totally rocked her look! Gina knew exactly what she wanted - something unique - so she came to the right place! No two brides are the same and we just love experimenting with our collection to find that perfect look for each and every one of you. We are always so excited to see what you have in mind!

We know it can be a bit overwhelming too though, and not everyone has a clear vision of their wedding look from the moment they get engaged. Don't worry, we have the perfect opportunity for you...why not come along to our next Flagship Open Day, where you will have the chance to browse the entire collection in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Once you've got a better idea of what you are looking for, we'll get you booked in for a private appointment where one of our in-house stylists will help you perfect your wedding style! Visit our website for details of our next Open Day, on 5th May 2016.

So, back to today's real-life wedding - Gina and Matt married last September in Fracasti, Italy in a late afternoon ceremony, followed by alfresco dining and dancing. Gina wore the breathtaking Isere dress - a silk crepe off-the-shoulder style draped in layer upon layer of ivory fringing. It's a dress just made for dancing! She accessorised with a striking headdress for a truly individual look.

Scroll down to see some of the highlights of their gorgeous Italian celebrations.

How would you describe the style of your wedding?
Romantic Italian wedding with a rustic feel.

How did he propose?
Matt proposed to me at Hazlewood Castle just outside Leeds. It was on our 5 year anniversary. He had already bought the ring, he had it specially made in Hatton Garden in London.

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
I know what suits me and I knew that I wanted a unique wedding dress. I also knew I wanted a Charlie Brear dress so the whole process of buying my dress was quite quick. I really enjoyed it and once I found my dress I couldn’t get it out of my head.

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Listen to other people’s opinions but chose the dress that YOU love.

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Excited - and happy that I didn’t have to try on any more dresses!

What shoes did you wear?
Jimmy Choo Lance heels in nude - something I could wear again.

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I was able to just wear a strapless bra and french knickers with my dress. I would recommend if you need to wear a bra (bigger chested ladies) also consider this when buying your dress. You don’t want to be uncomfortable on the day.

What traditions did you follow? 
We spent the night before the wedding separately - Matt stayed with the best man, Mike and my brother in law Luke. I stayed with my bridesmaids, my sister Elena and my cousin Emily. I borrowed my sisters garter, I wore a blue anklet, and I considered my dress as my something “new”. My mum made me a tiny bag with an old sixpence inside which I pinned to my bra as my something old.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Really nervous but very happy - my dress got an audible gasp when I walked into the room.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
My uncle swooping in at the last minute to catch the bouquet, leaving my single friends empty handed!

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We hired a yellow vintage Fiat 500 as our wedding car which was the star of the show (apart from my dress!!).

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Our photographer was organised by our wedding planner Wed-in-Rome. We also had a party back in the UK where the photos were taking byShahid Photography .

What great piece of advice / tips would you pass on to other brides who are planning their wedding (#weddinghacks)?
Remember the day is about you. Don’t spend too much time worrying about getting staged and group photos, just have lots of natural ones - they are the best!

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
We would have spent less time having photographs of just us and more natural ones taken of our guests. We didn’t get married until 5pm - if we could do it again I would make this earlier to make the day longer!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We waited a while to go so we had something to look forward to. We travelled around Thailand and Vietnam for 3 weeks.

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? 
I found it very easy - we hired a wedding planner from Wed-in-Rome which meant they pretty much organised everything for us. The hardest part of organising the wedding was deciding on the guest list as we wanted to keep it quite small… I have a huge family!

What will you do with your dress now?
I had it cleaned after the wedding so I could wear it for our UK party in October. It has now been cleaned again and put in a box in my wardrobe.

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
Definitely the reception - the location was fantastic, the food was amazing, drink was free flowing and everyone was dancing!