How did Beave propose?
Beave proposed to me in France. We were staying at a gorgeous Air B n B up in the hills in Roquebrune-sur-Argens. There had been an incredible sunset that evening and the moon was huge and high in the sky. We had just eaten dinner on the terrace and we were polishing off a bottle of wine when he proposed. He had been trying to propose for 3 days by the time he managed to do the deed. Apparently he had been waiting for the perfect time but had realised that that was never going to happen…our lives are far from perfect!! Beave didn’t have a ring ready for me, instead he presented me with some gorgeous diamond earrings that his Mum had kindly offered up. My friend, Jess Wright, is a jewellery designer/maker with Ever Ever so she took the earrings apart for me and created the most beautiful engagement ring. She made our wedding rings too!
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Obviously I had the best experience at Charlie Brear…and I’m not just saying that! I had been poorly with a 6 week bout of food poisoning when I was trying on dresses and I was covered in a non-contagious rash. Hannah at Charlie Brear was so understanding of the situation and didn't sling me out on the street! I had researched dresses for weeks online so I knew that I had a good chance of finding a dress that fitted the bill, and wow-wee I wasn’t wrong! There was a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing between two stand out dresses that went on in the week that followed but when I went back for a second 'try on' the decision was obvious. Hannah and all the girls at Charlie Brear were excellent at working through the decision making process with me. Between us we nailed it!
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Do your research online and be realistic about what you can see yourself wearing on what will be the most incredible day of your life. Keep your options open and don’t rule anything out without trying it on first…dresses can look very different on a hanger than on a human! The Livonia top & skirt was the most comfortable outfit I have ever worn and it felt right.
Take 5 with this week's #Friday Bride KATE
1 . Plan a day that makes you feel most comfortable.
2. There is no rule book on how to do a wedding so do it in your own way...even if that does means putting a kibosh on the sugared almonds!
3. Weddings aren’t just about the bride and groom BUT it is a day that is for you and your partner and the memories will be with you forever so create a day that suits YOU as a couple.
4. Do a realistic budget in advance and stick to it.
5. Get your priorities in order! If something is low on the list of priorities and/or is causing you stress question whether you actually need it. The likelihood is that you don’t. Your wedding day is about you and your partner standing up and saying I do….what else is there?