PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAY BRIDE #31 

TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST!

Married in mid April, Fiona & Darren kept it classic by holding their ceremony in the grand, All Saint's Church. After falling head-over-heels for this incredible 15th century venue, the pair said their vows beneath the streaming sunlight that oozed through the ornate stained glass windows that head the church.

Twisting with the traditional taste of the ceremony, the happy couple partied the night away in a relaxed barn style room atHornington Manor, that suited both of Fiona's glimmering looks. While wearing our Paytondress - Fiona created her perfect outfit with help from The White Closet by layering it with our Fayette overdress & adding an individual beaded sash for the ceremony. She slipped into something more comfortable for the reception by changing the overdress for our one-of-a-kind lace top! It's amazing how flexible our collection can be so why not take a look & see how uniquely we work to create a look that suits just you! 

  Take a peek at Fiona & Darren's charming wedding!

How did Darren propose?
 Darren proposed to me whilst on holiday in the Isle Skye on a cliff near our cottage. It was also looking out towards a mountain in mainland Scotland that happened to be called Sgur Fiona (a mountain he’d planned to propose on the the day before but failed due to awful weather). He had the ring ready, it was a beautiful classic vintage style ring made in London.

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
I knew I was never going to be someone who spent ages searching for “the dress”. I wanted to feel like me and be comfortable and able to dance. I discovered Charlie Brear at The White Closet in Didsbury, and it was exactly the sort of thing I wanted. The layering idea allowed me to have two styles. One for the day (Payton dress & Fayette overdress) and a more comfortable evening style dress (Payton worn with lace V front & back top) for dancing later.           

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Don’t put too much emphasis on it, make sure you stay true to yourself and individual style. With lots of my very close friends also getting married at the same time I didn’t want to get obsessed with it all and potentially drive my fiancé mad!

What shoes did you wear?
 I bought some comfortable in-expensive shoes from Debenhams which I wore for the main part of the day. Being a shoe lover, I couldn’t resist splashing out on some gorgeous Karen Millen heels that I changed in to later. I knew that no one would see them in the day but when my dress was tied up later up for dancing I wanted a more glamourous shoe.

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Excited, a little nervous that I had made a very quick decision but pleased it was sorted.
 
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides? The style of my dress meant I had to wear some no-vpl knickers. I also had cups sewn in to the Payton dress so no bra was needed.

TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK'S #FRIDAY BRIDE FIONA!

1. Don't spend too much time worrying about the finer details - the day will manage to come together!

2. Great music is key to ensuring your guests are in the partying mood & are up for a good time!

3. Surround yourself with great, supportive company.  Invite guests who are excited to share in your celebration of love.

4. When choosing a dress stay true to your style & don't feel the need to put too much pressure on it.

5. Wear comfortable shoes!

What Traditions did you follow?
I wore my Grandma's vintage 1930’s veil which went perfectly with the style of the dress. Darren bought me some new pearl earrings and I borrowed my best friend's blue garter. We saw each other the night before but slept separately and didn’t see each other the morning of the wedding.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I had been so nervous about the ceremony; being centre of attention is very daunting. Once I was there all nerves went away. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Having all our loved ones together for such a special moment is completely amazing.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
I'd say the speeches, but there was also some pretty hilarious dancing going on.

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?                                                                                         Wedding pictures were taken by the very talented Olpa Photography. I had two for the price of one - Agnes & Anita are both amazingly talented and passionate. Darren and I are not the most comfortable in front of the camera and wanted a relaxed reportage style. Anita and Agnes were so lovely easy to have around. The pictures speak for themselves.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We spent a few nights glamping in a Yurt at Uppergate Farm in Yorkshire, followed by two weeks in Costa Rica. It was completely amazing.

What will you do with your dress now?
I am going to sell it, it’s too beautiful to sit in a bag in my wardrobe.

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I don’t think I’d change anything, it just went so quickly, I’d maybe try and take more time to just take it all in.

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
 The ceremony, it was amazingly powerful and beautiful. Walking in to the wedding reception room with all our friends there - cheering- is a great memory. Another favourite memory of ours is the speeches, they had everyone laughing and crying!

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Dress - Charlie Brear, from The White Closet
Ceremony Venue - All Saint's Church, Bolton Percy
Reception Venue - Barn room at Hornington Manor
Photographer - Agnes & Anita from Olpa Photography
Shoes - Debenhams / Karen Milllen
Hair - Sarah from Reflections Hair Design