PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAYBRIDE #37

START DREAMING ABOUT THE WEEKEND!

Fill today's daydreams with Sarah & Andy's wedding in the stunning Amalfi Coast! Talk about picturesque! This adorable couple said their 'I dos' in the summer of 2016. Rustic, warm and charming, with an incredible coastal backdrop, Sarah & Andy kept true to their unbelievable surroundings and opted for a destination wedding that would give their family and friends an experience to remember.

Wearing a dress just as gorgeous as their venue, Sarah looked ultra chic in our beautiful Laurel gown. The drop-waist and striking open back feature suited Sarah's boho style and fitted perfectly with their relaxed wedding.

Follow this couple's summer romance by reading on...

How did Andy propose?
My husband and I lived in London for 8 years and we both still think of it as home despite having moved away a few years ago. It had been my birthday and Andy was taking me away for the weekend. We ended up at Blake's Hotel in Chelsea. Andy had taken over the roof balcony with lanterns, candles and flowers, not to mention a few bottles of bubbles! He proposed on the roof top with a beautiful diamond which we then had designed into a stunning Art Deco style ring that I utterly adore - the boy did very well!

Where did you purchase your dress & why?
I had found a Charlie Brear dress at Cicily Bridal (a stockist in Ashby de la Zouch). It wasn't THE dress but I loved the relaxed and less formal styles so I booked an appointment at Charlie Brear's London showroom. There were SO many utterly beautiful dresses there, I could have ordered any one of them, but I fell head over heels in love with the Laurel dress. It was absolutely perfect for the Italian surroundings and a great balance of bridal and style - just what I was looking for!

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
There were so many different styles to lure me in! Hollie, the lady that helped me, also showed me oodles of veils to really bring the look to life.

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
There are so many dresses and so many styles so forget about the price and just find something that reflects who you are and the wedding you want or have always dreamed of. Take your time - the perfect one is there waiting for you. Also, take people you know will give you their honest opinion! I had to FaceTime one of my bridesmaids in from Scotland as I knew she was the only one that would be completely honest with me rather than letting me fall in love with something that wasn't quite right. Oh, and drink lots of Prosecco - it's one of the most fun parts of the whole adventure!

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
I felt incredible after ordering my dress! I knew the second I tried it on that it was the right one for me. It was when I went to pick it up one year later that I felt a teeny bit nervous but the second I tried MY dress, I knew I'd made the right decision. It looked even better than I remembered (and it felt silky soft!).

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I didn't have any problems finding underwear. I went straight toCalvin Klein to find flesh coloured, seam free underwear. I barely knew I had any underwear on!

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Incredible! There was no better feeling than walking down the aisle with the man I love most in all the world and seeing the view ahead of us made the whole moment absolutely perfect.

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
The wedding was different to most. We didn't want a static wedding and wanted to keep our guests wondering what was next. I had arranged for a guitar and mandolin playing duo to meet the bridesmaids and I at our villa and walk us into Ravello main square where we met Andy and our guests for the first time. It was so lovely to have music guide us in - it got us really excited and gave the guests something to enjoy. We had a drink in the square and then, as an entire wedding party, processed up the back lanes to our venue. (We'd pre-warned our guests that Louboutins may not be ideal for the undulating, cobbled paths!).

Andy and I walked down the aisle together to 'Klangkarussell Sonnetanz' ('Sun don't shine'), which our incredible friend (and husband to one of my bridesmaids) Craig Parker, had recorded for us - with his wedding band - Franco. It was perfect!

We enjoyed a traditional 5-course meal under fairy lights to the sound of a baby grand piano and performed our first dance at midnight. The wedding then proceeded to get very messy until the early hours of  Sunday morning!

What was the funniest moment of the day?
The funniest moment of the day was when we surprised our guests with our first dance. Andy and I aren't the dancing type and had really worried about the traditional foot shuffle; so decided we'd learn a tango to 'P'or Una Corbeza' - a piece of music used in our favourite film, 'Scent of a Woman'. The guests had absolutely no idea we'd learnt a dance and their faces were a picture when we launched into some of the more dramatic tango moves. Genuinely the most nerve wracking and exhilarating moment of our lives for sure!

 

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

Sarah's #WEDDINGHACKS

1. Be true to who you are. This is your day, not your parents' (we all know they get very excited!) so plan it exactly the way you want it!

2. Take your time finding your dress. Visit all the shops and designers you like until you find the one that is perfect for you.

3.Try to keep details from your guests where you can; it's lovely seeing their reactions when you throw in some surprises!

4.Take plenty of moments for you and your husband-to-be to really enjoy the planning. You'll get told this a lot but the time does go incredibly quickly so make the most of the cake tasting, suit shopping and make lots of opportunities for celebrating. Prosecco definitely should become part of the staple diet at this time in life!

5. Don't stress - it'll all turn out perfectly on the day!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We went to Vietnam for two weeks and had the most incredible adventures touring (eating and drinking) the length of the country!

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? 
Getting married abroad meant we had a wedding planner that took a lot of the stresses away for us. Wagner Tours thought of everything to make the day go as smoothly as possible. A couple of times things got lost in translation but they were worth every penny - we couldn't have done it without them

 

What will you do with your dress now?
My gorgeous gown has been dry cleaned and is now wrapped in tissue paper in my beautiful Charlie Brear travel box. I have plans with a few of my girlfriends for a wedding night meaning we're all going to don our dresses in the comfort of our living rooms and consume bubbles!

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
We have so, so many amazing memories but being surrounded with our most favourite people in the world in a stunning setting, wearing a beautiful dress is the best feeling in the world!

 

Suppliers

Dress Laurel by Charlie Brear

Shoes Valentino Rockstuds

Accessories Hermione Harbutt headdress and Charlie Brear veil

Ceremony and Reception Venue Villa Eva, Ravello, Italy

Photographer/Videographer Enrico Capuano

Bridesmaids' dresses Needle and Thread


Music Franco and various others

Caterer/Cake Supplier Villa Maria

Hair Gerardo Total Hair Design, Ravello

Make-up Me (with help from Charlotte Tilbury and Mac)

Underwear Calvin Klein


Wedding Planner Wagner Tours