Summer Loving

Fall head over heels this Friday with Jessica & Byron! This lovely pair held their classic ceremony at Kimmeridge Church, Dorset, followed by a relaxed outdoor celebration at Smedmore House. Guests were treated to rounds of croquet and lunch on the lawn, bringing summery vibes to this couple's day. Creating an unforgettable setting, enriched with tradition and charm, these romantic newlyweds gleamed with love, truly showing us what it's all about!

Wearing our Harwood dress, Jessica built her own original combination by layering our soft Voulaire lace overdress on top. She finished off her look with our blush silk sash and delicate white flowers in her hair. Jessica looked stunning in such a feminine look!

We hope you enjoy scrolling through Jessica & Bryon's wedding day, snapped by the incredible Imogen Xiana! 

How did Byron propose?

He proposed to me in Paris and it was a complete surprise! He recruited a colleague of mine who was in on the plan and lured me to a gorgeous hotel where he popped the question surrounded by roses and balloons. It was very romantic! And yes, he already had the ring from 77 Diamonds.

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?

I loved that you could essentially build your own dress. I took a beautiful plain dress then added a layer of lace, capped sleeves and a blush sash. It felt completely unique.

Where did you purchase your dress?

I purchased it from the Charlie Brear flagship. I’d been to a few other wedding shops and had stressful experiences so was on the verge of cancelling my appointment and having a bespoke dress made, but the studio was just round the corner from my office (I work at Dressr on Hanson Street), so I decided to pop in. I’m so glad I did. The atmosphere was completely different to any other shop I’d experienced -- it was so relaxed and welcoming and truly pretty. And of course, the dresses are gorgeous!

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

I was so giddy! The champagne may have helped a little, but I was honestly on Cloud 9. I went back to the office and my colleagues couldn’t believe how happy I looked! That was a very good sign that I’d found ‘The One’.

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?

You need to be open to different options. I had my heart set on a big poofy gown but when I tried one on, I looked totally daft! It just wouldn’t have matched the vibe of the wedding. I’m so pleased I found the dress I did, which was much softer and more flattering to my figure.

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, and what would you recommend anything for future brides? 

Yes I did struggle because the dress had a very deep V neckline at the front and back. I chose a stick-on bra which I ended up taking off as soon as we’d left the church because it was so uncomfortable. I recommend wearing your chosen lingerie for at least a day beforehand so you get used to the feel of it and work out any annoyances.

What shoes did you wear?

I wore sparkling champagne-coloured heels by Jimmy Choo.


How did you feel walking down the aisle?

It was like a dream sequence. It happened so quickly, I couldn’t really take it in. I just focused on Byron at the end of the aisle and tried to stop my bouquet shaking from the nerves!

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

Alice Theobold is a brilliant hair and makeup artist who I met on a shoot for The Telegraph. Not only did I love the beauty look she created but I was so impressed by how calm she stayed throughout the day -- she’s such a cheerful, friendly lady. Alice does hair and makeup for a lot of celebrities, TV shows and magazine shoots so she understood the importance of creating a beauty look that would last.


What was the funniest moment of the day?

Our wedding car was a Fiat 500, which broke down just outside the church so the best men had to give us a push start to get us on our way!

Did you follow any Traditions?


We slept separately the night before which made it all the more exciting when I did see Byron in church. I also caught a little glimpse of him from my window on that morning which was a very sweet moment.


Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAY BRIDE


1. Don’t get too carried away with Pinterest! It’s fun to play around with inspiration but don’t get too carried away with the tiny details -- ultimately no one really notices!

2. Take a moment during the day to take a step back and soak in the scene. You feel you need to be right in the thick of it every second but some of my most favourite memories are when I took a moment to stand back and think, ‘this is actually real’.

3. Spend a good amount of time trying out your dress because posing in a mirror for five minutes is very different from swooshing about in it all day. Ask a friend to take photos from all angles so you can see what it looks like when you’re sitting down or from behind.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Most things can be fixed and if not, it makes for a good story in hindsight. You can plan as much as you like but ultimately, it’s all about the abundance of love that your friends and family bring on the day. That happiness is the best feeling ever.

5. Be open to different dress options. I had my heart set on a big poofy gown but when I
tried one on, I looked totally daft! And it just wouldn’t have matched the vibe of the wedding. I’m so pleased I found the dress I did!

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?

Imogen Xiana -- she uses film to photograph beautiful weddings and comes from Dorset herself so I knew she’d be perfect at capturing the soft romantic colours and the natural beauty of the area.



Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? 

I did it step by step so it was manageable and I had the best bridesmaids around me to help out whenever they could. I loved getting treats together for the bridesmaids and sweet, fun touches like that. It was tricky working out the technical logistics because I don’t have a clue!


What will you do with your dress now?

I’ll give it a good clean for starters! Then hang it somewhere safe in our bedroom.

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?

Honestly nothing!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We drove from the UK to France and onto Spain.

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?

Byron’s speech was my favourite moment. And it’s probably his too!


Dress Harwood and Voulaire overdress by Charlie Brear

Ceremony Venue Kimmeridge Church, Dorset

Reception Venue Smedmore House

Photographer Imogen Xiana

Music One Hit Wonders

Rings 77 Diamonds   

Hair & Make-up Alice Theobold

Shoes Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids Dresses Zara

Florist Nomad Florist

Caterer Crabapple Catering

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