Presenting this week’s #FridayBride

Keeping it Traditional!

Traditions guarantee that you can do no wrong! When Anstice & Tim came to planning their dream day, they aimed to keep true to British tradition. By marrying at a historic venue which was incredibly sentimental to her family, Anstice & Tim brought real romance to their intimate ceremony. Rustic in style, this couple gave their garden party reception such character with a Pavlova tower, long wooden tables and ivory lanterns, which warmed the minimalistic space.

Anstice looked stunning wearing our sleek Torum dress at her countryside wedding. Layered with our soft Latil skirt, she created a gorgeous second look for dancing in the evening. You’ll simply melt glancing through Anstice & Tim’s timeless photographs, caught effortlessly by Jamie Ferguson, below.

Please can you describe the style of your wedding for us? It was as traditional as you get! A rustic English country wedding in my parents garden. 

Where and when did you get married? We got married in the Cotswolds, in a tiny village church which was a 1 minute walk through a beautiful secret gate to my parents’ house and garden. My grandparents, parents and sisters were all married there so it was a no brainer! 

When and where did Tim propose to you? Did he have a ring ready? My husband proposed to me in a little low key restaurant in Soho after an exhibition launch at my gallery. The actual proposal was completely spontaneous. He had collected the ring that day and got so nervous and excited that he wanted to do it immediately! The ring was a delicate vintage solitaire, I love it! 

Where did you purchase your dress & why? Charlie Brear's London Flagship studio. Charlie Brear's dresses were the first dresses I felt truly myself in. I was so happy to find something which was both classic & contemporary and I loved how boldly understated it felt. I also loved how it gave me the option of having two different looks for my day! 

What was your best experience when trying on dresses? Definitely at Charlie Brear. It was so fun trying all the different combinations and putting something together that felt true to my style. I went with my best friend and then again with my sister. 

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress? Definitely try lots of different styles on to start with to get a better idea of what you like - you might be taken by surprise! Listen to the stylists because they are more used to seeing women in white dresses and will have honest and helpful advice about what suits your figure. Ultimately, choose something that makes you happy, makes you feel amazing & makes you feel yourself. Don't let friends & family dictate what they think you should choose!  

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress? Relieved and excited. It was the only dress I'd had a dream about so I knew it had to be the one for me! 

What shoes did you wear? I spent quite a while looking for my shoes because I wanted something gorgeous but also something comfortable and durable enough for a garden and for dancing! In the end, I bought a lovely pair of baby pink leather heals from Dune with petite, slightly rounded toes and beautiful ankle ties. They were perfect and I will definitely use them again. 
 

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides? Yes! My dress was very light and fitted so it was important that the fabric flowed over my skin with no visible seams or straps. The back was also very low. I tried numerous options before going for exactly what Charlie Brear stylists advised me to go for. These were, Magic Lift-its and seam free shorts! Not the most beautiful underwear, but everything was completely invisible. I made sure I changed into something a little more special at the end of the night! 

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them? I am a creative person and felt more comfortable managing my own make-up. I had two lessons with MAC which was a wonderful way to improve my skills and perfect the natural look I wanted. I am still using the products I bought for the wedding now, and I’ve had a lot of compliments on my makeup since!

My hair was done by my sister's stylist, Georgia Middleton. I picked flowers from my parents’ garden which she beautifully wove into my hair. She creatively developed the same boho flower theme into my bridesmaids’ hairstyles too. 

What was the most memorable moment of the day? The funniest things were hearing the stories afterwards! Our friend’s daughter wet herself over the church pews during the service, a colleague had to climb through the top window of the pub where he was staying because he'd lost his key and my Parisian friend who missed her lift home and fell asleep in my old bedroom in amongst my wedding dress, veil, accessories and heels!

What Traditions did you follow? We were pretty traditional. We stayed separately the night before the wedding and didn’t see each other before the ceremony. My bridesmaids’ gave me something old, new, borrowed and blue for the big day. I had to save the 'something blue' for later though, because it was a blue silky garter and would have definitely been visible under my delicate dress!  

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features? For the early part of the evening we played music in the garden from an old gramophone, setting off the old fashioned style of my family home. We chose a towering Pavlova instead of a wedding cake and at night lit a huge bonfire in the garden. The quirkiest of all was that my husband chose a best woman instead of a best man! It took the older generation a bit of time to get their heads around this but by the end she was everyone's best (woman and her speech went down a storm!

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures? I work in photography and my husband works in fashion so it didn’t take us long to find the perfect photographer. The photos were taken by our very talented friend Jamie Ferguson. What was so wonderful was the way he managed to capture all the most intimate moments without imposing in any way. 

How did you feel walking down the aisle? I felt exhilarated and wonderful. It was such a special moment to see all my friends and family smiling at me and to see my husband, Tim, waiting at the altar. It was a massive crescendo after so many months of hard work! 


 

Take 5 with this week’s #FridayBride 

Anstice’s #WeddingHacks

1. Don't get obsessed with the weather. There is no way you can control it and on the day it really doesn't matter. You will feel wonderful and happy whatever the weather and so will your guests! 

2. Try and enjoy the planning part. Find ways to make the chores fun and don’t let it get you too stressed out. It’s a very special time for you and your future husband. 

3. Sign up lots of family and friends to help in the final countdown days before the wedding. It is so much fun to share this special time with your loved ones and makes your life SO MUCH easier too! 

4. When the party is in full swing, make sure to take a breather with your new husband, to stand back and take in all of the magic. Everything flies by so quickly, you don't want to forget anything! 

5.Don’t get too worked up about the tiny details. Think about other weddings you have been to and why you liked them. (You'll soon realise you didn’t spend hours analysing the cutlery or napkins at your friends weddings! It’s the big things that matter. 

 

If you could do it all again what would you do differently? I wouldn’t change a thing! I would have loved to have two weddings! One in the Cotswolds and one in London. We are both London lovers and in an ideal world we'd have had a wedding in London too. Planning one wedding was enough! 

Where did you go for your honeymoon? We went to Zanzibar and then to Tanzania on a safari. It was a wonderful magical time to relax, rest, and enjoy the turquoise sea and other worldly landscapes under stunning African skies. 

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy, what parts were trickier? Luckily lots of decisions were easy because we used my family garden for the venue and worked with friends for the DJ and photography. However, finding a caterer was really tricky. We wanted rustic family style sharing platters and we needed someone who was used to cooking in a temporary outdoor kitchen. After hundreds of false starts we found a wonderful rural chef, Fiona Cullinane, who has developed her own niche making excellent cuisine in rural pop up settings! 

What will you do with your dress now? I’m planning to wear the over skirt over a pastel coloured slip for a wedding this summer. As for the dress, I think I plan to keep it. It’s such a special reminder of our magical day! 

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day? Seeing each other as I walked towards Tim standing at the altar. Also, having that first glass of bubbly as husband and wife and our first dance were two other amazing memories! 


Suppliers

Dress- Torum dress and Latil skirt by Charlie Brear

Shoes Dune 

Accessories- Veil from Charlie Brear

Ceremony Venue - St James Church, Stonesfield

Reception Venue - Stonesfield Manor, Stonesfield  

Marquee from Four Shires

Photographer - Jamie Ferguson 

Flower Girls - Miley and Moss

Bridesmaids - ASOS skirts which they then customised with their own tops and accessories. 

Rings- Family heirlooms! 

Music - Kev Macey of DJs Amp + Deck

Florist - My mum and bridesmaids! 

Caterer- Fiona Cullinane

Cake Supplier- Local lady in Stonesfield Village 

Hair- Georgina Middleton 

Make-up- Me with products from MAC

Transportation- Thunderbirds mini bus