Presenting Charlie Brear's Friday Bride #11 (15/01/16)

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If you're anything like us, you've been dreaming of warmer, relaxed climates to get you through to Friday.

So what better way to indulge than with a French fairytale chateau!

This week we spoke to Katie; who married James in August 2015 at Chateau Isle De Savary in France. The bride wore our simple luxe crepe Payton dress styled with our Voulaire overdress to add an ethereal touch when she walked down the aisle.


Scroll down to see some beautiful photographs by the fabulous James Frost and find out all about James and Katie's big day!

Describe the style of your wedding:
The wedding style was based upon a French fairytale.

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
I went to The White Closet in Manchester and the girls were amazing. The boutique was so beautiful and we were offered a glass of champagne when we arrived. It felt like my own personal wedding wardrobe! 

How did your husband propose to you?
James proposed to me on Shark Island in Sydney in April 2013, overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. He took me there for a surprise picnic brunch, we arrived by boat and there was no one else on the island, just us. He had spent months designing the engagement ring and working with a jeweller to make it. I loved it as soon as I saw it. 

How long did it take to plan your wedding?
From the engagement to the wedding day it was just over two years. We live in Australia and are both originally from England, then we planned a wedding in France, it was no easy task!

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
So excited! I was back home in the UK during Summer 2014, it knew it would be a whole year before I got to wear the dress again. I couldn't wait!

What shoes did you wear?
I wore a pair of Jimmy Choo kitten heels. I bought them a few weeks after James proposed, it was love at first sight. 

Who did your hair and makeup?
I had the BEST makeup artist come all the way to France with us. She was incredible on the day and took the time to make each one of my eight bridesmaids, my mum, James' mum and my grandma look fabulous. 

What traditions did you follow?
I had an authentic French croquembouche wedding cake, which is a tower of profiteroles with caramel drizzled all over and sparklers sticking out. My mum also had a similar wedding cake. I think we might have started our own tradition!  

What was the funniest moment of the day?
The two best men did a rap instead of a speech. 

Did your wedding have any quirky features?
The cocktail reception and the dinner were all held outside. The guests had to find their table numbers that were attached to antique keys hidden all over a garden in the grounds of the castle.
 
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
James Frost from James Frost Photography

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Incredibly happy. We had a jazz band playing, the sun was shining, the backdrop was incredible and all our guests looked so happy. 

What great piece for advice would you pass on to other brides?
My biggest piece of advice is to get Wedding Insurance. It sounds a bit crazy but we paid only £100 for insurance that covered us for all our costs when our first venue closed down without notice.

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
Nothing, I loved every second. 

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We had a mini moon in Thailand but are planning a trip to Fiji and Hawaii in 2016. 

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
The whole planning process was quite a challenge but that comes with having a destination wedding. 
Sheree from She Designs, a fabulous event styling company in Australia, flew across the world especially for our wedding and for her first ever international wedding.


So thankfully we had some great friends, family and suppliers that were incredibly helpful. We wouldn't have been able to do the day without them!

We really hope you enjoyed this week's Real Life Bride.
Have a great weekend!

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