Presenting Charlie Brear's Friday Bride #14 (05/02/2016)
What do you get when you combine an English country manor, a camper van full of prosecco and some alpacas on the lawn?
Katurah's wedding of course!
Katurah married her childhood sweetheart Greg in May 2014 at St Andrew's Church in Somerset, followed by a reception at Sparkford Hall. She wore ourPayton dress paired with a delicate veil.
Continue reading to see some beautiful photographs by Marshal Gray and find out all about Katurah and Greg's big day!
Describe the style of your wedding:
A relaxed English countryside wedding with a touch of boho.
What was your best experience trying on dresses?
Arriving at Charlie Brear with my mum and best mates after being thoroughly hysterical for most of the morning at the prospect of having to go shopping for the most important dress I'll ever wear!
The ladies at Charlie Brear made it such a lovely experience, I was totally relaxed. My dress was the first one I tried on and I felt amazing in it!
What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
Don't get flustered, try and enjoy it. Also, be prepared to try something different, I saw myself in layers of lace and ended up wearing a silk slip!
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
I felt chuffed that I had found 'The One' so quickly. I knew it was totally me and was going to make me look like the best version of myself.
What shoes did you wear?
Some nude Kurt Geiger heels which I have worn loads ever since.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress?
Because my dress was basically just a silk slip I wore some not very sexy seamless spanx and some cups built in to the boob area. Amazing tip from the girls at Charlie Brear was to buy seamless knickers 2 or 3 sizes up so that you don't get any awkward lines.
What traditions did you follow?
I didn't keep too much to traditions but I did wear something old which was my great grandmother's wedding ring. Everyone kept telling me to have it fitted so it bent around my ring but I left it as it is as that would have been how she wore it.
Did your wedding have any unusual features?
My bridesmaids wore white with amazing floral headpieces in vibrant colours from the amazing Juliet Glaves at Thoughtful Flowers. We had so many compliments, she grows all her amazing blooms in her garden in Hampshire and was just fantastic on the day.
The selling point of Sparkford Hall was that they have a dungeon club which we opened after the band played in the main room and partied all night. We also had the amazing David Toscano and his prosecco vanCin Cin from Brighton out on the lawn serving never ending prosecco and canapes.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Like I was finally marrying the boy I fell in love with on the Year 9 woodlands trip to Wales!
If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?
What great piece of advice would you pass on to other brides planning their wedding? (#WeddingHacks)
Keep lots of lists. Always have a contingency budget, you will spend more than you think. Don't let anyone dictate what you do on your day. In the end it's about you two and nobody else.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
It was a lot harder than I anticipated, I like to think I am fairly organised and have lots of experience running events myself however there were lots of things I wasn't prepared for. It can be a little bit overwhelming at times but try and just enjoy the process, you will miss it when it's over!
What will you do with your dress now?
I have 5 sisters so one of them might like to wear it. The amazing thing about my dress is that it's kind of a blank canvas and you can add all sorts of accessories to it and make it your own.
At the moment when I'm on my own I just like to prance around the house in it!
We really hope you enjoyed this week's Real Life Bride.
Have a great weekend!
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