Happy (Good) Friday!

Hopefully you will be relaxing right now, contemplating the glorious, long weekend ahead. And to match that mood, we have the most perfectly laid back bride to share with you this week. 

The beautiful Lucie paired her Payton dress with a simple white flower crown and effortless waves, adding an embellished belt for a little touch of sparkle.

Lucie married Henrique at Orange Tree House on 1st of August 2015 in Strangford Lough, followed by a second celebration in Brazil with the groom's family. 

Continue reading to find out all about their Northern Ireland wedding and see some beautiful photographs by Fraser Stewart.

 

Describe the style of your wedding:
Overall we didn't have a set style, we just wanted a really relaxed day and a big party for all of our friends and family. I didn't go in for a colour scheme, I just went with things that I loved (and I hope it worked!).

How did he propose?
We initially met when we were both living in Madrid and for the proposal he organised a surprise weekend away there - taking us back to where it all began. He proposed with a 'holding ring' - a Monica Vinader diamond pave ring which I love!

What was your best experience when trying on dresses? 
Finding the dress! To be honest, I found the whole process quite straight forward and definitely lucked out in finding The Secret Dress House in Surrey. Kelly and her team knew exactly what suited me. 

What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress? 
Stay open minded and bring honest people with you. Too many people just tell you you look amazing, you need someone who knows you and your style. But ultimately, remember it is your dress so it is your decision!

 

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Excited about wearing it again! I couldn't stop showing people photos of it as I loved it so much. It is definitely not the done thing! I even had some friends tell me off for showing it to them!

What shoes did you wear?
I wore snakeskin stilettos from Kurt Geiger. I was adamant I didn't want traditional wedding shoes and wanted something I'd be able to wear again (I've since worn them loads!). 

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress?
My dress wasn't too forgiving so my underwear choices were quite limited. The only lingerie which worked with the dress were some shorts style nude shapewear and cups inside the dress. Definitely not what you imagine when you think of bridal lingerie! 

Who did your hair & make-up?
I did a bit of 'shopping around' for my hair and makeup as once again I didn't want the traditional bridal look. A friend recommended Catherine Blackhall for makeup and she was fantastic. For hair I used Suzann from Zuni Hair in Belfast. I gave her the brief of 'Poppy Delevigne on her wedding day' and she got it spot on!

 

What Traditions did you follow?
I wore the veil that both my mum and granny wore on their wedding days which was really special to me. My granny wasn't actually able to come to the wedding as she's now in her 90s, so being able to wear her veil became even more important. For my something blue I have a Monica Vinader ring which I wear every day so it felt right to wear it on the day too.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
My dad surprised us all by getting up with the band and performing Love is in the Air by John Paul Young. It was an amazing moment and everyone was singing along.

Did your wedding have any unusual features?
We tried to do a fusion of both Brazilian and Northern Irish culture so there were lots of little moments throughout the day. For example, we did the vows in both English and Portuguese, and for the drinks reception we had Brazilian beer and shots of Guinness. For the evening food we had a pizza van that did bespoke pizza for our guests!

How did you feel walking down the aisle? 
I thought I'd be really nervous and was really worried about being teary, but in the end I just felt really happy and relaxed. It was amazing seeing everyone's smiling faces, especially my new husband's at the top of the aisle!

What great piece of advice would you pass on to other brides who are planning their wedding (#weddinghacks)?  Just relax! It's meant to be a celebration so don't stress about the little things and just have a good time. Do try and set a realistic budget though (and include contingency!) as this will help you make decisions down the line. 

If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I don't think I would change anything, the day was exactly how we wanted it to be and I have nothing but fantastic memories.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We flew to Brazil to see Henrique's family straight after the wedding and to have a second celebration. After a week with his family we flew to the north east of Brazil and stayed in the beautiful village of Tancoso for a few days, followed by a night in the super cosmopolitan city of Sao Paulo.

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
For me it was a pretty straight forward process (working in PR/events has its benefits!). The hardest part was finding and choosing the right suppliers, but as soon as we got all the important bits decided it was relatively simple.

What are your best memories of the day?
Too many to mention! Henrique says his favourite moment was seeing me walk down the aisle. I loved doing the vows in Portuguese as I could see how important it was to him and his family. I also LOVED the party, we had a great band and everyone was singing, dancing and generally having an amazing time!

 

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

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