Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride
Toast to the Coast!
Let Connie & Daniel take your breath away this gleaming Friday! The beautiful pair took a laid-back approach to their day with a destination wedding in stunning Sorrento, Italy. Set in paradise on the coast; the pair were married outside at the Villa Fondi, Piano di Sorrento, on a sunny afternoon in late May. Their intimate reception was held at the incredible Villa Antiche Mura in dear company.
Feeling inspired to twist tradition? Why not try a different shade like the gorgeous Connie did! She killed it by trading the traditional white dress for champagne, choosing to wear our Payton dress in fine grain satin. Connie added just a touch of romance by layering our delicately beaded Catroux lace skirt and completed her look with our Perlu belt.
A big thank you to the photographers from Alfonso Longobardi Photography Studio for this couple's divine pictures!
How did Daniel propose?
My husband whisked me off to the Amalfi coast, we hired a Fiat 500 and drove down the coast from Sorrento to Priano. We arrived at the stunning Hotel Casa Angelina where he proposed. My friend, Erica, had helped him chose my ring. I always joked to him if he ever proposed to take Erica to help find the ring and I’m glad he did! I love it!
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Going to Charlie Brear with 2 of my bridesmaids. I couldn’t get over how many dresses I managed to try on in an hour! I was looked after by Hannah, she let me try on all the ones I wanted and some that my bridesmaids' suggested too! Hannah then made her suggestion and was spot on. That was the dress I ended up buying
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Be open to trying on different styles and fabrics. What you think you want and what looks good on you can be two very different things! For instance, I went with a champagne dress layered with an ivory over skirt. I am so pale so I found that all white looked terrible on me!
How long did it take to plan your wedding? About a year but if I’m honest we were a little too laid back and left most things to the last 6 months before. Not something I would recommend doing if you want to keep your stress levels in check! Luckily, we had the most amazing wedding planner who simplified everything for us and prompted us to make decisions as and when we needed to.
Did you find lingerie difficult for your dress?
One of my friends got married 6 months before me and wore the Torum dress. She recommended seamless pants from Intermissi and I went for Magic's lift-its self-adhesive cups.
What shoes did you wear?
I went for a pair of cute nude Miu Miu Swarovski block heeled sandals. I have never been one to wear a court shoe! I wanted something comfortable for the cobbled streets of Italy and also something I would wear again.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
I decided to do my own make-up and go with the hairdresser my planner recommended.
I went to John Lewis in Birmingham with my sister and nieces. We went to the Nars counter and the girl who did my make-up was fantastic! She showed me step by step what to do and how to apply my make-up for my wedding. I had concerns I may have a breakout before and she assured me on how to deal with it on the day if I had to. I now have a full range of great quality make-up that I use every day, so it was definitely worth the money!
The hairdresser my planner recommended was fantastic! I had a trial with her a few days before the wedding and she got what I wanted straight away. I never wear my hair up - any up do felt too fussy and traditional- so I went for loose curls and part of my hair pinned up on one side. I had some gorgeous gold and Chinese jade drop earrings from Miss Mathiesen which the hairdresser worked the style around.
Did your wedding have any unusual features?
The wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year. With this in mind we had a traditional gelato cart at the reception which went down really well! We also had a photo booth with tonnes of props. It was great to see everyone walking around with wings on or sailor hats enjoying themselves.
What traditions did you follow?
I didn’t purposely set out to follow any traditions. My friend lent me a gorgeous Louis Vuitton clutch bag which fit perfectly with the style of my dress (something borrowed). I bought new earrings (something new) and my mum gave me a handkerchief with something blue on. It just kind of all came together.
Dan and I discussed not staying with each other the night before the wedding but it didn’t feel right after a year of planning, a mix of nerves and excitement, so we decided to stay together & Dan left after breakfast to get ready with the boys.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I was trying to soak it all in. We had never been to the ceremony venue, it was far more beautiful in real life than the photos we had seen online.
I asked my dad to talk to me as we walked down as I was worried I would get emotional. He did a good job, asking me what pizza I was going to eat that evening, as we walked down. It got me and the guests laughing as I entered!
Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAY BRIDE
1. I would recommend marrying abroad - the location does a lot of the hard work!
2. Delegate to friends - make an evening of making name place cards or confetti throwers together over wine so it doesn’t feel like a chore.
3. Take some time out together - the day goes quickly, ensure you take moments together with your husband to soak it all in.
4. Seriously do not sweat the small stuff! Everyone says it, I wish I had listened as it's true! None of it matters on the day!
5. Have an instant camera! Having an instant camera at the wedding meant we had photos from the day straight away. This kept us going before we got the official snaps!
Who took your gorgeous wedding pictures?
Alfonso Longobardi Photography Studio did. The photographers were great! They knew we didn’t want anything too cheesy and they never felt intrusive. They went out of their way to get all the shots we wanted. Kindly, they sent e-previews of the photos so I could share with friends and family. I am so excited to see the final video!
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Probably getting ready in the hotel with my family & bridesmaids - it was like a Carry On movie! As soon as Dan left me I bent over to plug my phone in and bumped my head on the very ornate bed post. I had to sit with an ice pack on my head for about 45 minutes! Luckily, the bump was too small to see & nothing my makeup couldn’t cover.
My sister was then sitting doing her make up when the chair she was on broke and left her lying on the floor surrounded by mascara and lipstick…20 minutes later the same thing happened to my Dad minus the make up! I think the hotel thought we were mad!
The hairdresser had a good point when she said, “Don’t worry, that's all the bad luck out of the way for the day!"
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
I am quite indecisive so I did find committing to my choices difficult. Our wedding planner was fantastic and took a lot of the stress away from us.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I would stop myself getting stressed about the little things, hindsight is a wonderful thing! The day was absolutely perfect so I would not change a thing.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
As we got married in Sorrento we were spoilt for choice on locations to go on our honeymoon. We went down the coast to Casa Angelina in Priano for 2 nights, then off to Capri for 3 nights and finally Ischia for 4 nights - it was bliss!
What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
Driving around Sorrento, Prosecco filled glasses in the air, was a highlight. We were so excited straight after the ceremony so it was nice to have a moment to ourselves to soak it all in. The reception was a dream. Seeing all our closest family & friends enjoying themselves was a great feeling. Two people who stole the show were my 4 year old niece, Millie, and my best friend's child, Nathaniel. They fully enjoyed the photo booth props and watching them dancing in angel wings at the end of the night was too cute!
Another big highlight for my husband was when we went to cut the cake. Our friend Joe had secretly written to Arsenal football club about 8 months before the wedding to organise a signed letter of congratulations from Arsen Wenger. The letter was framed and laid on the table, near the cake, surrounded by candles! My husband was made up!
Wedding Planner Michele Savarese
Shoes Miu Miu
Dress Champagne Payton and Catroux skirt
Accessories Miss Mathiesen Jewellery, Perlu belt & Louis Vuitton Clutch Bag
Ceremony Venue The Villa Fondi
Reception Venue Villa Antiche Mura
Photographer Alfonso Longobardi Photography Studio
Bridesmaids' dresses Tops from Topshop Market Place, skirts from New Look & topshop
Rings Engagement Ring Burlington Arcade
Wedding Bands Katz Jewellery, Hatton Garden
Make-up Nars (Trial at the John Lewis Counter in Birmingham)
Music | Florist | Caterer | Cake Supplier | Hair Arranged by Michele at the Villa Fondi
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