Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride
Young, Wild and Free!
Love was in the air when Merrin & Adam brought beauty to the countryside this summer. They celebrated their wedding day at Elmore Court, near their home of Gloucestershire, in the company of dear friends and family. The charming location and joyous British sunshine perfectly suited the young couple's hopes of a relaxed wedding day that turned into a wonderful, big party! Drawing inspiration from their divine venue, they hosted their wedding breakfast BBQ and speeches outside in the meadow, leaving guests in complete awe of the setting, as you will be too!
Floating through the dandelions wearing our Merenda dress, Merrin looked gorgeous. She complemented the unique, art-deco lace and dreamy skirt with a sweet touch of natural wild flowers in her hair and bouquet; bringing this feminine and youthful style to life!
Finding 'the one' isn't always easy! Once you've found the man of your dreams, the next challenge is finding the dress! Merrin fell in love with Charlie Brear's designs during a private consultation at our London Flagship with Mandi, our talented stylist. If a private consultation isn't your thing, why not come along to our September Sample Sale and purchase your dress at a competitive price! Our stylist team shall be on hand to help and tickets are available to purchase here. So whether you're interested in arranging a private consultation or are looking to purchase a sample dress; Charlie Brear will help you find 'the one'.
Follow Merrin & Adam's glorious day, as captured by James Fear of Fear Photography, below.
How did Adam propose?
Adam proposed on a beach on holiday in Tunisia. He had it all planned and had a beautiful Alex Monroe ring which he had ordered weeks before. It was also the day before my sister’s boyfriend proposed to her! He had been carrying the ring around in a tiny plastic bag because I kept asking why he was taking his backpack everywhere, he had been so nervous and constantly terrified of losing it! He eventually persuaded me, after three nights of declining in favour of cocktails and crazy eights, to take a walk on the beach and there he went down on one knee. He was so nervous and I was completely shocked.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Charlie Brear without a doubt! I had been to two other shops with my Mum and it was quite stressful. The dresses I thought I loved didn’t suit me and the dresses the stylists thought would suit me I hated (there was no way I was wearing a corset). As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the lovely Mandi, offered a drink and before looking at any dresses had a chat about the wedding style, my personal style and the venue. Mandi knew the venue and immediately understood my style and what I was looking for. I was then left to browse the beautiful dresses - Mandi subtly guided me to choose styles that would suit me – and then for the fun part! As soon as I put the first dress on I felt amazing, I can honestly say that there wasn’t one that I tried on that I wouldn’t have been delighted to get married in. When I put on the Merenda dress, my Mum got a bit emotional and I knew I had ‘the one’. It was the perfect mix of vintage inspired with a clean contemporary feel. It was the most flattering dress I’ve ever worn and most importantly super comfortable, so I knew I’d be able to eat the delicious food we were paying for and dance the night away!
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Pinterest is great but remember your own style and what suits you. Research on blogs and Instagram to find designers and styles you like.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
I needed a strapless bra but wanted to make sure it was pretty – not easy. I spent a lot of time and considered spending a lot of money, but in the end I found the perfect set in M&S.
What shoes did you wear?
I wore some pale grey suede stilettos from Reiss – a really bad choice as they were completely ruined after a day of frolicking in the meadow, no-one saw them and the heel kept getting caught in my skirt!
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
I did my own make-up and my best friend and Maid of Honour did the bridesmaids' hair and helped me with mine. She said that although she had done bridal hair many times for other brides' big days, she knew I would be the most difficult and fussiest!
What traditions did you follow?
We weren’t very traditional, but by chance I had blue flowers in my flower crown, plenty of new and wore a vintage necklace that my sister had given me for my something old – I didn’t have anything borrowed though. We didn’t see each other until the ceremony, although I did cheat as I was peeking out of the window watching as Adam arrived – I had the perfect spot to watch all the guests arrive which I loved!
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Very happy, I couldn’t stop smiling. I think my Dad was more nervous than I was! I did feel nervous when we were stood with everyone looking at us and my legs wouldn’t stop shaking – thank goodness for the many layers of the Merenda skirt.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Probably when I fell over while running across the grass to get to the dance floor! Closely followed by our Best Man’s speech. It was so funny because Lucky, the best man, has known Adam since he was 11 and known us both since the beginning when we were first together, back when we were 19. There were some photos of Adam on his stag do (dressed as a super girl...) and then a broken man on the return. He also claims complete responsibility for our whole relationship and thinks if it wasn't for him we would have never started going out! He also told my sister she still had a few months before her wedding (in October) if she wanted to settle down with him instead! It was hilarious!
Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAY BRIDE
1. Don’t leave everything to the last minute. We were pretty well prepared and had plenty of time, but there were some things that I would have like to have done that in the run up to the wedding I just ran out of time to do.
2. Remember your own style when choosing your dress and think about your venue and how it will all fit (don’t buy stilettos if you know you will be walking in a meadow!)
3. We wanted to make our wedding easy for everyone so we had it in our home town. We also wanted to make sure everyone had a great time and could come. But we also stuck to our guns when it came to doing things our way, like having long tables, doing the speeches outside, choosing a DJ and music we like. It all worked out perfectly and everyone loved it.
4. Remember to plan as a couple. We had pretty separate roles, Adam managed the budget and I did all the creative bits, but we very much made decisions as a couple which meant that our day reflected us and how we are together.
5. Ask for help. One of my favourite things was spending the two days before making the cake and table plan with my Mum and Sister and setting up with all of our friends.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
We really enjoyed the planning although there were some stressful parts. It’s very expensive for a start! But we had a very strict budget and we stuck to it. One of the hardest parts was the table plan, closely followed by deciding to do make our own invites, table plan and cake, but it was all worth it.
What will you do with your dress now?
Keep it! It’s so beautiful and I couldn’t bear to part with it.
What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
It’ s hard to choose - we had the best day. Getting married! The ceremony is probably the part you plan the least for and was very emotional and amazing. Adam’s Best Man, Lucky, did an amazing speech which had everyone in stitches. The cocktails and puddings were incredible and dancing the night away with everyone we loved all in one place is an incredible memory. I also loved the moments before, watching the guests arriving and enjoying being in such an amazing place.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Elmore Court, Gloucestershire
Photographer/Videographer: James Fear of Fear Photography
Dress: Merenda by Charlie Brear
Accessories: Flower crown by Ruby & the Wolf, vintage necklace and bracelet that my sister had given me a few weeks before for my 30th birthday.
Bridesmaids' dresses: Mango
Rings: Alex Monroe
Music: I walked into Birdy, 'Wings' and we were meant to walk out to Florence and the Machine but our usher didn’t hit play! Our first dance was Eric Clapton, ‘You are wonderful tonight’ which then turned into Jagged Edge, ‘Let’s get married’ which got all of our friends on the dance floor.
Florist: Ruby & The Wolf
Caterer :Elmore Court
Cake Supplier: Me and my Mum!
Hair: Jodie Lywood, Wedding and Occasion Hair
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