Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride
You + Me = Forever
Make your day all about the two of you like Tori & Jon did! They imagined a day that was completely personal to them and drew inspiration from their lovely venue. In an intimate setting with dear family and friends, the pair married at their local St. Peter's Church in Wellesbourne, Warwick. While enjoying the planning, Tori & Jon decided that bright, spring time colours were essential to their day, and chose to hold their relaxed reception at the gorgeous Jephson Gardens. Photographed by Hannah Montague from Montague Photography this beautiful setting really came to life as they celebrated their love for one another.
Tori kept it local when shopping for her dream dress. She fell in love with our Ventoux dress and Fayette Overdress at our wonderful stockist, Tilly Trotter's Bride, Leamington Spa. Sian and the lovely team have a great understanding of the Charlie Brear collection and are talented in creating a look that suits simply you, so if you are local to Leamington, why not book an appointment with the ladies at Tilly Trotter's.
Continue sharing in Tori & Jon's day below...
How did Jon propose?
Jon proposed to me in Prior Park in Bath. It was a beautiful December day and a total surprise. Bath holds fantastic memories for both of us and it was perfect.
Did he have a ring ready?
He did! In fact I found out afterwards that it had taken over 6 months to find the perfect ring. Luckily Jon has amazing taste and it is absolutely stunning.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
I loved trying on dresses and would do it again everyday if I could! I went to 3 boutiques but found Tilly Trotter's understood what I was looking for. Sian listened to how I wanted to feel on my wedding day, as well as how I wanted to look and this was really important. To me it was important to be able to look back at photos in years to come and feel timeless and classic and Sian understood this from the get go. I chose a Charlie Brear dress as you can create your own look and this worked perfectly for me. Her dresses are luxurious and I fell in love with the elegant lines and attention to detail. Being able to add on the sparkly dress for the evening was fabulous and the veil was simply beautiful.
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Very excited, I loved it! It was ever so difficult keeping it a secret from friends and family but it was all worth it in the end.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Don't be afraid to try on a whole range of styles. Wedding dresses are a unique item and I was amazed at what I thought I wanted, didn't suit me. I would also say choose your entourage carefully. Pick people who can be truly honest with you and who know you inside out. Also trust your consultant. They know their dresses, the designers and all the accessories and can offer fantastic advice. Finally, enjoy it!
How long did it take to plan your wedding?
Although we got engaged two and a half years before our wedding, we did spend the first year just enjoying being engaged. When we did start to plan it took 15 months in total. I think it was the perfect amount of time as we were able to make decisions slowly so it never took over our lives!
What shoes did you wear?
I wore beautiful shoes by Freya Rose. I wanted something very simple so not to overpower my dress and they were exactly what I needed. Plus, surprisingly comfortable (I forgot to wear them in so my wedding day was the first time I had properly tried them on!)
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie for your dress & what would you recommend for other brides-to-be?
As you’ll see my dress didn't really allow for many underwear option as I did need to make sure you couldn't see any lines through the fabric! Toupee tape is a life saver and can be used in many different ways! I did also get very familiar with all different types of backless/strapless/invisible/purely tape bras! As a piece of advice, think about what type of underwear you’ll need and do some research before you order your dress (if needed).
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
My hairdresser, Lucie from The Hair Co. in Solihull, is fantastic and we had a trial beforehand to ensure everything was perfect. She took the time to understand the style of our wedding and we talked through a lot of potential hair styles before making the final decision.
My make-up was done by Bryony Dalton from Leamington Spa and she was recommended by Tilly Trotter's. Bryony worked absolute wonders with myself and the bridesmaids. She uses excellent products and really took the time to understand my skin and how I wanted to look on the day.
What traditions did you follow?
We followed several traditions, although these were often by accident rather than intent! We didn't see each other before the ceremony, we also did the traditional speeches, cake cutting and first dance. I had some very sentimental jewellery that allowed me to have something old, borrowed and blue all in one and my dress was something new, all of which truly made it special.
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Just before the church doors opened I suddenly got nervous (up to that point I was cool and calm!). Standing at the back waiting for my bridesmaids to finish walking was very nerve wracking, but as soon as we started down the aisle it was fine and it was brilliant to see everyone's faces as I walked down.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Gosh there's so many! The speeches were definitely a hoot but I do remember deciding that posing for photos perched on a giant elephant in the park as a particular highlight!
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Our photographer was the amazing - Hannah Montague from Montague Photography. She photographed our friends wedding the year before and we loved her relaxed and natural style. It was important to us to remember the day as it was, rather than with lots of formal photos and Hannah really did capture everything we wanted. She also went above and beyond beforehand arranging an engagement shoot, walk around the venues, coming to the rehearsal and really understanding us as a couple.
Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAYBRIDE
1. I would recommend making an initial list as a couple of what is important and stick to it. We decided venue, food, wine and music were at the top of ours whereas things like cars and invitations weren’t so high up.
2. Try and do the planning in small chunks. We booked the big things 15 months in advance (church, venue, band), then waited and booked photographer, flowers and cake 6 months later.
3. Enjoy it! Trust me, on the day you won’t care if the canapés don't have that sprig of rosemary, or the pew ends aren't the exact rose you wanted – your guests won’t know or care and neither will you!
4. Make sure you spend time together as a couple on the day. Sneak away for a couple of minutes and watch everyone having a lovely time, it makes for lovely memories.
5. Last but not least, make sure the day is about you as a couple and as personal as possible. It's your opportunity to make it as unique as you are.
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
My father and I practiced a surprise Ceroc dance, now I know it sounds cheesy, but it really made the evening. Everyone was surprised and it was a really special way to celebrate with my Father. We practiced for months and it involved an extra dress change so it all appeared very dramatic!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Jon had arranged a surprise honeymoon to Mauritius, so although I knew we were going away I had no idea where and I found out at the airport. It was a perfect mix of relaxing on a beach, doing lots of water sports and then site seeing. It was a wonderful choice.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
Overall, planning the wedding wasn't as stressful as I thought it would be. We did things in bite size chunks and made decisions together. The thing I did underestimate was how many decisions need to be made in the last month. Everything requires confirming, numbers need finalising etc, but once again if you keep on top of everything and make lots of lists, it's fine!
What will you do with your dress now?
I thought I would turn my main dress into a Christening gown when the time comes and I know my Sister has got her eyes on borrowing my veil for when she gets married! I think I shall keep the sparkly overdress as a memory.
What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
For us both it was just celebrating with all of our family and friends. We loved every moment and looking back at the photos is just lovely.
Dress Ventoux with the Fayette Overdress by Charlie Brear from Tilly Trotter's Brides
Shoes Freya Rose
Accessories Hermoine Harbutt
Ceremony Venue St. Peter's Church in Wellesbourne, Warwick
Reception Venue Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa
Photographer Hannah Montague from Montague Photography
Florist Regency Flowers
Caterer Jephson Gardens
Cake Supplier The Cakery
Make-Up Bryony Dalton
Hair Lucie from The Hair Co
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