Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride

Turn that frown upside down - it's Friday!

As we say bub-bye to the summertime, why not bring back the smiles with this fun-loving couple! Zoe & Kyle took an informal approach to their laid-back wedding. Their ceremony was held at St. Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire; in keeping with tradition. Riding to their reception in a stylish, blue vintage car, they combined country-side classic and modern boho vibes which led this gorgeous pair to Owl Lodge, near Lacock, Wiltshire. Bending against the traditional setup, Zoe & Kyle decorated their venue with natural greenery, scattered between rustic settings - think picnic benches for tables, rugs, cushions, homemade pot plant favours and even a good old hay bale or two!

Zoe stunned in the effortlessly chic, drop-waist Oribe dress that suited her happy self and natural look. The delicate, art-deco lace and statement back complimented Zoe's style with an added touch of elegance. You can understand why the pair simply couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces as Michele at White Ribbons Photography captured oh so beautifully.

Enjoy our loveable Friday Bride; Zoe!

How did Kyle propose?
He organised a weekend away for my birthday.  I suggested going somewhere cheap and cheerful and getting one of those spa getaway deals but in the end, left it all to him.  Looking back, I should have realised that something was going on as when we arrived at the spa I thought he’d really pushed the boat out and it was very fancy.  On the last day we had a walk around the grounds and ended up walking to the rose gardens where I noticed staff setting up this beautiful area with a big picnic hamper and champagne.  I looked at Kyle and said, “Oh how lovely, someone is getting this set up for them” and then all of a sudden he was on one knee with a beautiful Alex Monroe engagement ring which I absolutely love! The boy did very good!  

What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
For me, it was getting to know what I liked and what I didn’t.  I thought I had a rough idea of what I wanted but it wasn’t until I started trying various dresses on I found there was a definite style and look that I felt really comfortable wearing. Saying this, I never expected to end up with the dress I actually chose for the big day; so for future brides out there – keep your options open and try things you never thought you would!

What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Relax and enjoy yourself.  Try lots of different styles on.  If there is any doubt in your mind then it probably isn't the right dress so just keep looking…you will find it!

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides? 
As my dress was backless with a lace panel I found it quite difficult finding the right bra.  I originally wanted bra straps so that I could secure my dress straps as these kept falling down.  I was a bit dubious of using body tape as I had previously read bad reviews, however it wasn’t until I spoke to Hannah at Charlie Brear who recommended the brand Magic Body Fashion who sold both body tape and adhesive bras. After all my searching this ended up being the perfect solution.  I would totally recommend this brand.

What shoes did you wear?
Charlotte Mills bridal shoes which matched my dress perfectly. I actually contacted Charlotte before I ordered them off her website as I had a few different styles that I liked and wanted to get her thoughts on what was right for the style of dress I had.  After sending her a quick photo of my dress she was able to pin point what she thought would work and I couldn't have agreed more.

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them? 
One of my friends who is a hairdresser did mine and my Bridesmaids' hair on the day. I decided to do my own make-up as I don't normally wear too much and wanted to feel like myself on the big day. I decided to book a make-up trial with a Laura Mercier representative at Space NK in Bath. Jo was amazing and basically did a step by step of everything she used and recommended.  I was then able to practice at home and even booked another appointment with her to go over a few areas that I was struggling with. I would really recommend doing this as you will have loads of products that you can keep and use again and it's honestly not that hard to do yourself.

What traditions did you follow? 
For my something borrowed and something blue, my Mum very kindly let me borrow a ring of hers, which has a gorgeous blue stone that my Dad had given to her when they first started dating.  We had our rehearsal the day before and then parted ways until I met Kyle at the alter.

How did you feel walking down the aisle? 
A lot of people had said to me before the day how they were so nervous about walking down the aisle so I decided not to even think about it. Before we walked in my Dad turned to me and said let’s enjoy this and we did!  I kind of forgot where and what I was about to do and ended up talking to people as I was walking down the aisle saying 'You look lovely' and ' I love your dress'.  

What was the funniest moment of the day?
Definitely the speeches and the ‘Dance-offs’ later on in the evening!

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
As our wedding followed a laid-back, boho style we used picnic benches for tables, rugs on the floor with cushions and hay bales dotted around. We hired lots of plants, trees and flowers from a local garden centre and put these around the venue to create the outside coming inside feel. As I come from a creative background, I made and sourced a lot of props myself and designed all our wedding stationery and signage.  We decided not to have a seating plan and I designed specific meal tickets and drink tokens for our guests to collect before getting their food from the posh sausage and pie van.  For our favours, we created a flower stall that consisted of small potted flowers and succulents with guests' names on so that they could take them away with them.

Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAY BRIDE


1. Don't be afraid to do what you want to do and try and not let other people influence you too much - it's YOUR day after all. 

2. Be conscious of how long things take and how much you want to take on yourself.  We did a lot ourselves to cut down costs but in hindsight, it would have been great to take time out and relax before the big day.

3. Delegate jobs and tasks to people you know you can trust - you can't do it all on your own. 

4. Make sure you enjoy the day and take a moment to take it all in. 

5. Keep a record of everything you have to do - for example timescale and cost.  It is very easy to keep buying things and not realising what you have spent – it very quickly adds up!

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? 
Because we didn’t want to stick to the usual wedding set-up, the trickiest part for us was deciding on how to plan the day. We had lots of thoughts and ideas, but it wasn’t until we started planning and looking at costs, we found that we were constantly asking ourselves how practical would this be? The day goes by so quick and things generally take more time than you think so we soon realised the simpler, the better. Once this was sorted, everything kind of fell into place. 

What will you do with your dress now?
I will keep it and cherish it.  I may even wear it again just because I can!

Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
Michele from White Ribbons Photography took our photos and Ned from Fallen for Films took all the footage for our video.  Both these guys were great and worked so hard throughout the day.

If you could do it all again what would you do differently? 
I would try and do slightly less.  If money was no option we would have taken the pressure off ourselves by getting people in to help coordinate. Help set up and take down.

Where did you go for your honeymoon? 
We decided to go to Babington House for a few days to relax and chill out.  We were currently in the middle of buying a house so we didn't want to spend too much at the time. I'm calling it a mini-moon for the moment!! 

What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
Mine was walking into the church and just seeing how full it was with all our friends and family - I never imagined,  in a million years, the feeling I would feel when seeing everyone and the fact that they were there because of us. Kyle would say after we left the church and waving goodbye in our vintage car. It was so great having that time together alone and taking a moment to take it all in.


Dress Oribe by Charlie Brear

Shoes Charlotte Mills Bridal 

Accessories I wore a Monica Vinader necklace that Kyle gave to me as a present to open on the day.

Ceremony Venue St. Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire

Reception Venue Owl Lodge, near Lacock, Wiltshire

Photographer Michele at White Ribbons Photography

Videographer Ned at Fallen for Films 

Bridesmaids' Dresses Asos

Rings Alex Monroe 

Music The Sparks through Alive Network

Florist Chris Coward at Lowden Garden Centre, Wiltshire

Caterer Tom Kinderman at The Sausage and Mash Company –  and my Mum for making the gorgeous desserts.

Transportation Vintage Hoot

Cake Supplier Kyle’s Aunties; Kathy Appleton and Melanie Ryan.

Hair My Friend; Gemma Mann.

Make-up Myself with the help of some wonderful Laura Mercier products and of course Jo at Space NK who taught me everything.

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