Presenting Charlie Brear's #FridayBride
It must be love, love love...
Celebrate love with this easy-going couple in Oslo. Playful party vibes filled the air at Ida & Trine's seaside wedding celebration held at Fredriksborg menighetshus, a big townhouse with a garden and ocean view, located in Bygdøy. Staying true to themselves as a couple, they arranged a party the way they usually would with quality people, food and drinks being key to a good time!
Steering away from formal tradition, Ida wore our statement Carmes feather skirt over a simple slip-dress, with a gorgeous hand-woven woollen cardigan to suit the Norwegian springtime. Ida created this truly luxurious and romantic look with the help of Mari from Maria Schei, based in Bryne.
Follow this gorgeous pair's wedding, as photographed by Mona Lisa Photography, below.
How did Trine propose?
My wife proposed at my parents’ summerhouse at the shore in Southern Norway. It had been one of those magical, sunny days - lazing, reading, swimming and sunbathing. Out of nowhere she pulled out a beautiful diamond ring and said; “If this is what life is like when we are together, why not be together always”. She had been carrying the ring around for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment.
Where did you purchase your dress & why?
I purchased my outfit from a wonderful boutique called Maria Schei Brudesalong. It is located in Bryne, outside Stavanger, in Norway. I had talked to Mari who is the owner, fitter/seamstress, chauffer and all-round amazing woman, almost two years prior at a bridal event with my little sister and had fallen in love with the look of the Charlie Brear collection. It was an easy choice.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
The butterflies. I only tried on two other looks before the skirt and the 'feeling' – I’ve never felt anything like it. I never thought it would be so easy, and feel so right.
How did you feel after you had ordered your bridal look?
I was quite nervous. I made an impulse trip to a city 460 km away and bought a dress within 2 hours. In addition to the nervousness, I was ecstatic because someone had made my absolute dream outfit. I left with a photo on my phone and when I felt a little nervous in the months to come, I looked at the huge smile I had in the photo and my nerves disappeared.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Do your research! Know what you want to try on. I only tried on a handful of dresses and for a brief second I was afraid I had “missed out” on trying a poufy princess gown or something more “traditional”. But if you find a dress that is true to your style and that makes your tummy tingle, stop trying. I don’t do well with many options, I tend to get lost and insecure. For me, not having to choose between 50 gowns was fine. Last but not least, listen to the very resourceful and competent ladies who see brides-to-be every day, they know what they’re talking about.
What shoes did you wear?
I wore white Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars ii.
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie for your dress & what would you recommend for other brides-to-be?
My big fluffy skirt did not cause any struggles. I wore a seamless bra that Mari sewed into the underdress so no straps would show and the dress was attached to my bra. I had no worries about anything getting out of place.
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
My mother is a make-up artist and hair dresser. Lucky me! She did my hair and both of our make-up.
What traditions did you follow?
We did not really follow any traditions. It was all about making new memories
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
So proud. And so loved.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
The ceremony took place in a garden and the plan was for us to go one after the other down a big stone staircase. There are two staircases, but one of them was bolted shut and couldn’t be opened. The day before the wedding we rehearsed walking down the stairs and my father decided it was a great idea to use both the staircases. So we tried coming from both sides and met in the middle, at the beginning of the aisle. He said it wasn’t a problem to lift me over the fence. That was true, it was no problem in jeans, but it must have been quite a sight on the day of the wedding; my father in his tuxedo lifting one of the brides in a big ostrich skirt over a big fence.
Take 5 with this week's #FRIDAYBRIDE
1. Pinterest! Never ending ideas in all price ranges.
2. Lists. Write down and cross it out when something is done. It feels great to cross something off the list.
3. Photographer, money well spent. We got to know her over lunch a few weeks ahead and that made it so much less intimidating on the actual day.
4. Flowers/decorations: Pick colours that complement and suit you. It makes you look good and your photographs stunning.
5. Do what you want! Planning a wedding is intimidating and serious business and everybody has an opinion. Do what feels right for your day and don’t listen too much to your mother, aunt, brother or mother-in-law.
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We had magnets in our bouquets so we could attach them together. Trine plays in a marching band that surprised the guests when they were waiting for the ferry to take them to the restaurant. Oslo’s most wonderful all-gay men’s choir came to perform for us and our guests – completely as a surprise! The wedding cake was not traditional in either shape or colour, but was made to match the bunting we had at both the venue of the ceremony and at the restaurant. Because the restaurant was located a bit outside of the city centre, we chartered a boat to take the guests back after the party. It was a combined after party and taxi boat!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Because summer is short in Norway, we wanted to spread the wedding love over a few months and are going to Mexico in October.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
I like organising, and had a lot of fun with it. We did all the decisions together and had the outline of the day set quite early. Fortunately, we had a lot of the same visions and ideas for the wedding which made the planning so much more fun.
What will you do with your dress now?
When I did the fitting with Mari we talked about cutting some of the length of the skirt and using it as a short skirt for fun. We have also joked about turning my skirt in to pillow cases so I can enjoy my skirt every time I make the bed.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
Nothing! I’ve tried to pick the day apart to find something, but I am so content and happy that I would have done it the same way. Boring, I know.
What are you and your wife's best memories of the day?
The warmth and love from all the guests was overwhelming.
Outfit Carmes skirt by Charlie Brear from Maria Schei
Ceremony venue Fredriksborg menighetshus
Reception venue Lille Herbern
Photographer/videographer Mona Lisa
Shoes Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ii
Accessories Knitted Woolen Jacket by Julie Holli
Rings Sandberg of Sweden and Efva Attling
Music Ingrid Bjørnov & Pia Myhrvold
Florist Elin Havreberg
Caterer Lille Herbern
Cake supplier Kaja Sofie Holli
Hair Anne Kari Holli
Make-up Anne Kari Holli
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