Presenting Charlie Brear's Friday Bride #8 (25/12/15)
Every Friday we kick off the weekend by featuring one of our fabulous brides, showcasing their wedding and, of course, their dress!
This week we spoke to Nicola Varley; who married Harry in June 2015 in a field behind Harry's family home in Dorset. The bride wore our Torum dress with our Augustine skirt.
Continue reading to see some beautiful photographs and find out all about Nicola and Harry's big day!
Describe the style of your wedding:
Relaxed, elegant, simple, pretty and above all - comfortable.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
Charlie Brear! They were by far the best. They were flexible with appointment times, they have a beautiful showroom and dressing rooms, and helpful assistants.
There were a handful of dresses in the collection that I would have been more than happy to wear for the big day.
What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?
When you are planning a wedding there are so many visual aids -Pinterest, Instagram and wedding magazines to name a few. They help hone your ideas, but you can feel bombarded with options and decisions. Stay true to your style and try not to feel any pressure.
How long did it take to plan your wedding?
We planned it in 6 months - we were ready to party!
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Relieved to have it sorted with just 3 months to go, I’d recommend being a little more organised than I was!
What shoes did you wear?
A simple pair of nude heels from Aldo. As expected, I kicked them off by 5pm and went barefoot.
What traditions did you follow?
We thought a lot about having a non-traditional wedding but when we stripped it down there were so many traditions that we valued and didn’t want to lose.
In the end it was a traditional wedding but very relaxed with lots of personal touches.
Who did your hair and make up?
A friend who is very talented with hair and make up… I knew I would wear my hair up and wanted to keep things simple.
Did your wedding have any quirky features?
We had a steel drum and guitar duo called ‘Steel Strum’ playing on the lawn whilst the bubbles were flowing. It added a little party feel to the afternoon atmosphere.
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
What was the funniest moment of the day?
The speeches were brilliant, so funny and well written. Harry and I have been together for 10 years so our friends and families have got to know each other well and have a lot of material to ridicule us with!
As I looked across the room at everybody listening, laughing and crying, it really hit home what a unique and special experience it is to have all your most important people in one place for you.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
We would delegate more. We had a lot of help from our families who were brilliant but it was a bit of an epic project to take on in 6 months.
I also wish we’d hired somebody on the day to oversee everything from start to finish as we were the main point of contact for all suppliers and nobody quite knew the in’s and out’s of everything going on as well as we did.
What great piece of advice would you pass on to other brides?
Weddings are incredibly special but it really is important to keep reminding yourself that it is just one day. It’s everything to follow that really matters.
Try not to let it consume you. I loved getting married but I love being married more.
We really hope you enjoyed this week's Real Life Bride.
Have a great weekend and a lovely Christmas!
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