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Designer Spotlight – Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - ISERE SKIRTisere skirt

This year, amongst the couples I’ve worked with to plan and style their weddings, I’ve had 4 of my lovely brides (with impeccable taste!) all choose British designer and stylist, Charlie Brear (note: not to be confused with my own name, though they are strangely similar!) Considering all the designers out there, that’s a pretty good rate and I have to say, I’m not surprised.

The latest Charlie Brear 2015 collection is incredibly savvy and sophisticated. Inspired by iconic decades of style, the designs are flawlessly combined with Charlie’s own contemporary aesthetic (as seen in her ready-to-wear line). Beautiful cut silouhettes, layers of soft tulles, chiffons and romantic lace can all be combined with the innovative ‘Additions’ as each bride has the opportunity to create her own unique style. A simple crepe, satin or chiffon dress can be layered with anything from sequinned overdresses (these are wow, let me tell you), sheer lace backs, incredibly feminine tiered skirts, plus silk sashes or soft shrugs to add that finishing touch all fully customised to each bride effortlessly.

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From top to above: augustine lace & hurrel cape / aurele skirt / voulaire overdress & pettine versailles / mongolian gilet & manira skirt / casimir overdress / versailles jacket & catroux jacket / etoile sash / tavaline & fayette overdress voulaire top &  demi voulaire / chapelle

As a formal stylist, Charlie Brear created what was formerly known as The Vintage Wedding Dress Company back in 2005 after sourcing many a vintage wedding gown for a photo shoot. Since then amongst her love of vintage, Charlie grew the collection to include a capsule bridal offering of made to order gowns, using details and accents of decades gone by as inspiration for a contemporary take on vintage glamour.

Since then, the company was re-launched as Charlie Brear and as well as bridal collections, she also has ‘Additions’ which is a collection of unique pieces to compliment the made to order gowns, such as lace sleeves, over skirts, lace shrugs and this is what makes her designs so sought after as effectively this enables the bride to customise her own bespoke gown with a few small additions to suit the individual.

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All the collections are produced in the UK using a diverse range of hand selected fabrics and trims. In the beautiful flagship London boutique tucked away off  they also offer original one of a kind vintage dresses as part of their Original Vintage Collection.

Haivng visited the flagship boutique in Fitzrovia earlier this year, I was blown away by the fabrics, the cuts and most of all the excitement that comes of being able to tailor your dress to suit you and make the most of both your style and your figure. If you aren’t London based there are a number of other stockists available throughout the UK, which you can see listed here.

I literarily wouldn’t know where to start if I were trying these on, though I’d say the ‘Aurele’ tulle skirt with glittery sequin overlay would likely be a good place to start…

If you want a little look behind the scenes you can see a pretty cute little video here (in case the images above weren’t enough pretty for you!) and I also highly recommend you follow Charlie Brear on instagram, it’s a beautiful and inspiring feed!

Jac + Chris – Urban Glam London Wedding at 6 St Chad’s Place

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban

Not everyone couple who gets engaged loves the idea of a wedding, in fact this couple cringed at the thought of their ‘special day’ but with some creativity, personal influences and keeping true to themselves Jac and Chris had exactly the day they wanted, on a small budget and they can now say that their wedding was indeed a very special day.  A short but sweet feature, with photography by the lovely Heather at Brighton Photo.

“Before we got married we didn’t like weddings.  Every time somebody said ‘your special day’ we both cringed.  We wanted to do something that reflected us as a couple.  It wasn’t about trying to be different; it was about being true to ourselves.  So it had to be in London, and we had to find a way to have all our friends and family with us without spending too much.  We had to have great music, great food, fabulous photos and lots of wine.  Oh, and we both had to look amazing.  Love and London conquered all and we managed the impossible.  We are now converted – it really is a very special day.”

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Looking at this gorgeous bride you would never think for a moment she was in a dress from the high street for under £500… but she is! Resourceful Jac sourced her glitter sequin wedding dress from high street store Coast from their ‘Couture’ range. She removed a pink flower and added a very chic red sash to give it that touch of Old Hollywood Glamour. She paired the dress with a fabulous pair of vivid red shoes from Jimmy Choo and a vintage fur jacket that was bought for just £80 from a stall in Angel. Quite the bargain hunter!

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Unusually Jac and Chris decided to walk down the aisle together as a couple for their Town Hall ceremony which melted their nerves away “Old Marylebone Town Hall was very accommodating and let Chris and I meet in a beautiful room before we walked down the aisle together. Chris always says that the best part of the day was when I walked into the room and we had a couple of minutes together just the two of us before the ceremony.  I agree, as soon as I saw him I didn’t feel nervous anymore, just really happy.” 

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“We didn’t have a gift list but instead asked friends to help us with our wedding. We have friends with many talents who kindly DJ’d, sang, did our tailoring, made the cake, did my make up, provided vintage china and decorations, and a million other things and this all made it possible for us to have the wedding that we wanted.  They all do these things for a living so offering their services for free was incredibly generous of them.  We couldn’t have done it without them.  It made the day really special.”

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Jac and Chris were determined to find a venue that suited them and their guest list and after compromising with a later ceremony they found the perfect place “It took us 8 months to find the venue, and on our search we quickly realised that we couldn’t stay in budget if we had a sit down meal so we decided to get married later in the day at 4pm, have a finger buffet and spend the bulk of our money on the bar! The wine was still flowing late into the night and we arranged for a late licence until 2am so the party could go on. Determination and a firm believe that anything is possible in London got us through the hard days – London never lets you down!”

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“My very good friend, Heather Nimmo, who is an actress and singer, sang Make You Feel My Love by Adele.  We also had lots of Motown classics playing all day and when Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together came on only Chris and I knew what it meant.”

Words of advice from the bride… “Decide what you want to do, ignore everybody else and just find a way to make it happen!  People said we couldn’t walk down the aisle together but we did it anyway. They said I wouldn’t find a dress for under £2k – I found one for £450 and felt a million dollars. They said we couldn’t possibly get married at 4pm – guess what? We could and we did!”

As well as being a lovely wedding this is a reminder that there are no rules when it comes to weddings [other than the ahem legal bit!] – you really can do things however you want and I’m so pleased Jac and Chris were able to do just that. Many congratulations to you!

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Photography: Brighton Photo / Ceremony: Old Marylebone Town Hall [currently closed] / Reception Venue: 6 St Chad’s Place, Kings Cross / Bride’s Dress: Coast Couture [altered by bride] / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair: Georgia at The Hairdressers / Make Up: Pamela at Pamela and Andrea Make Up / Eyelash Extensions: Boudoir Lashes / Cake: Fleuricakes / Vintage Hire China: Vintage Flair Tableware