Me and my mum visited the White Closet Studios in Liverpool and were met by Lucy who immediately put me at ease. Dress shopping was not something I was particularly looking forward to as I had no idea what I wanted - all I knew was I didn’t want a “typical” wedding dress! The studio itself is beautiful and it is not overwhelming in any way, it’s so easy to see all the different dresses and designers. The best thing about the whole experience was Lucy. She was so patient, helpful and listened to my ideas and gave me suggestions and styling tips that I wouldn’t of thought of myself. I was able to come back on numerous occasions with aunties/bridesmaids for second opinions before picking my dress - perfect for someone so indecisive as myself!
In the end I chose Charlie Brear ‘Torum’ dress with the ‘Isere’ skirt. I had seen this on Pinterest and absolutely loved it but thought I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I didn’t even pick it until the last minute - I asked to try on the skirt “just to see”! As soon as I put it on I felt so comfortable - the dress was so simple and neckline was perfect. The Isere skirt over the dress was amazing, I loved how much it moved and how different it was to everything I had tried on or seen on wedding blogs.
I had the Charlie Brear sash in blush which finished off the whole dress and skirt combination perfectly. On the day, as well as feeling amazing I felt so comfortable. Although the low back of the dress was gorgeous, I had the back of the dress altered slightly (finding a low back bra solution was a nightmare) but this meant I could wear “normal” underwear! None of it was restricting in anyway, I could eat and drink as much as I wanted and dancing was so much fun in the skirt!
I had four beautiful bridesmaids - Nikki, Katie, Rosie and Lucy. I had no colour scheme/theme and the four girls are so completely different I left it up to them and just annoyed them all with my suggestions! Nikki, Katie and Lucy all chose Maya dresses from ASOS and Rosie chose a Boohoo dress. The girls all made sure the colours complimented each other and chose their own shoes/accessories - they all looked amazing on the day.
The White Closet Studio was the only bridal shop I visited! Two of my bridesmaids had got their dresses from The White Closet in Didsbury so I had visited a few times already and loved it.
What three bits of advice would you give any prospective bride?
- You don’t have to stick to traditions. There were a few things we chose not to do such as cut the cake, be announced into the reception, get photos pretending to sign the register because personally, we didn’t see the point. Do what you want!
- Plan it together - I loved planning the day with Alex, we had such a laugh doing it and it meant that our wedding reflected us both.
- Don’t stress too much, easy to say I know!
Q7 : Did everything go to plan on your big day? If so/not tell us how or why?
There were a few blips in the day but nothing major and to be honest, we hardly noticed or cared we were having so much fun.
Reception venue - Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool. Holly was our wedding co-ordinator and she was so lovely and helped us so much in the lead up to the wedding day. https://ohmeohmyliverpool.co.uk
Photographer - Andy Hirst. He’s amazing and the nicest man ever - https://www.andyhirst.com
Florist - Ivy Pip & Rose. Rebecca is such a lovely person and created the most beautiful bouquets, button holes and hair piece with the only instructions from me asking for “messy, mainly green and nothing too girly”. http://www.ivypipandrose.co.uk
Makeup - Daryll Quinn. Daryll had done my makeup previously so knew exactly what I liked and was also such a calming presence on the day. https://darrylquinn.co.uk
Hair - Phill Gallagher, Electric Hair. https://www.electric-hair.com/liverpool.html
Dress alterations - Boutique Alterations. Tusneem was so knowledgable and altered my dress and skirt perfectly. http://boutiquealterations.co.uk/about/