This week we have another lovely real bride to share with you. Charlotte visited us on our stall at the NEC National Wedding Show back in 2015 and was married to her beloved Robert in May last year in a gorgeous Phil Collins bridal wedding dress. We loved looking through these pictures and reading all about Charlotte’s bridal journey, and we hope you will too!
Charlotte & Robert Wilding (nee Mitchell)
Married Sunday 1st May 2016
Why did you choose your gown? Was it everything you dreamed of and more or was it an unexpected choice? What accessories did you choose? Who was your bridal consultant?
I had been on the search for my dress for a while. I had visited a few stores including factory outlets and could not find anything to suit my shape (hourglass with a big bust!) My husband, my mum, my mother in law to be and my maid of honour (Lucy) visited the National Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham in February 2015. There were loads of dresses to choose from there and had I have realised this before hand I wouldn’t have dragged the husband along! I spent the ENTIRE day trying on dresses at various stalls and had to send Rob away whilst I tried them on as I didn’t want him to see me!
I tried dresses on of all shapes and sizes as I was open to ideas and it got to around 4pm and I was utterly deflated! I didn’t feel good about myself as nothing looked right on me and I had tried all the different styles on from big and puffy with lots of bling, to lacy, to mermaid/fishtail style.
Eventually I found a stall over to the right hand side of the exhibition called “Lisa Rose Bridal” I thought I would have one last try before I gave up. Lucy helped me comb the racks for anything I might like to try and I picked up around 4 dresses in my size. Lucy pulled a dress off and asked me what I thought to trying it on. I judged the dress saying it was “too plain” and that “I didn’t really think it would suit me.” I took it into the dressing room though to humour her.
In the dressing room I picked the dress out that I thought would suit me best. I put on the dress and thought it doesn’t look too bad, but again it wasn’t me. I showed the parents and Lucy and they agreed it was nothing special. The next dress I tried was Lucy’s pick. I had no expectations what so ever for this dress but put it on anyway.
As soon as I was laced in, I thought “Wow! This. Is. It.” I couldn’t believe it, the dress I had dismissed for being too plain was the perfect dress for me! I came out with a beaming smile on my face and everyone complemented me on how pretty it was. The dress was a Phil Collins dress. It was ivory chiffon, which gathered at the waist with a little beading detail across the bust and waist. It laced up at the back and it had a beautiful train which I could pin up for the first dance! I wore this with a small tiara and my mothers veil from her wedding!
The ladies at Lisa Rose were very helpful and let me give them a call the next day to make the final decision as it was still the weekend of the fayre. (The dress had a special show price so I had to decide that weekend). The next day however I knew that it was my dress and I ordered it over the phone with the girls. I could not wait to wear it!
Where did you buy your bridesmaids dresses from and what colour were they?
My bridesmaids were fairly easy to please! I bought the dresses online from a store called JJshouse. The dresses were a dark green also made from chiffon which did up around the neck. The website was easy to use as I could input their measurements and they would supply them made to measure. It is worth noting though that I did get these altered slightly later on as the straps weren’t in quite the right places on the girls. They looked beautiful though!
What did your groom wear and who supplied his and his groomsmen’s outfits?
Rob and his groomsmen wore grey suits with tails (the only time you get to wear tails is a wedding these days!) They had green cravats to match the bridesmaids and silver waistcoats with a criss cross detail. These were hired from Dapper Dan’s in Wolverhampton at a very good price and we saved money by hiring 6 suits!
Who supplied your flowers?
My beautiful flowers were all created lovingly by my mother in law, Anne. She did such a fantastic job, she made everything from the bouquets, to the centre pieces to even the button holes. They were a mixture of greens and whites to go with our woodland theme.
Who was your photographer and how did you choose him/her?
My lovely photographer was Yaz from Forever Pictures. He did an absolutely fantastic job and I cannot thank him enough for the work he put in.
He and his assistant were with us from 8am until 11pm!! He was very reasonably priced and gave you so much within the Gold package. We got an engagement photo shoot, a photo album, a DVD with guest messages on, a photo booth and him and his assistant for the entire day. He captured the day perfectly!
My hair and make up was done by a lady called Judy Pendrill from Brides by Pendrill. She really listened to what I wanted and after my hair trial I decided I wanted a different style. She was happy to give me another hair trial until I was happy. My hair was done beautifully to the side with curls, and my make up was done very naturally. She also did hair and make up for all my bridesmaids and my mum.
Rob and I got married at Hampton Manor in Solihull. Our theme was woodland so this was the perfect backdrop for our special day. The ceremony was in the birches which was a lovely room away from the main hotel. The hotel itself was lovely, it looked like a castle from the outside, it had beautiful stone walls and archways. We had our wedding breakfast in Elizabeth’s court which was a nice area closed off from the main hotel. The hotel itself didn’t have hundreds of rooms either so it meant it was more private for us and our guests.
As part of our woodland theme we had an owl deliver the rings. It was amazing! Everyone was so surprised, and I think it really added that special touch. After the ceremony the same company Ring on a Wing did a flying display with some other birds too which helped to entertain our guests during the photos. It was brilliant and Debbie and Steve from Ring on a Wing were very professional and friendly.
I tried on a lot of shoes and all the usual wedding shoes made by Rainbow Club etc but they were so uncomfortable at a horrendous price! In the end I went for some bridal shoes from BHS. They were nice and comfy as they had memory foam in the soles and didn’t look any different to the designer ones I had been trying on previously.
My beautiful wedding cake was made by my wonderful mother. She made four tiers and included a lot of detail including cake lace and quilting. It was delicious too!
Lisa Rose were very friendly and approachable even though I found my gown at a busy wedding fayre. It was nearing the end of the day when I found my dress and they were very patient with me whilst I was trying on dresses.
Just be open minded because what you think may be the perfect dress may not be. Sometimes trying on different styles may surprise you!
Oh Charlotte, what a lovely day you had, and what a special touch having an owl deliver the rings to you. Beautiful. Charlotte’s experience is one we hear of quite often, brides struggling to find a dress that is just right for them. It just goes to show… it’s always worth ‘humouring’ your bridal consultant as often we can see what’s right for a bride before she can 😉
Charlotte, we’re so glad you managed to finally find a dress that made you feel as incredible as you deserved, you looked stunning. All the very best to you and Robert for your future together as husband and wife.
Lisa and the team x