Time for another Lisa Rose real bride! This month’s post features the beautiful Kirsty and her groom Nicholas. Kirsty came in to Lisa Rose after visiting a couple of other Birmingham bridal boutiques and coming away empty handed. Our very own Kyla was on hand and determined to pair Kirsty with the wedding dress of her dreams… We’re delighted to say, it went to plan and Kirsty fell head over heels with a stunning Sophia Tolli wedding dress.
Kirsty & Nicholas Oakes (nee Thomson)
Lisa Rose Bridal was the third bridal shop I had visited and after trying on many different style wedding gowns I had narrowed it down to say I wanted a gown that was as figure hugging as possible and that looked traditionally elegant with a corset lace up back. Nick had dropped hints about wanting my back to be on show but the complete backless style dresses aren’t able to pull you in quite as well as a corset so I made plans to wear my hair up on the day and the dress was strapless so still showed enough skin off. A full bodied skirt at the bottom was the final main request to make me feel bridal. My consultant Kyla was very friendly, bubbly and engaging despite it being quite a busy Saturday where a promotional event was on and Prosecco was flowing. There was the perfect atmosphere for choosing my dress with my mum, auntie and mother-in-law to be.
After trying on several dresses Amalfi by Sophia Tolli was the one for me. Not only did it fulfil all of the above criteria but I didn’t realise until I began to try dresses on that the gorgeous champagne colour was my preference over ivory. It was elaborate with a mixture of detailed sparkling beads on the bodice with a neckline that I later had changed to a sweetheart style. The skirt took my breath away with the edges of each layer trimmed with a delicate leaf design giving it an enchanted forest look I never had imagined. Finally, the train of the skirt began from being tucked underneath my bottom (giving a great shape) to fall trailing long and floaty behind me.
When it came to accessories, Kyla draped a few different styles of veil over me until I found one I didn’t expect to go for. It came down to the back of the tops of my thighs and shaped up around my shoulders with a beautiful lace trim. My tiara was later found at the Birmingham NEC Wedding Show by the company Ivory & Co and I chose it for its sparkles and leafy design that matched the trim on my skirt. My mum bought my leafy pearl drop style earrings as an early wedding gift and the night before my wedding I opened a very special box containing a diamond necklace to match my engagement ring from the hubby to be.
I bought my five bridesmaid dresses from Pandoras Prom in Rowley Regis. Nick and I had decided to make it a bit different and have two colours with a lighter and darker shade of purple for the colour scheme which made it more difficult in finding the dresses! I knew the style I wanted and this was the first shop we had visited and despite the colours being slightly different to the original shades of purple I had looked at, the girls loved them so we sealed the deal there and then.
In wanting to keep it traditional, Nick and the nine groomsmen each wore a three piece grey suit with tails and cravats. To tie in with the barn wedding we decided to have Nick slightly different with a tweed waistcoat and then we had the nine groomsmen with a dark purple cravat and Nick had the lighter purple so he stood out as the Groom. We hired the suits from The Black Tie Ltd in Coventry as my dad had used many times and recommended.
Julie from Fairytale Flowers in Coventry did a spectacular job at guiding me in the right direction for the flower arrangements. I made a bit of an error in choosing my colour scheme and buying bridesmaid dresses before visiting the florist and finding that I’d chosen a purple from a warm scale chart (eggplant) and a cool scale chart (lilac) making them harder to bring together. I would advise other brides to visit your florist first and check what flowers are in season and share your ideas on colour matching. Julie still did an amazing job pulling the two colours together and I was delighted with the result.
We were married at Shustoke Farm Barn, it was the first venue we looked at and immediately fell in love with it. Despite us agreeing not to have a church wedding it still felt almost church like with the high ceilings and old brick walls. There is a huge corn field next door that we were able to go to for nice natural rural photos. The food was incredible and the whole day felt intimate with a romantic ambience.
After having three hair trials I finally went with Toni & Guy Solihull where Poppy and Lydia came out to the Forest of Arden Hotel on the morning to style our hair. Helen Brady makeup artist did all of our makeup with the help of an assistant. Helen also helped get me into my dress which I was very grateful for!
Pam Cakes in Coventry made our three tier rustic style cake for us with a great friendly service and delicious result.
This was the day my Dad first walked down the aisle to give away one of his daughters (and I happen to be the baby of the family).
I also officially became a Step-mum to Nick’s two beautiful girls – Imogen & Isabel. The biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on but the most rewarding as well. I love them both very much.
It was the shop referred to as ‘the beautiful shop that used to be a little chapel’ by my mum. I’m so glad I came and found my perfect gown. The service was excellent and I found myself wanting to work there with all the fun energy and care that the team gave. A wonderful extra touch was the card and gift bag given the day I collected my dress with some lovely little goodies inside (I won’t spoil for future brides!) Thank you very much girls x
Try on everything the consultant tells you to – they need you to try on a range of dresses so they can find your shape and see if your reactions are good and bad to better narrow down what you want. I personally would say not to visit any more than four shops or all the dresses just start to blend and it gets even more confusing. Don’t panic once you’ve chosen your dress and the search is over, be confident and also trust the other half will be so overwhelmed on the day that he won’t care what you’ve chosen if it’s something you thought might not be his cup of tea. Good luck!