I’m just back from viewing the new bridal collection from Charlotte Balbier. Not only was this a fantastic buying trip but it was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with her about her recent wedding!
Charlotte was married in December 2013 but last time we chatted in July 2013 she told me about the difficulties of selecting her wedding dress. Charlotte is one of the best UK bridal designers and we love her. Not only does she create lovely and super girlie dresses, but she is also an absolute honey.
Her wedding was a super mega top secret. We had to wait months to see even a glimpse of her big day on Instagram. However, all was finally revealed a few weeks ago in the current issue of You and Your Wedding magazine. I scoured the shops to track down a copy and oh my how it was worth the wait! The images of Charlotte’s perfect day were breathtaking and needless to say her dress was perfection.
Combining good taste with a list of the best industry contacts made sure that every last detail of her wedding day wowed. Her wedding day supplier list is pretty much a who’s who of the wedding world, but I’m sure she would have had a hard time selecting who to use. I dread the day I have to decide which professionals to use for different elements at my wedding as I have great relationships with so many in the industry – I am bound to offend someone! I imagine that for someone like Charlotte Balbier this problem is magnified.
However, narrowing down and selecting suppliers couldn’t have been as difficult as selecting ‘The Dress’. Can you imagine the pressure as one of the most important bridal designers in the UK? She was reluctant to wear a dress that lots of other brides had chosen – she felt she had to create something new and unique just for her. With the whole bridal industry eagerly awaiting her dress choice the pressure was on.
In the end, she chose to wear two very different dresses. Her ceremony gown was everything I had hoped it would be. It was a proper princess dress, with an amazing full skirt, lace detailing, demure neckline and beautiful sleeves. As soon as I saw the picture in the magazine I knew Cathedral Gowns had to have it, and luckily for us ‘The Charlotte’ is part of her 2015 collection.
Charlotte also chose a lighter gown for the wedding party and it was not what I was expecting at all. She opted for a soft slinky golden lace gown with beautiful fluttery sleeves. It wouldn’t have looked out of place on a 1930s movie set and gave off old Hollywood glamour! This dress is named after her wedding venue ‘Iscoyd Park’. It goes without saying that we have this dress on order too.
I am delighted that she went for two gowns to showcase two different sides of her personality and style. She told me that she had a third dress on stand-by in case she changed her mind but I think just made the perfect choices.
For more images see:
Charlotte’s Blog http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/charlotte-balbier/
You and Your Wedding http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/
Charlotte’s Instagram http://instagram.com/balbierbrides#