Remy Farrell and Nathan Tuft had a lively wedding at Fulham Palace on the 28th June 2023. Despite the formal setting and grand backdrop of the church, the couple wanted to keep the laid-back, fun-loving spirit that they are known for as a couple and ended the evening with an alfresco party on the lawn of Fulham palace accompanied by a mariachi band.
As a fashion editor, there was a lot of interest in what I would choose to wear on my wedding day, and though part of me loved the idea of wearing a micro mini or a cool, wide-leg suit, I chose to do the opposite and wear something that would be the most unexpected of me—a big, traditional white dress. It almost pains me to say it as I know so many brides find the journey stressful, but I saw the one on Instagram almost straight away and I knew there and then it was my dream dress. I’d gone into the process totally open minded and ready to try anything, and it hadn’t occurred to me just how perfect a simple, white, mikado dress would be until it fortuitously popped up in my feed. At the suggestion of my bridesmaids (and wanting to fully throw myself into the process) I booked appointments with two different boutiques but in the back of my mind I knew, nothing would compare to the dress I already had my heart set on.
With something as important as finding the dress, I think it helps to have an idea in mind of what shapes you feel the most comfortable in and flatter you the most, but not to have a totally set vision, you’ll always end up being totally surprised. I didn’t have a style of dress in mind once wedding preparation began, but I did know that the dresses in my wardrobe that I loved the most had square necklines, nipped-in waists, or maxi length hemlines, and I happened to find a bridal gown that ticked off all of the above.
With my dream dress in mind, my appointment at Halfpenny London gave me the opportunity to see what it looked like on me, but also to try on any other options (and there really isn’t anything much more fun than dressing up in their once-in-a-lifetime gowns!). I was dead set in what I wanted until I tried on a slinky fishtail dress that felt like a red carpet moment, but ultimately it was sage advice that reaffirmed my decision. “Can you sit in it?”, “can you dance in it?”, and “is it comfortable to wear all day?” are the kind of questions that everyone should have in mind while trying on the final choices.
The Style Support
My first two appointments were the most important to help me make up my mind: one with the bridesmaids and one with my mum and mother-in-law to be. Although I’m pretty headstrong when it comes to knowing what I want to wear and executing my vision, it was invaluable to hear the objective opinions of those who know me the best (although I am sorry mum for not going with the veil.)
The Evening Look
The decision to change dresses for the reception was a purely selfish one as I wanted to wear as many exciting pieces as I could in one evening, and I’ll put that down to the fashion editor in me. After spending a little extra on such a special dress, I wanted to keep it in as good condition as possible, and I also wanted to make a smart and sustainable choice by wearing rental pieces somewhere on the day. I ended up changing into a Bardot satin halterneck dress from Hurr that was perfect for the party as the dancefloor ended up being the hottest room in the building!
Shoes and bags have always been my thing, and as soon as I saw Jimmy Choo’s cream Bing mules I knew they were the one. Such a statement dress didn’t need over-accessorising, and the subtle sparkle and classic silhouette of the shoe were the perfect match for the gown, especially in a wearable mid-heel height. I chose jewellery in the same vein too, and Jessie Thomas’ pearl and crystal drop earrings matched the style of the shoe, and were the exact balance of classic and contemporary that I was looking for. Similarly, Loveness Lee’s dramatic pearl drop earrings felt like the nighttime alternative to the day-time pair, and dressed up the simple evening slip dress.
The Second Day Outfit
We didn’t have a second day outfit as we said goodbye to everyone that evening. Instead, we went to Thorpe Park with the bridesmaids as our non-traditional way of commemorating the ceremony, and I wore a very on-brand cashmere co-ord. A far departure from the beautiful dress!
Advice For Brides
Go with your heart. Everyone will have an opinion and there will be a lot of well-meaning suggestions, but ultimately it’s you who will be wearing it, and you have to choose the dress that makes you feel beautiful. Every time I look back at photos I end up marvelling at just how good the construction and fit of the dress was, and I know I’ll still feel the same way in 10 years time. I think that’s the true testament of the perfect dress.
Favourite Photo Of The Dress
It’s so difficult to choose because our photographer Jeremy James did such an amazing job of capturing every moment! There are some lovely photos in the church (and of my maid-of-honour doing an outstanding job of always being on hand to adjust the train), but one of the pictures that makes me smile the most is the moment we stepped out of the car on our way into the church. Nathan’s uncle Nic was the first person I saw and he said it was one of the most beautiful and chic dresses he’d ever seen, and you can’t get a better first impression than that!
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