Over the weekend, actress Eleanor Tomlinson and rugby player Will Owen tied the knot and made it official at Euridge Manor in Chippenham, where the bride wore a beautiful white dress by Pronovias – which happened to be the very first dress she tried on.
We caught up with Tomlinson right after her big day to get all the details of her stunning bridal look, from the sparkling De Beers diamonds to her dewy, glowing makeup and, of course, her huge train that took up so much space on the ride to the altar that her dad couldn’t fit in the back of the car with her.
Choosing something that was miles away from the form-fitting, elegant gown or Grace Kelly-inspired design she thought would attract her, Tomlinson chose the most important dress of her life.
How did you choose your wedding dress?
I think every bride-to-be has an idea of the type of wedding dress she wants, but it’s amazing how that changes when you try it on for the first time. To have played a bride Dear wedding repeatthere was one style of dress that I felt I had already worn, which fortunately ruled out some options.
I went to Pronovias on Bond Street with my brother Ross and my two best friends Victoria and Bex and – the first dress I tried on was the one. I looked at my brother and he burst into tears and I just knew I had found my dream dress and more.
The Pronovias team were sensational from the start and made me feel like a million bucks. So it wasn’t that difficult. I’ve tried on pretty much every other dress in the store though – why not? – but I knew that nothing could top the dress I had already found.
Have famous brides inspired your look?
Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. So when you find your own dress all the ideas go in and you make your own mind up about how you want to look.
I then asked my friends for advice and together we came up with this look that I just seemed to know would work. I didn’t keep the wedding dress a secret from my girlfriends. I wanted them to be included and included in the excitement. After all, it’s your friends who make you feel beautiful.
Did the rest of the wedding plans inspire your dress choices?
The location and the details play a big part in finding the right dress. You create a picture in your head all day and it all falls together like magic. I knew I wanted to get married at Euridge Manor in Chippenham – it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. After seeing the aisle, the setting, and the different areas where moments of our big day would play out, I was able to picture the dress in the setting.
Alex, my brother’s fiancé, was our wedding planner and without him we wouldn’t have had the faintest idea where to begin. Top tip for every bride-to-be: get a wedding planner! Second Tip – Get Alex! He was amazing – he even officiated the ceremony because I wanted a friend, someone I love, to be up there with Will and I.
Did anything surprise you when choosing the dress?
In terms of clothing I had thought I would go for something simple and sleek but as I said once you have decided on your venue and tried on different dresses I found that the dresses I thought I would I would love her if it wasn’t right at all.
Instead I had the most stunning dress with the most outrageous train. There wasn’t even room for my father next to me in the car – he had to sit in the front! But I’ve never felt so safe. So happy. so loved And so ready to walk down that aisle.
How did you choose your accessories?
Finding jewelry was what worried me the most. I wanted something simple but beautiful. Something that makes me feel elegant but at the same time wouldn’t distract from the dress.
I went to De Beers and shared my look and ideas with them and they were so incredibly nice and helpful. I tried on her Snow Dance collection and instantly fell in love and felt like royalty. The necklace, earrings and bracelets were the finishing touches that really completed the look and I just felt so lucky to be able to wear her diamonds with my gorgeous dress. I’m still pinching myself.
Did your work make the process easier?
I think having some red carpet and fashion world experience certainly helped my nerves. Even though you say that, when you first walk down the aisle and look outside and see the faces of friends and family who happily look back at you, everything goes out the window and that bottom lip starts to tremble… and then, boy, those happy tears come .
Tell us about your beauty look.
I’m not sure I got my inspiration from hair and beauty exactly. Ultimately I wanted to feel like myself and have the best time dancing the night away with all our friends and family. I wanted glowing, dewy skin, so my makeup artist, Master Justine Jenkins, and I met beforehand for a little rehearsal and created the look together. Nothing too much, just classic, clean and glowy.
It was kind of the same vibe that created the look for the hair. Katie Hale, my hairstylist extraordinaire, is such a visionary and artist. We looked at mood boards, we gave it a try and Katie created this curly, sexy, textured masterpiece. I’ve never felt so fabulous. For Katie and Justine to set me up for one of the best days of my life… Well I’m a lucky girl to have such talented, wonderful friends.
Do you have any advice for future brides who are still deciding what to wear?
My advice to brides-to-be would be to involve your family and closest friends in choosing your dress. That’s where the magic really begins. Your friends radiate their love for you and it is that radiance that rebounds. Trust your instincts – when you feeling fabulous, you will look fabulous. You wear the dress, the dress doesn’t wear you. So gather your closest friends, get them involved and they will give you that extra boost and allow you to shine.