Real Bride: Christine & Darren

Oct 22, 2015

Christine talks classic romance and contemporary music as she takes us through her beautiful ceremony at Oakley Court


Where did you meet your husband? 

How strange!! South Korean girl met Irish boy in the Irish pub in Sunny Sydney. I was a University student and my husband was there for a work.

How did you know he was the one?

I found myself being completely and honestly who I am around him.

“And he loves me for who I am. And I believe we bring out the best part of the other and share same sense of direction in many ways”


How did he/you propose?

He proposed me when we were in Paris for our short winter holiday. I did not know this would happen but obviously he planned it under the radar. I only remember, it was very cold and incredibly beautiful surrounded by golden lights on top of Eiffel Tower when he asked me “Would you marry me?”

When are where did the big day take place?

 2nd September 2015 at Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor.

When did you start planning?

6 months before the wedding date. I mean extensive planning!!


Where did you get your dress? 

Windsor Bride, A few steps away from my house.

Is that the sort of dress you thought you would go for or was it a surprise? 

It was a surprise!! My daily look can be described as simple and clean-cut. I actually thought a sheath silhouette dress.


Who came dress shopping with you? 

My husband. It sounds a little awkward to most of British, but in Korea, it is a norm to shop around your dress with a future husband. But I did not tell him which one I will go for the big day. Just for a surprise!!

What style of maids did you go for? 

I did not have maids but had my little niece Grace as a flower girl. She was so pretty in her silky white dress and a flower crown.


Did you have anything unusual during the ceremony? (music, readings or flashmobs!) 

Nothing really unusual but we did not want to play classical music so we went for songs we love;

Before the wedding start – Stand by me by Ben E King, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Just the way you are by Bruno Mars, Love by Natalie Cole

For the Bride entrance – A thousand years by Christina Perri (Instrumental)

For the signing of the register – I’ll be there by Jackson 5, All you need is love by Beatles

For the recession – Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder

And 3 readings by my mother in law and her 2 sisters;

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, The Bridge across Forever by Richard Bach

What was the inspiration or colour theme for your wedding?

British wild flowers garden theme – Lavender, Daisy and White Gypsophila (White, Purple and hint of yellow)


What tips do you have for new brides picking their wedding dress?

You have to really understand your body shape and study what silhouette of dress would work the best. This then become your borderline. At the same time, be open minded and brave!!

“Try dresses that are something new to you. You may find a surprise, like I did!”

What was your favourite moment from the day?

My favourite moment was when my dad, father in law, the best man and my husband made speeches!! Very emotional but loved to see all our guests were there for us and shared our stories. Happy cries around!!


Christine wears our style 11350:

Photography: Hannah McClune Photography,

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