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Charlotte and Chris’s beautifully homemade wedding in Suffolk, with Ayshea Goldberg Photography

I do love hearing stories from all of my brides and grooms whose special days feature on the English Wedding Blog. You’re all so amazing it’s unreal! The tips and advice you share have taught me pretty much all I know about wedding planning… and I know so many other couples are inspired by your words and images every single day.

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Today it’s Charlotte and Chris whose beautiful wedding will be published on the pages of the English Wedding Blog. They’re a stunning couple whose words and images about their wedding will stay with me for a long time. I found it hard to select images because so many were just gorgeous. (Happy news: there are loads for you to scroll through! Yay!)

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The same goes for tips and advice from the happy couple, but I do love this brilliant advice: “make sure you plan a special exit because otherwise it tails off and you just walk out which isn’t very special. We went for the classic running through the sparklers – it was lovely and everyone got to have fun playing with sparklers as we drove off.”

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Images are by lovely Ayshea Goldberg Photography. You can find out more about her here:

Charlotte’s list of DIY projects is impressive to say the least. The details of the day are so pretty – other DIY brides are going to be glued (and glittered!) to this wedding for hours! Shall we?
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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Chris and Charlotte

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.ajg-photography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

I met her at ‘The truly vintage wedding fair’ and her personality and photographs we amazing.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

She was amazing throughout the day she managed to organise everyone while still staying relaxed and made everyone feel at ease.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We went to a viewing with the photographer and I think we both cried a bit (although Chris would never admit to that). It was a stunning and magical day and the photographs brought it all back, it made me feel like a movie star or model!

Wedding venue:

Hollesley All Saints Church with a reception was on Charlotte’s parents’ land

Wedding month:

August

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A perfect summer day full of family, friends and fun.

Your wedding style or theme:

Country Vintage

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Online

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Make things yourself, it takes time but it is worth it and makes the day personal and special.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The food, which was amazing and so much of it, and the photographer, who has given us amazing memories to keep forever.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We made all of the stationery apart from the table numbers. I would recommend buying a pretty stamp and ink pads and then all your stationery links together but is unique.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

As soon as I walked into the shop I know it was the dress I wanted. It was the complete and I mean complete opposite to what I have in mind, and mum reminded me of that on several occasions, but I knew it was the one. AND IT WAS! I felt like a princess and I liked the fact that it wasn’t white.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Mori Lee, Just a Day

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wore the necklace which was the first gift Chris ever got me, my sister lent me a delicate silver bracelet with a heart detail and I wore bright blue heels.

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

He wore a Ted Baker blue suit with a peacock lining from Moss Bros.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

They wore coral dresses from Monsoon with the most beautiful petal-like skirts I’ve ever seen. They all looked amazing.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Hair – Wedding Curls

Makeup – Defining Radiance – She was so calm and kind and we had a real laugh getting ready in the morning, even without champagne!

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

The Garden Gate, Southwold. She grows her flowers herself and puts a lot of love into her arrangements. She followed the colour theme with the flowers adding that pop of colour. She arranged the bouquets, button holes and church flowers. We ordered buckets of flowers for the reception and arranged them ourselves, I have a big and helpful family.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

My parents owned the venue which meant we had to do all the work ourselves so for the week before the wedding we were raking, building steps, shovelling manure and many other glamourous things. I knew right from the start I wanted lots of things for people to do before the food because I know people can get bored between the ceremony and eating. That meant a lot of work!

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I love craft and I knew I wanted to make more things myself because it would be fun and save money.

We made

  • Bunting out of lace and burlap
  • Covers for the straw bales
  • Photo booth background out of a fence panel
  • We cut out signs from bits of wood we had lying around and painted them
  • We made flower balls (a labour of love) by painstakingly cutting and pinning individual flowers onto the balls. We must have used about 2,000 pins
  • Decoupage bottles
  • Picture frames
  • Table scatter
  • Messages in a bottle
  • All the stationery
  • Wooden handing hearts for the church
  • Windmills
  • Menu stands
  • Painted jugs for the flowers
  • Unfurling pompoms
  • Covering party poppers with pretty tape (I am sad but everything has to be in theme for it to look right)

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We had a simple design on our cake of children with heart balloons. Each layer was a different flavour because I don’t like fruit cake. We had fruit cake, carrot cake, lemon cake and chocolate cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We did a choreographed Charleston first dance. I created it by looking at You Tube clips from Strictly Come Dancing and teaching them to Chris. It was great fun practising although we did have a few injuries, including me kicking Chris in the head quite hard. But on the night it was amazing and got everyone dancing all night long.

Sparkly exit. I was given one piece of great advice – make sure you plan a special exit because otherwise it tails off and you just walk out which isn’t very special. We went for the classic running through the sparklers it was lovely and everyone got to have fun playing with sparklers as we drove off.

On the day tips and advice:

Enjoy it! It goes so fast so make sure you enjoy yourself don’t worry about anyone else it is your day.

Make sure you put some blister prevention products on your feet. There isn’t much time to sit down.

If you don’t have straws at the event make sure you bring some for you so you don’t ruin your makeup and your lipstick lasts longer.

What’s the best thing about being married?

It sounds mushy but you feel closer and more secure somehow. Oh and the new sofa that we are waiting for which our guests all contributed towards.

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Makeup www.definingradiancemakeup.co.uk

Photographer www.ajg-photography.co.uk

Hair www.weddingcurls.com

Flowers www.thegardengate-southwold.co.uk

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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