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Andrew and Charlotte’s classic English wedding at Wasing Park, with Benjamin Stuart Photography

Hey lovely! I have a wonderfully special and pretty day to share with you this morning – I love the details of Charlotte and Andy’s wedding: the bouquet is stunning, I love her hair, and the whole day just looks like SO much fun! The lighting in the evening is really gorgeous too. It’s the perfect injection of life and vibrance and fun for our Thursday mornings!

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“My bouquet was done by the amazing Lindsey from The White Horse Flower Company, it was rounded and had sweet peas, lilac and roses. It looked and smelt amazing and i had more tears when Lindsey bought it to me in the morning. The bridesmaids carried gypsophila and the flowers girls had gyposhilia flower crowns. We also had a large pedestal arrangement set up in the church which got moved after the ceremony to where we had the wedding breakfast, we also had pew ends.”

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The venue is stunning by itself but we added tealights into the slots of the castle barn which looked beautiful when the lights were down in the evening. We also had fairy lights put around the beams of the building and also to the railings outside as well as lanterns outside which made the outside look truly beautiful on such a lovely summers evening. We also had uplighters around the building and a huge love sign which looked really special on the stage during our first dance.

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Images are by the very fabulous Benjamin Stuart Photography. You can find out more about Ben here:

“The venue was amazing: it’s beautiful, well looked after and they put the bride and groom first. I loved shooting the wedding of Andy & Charlotte, because they are the best of friends. It’s always a pleasure to be a part of the bride and groom’s special day – especially when they are Andy & Charlotte!”

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“Thank you so much to Ben and his wife Zoe for our amazing wedding photographs, we couldn’t be happier with them. They are such a lovely couple and made everyone feel so comfortable having their photos taken, including the groom who isn’t a fan of being in photos. They just fit into the wedding day perfectly and felt more like guests than photographers; we even had a few guests thinking they were friends which is lovely. They also went out of their way to help with other little bits throughout the day making sure everything ran smoothly. Couldn’t recommend enough! Thank you, Love Charlotte and Andy x x”

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Andrew and Charlotte

Wedding photographer’s website:

benjaminstuart.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

I had seen a couple of other weddings he had done and loved his style. Some photographers seemed too set up and i liked that his felt more natural. When we met him we knew we made the right choice as he was so friendly and easy to get on with.

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

Couldn’t be happier, he made the whole experience from start to finish so easy and comfortable. The groom isn’t keen on having photos taken so doing the engagement shoot with Ben made Andy feel so much more comfortable for the wedding day. He works with his wife and they were amazing throughout the whole day, not getting in the way and feeling like they were just guests at our wedding rather than photographers was so special. Even had comments from guests thinking we had friends doing the photos because that’s how they came across. Ben even went out of his way to help with little things throughout the day to make our day run smoothly. And the finish result was exactly what we wanted.

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

I had tears again – it bought back the whole day so beautifully. They were even better than i hoped for and although we did the usual group shots its the natural photos that are my favourite and the little moments that Ben and Zoe captured are so special to us. We have only had them back for 2 weeks and I’ve already looked through them all at least 20 times!

Wedding venue:

Wasing Park, Aldermaston.

Wedding month:

May

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Perfect day with gorgeous weather at a stunning venue.

Your wedding style or theme:

I wanted quite a classic theme with a touch of rustic and our colour scheme was mint.

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

Most of the suppliers were recommended by our venue but I’d also spent ages looking online and also in magazines while away on holiday.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Try and work out how much it will cost from the beginning so you can budget well. We had two years from booking the venue until the wedding day so lots of time to save.

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

The venue, it was more expensive than all the others we looked at but if you have a stunning venue everything else can be quite simple. Also the flowers to me are very important in bringing the whole theme together.

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

Laura – Lulabee did all of our wedding stationery for us. It all matched perfectly and was made from mint card or kraft card with mint bows.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, i knew exactly what i wanted so i knew as soon as i found my dress that it was the one. I couldn’t stop looking at pictures of it and loved every dress fitting because i got to put it on.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The dress was Benjamin Roberts and i got it from Mrs Jone Bridal Boutique in Newbury.

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

I had a cummerbund added which tied in a big bow to the back of the dress and i then got part of another belt attached to that to add some sparkle. I wore a tiara and also had a small pearl bracelet and earnings to match.

And what did the groom wear?

They all wore a grey three piece suit and the groomsmen had mint bow ties and pocket squares while the groom had a mint polka dot bow tie and pocket square.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I had four bridesmaids, my sister – Joanna who was my maid of honour and my three best friends from school – Jo, Carly and Hazel. I also had two flower girls, Phoebe -3 and Evie -3.
The bridesmaid dresses were the long Eliza and Ethan wrap dresses in Mint. They all wore the dresses in a different way so they all looked special and the dresses suited each of them perfectly.
The flower girl dresses were from Debenhams and i used material left from the bridesmaid dresses as the band for the middle of the flower girl dresses so they all matched.

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

Mine and the bridesmaids hair was done by my Auntie who works for herself as a hairdresser with the help of her friend and all of our make up was done by Charlotte Elizabeth.

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

I didn’t do much myself except the favours so i thought of lots of ideas for the stationary with the help of Lulabee who did it all for me.
Andy’s dad made us our own sweet cart which he colour co ordinated to our theme.

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

It was simple but detailed, white and three tiers. The bottom was lemon cake and it had a beading detail, the middle was jam sponge and was covered with small edible roses and the top was chocolate and had a lace detail round the top. This was then all topped with roses.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We went for a DJ because Andy isn’t a fan of live music and that way we could personalise the night a bit more by choosing our favourite songs. The second song was to Stevie Wonders – Isn’t she lovely which i danced to with my dad as it was the song my parents gave me when i was born.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Enjoy every second of the day and take a couple of moments here and there to just be together.

What’s the best thing about being married?

It’s official we’re together forever!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Photographer – benjaminstuart.co.uk
Stationery – lulabee.co.uk
Lighting – partylights.co.uk
DJ – moonrakerdisco.co.uk
Florist – thewhitehorseflowercompany.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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