Charlotte and Adam’s traditional English wedding in Cheshire, with Charlotte Giddings Photography
This weekend has me full of thoughts of spring, newness, life and nature – I’m kind of a closet pagan and so Ostara is my thing at this time of year. I’d love to wish you all a happy weekend of reflection, family, chocolate and flowers! Oh, and if you have a wedding business don’t forget you have today and tomorrow to sign up to be a member of the English Wedding Directory for just £30 this weekend!
But first… today’s beautiful bride Charlotte and Adam were married at the beautiful local church in Burleydam, Whitchurch and then had a stunning marquee reception. I love all the gold styling, and their tablescapes are unreal… plus, Charlotte’s bouquet is unique and so, so pretty.
Our bouquets and the bridesmaids floral headpieces were created by The Flower Divas, Audlem. Sam Burden did a fantastic job of creating the unusual bouquet that I asked for and it had so many compliments. Floral decorations in the marquee and church were done by a team of my auntie, our mums and their friends with the help of the very talented Ruth Massey (FlowersbyRuth, Nantwich, Cheshire). My mum even built a garden-centre scale greenhouse, a flower cutting garden and grew lots of the flowers herself. We stuck to a palette of white flowers with lots of green foliage and touches of autumn, such as using hops and sheaves of corn.
The marquee and church were decorated with floral arrangements and table decorations that had touches of autumn and harvest, including wheat and hops. We stuck to a gold and ivory colour palette throughout the marquee, opting for gold rimmed glasswear, glass chargers and candelabras on the long banqueting style tables.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I worked with Charlotte for several years, throughout which she was studying photography and starting her photography business. It is really clear how passionate she is about creating brilliant memories through her pictures, so it was a really easy decision when it came to picking her.
We loved Charlotte’s ability to hide into the background throughout the day, capturing some brilliant images without having to spend hours posing for photographs. Adam and I love natural shots but still really wanted to have the traditional family group shots and Charlotte understood this and created both classic, timeless images, as well as, more modern, natural photos.
We were overwhelmed with how many images of our amazing day had been captured. It was lovely to be able to go re-live the day again, through the photos. I particularly loved how many brilliant pictures there were of Adam and the groomsmen getting ready before the wedding; I hate missing out on things, so loved knowing what they had been up to!
Thanks to the special connection with both of our families, there was no question that we wanted to get married at our local church, St Mary and St Micheal’s Church in Burleydam. Our reception then followed at my parents’ home in a fabulous marquee, supplied by Berry Marquees (http://www.berrymarquees.com/). We were extremely lucky that my uncle owns the company and despite the logistical nightmare of transporting a huge marquee from Surrey to North Shropshire and all our male family and friends having to help put it up, it was definitely worth all the hard work! Stephen at Berry Marquees was fantastic to work with, he has a real flair for design ideas and their attention to detail helped to create a marquee that was nothing like we had seen before.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Everything we could have wished for.
Your wedding style or theme:
We really wanted to create a timeless and elegant look, keeping with classic styling and touches of gold decoration.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were people we already knew and we really tried to support local business wherever possible.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
It is worth spending the time scouring the internet and shopping around to find the best prices for things. We tried to buy lots of the decorative items ourselves, as often it turned out to be cheaper to buy things ourselves rather than hiring decorative items, particularly when looking for anything out of the ordinary. Now we have the bonus of lots of items in our house that serve as mementos of our big day.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Both our photographer and videographer, as these are the people that helped to capture all the memories of our day. In many ways, these are the best value for money as we will have the photos and videos to treasure for many years to come. Our videographer, Becca Spavin at IndiaInc captured the most amazing footage of our day and edited the perfect video to the sounds of our favourite songs. She also created a hilarious ‘lip-sync’ video which got all our friends and family singing to ‘Everybody Needs Sombody- Blues Brother’ along with lots of actions/dancing etc…highly amusing after a day of drinking!!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our wedding stationery was supplied by ‘Bespoke Printed Stationery’ (https://bespokeprintedstationery.co.uk/). I have a love of tradition and etiquette, so was determined to have a very classic and simple stationery. It’s so lovely to look at both our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding invitations and to see such a similar styles to ours.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I was really worried about finding my wedding dress, as there were so few that I liked when browsing through wedding magazines. Luckily we came across the extremely talented dress designer Katy Britton who helped to transform my dreams into a reality. I was certain that I wanted a dress that was very simple, with no lace, beading or diamonte detailing but that still made a statement. As soon as I tried my dress on, I was in love with it, it is honestly more perfect than I could have imagined.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Katy Britton dress designer based at Mariee Bridal Boutique in Nantwich Cheshire (Bride and Bridesmaids) http://mariee.co.uk/.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wanted the dress to speak for itself so kept my jewellery to a minimum. Adam bought me beautiful antique diamond earrings that match my engagement ring as a wedding present, which I wore. I treated myself to gorgeous Jimmy Choo shoes, which were extremely high and impractical but definitely worth it!!
And what did the groom wear?
Adam looked very handsome in his own traditional morning suit with his Grandpa’s top hat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Katy Britton (Mariee, Nantwich) designed the bridesmaid’s dresses to complement my dress. I wanted them to have gold in their dresses to reflect the theme of the wedding but wasn’t keen on all gold dresses, so the gold pleated waistband detail was a perfect solution. I loved how all four of our dresses looked together and how pretty their floral headdresses were. Again Kate captured some of my favourite styles, from the Audrey Hepburn inspired boat neck-line to the simple almost regency style shape of the dress reflecting mine and my sisters’ love of Jane Austen!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I was reticent to have my make-up done professionally but decided (rightfully!) to trust Nicola Goff (Nicola Nails and Beauty, Whitchurch) to do it. She did a fantastic job which lasted all day and it was great having it done by someone I have known for ages, making it easy to be honest with what I did/didn’t want. Our hair was done by local hairdresser Rebecca Timmis (Rebecca T Hairdressing), who was really professional and did a brilliant job.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I struggled to find lots of wedding items in gold, so got through lots of cans of gold spray paint (resulting in permanently gold hands!). We had lots of fun digging out old family wedding photos, which we used to create a photo wall of all of our family on their wedding day. It was such a good talking point and we loved discussing how styles had changed and who everyone was.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a four tier cake with different layers of fruit cake, lemon, caramel and white chocolate sponges. The designing was of delicate gold flowering complimented the theme of the day.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band, My Eleventh Toe, were absolutely brilliant and kept a packed dance floor! We had the added surprise of my parents’ booking my favourite blues/boogie-woogie singer (Dino Baptise) to entertain the guests whilst we were enjoying reception drinks. We have had Dino for several parties, so it was such a brilliant surprise to hear him singing from the marquee when we returned from the church.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Adam and I got married within eight months of our engagement, which if you can afford, I would highly recommend getting on with it quickly. It made it so much more exciting. We did, however, have the bonus that I had been planning this wedding since my infancy, so lots of the decisions were really easy!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s impossible to pin it down to one thing but I love being able to share every day with my best friend.
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