Charles & Emily’s elegant, classic and original St Giles House wedding, with Camilla Arnhold Photography
Welcome to (nearly) the weekend, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed a little sunshine this week, and are staying safe and well. I’ve been saving up the beautiful wedding of Charles and Emily, which is wonderfully elegant and timeless. The newlyweds are gorgeous: they were married in June at St Giles House in Dorset, with Camilla Arnhold capturing their day. The cake and flowers are just stunning – and the pair look fabulous in a Jesus Peiro dress and tailored suit from Reiss. Enjoy this, lovelies, and have a relaxing weekend.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We chose our photographer from social media, searching the term ‘Wedding photographer Dorset’ in instagram. A range of photographers came up, including Camilla’s, and we were instantly drawn to her beautiful work.
We were extremely pleased with Camilla and her work. She captured every detail we wanted including special moments with family and friends. Her style was exactly what we had hoped for and more.
We were extremely excited when we received our wedding photographs. We received a beautifully presented box with a glass memory stick, and when we plugged the memory stick into our computer we were over the moon with the results of Camilla’s fine work.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Beautiful, wonderful, funny, romantic, special, happy, fun, memorable, elegant
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found our suppliers from St Giles’ House recommendations, as well through social media and web searches.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Ask as many people as you can for favours….and promise them wine in return! Get creative and see what you can make yourself or borrow from others.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our videographer. We were in two minds on whether to film our day, but we are so glad we did. We have this memory to watch over and over again.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
It was a mixture. Charles is a graphic designer, and so naturally the job of designing invites went to him. We combined his hand painted illustrations and modern font to create the invites and then got these printed at a local printer.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I wasn’t too sure what style I wanted and wasn’t really into designers, but once I tried on this dress I fell in love and knew it was perfect.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I purchased my wedding dress from Pantiles Bride In Tunbridge Wells. The designer was Jesus Peiro.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
It took me a while to find the perfect shoes. I’m quite tall, so I didn’t want anything with a high heel and comfort was my main priority. After a long search, I finally found a shoe boutique online called ‘Lace and Favour‘. The brand of shoes were ‘Rainbow Club‘.
I wanted to keep my jewellery simple, so I wore a beautiful silver head slide, which I purchased from Etsy. My earrings were borrowed from my Sister. I believe they were Tiffany. She also wore these on her wedding day, so it was felt extra special. Charles gave me a beautiful bracelet as a wedding gift on the morning of our wedding.
And what did the groom wear?
Charles wore a suit from Reiss. He had it tailored to make sure it was a perfect fit. His tie was Chanel and his shoes were Russell and Bromley.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My six beautiful bridesmaids wore matching dresses from Hobbs. I wanted a dress that they would all feel comfortable in, so I went for a little bit of lace over the shoulder and a long dress, rather than short. They all looked gorgeous.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
‘Amazing Face Dorset‘ did mine and my bridesmaids hair. My sister in law did my makeup on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our beautiful flowers were supplied by Jules Florist based in Christchurch Dorset. They were fantastic and a real pleasure to work with. They knew exactly the style we wanted and were incredibly helpful in putting the final details together.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue was stunning without any decorations, so we wanted the space to speak for itself. The only decorations we added were fresh flowers, which we had on the entrance and each table in the dinning room. We didn’t want things like chair covers, as the chairs made the room feel more complete, amongst the paintings on the walls and library books on the shelves. This was one of the reasons we picked the venue.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We spent a lot of time on the breakfast preparation, including organising the seating plan, table arrangements and speeches. A good wedding is always remembered well if you spend extra time on extra small touches. Luckily we know plenty of artistic family members who helped us bring creative ideas to life. The wedding breakfast took place in the library within the house, so we wanted the centre pieces to reflect this. We sourced old books and drew table numbers in the middle of them. We then added a book mark and propped them up in the middle of each table. We made our seating plan out of wood and chicken wire and hung each guests name and table number with little pegs. We also made a photo booth out of an old photo frame and decorated it with flowers and lights.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My cousin made our delicious wedding cake. It was important for us to have a cake that our guests would enjoy eating in the evening, so we didn’t want a traditional fruit cake, which we personally aren’t huge fans of. We opted for an elderflower and lemon cake, with frosted icing and decorated with fresh flowers from the florist. It was perfect and we were even eating it on the way to the airport on our honeymoon.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
During the church service we had four of our closest friends and family play and sing Elton John’s – Your song. It was such a special moment, as they had been rehearsing for months and it all came together perfectly. We also had hymns in the church, as well as a trumpet player during the brides entrance and the organist.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Just relax and enjoy every moment. Take some time to have a moment with just you and your new husband/ wife, to look around and take everything in together. It might be a lot of hard work planning everything, but it’s all so worth it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
To have a companion for life. To continue to plan our joint life together and to be able to call him my husband.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Camilla Arnold photography – https://www.camillaarnholdphotography.com
St Giles House https://www.stgileshouse.com
Pantiles Brides – http://www.pantilesbride.com
Red Herring – https://www.redherringevents.co.uk
Amazing Face Dorset – https://amazing-face.co.uk
Jules – https://www.julesflorist.co.uk
The Wedding video guys – https://theweddingvideoguys.co