After a chance reunion after over 15 years, it was so nice to work with Emily and Charlie on their big day on the planning, styling and coordination. They are both fun loving party people and not a couple for a traditional wedding day so I knew from the off that it would be fun and informal with plenty of quirks.
The planning process was what I dream of with every client - meetings with plenty of wine and late nights talking about table set ups, structures, flowers, food and drinks. Emily and Charlie’s main aim for the day was something informal, with good food and nice wine, something that was rustic and charming, and where everyone was up dancing all night long.
Emily wanted a bespoke dress, something made just for her out of fabric she could choose and in a shape and style that she wanted, so the lovely ‘Soon Bride’ was set to work to create the masterpiece that was Emily’s wedding dress. It was so Emily and perfect with all the wild looking bouquets expertly put together by a family member with trailing silk ribbons from Silk and Purl. The bridesmaids wore long dresses from Marks and Spencers all tied in different ways – they are ideal for a team of girls who want a similar look with their own touch. Charlie, a big tweed fan, opted for a dark green ‘Tweed Addict’ suit with his ushers wearing their own suits with ties from TM Lewin.
Emily and Charlie had their ceremony at Potton Church, just a stones throw from their house and then everyone wandered over the road to the church hall grounds for the reception. Guests were met by the sounds of a friend of Emily and Charlie playing the acoustic guitar which was perfect in the background as everyone chatted away. The set up outside was really chilled with hay bales, fire pits, garden games and a huge help yourself drinks station with an old bath and drinks dispensers filled with booze. Being foodies, Emily and Charlie had chosen a whole selection of seriously good canapes from one of our favs The Illustrated BBQ Company and brought round on big platters with fun napkins.
It came to dinner time and the heavens opened. At least we managed to have the drinks outside! Everyone was seated on long tables in a tipi provided by the awesome Country Tipis. Tables were rustic with plants and herbs potted in old terracotta pots, chunky candles and little pots of Charlies homemade chutney as favours and place settings. The tipi was decorated with thousands of fairy lights and hanging hoops with ribbons. The seating plan remained rustic and was built out of pallets and chopping boards and the card box was made with old wooden ladders, and trunks that were Charlies. We strung photos of both families between the ladders and on each step with little potted plants for pops of colour. The wedding cake, a semi naked cake, sat by the top table decorated with pretty, wild flowers in keeping with the theme and was cut later on in the evening with Charlies family sword…why not!