Charlotte and Adam have to be one of the most loved-up couples we’ve ever seen; they met seven years ago (an office romance), and married this summer in the beautiful Checkley Church — a grade one listed building in the heart of Staffordshire. Their wedding was filled with pretty pastels, show-stopping fashion, and copious amounts of love and laughter. Not to mention hand-made invitations and one of the prettiest wedding cakes we ever did see.
Scroll through a dapper selection of their beautiful photos, then read all about the bride and groom’s choices for the big day.
The dress: Charlotte spotted her dream Ian Stuart dress at a wedding fayre, and knew straight away that she’d found ‘the one’: “My mum burst into tears when she saw me in it; a truly magical moment.” It was the very first our blushing bride tried on, and ended the search right there and then.
The groom’s attire: Adam wanted to veer away from traditional tails (something the couple had never even considered) in favour of a slim fit suit, but when the bride and groom-to-be visited J&J Designs, the style-savvy sales girls advised him to give tails a try. “It was the best decision ever — Adam looked so smart, and the look fitted in perfectly with our theme and venue.”
The venue: Charlotte had her heart set on marrying in church, and after visiting the Church of St Mary in the rural village of Checkley, she immediately fell in love; luckily, it was just five minutes away from their dream venue: “We were lucky to find The Heath House on the internet: a beautiful gothic building surrounded by stunning gardens and a marquee; we knew from the first visit that this was the one.”
The theme: To style the venue, Charlotte turned to Pinterest (all hail our number one creative hub!) for ideas and inspiration: “Pinterest was simply the best way to get all of our ideas together; it really helped to visualise the final look, as you have to be sure that what you choose will tie in, and nothing will look out of place (which is so hard when you can’t see your final vision until the big day).”
The couple also turned to family and friends for those all-important second opinions, and trusted to their florist at Forget Me Not to help them decide what looked best: “Our florist was amazing. She gave us so much direction, which really helped us to picture the overall look — giving us total peace of mind.”
The final look was a sea of pastel colours (we approve!), with pompoms tied playfully to the backs of each chair. Charlotte’s five bridesmaids complimented the scene in lilac, pastel pink and dusky pink dresses.
The ceremony: The couple exchanged traditional vows, in a traditional setting, complete with a reading of The Corinthians 13: “Getting married in church with the bells ringing, and sharing a special moment with our close friends and family was an unforgettable experience. I wish I could do it all again!”
Charlotte described walking down the aisle with her dad (as Adam’s talented uncle played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on the church organ) as an emotional yet beautiful experience: “We looked at each other, and had a moment as if time stood still and there was just me and him.”
Adam: “I felt so proud seeing my beautiful bride walk down the aisle.”
Advice from the bride: ““We loved every part of planning our wedding; it really is the best day of your life and we wouldn’t do a thing differently. Remember, the day is about you and the groom, so try to keep your plans in line with what you like and don’t get distracted by what other people tell you to have (or don’t have). And keep things a surprise — especially your wedding dress!”
Advice from the groom: “Savour the day”. Short and sweet, but we couldn’t agree more!
Thank you so much to Charlotte and Adam for sharing their special day with us. We wish you a lifetime of happiness together xxx
Giving credit where it’s due
The photos: http://www.thorneweddingphotography.co.uk/
The dress: http://www.ianstuart-bride.com/
The Boutique: http://www.bcjosephine.co.uk/
The groom’s attire: http://www.jandjdesignsbridal.com/
The cake: http://www.ticketyboocakes.com/
The venue: http://www.theheathhouse.co.uk/
The flowers: http://www.forgetmenots.co.uk/