“I wish I could do it all over again.”
From Day One…
It was loves young dream for Charlie and James when they started dating just shortly after Charlie’s 21st birthday, but little did they know they had just met their perfect match and, more importantly, the person they were going to spend the rest of their lives with.
Home Is Where The Heart Is:
Their summertime soirée was magical, gathering all their nearest and dearest in the untouched Northumberland countryside for a love-soaked celebration.
While their vows took place in the traditional church setting, the celebrations continued back at their ‘home sweet home’.
Dreaming of rural surroundings, neutral colours and an open space filled with their loved ones, no location seemed more homely than a grand marquee, set up right in the comfort of Charlie’s parents’ garden.
“It was always going to be at my parents’ house as we are so lucky to have the space. I hoped for a sunny day and we got it… 30’C!” – Charlie
Dressed in simple shades and accented with wooden features and draped greenery, the stunning interior of the marquee, perfectly matched the outstanding outdoor views which overlooked the sprawling acres of lawned moors.
With the relaxed summer vibe set in place, guests were in for an evening of great food, good music and tranquil surroundings truly unlike any other.
Tying in with the homegrown feel, Charlie designed all her stationery herself.
Inspired by the Sycamore Gap Tree, where James proposed, it was the perfect pretty paper to commemorate their day.
They also had handmade signs made by a friend and painted by Charlie, directing people along the farm track with ‘1.5 miles to go’, ‘nearly there’, which have since been used at three of their friends’ weddings since. Economical.
Capturing the raw emotion and overwhelming love on the couple’s wedding day, was none other than recommended suppliers, Gemma Smith Photography and Top Table Films Videography.
“Working with Jon from Top Table Films really made our day. He was with us for the whole day, starting early while the bridesmaids were getting their makeup and hair done, before meeting the boys at the pub (where we first met) to walk to the village church. He was so relaxed and really captured the day beautifully.”
Belle of the Ball:
In search for the wedding gown of her dreams, Charlie was yet to be wowed, until she came across award-winning fashion designer Kate Fearnley, where she fell in love with the idea of designing a bespoke gown to suit the style she loved.
“I first met Kate at the Belle Bridal show in Wynyard Hall – I wasn’t expecting to find my dress, it was just a fun day out looking for ideas with a fellow ‘bride to be’. Kate was so lovely to work with, she knows so much about the different materials and how they will fit and work together.
The end result was stunning and it felt so personal, I wish I could do it all over again.” – Charlie
The bride stepped out in a beautifully hand-crafted wedding gown, graduated with a low cut back and lace applique detailing. Making a statement, this fashion-forward bride was complemented by her blushing bridesmaids dressed in a shade of baby blue.
From the Bride:
“I cannot recommend a videographer enough; photos are lovely to put around the house, but the video really brings the day to life.”Real Weddings section or browse the pages of our glossy magazine – available to buy or download now.