And I Married My Best Friend….Part 1

Because that’s what we all do right? Amongst all of the W-day froth and the fancy the best bit is actually the fact you get to spend the rest of eternity with your most favourite person in the world.

Kelly (street dancer) and James (farmer) threw one of the prettiest affairs I have ever seen, with an abundance of home made touches that were not only super purse friendly (and in some cases absolutely FREE) but also represented the bride and groom as a couple – their interests, their occupations and all the things they love.

And as for Kelly’s bridal look well, I have some serious green-eyed action going on over here due to her gorgeous glossy locks and perfect princess-esque gown…

And don’t even get me started on the blooms. They have my 2011 inspiration predictions written all. over. them.

With huge thanks to photographer John Day for providing the gorgeousness.

Casual Cool

My hair and make up was easy. My hairdressers Jeryl has been doing my hair since I was 18, and did not lose her rag when I saw her a 1000 times to try up, down, half up half down, curly, straight…. throughout the year! We eventually settled on down as the dress did itself justice and the wedding was very casual. I didn’t want to rock up too groomed and give out the wrong message πŸ™‚

I wear my hair down most of the time too. My make up was done again by a friend, Kate Lester who I know through teaching dance classes, she is one of my students. She was brilliant, and got the look just right.

Keeping It Simple

My jewellery was from the same place James got the engagement ring and our wedding rings. R.J Spicer in Cheltenham. Ryan and Lisa who own it are good friends and have such gorgeous jewellery. I had a simple necklace with a single pearl at the end and the earrings to match. James also bought me a bracelet from there which the best man surprised me with by popping by on the morning of the wedding. It was important to James and I to keep as much of the wedding organised with close friends and family as we were on a tight budget.

Love At First Sight

My dress was from Dragonfly Contemporary Designs in Cheltenham and the designer was Kate Sherford. The dress is called Victoria. The lady Rita who owns Dragonfly is so lovely, I went to other more commercial places where I didn’t get the same special treatment. The way it works is you buy the dress and Rita makes any alterations into the cost rather than adding on top like most places.

I added the sweetheart neck in, the sash and we added daisies to the veil from the body of the dress. It happened to be a dress I tried on just passing the shop as I didn’t realise it was there, I had only tried on 2 or 3 and so thought surely this can’t be the one? I went to other places and nothing felt the same so I came back, tried it on again and the rest is history.

Sorbet Shades

The bridesmaids dresses were Dessy. We added the sweetheart neckline to those too. I wanted the girls to feel comfortable so when we went there I just said to pick whatever they liked best, all I was certain on was that I wanted maxi dresses. Groomsmen hired their suits, our colour scheme was a bit of everything really, we didn’t want it too formal so we went for a combination of peach, pale green, pale pink, white and grey for the groomsmen.

Rustic Florals

The flowers were done by a friend of a friend called Anne who works locally from her house. We played about with lots of ideas and I knew I wanted something very pretty but very simple and natural. Kind of as it was. A friend of ours had lent us her birdcages. She was trying to start her own wedding planning company and had them at the time. She helped us brainstorm some ideas too to try and get some experience for her new company.

In the end I settled on Margarit’s (not sure if right spelling!) for the centre pieces with a bit of gypsophilia and some pink rose pettles scattered on the tables. In my bouquest I had a few roses, gyp, september flowers and some long grasses, and they were hand tied with lace. I had asked for ‘scooped from a field look’. The bridesmaids had the same but without the roses. We also found an old fashioned mini bike in James’ Dads shed so we put that on the guest book table and added some flowers to that too.

James wore a hired suit, I could not help but love him more when he hired a suit for Β£60 so I could have the dress of my dreams. The day of the wedding was so weird as I was totally calm and not nervous at all. Previously at the rehearsal I had been a nervous wreck and wondered how on earth I would cope on the day!

As we walked into the church, I tried to only look at James who was totally old schoool and got his best man to turn around while he remained still. I got to him and gave him a smile, and he was already starting to sob. I think a lot of the time with guys they spend the build up to it chilled out and then get emotional on the day where as girls often do the opposite.

The service was so special. We had Sing Hosannah my favourite hymn, which the entire church bellowed out in harmony! My friend Jen also did a reading which she chose herself called ‘I like you’ by Sandal Stoddard, which set everyone off, as well as me, and at this point James had to be handed a hankie!!

Ceremony Venue – St Peter’s Church

Reception Venue – Stanway Tithe Barn

Brides Gown – Kate Sherford at Drangonfly in Cheltenham

Brides Jewellery – R.J Spicer

Bridesmaids – Dessy

Photographer – John Day

Have you ever seen a Bride look so happy?

And have you ever seen such beautiful Order of Service stationery?!

Plenty more pretty coming up in part 2 folks.

Big I Want o Wear a Daisy Headband Love

Charlotte xxx

22 thoughts on “And I Married My Best Friend….Part 1

  1. I just love her hair! I’m not sure mine would ever get that much volume though πŸ™ Can I ask where the headbands are from please?

  2. What a lovely start to the week 

    So many gorgeous details-the soft, pastel colour scheme is so pretty, the BM dresses are gorgeous, the venue is stunning, the stationery is really eye catching and those blooms are some of the loveliest I have seen-they really look like they have been picked from a meadow!

    The bride herself is beautiful-seriously loving the hair, the daisy chain, the jewellery and not to mention the swoon-worthy dress!

    Love it xx

  3. I’m actually in love with the hair in this wedding. The bride, the bridesmaids and even the mother of the bride have a struck a very loud chord in my heart of coveting tousled, slightly bouffy do’s laced with wild flowers.

    Shame we’re heading into winter really!

  4. So excited to see this lovely wedding here Charlotte, thanks to Kelly and James for being so great to work with πŸ™‚
    Just wanted to say another HUGE thanks to Dean Govier, who second shot the day with me.

  5. Goodness – you guys are up early again! loving it though πŸ˜‰

    I knew you would be loving this one though, so pretty – and huge “pinch it for yourself” hair, make-up and bloom inspiration.

    @Claire – I’m sure Kelly will come on and confirm but I’m sure the headband was from Rock N Rose. And the key to this kind of volume is BACKCOMB!

    Charlotte xxx

  6. ooooooh love this a lot. I think I shall be stealing the flowers for Pinterest. Oh and the order of services.
    Love the pastel colours going on, her hair and the BM hair i awesome.

    Please tell me there is a streetdancing bride in part 2! Would make my day.

  7. Awwww what sweet comments! The headband was from rock n rose yeh, and cost Β£20 i think. Thanks John and Dean for being so much fun, and thanks Charlotte for putting us on here! πŸ™‚ lots of loves xxxxxx

  8. I love this wedding – the hair, the dress, the headband – which i’ve just checked is a bargainous Β£14 in the Rock n Rose sale. Jenny Packham Β£300 numbers eat your heart out, this is beautiful.

    Photos are just amazing

  9. Totally in love with this wedding – the colours, the dress, the HAIR, the beautiful rustic blooms, the groom in tears (I’m a sucker for a groom in tears!), and the general look of happiness throughout. LoveloveLOVE x

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