Accessories
Accessories
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Maids
Maids
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Groomsmen
Groomsmen
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Tipi
Tipi
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Beach
Beach
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Decor
Decor
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Cute
Cute
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Married
Married
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Charlotte & Toby

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially when there is a gorgeous wedding going on and a fabulous nautical theme with seaside trinkets.

I love Charlotte’s beautiful Johanna Hehir wedding dress and that she adapted her look to suit her style by adding a super cute lace Sassi Holford cape. The bridesmaids, flower girls and page boy all look adorable too in their budget friendly high street fashion and how can I leave the Groomsmen out who look very dapper in their traditional morning suits.

All the guests look like they are having a super time in the giant tipi and surrounding gardens, and who wouldn’t with all the fabulous games, food & entertainment on offer!

The Brides Outfit

Charlotte The Bride: I tried on lots of dresses starting with massive meringues and A line dresses which just made me look huge. I went to 4 different shops till I found the style I liked in The Wedding Shop in Wimbledon- it was a dress by Johanna Hehir so I googled her and found a shop Grace of Wescott who stocked more of this designer. I went there and Barbara the owner was just lovely and allowed my Sister and I to try on 2 dresses which we had narrowed it down by till we chose my dress, hilarious as the 2 of us wondered the shop one plain and one lace, we have photos of us both in wedding dresses!! We went for the plain bottom and added the Sassi Holford lace top. I wasn’t going to have a veil but added that on last minute again from Grace.

As Tobes and I are the same height and I wanted to be super comfy I went for summer sandals by Kurt Geiger. I wore my Granny’s diamond earrings and diamond watch.

Michelle Vassallo did my hair and make-up. We had a fun trial a few months before and she was very local to my parents’ house. On the day she was incredible. The flowers in my hair were made by the florist but Michelle put them in.

The Grooms Attire

The men all wore traditional morning suits, old and hired if needed. We bought matching gold double breasted waistcoats from My Tuxedo having looked everywhere online and on the high street we went for these and were very impressed with the quality. The boys wore matching yellow socks with blue and yellow striped ties from Frederick Thomas We gave the Ushers personlaised silver cufflinks with their initials on for the wedding presents which they wore on the day.

The Venue

Stunning Tents were erected on Littlestone Golf Club which is just behind my parents house. Littlestone is special to both Toby and I by coincidence. My parents have owned the house most of my life and we Summered there every year and spent many weekends. Toby’s Grandfather used to play golf on the course and he won the trophy which is displayed in the clubhouse. The first Toby came to visit my parents was when we found out about Toby’s family also holidayed there. We love to go there now with the family and chill out. I also had my hen party there!

Colour Scheme/Décor

My Sister Katie was amazing and we spent hours, days, months looking at a variety of Pinterest boards and discussing a variety of ideas. We went for a natural look in keeping with the tipi’s and also a beach seaside theme to fit in with Littlestone-on-sea. As my new surname is Leek we also had a few jokes with the table names being vegetables and the top table being the ‘Leeks.’ We also used vegetable pens for the music requests. Our table plan was simply written on a huge mirror with a chalk pen. We went for blue and yellow being the subtle colours alone with the natural feel. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on flower centre pieces and wanted something different so we had storm lanterns filled with sand and candles then a huge balloon tied with twine floating above. My Sister and family friends all did the balloons the day before which was hard work but looked incredible. We hired the helium tank and I bought the balloons online. We used pebbles from the beach (which were later returned!) for all the name places and wrote on flags off the balloons for the table names. Extra-large stones were also used for the names of cheese, drinks etc around the tipi’s as labels. We had an extra separate tipi hat as they’re called for the bar area and use Moroccan style puffs and cushions to sit on in there. We had a massive picture frame with string through it and polaroid cameras floating around during the wedding which the Bridesmaids then put up on the strings, like a montage of the day. We had a huge blank canvas which had been separated into squares with acrylic paint for each guest to paint a square- such a lovely keep sake we now have in our kitchen. The toilets were covered with photos of Toby and I through our relationship with lots of funny seaside objects which were placed around like flower wind turbines, buckets and spades etc. The loos were kitted out with fish soaps and girly things etc. Also we put lavender pots all around to cover up the ugly block and to smell nice, these are now planted in our garden! We made a DIY photobooth with deck chairs, funny seaside hats etc outside by the smokers area. We also had fire pits and lots of lanterns around and a bubble machine blowing bubbles during the canapes!

In the church we had single white hydrangeas down the aisle which were then taken and put in milk bottles on the tables. We had white wicker hearts on twine with a natural luggage label on with our C&T 02/08/14 stamp on at the end of each pew and at the front 2 huge bay trees with huge hearts on. The hearts were all brought to the tipi after and used for decoration around the poles etc

Florist

Lisa from Flower Sanctuary was brilliant and so accommodating. She did the flowers in the church, our bouquets and the mens button holes.

The Wedding Party Fashion

The Bridesmaids wore Phase Eight wedding dresses with gold Dune shoes and their own accessories.

The Page Boy and Flower Girls wore Monsoon dresses and a mini morning suit all with coloured Converse trainers, each choosing the colour they wore! The girls wore flowered head bands too.

Ceremony

Toby calls me Penguin so we had a beautiful reading about penguin love read by my Australian cousin who had flown in from Shanghai.

Another reading was written by one of my best friends who wrote herself a stunning poem personalised about our relationship. The third reading was the bible reading by my Godfather Ian.

The Haywardian choir sang ‘Everybodys Free’ which they learnt for us as it is one of our favourite songs and also This is the moment during the signing of the register. Our hymns were fun catchy ones for everyone to belt out- ‘One More Step Along The World I Go’, ‘We Pledge To One Another’ and ‘Praise Him’.

Entertainment

Michael G Moore played the cello and then the piano all night, he is an absolutely incredibly talented man. Each table had a tin with music request luggage labels in which you write down any request and give it to him. He played through dinner and all the way till past midnight – Legend!

Catering

Create Food did all our food and service was impeccable. They also did my Sister’s wedding 7 years ago and I would highly recommend them. Miryam was a superstar from day one with all my questions etc.

Cake

For the wedding cake, I went as local as I could and found the wonderful Julie from Make Me Cake 3 mins away!! She made a delicious chocolate cake totally covered in Lindt white chocolate balls which we served with raspberries and cream for the pudding. I also got cheese from the London Cheese Company. My Dad did all the booze after a very fun wine tasting weekend! The menus were made on to Penguin Books post cards through Etsy which linked to our invitation extra information cards.

Photographer

Lisa and Scott were brilliant from Lisa Dawn Photography as you can see from all the wonderful pictures.

Videographer

My Bridesmaids Husband filmed all the important bits for us which I still haven’t got around to editing but love watching!

Photography by Lisa Dawn Photography
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.

5 thoughts on “Charlotte & Toby

  1. Hi Scott,

    The Photography is beautiful, you’ve captured the essence of Charlotte & Toby’s day perfectly. It most certainly does look like such a fun, carefree, stunning wedding.
    So sorry about that, the links should all be amended now 🙂

    Lorna x

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