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Charlotte Balbier Tabitha Wedding dress

Pin Wheels
Pin Wheels
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Natalie & Dan
Natalie & Dan
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Bouquet
Bouquet
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Emotion
Emotion
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Rustic
Rustic
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Naked Cake
Naked Cake
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
Barn
Barn
Image by David Griffin Wedding Photography - Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier with Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Bright Rustic Wedding in Barn in Wales with Pin Wheel Decor & gyp florals.
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Natalie & Dan

Oh how I absolutely adore Natalie’s bridal look. The warm vintage lace of the Charlotte Balbier Tabitha gown, the decadent Jenny Packham Acacia II Golden Opal Headdress and of course the adorable vintage brooch to customise the dress *swoon*. Dan looks pretty dapper too in his bright blue high street suit complete with unique wheat stem and beer cap buttonhole.

But the absolute wow factor for me has to be all those cleverly crafted pin wheels adorned to make THE most fabulous backdrop! So bright, so fun and SO affective. Natalie obviously having a keen eye for pretty details being a graphic designer and crafter by trade chose their gorgeous wedding venue Barn at Brynich as it fitted with the relaxed vision of their day.

This wedding is literally the perfect eclectic mix of vintage elegance and rustic charm and we think you’re going to love it. I certainly did!

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The Relaxed Romantic….Part 1

Mel is one of those brides that looks effortlessly elegant, beautiful lace gown, soft and natural hair and make-up and timeless accessories. After a Sunday stroll through Mel’s “local” church in the outskirts of Leeds she and her then fiance Tim realised it would be the perfect location for their “English summer party affair with a vintage edge” and that as Mel had been christened there it would be “the ideal place to make even more significant and happy memories”

I know. How romantic is that?

It just goes to show, sometimes your perfect W-day venue is literally on your doorstep.

All of the beautiful images are courtesy of Lee Robbins Photographic.

The Finishing Touch

I had vintage jewellery in mind and found just what I wanted in the Montpellier Antique Quarter in Harrogate. There is so much pretty, unique and sparkly stuff there and the ladies who work there are all so helpful and lovely too. After a little rummage around trying not to get distracted by the numerous treasures, I found a 1940s bracelet, a pair of vintage diamante drop earrings and brooch. I thought I could pin the brooch to the front of my dress though I left that decision until the last minute when getting ready. It’s not as though I would have anything else to do or think about then…!
As I had gone for sparkly jewellery I kept things simple with just some flowers in my hair, an avalanche rose bud and some pink waxflower which were also in my bouquet.

Pretty Perfect

I had toyed with the idea of blue shoes but struggled to find any that I liked so plumped for Flo by Rachel Simpson which are 1940s/1950s in style and ivory in colour, I bought them from the Bridal Rouge Gallery in London. I didn’t want anything too high as am not used to wearing heels and figured it would be a long day and night and these were both pretty and perfect!

Elegant Simplicity

I knew I wanted a long, lace dress that would be both romantic and a nod to decades past. I didn’t want anything too fussy, something quite simple and elegant that would fit in with the relaxed, English country feel to the day. After trying on so many beautiful white dresses I eventually found the one that was “Tabitha” by Charlotte Balbier, it just what I had envisaged.

A RMW Colour Palette

My Maid of honour Rachel wore a Phase 8 dress, a beautiful blue-ish grey floral lace with an ivory slip. Our best man and ushers wore their own suits in blue/grey with the same blue/grey floral patterned tie from Paul Smith.

Unstructured Blooms

Tim decided that he was happy to leave all the flower decisions to me so, to fit in with the feel and look of the day, l chose old fashioned English country blooms with the aim of having the church and marquee flowers looking rather unstructured and as though they had just been picked from the garden. Tim and I love vintage fairs and happily trawled many to build up a collection of vintage glass bottles and jars to display the flowers in and to tie in with the slightly vintage and relaxed feel.

I love big pink blousy peonies so knew I definitely wanted those. The rest of the blooms included hues of blues, whites and a hint of lilac so as to avoid being overly pink and girly! The florist, Anna from Arcadian Weddings managed to transform my vague ideas, and many emails, into reality and used Nigella (blue), scabiosa, dill, stocks, peonies and roses including Amnesia, Memory Lane and Avalanche. Alchemilla mollis, wax flower and rosemary were also used.

The balance of colour, textures and sizes were perfect and they really brought everything, and the look we had wanted, together in the marquee and church as well as the personal flowers.

Au Natural

I don’t wear a lot of make up generally and wasn’t sure I trusted my hand to be steady enough to even attempt picking up an eyeliner pencil on the morning so called in some help at the hairdressers. As I am not used to wearing a lot, I kept the make up light. Tim prefers it when I wear my hair au-natural, i.e. rather curly and a bit wild looking, or when I wear it up so I opted for somewhere inbetween, relaxed, wavy and up to the side with some flowers simply pinned in.

Relaxed Romance

Tim and I knew a relaxed and informal wedding would suit us best. We initially thought that a Yorkshire Dales village would provide us with the ideal, intimate location. After many weekends exploring the Dales we had narrowed it down to a couple of places but by now it was November 2010, we were both living down in London and we wanted to get married in the summer of 2011.

One weekend back up north in Leeds trying to come to a decision, we had a Sunday stroll via the ‘local’ church to meet up with friends. Walking through the churchyard we realised that the perfect location for us was actually there on our own doorstep, well my parents doorstep at least. I had been christened at the church and it figured in my childhood so the place already held memories and we felt that made a good place for more happy memories to be made! It’s also a beautiful old church dating back to the Norman times just on the outskirts of Leeds. Over a drink or two we further discussed the idea and had soon envisaged a typical english summer garden party kind of affair with a vintage edge to it.

A Designer Blue

Although Tim had a full day going round all the shops in London with his best man Mick, I knew there was no chance of him turning out on the day in anything other than a Paul Smith suit. True to form, from the Covent Garden store he selected a very stylish slim fit three piece suit – The Byard – in petrol blue which he wore with a white shirt, an off-white and pale blue polka dot tie and brown brogues. As a graphic designer, he doesn’t often wear a suit which is a shame for me as he looks so handsome in one!

Brides Gown – Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier

Brides Shoes – Rachel Simpson at The Bridal Rouge Gallery

Groom’s Suit – Paul Smith

Florist – Anna at Arcadian Weddings

Maids Dress – Phase Eight

Photographer – Lee Robbins Photographic

I have always loved that dress. And even more so with the pretty vintage brooch addition.

Just wait until you see the reception. It is uber stylish.

Big Romantic Love

Charlotte xxx

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