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I hope you are ready for elegance and sophistication this Monday morning. Carla and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding has more than a touch of class about it.

The flowers in particular are unbelievably dreamy. Carla scoured Pinterest to gather floral inspiration and chose spray roses, lisianthus, amaranthus, gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus.

Combined with elegant long white candles, silver candelabras and hanging crystals; the effect is exactly what Carla wanted – romantic and cosy. I’m sure she’ll be inspiring future Brides via Pinterest herself.

There is some serious cute factor in this wedding too, with Carla and Ryan’s two little boys acting as page boys in mini Zara suits. So adorable.

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Wedding Research Junkie

Carla The Bride: From the day my husband proposed to me, I brought every single wedding magazine off the shelf. I’ve always wanted to get married but I never imagined what it would be like, so I spent the next two years researching everything wedding!

When I first started looking at venues, I was looking in Dorset where we were living, and also looking in London because there was a chance we was moving back! We then decided to get married in Dorset no matter what, mainly because we grew very close to our priest who was going to marry us, so it would of made the day even more special.

I looked at loads of venues, and I was VERY fussy, something was always wrong, normally the interior design! I eventually found Chewton Glen, we fell in love with the venue, it was beautiful. The wedding coordinator Dahlia Hill there was amazing! She made sure everything was totally in place and nothing was impossible, she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams, and would go out of her way to help us. I called her the fairy godmother.

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I Knew What I Wanted

I knew I wanted my hair to be up so you could see all of my dress, and my make up to be quite natural with just a little bit of colour. I got lots of inspiration from pinterest, blogs & wedding mags.

After a few trials with different people I eventually found my hairdresser via my photographers Facebook page, and my make-up artist was recommend by my wedding coordinator at Chewton Glen.

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Next Step New York

I was sooooo excited about finding my dress, I went to a few local Shops in Bournemouth and found lots of lovely dresses, but not “the one”. I fell in love with the designer Enzoani so me and my mother-in-law went to the Enzoani designer day at The Wedding Shop in Essex to try on dresses from the new collection.

I had a list of 13 dresses I wanted to try on and once I got through them all I realised none of them really suited me. While I was trying on the dresses there was a gorgeous Pronovias dress called Dietrich just hanging randomly in the background on a dress rail. My mother-in-law told me to try it on and I was thinking the same thing – because it kept catching my eye.

As soon as I put it on I knew it was “the one”, it had a lovely feather detail on the front and a diamond brooch and beautiful lace! It was perfect. I didn’t have any tears, just pure relief, because I think my next step was New York! I loved telling everyone my dress had feathers on it, but wouldn’t tell anyone where, they always looked a bit worried!

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Simple But Stunning Accessories

I bought a gorgeous veil the same time I bought my dress, but three weeks before the wedding I saw a bride on a blog wearing a gorgeous veil called Jackie’O from the shop Mirror Mirror. So I called the shop and brought the veil on impulse and I’m so glad I did, as it was perfect.

My shoes…..I loved my shoes!!! They are called Vita by Jimmy Choo, the heels were 5.7 inches and I didn’t take them off until the wedding was over. They were so comfortable. I didn’t want to wear to much jewellery because my dress had a lot going on with the lace, feathers and diamond brooch, I just wore some lovely diamond pear drop earrings.

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A Very Stylish Wedding Party

My older bridesmaids wore gorgeous Ghost dresses calked Gabriella. Originally I bought all of the dresses from the on-line sale in the same colour, but then they called to say they only had two available. So I kept the two I had and then got two in lilac – it actually worked out great.

My two junior bridesmaids wore lovely white skater dresses from Miss Selfridge with matching lace white gloves, my little flower girl wore a lovely white dress bought from Boots.com. My two little boys (page boys) wore Zara. The Groom and Groomsmen had their Navy suits custom made from Moss Bros, and Ryan had our names and wedding date sewed to the inside of his jacket.

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Romantic And Cosy

I didn’t really start out with a colour scheme but because the Lake Suite in Chewton Glen was lilac and my bridesmaids dresses ended up being lilac, it sort of ended up being my colour scheme.

The main thing for me was everything tied in – so I wanted the flowers in the reception room to match the décor of the room and I wanted my bridesmaids to compliment each other. I wanted the reception room to feel romantic and cosy, lit by candle light and a few up lighters so it felt more warm and intimate.

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Flower Perfection

My bouquet was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, it was gorgeous. The flower design consisted of hydrangea, mixed large headed and spray roses, freesia, and dahlia, as well as a hint of foliage with the lush lace handle.

The bridesmaids bouquet was white hydrangeas with a bit of lilac gypsophila. My church decoration had gypsophila tied with white tulle at the pew ends, and at the front of the church we had two large vases with a ball of gypsophila and tea lights around the bottom.

My reception flowers were wrapped around a lovely table candelabra. The flowers used were spray roses, roses, lissianthus, amaranthus as the feature flowers, then filling in around this was gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus sprayed gold, and lovely crystals hanging down. My florist was amazing, she was so patient and helped me narrow down my choice, I had a very long Pinterest board for blooms but I was so happy with the choices we made.

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A Family Ceremony

We had our rehearsal the day before and I think that was when it finally hit us. Up until then it was all about flowers, dresses, shoes etc, but at that moment the nerves and excitement really kicked in, and the fear I was going to mess up the vows was my new worry! On the day I was so laid back, a couple of things did go wrong – including that I was getting over a stomach bug and I got poked in the eye with the mascara wand on the morning of wedding so had a red weeping eye all day! People thought I was very emotional!

But I really didn’t care, all I could do was laugh! And all that mattered to me was marrying the love of my life, so walking down the aisle and the whole ceremony was perfect. It was even more special that our little boys got to witness us getting married and came and sat with us during the ceremony.

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Sweetest Love

I found our DJ through a wedding blog, on their website they have a couple demos you could listen to and I found myself loving every song and having a little dance in my living room – so I knew I found the right DJ.

Our first dance was Sweetest Love by Robin Thicke, I used to listen to his album all the time! But my husband is more into hip hop. When we did try and pick a song together the hip hop kept coming on, so I just went with the song I liked, with his blessing of course! Halfway through our first dance we got our Mums up and both had a little dance with them to so it was really lovely.

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A Proper Sunday Roast

The food was gorgeous at our wedding. All our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. After the drinks reception we sat down to a 3 course meal and after everyone kept saying they were totally stuffed!

The first course was thai fish cakes, since we got married on a Sunday I thought I’ll keep it simple with a Sunday roast as the main, for desserts we served a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie with ice cream, strawberry pavlova & apple tarte tatin.

Later on in the evening we served bacon baps, chips, mini burgers, cheese toasties and wedding cake. LOTS of food :-).

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Elegant Stationery

I loved our wedding invites, they were designed by Emily & Jo. The day invites were grey with silver letter press and the evening were white with grey writing. Chewton Glen provided all the stationery at the venue, including a white post box for the cards. We also had a Photobooth set up in the evening, I think it’s great to capture the fun side of a wedding.

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Don’t Lose Sight

The only bit of advice I can say is don’t lose sight of what the day is really about. If things go wrong with the decoration or if the weather’s not right etc don’t let it effect you. All that matters is the the person you’re about to marry. So enjoy and celebrate your day as much as you can.

When you look back in years to come, none of the material things will matter, but your partner will.

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Dress – Dietrich by Pronovias at The Wedding Shop
Shoes – Vita by Jimmy Choo
Hair – LadyB Event Hair Design
Bridesmaids – Ghost and Miss Selfridge
Flower Girl – Boots.com
Page Boys – Zara
Groom and Groomsmen – Bespoke at Moss Bros
Venue – Chewton Glen
Florist – Concept Flowers
DJ – Wedding Smashers
Stationery – Emily & Jo
Photography – Hayley Savage
Videography – Blooming Lovely Films

The flowers are stunning aren’t they?

Carla and Ryan look giddy with happiness in all of the images too.

And you’d never be able to tell that Carla had been stabbed in the eye with a mascara wand…she looks radiant.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Town And Country…..Part 1

How I love thee capped sleeve….especially when you are semi transparent and embroidered with delicate lace and beads… Not only did Rachel have a fabulous (and bargainous) frock for W-day, she also accessorised with delicious jewellery and the perfect D.I.Y floral hair piece.

And not to be outdone by his bride, Tom is one super stylish groom. The 3-piece slim fit deep blue suit with paisley print tie and top-pocket handkerchief is both contemporary and timeless.

And don’t even get me started on the florals, a sumptuous selection of blooms that completely epitomises summertime.

Oh, and although I’m not usually one to include a whole bunch of images on the transport, this cherry red MGBGT is so darn cool I made an exception.

With thanks to Christian and Erica at Christian Ward Photography for sharing the pretty.

Undone and Sensible

My usual hairdresser, Jamie at Peter Wilcox in Didsbury did my hair along with my mum and my bridesmaids. I wanted to wear my hair down and not have anything too “done” – I never wear my hair up and wasn’t about to change that just because I was getting married. My hair was lovely when I left the hairdressers, but unfortunately, because it as about 30 degrees celsius and I had a journey in an open top car it was pretty much a sweaty mess by the time I got to the reception venue!

My shoes were pretty sensible mid heels from Schuh – they had quite a chunky heel – I didn’t want to be tottering around in stilettos all day.

A Bespoke Sample

My dress was Charlotte Balbier Pixie and I bought it off Ebay for £300. I hadn’t even tried it on before I bought it – I won it on the auction and then my mum went to collect it from Bristol to check it was in good condition. It was actually from a bridal shop and was the shop sample, so hadn’t been worn by a bride before. Luckily it was is great condition, but was too big for me, and I wanted to make it my own with lots of other changes.

I got in touch with an amazing seamstress called Erica Stacy ericastacey@hotmail.com who altered the dress to fit. She took the rosettes of the shoulders and made me this lovely thick sash to wear round the waist – much nicer than the small belt it had on before. The dress now had a 1940s feel and felt much more like me.

A Team Triumph

I had 2 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls – the flower girls wore dresses from Debenhams which was one of the first things I found after we got engaged – I just loved the sea-green colour of the dresses and they were supposed to be the colour of my “theme” – didn’t really work out like that though as I kept getting distracted by other things. My mum did an amazing job of tracking down the same fabric from the flower girl dresses and a dressmaker used this fabric to make dresses for my two bridesmaids Yasmin and Alice – who both looked perfect. Because I’ve got so many cousins and children in my family I always wanted young bridesmaids, but I needed some grown-up help as well. So my five best friends were made “best women” and helped out enormously with everything, not least organising my hen do. I asked them all to wear dresses in the hues of blue so they would stand out as important people – it just so happened that they all chose nearly exactly the same shade of royal blue but still in styles which they suited.

They looked so brilliant, I was so chuffed when I saw them all together – looking good ladies!

The Finishing Touches

I looked at absolutely loads of tiaras, hairbands, beads, flowers, crowns, feathers for my head and didn’t like anything. The only thing I kind of liked was this dead cheap hairband from Oasis, but it was too casual as it was for the dress. So Erica made me a comb to wear in my hair from some of the material from my dress that was left over and of the dress and bits of the hairband – it was exactly what I was looking for. I decided against a veil as my dress was quite detailed.

For jewellery I wore a bracelet and earrings from Mikey – again I looked at millions of really expensive to really cheap jewellery and struggled to find anything I liked.

Fresh Faced And Lovely

My friend Lucy is an actress and is really great at make-up so she did my face. I loved doing all the shopping for make-up, I’ve got about 5 years worth of supplies left still. She kept make-up all quite fresh and went for a pinky colour on eyelids – sounds gross but it really worked.

Summer In Bloom

Another one of my best friends, Ashlyn is a really skilled florist and works at Blossom, a florists in Chorlton. She did an amazing job of the flowers, they really were the star of the show. I wanted something quite countryside like, with lots of different shades of blue and yellow in them. My bouquet was a mix of loads of different flowers and my two little bridesmaids had smaller versions of this. For table centres, we collected loads of different vases, kilner jars and jam jars and had quite a haphazard display of the flowers.

The best thing about the flowers was a beautiful archway that Ashlyn built using willow and then threaded in loads of different types of flowers. We had this instead of a guest book and people wrote messages on little cut-out shapes for us and tied them to the archway – a bit like a wishing tree. It was definitely one of my favourite things.
The full list of flowers Ashlyn used are Camomile, Dill, Stock, Larkspur, Peonies, Veronica, Freesia, Cornflower, Achillea, Lisianthus, Thlaspi, Hydrangea and Delphinium. Muscari

Right In The Middle

We had the ceremony at St. Johns Church in Chorlton, Manchester which is where we both live. We then had the reception at the Inn at Whitewell, in the beautiful Trough of Bowland in Lancashire. We have family all over the UK (and Ireland) Tom’s family is from Northumberland, and a lot of my family now live down south, so it made sense to have the wedding in the middle of the country.

We met in Chorlton and both really love this suburb of Manchester, so it made sense for us to get married in our local church, even though the reception venue was a good 1hr ½ away. We only looked at 2 venues before we chose the Inn at Whitewell – we both wanted to have the reception at a laid back, “pub” style venue in the countryside and the Inn at Whitewell is the absolute essence of this.

The Business

Tom wore a bespoke 3 piece suit from A Suit That Fits in a dark blue colour. It was a really good service and he managed to get exactly what he wanted. He had a tie and matching handkerchief in his top pocket from Reiss and brown boots from Selfridges. He looked the absolute business. A key part of Tom’s outfit was the wedding car…..his dream car is a MGBGT and we aren’t going to be getting one of them anytime soon so we hired one for our wedding car. It was great driving round in such a lovely car and arriving at the Inn at Whitewell in the car was definitely one of my best memories of the day.

Florist – Blossom in Chorlton

Reception Venue – Inn at Whitewell

Brides Gown – Pixie by Charlotte Balbier

Brides Shoes – Schuh

Groom’s Suit – A Suit That Fits

Photographer – Christian Ward Photography

Have you ever seen a Bride look so thrilled by a car?

Love it!

And as we hardly ever mention it on these blue polka dot pages…. are you excited by your W-day transport?

Big Getting From A to B in Style Love

Charlotte xxx

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