After a chance reunion after over 15 years, it was so nice to work with Emily and Charlie on their big day on the planning, styling and coordination.  They are both fun loving party people and not a couple for a traditional wedding day so I knew from the off that it would be fun and informal with plenty of quirks.

The planning process was what I dream of with every client - meetings with plenty of wine and late nights talking about table set ups, structures, flowers, food and drinks. Emily and Charlie’s main aim for the day was something informal, with good food and nice wine, something that was rustic and charming, and where everyone was up dancing all night long.

Emily wanted a bespoke dress, something made just for her out of fabric she could choose and in a shape and style that she wanted, so the lovely ‘Soon Bride’ was set to work to create the masterpiece that was Emily’s wedding dress. It was so Emily and perfect with all the wild looking bouquets expertly put together by a family member with trailing silk ribbons from Silk and Purl. The bridesmaids wore long dresses from Marks and Spencers all tied in different ways – they are ideal for a team of girls who want a similar look with their own touch. Charlie, a big tweed fan, opted for a dark green ‘Tweed Addict’ suit with his ushers wearing their own suits with ties from TM Lewin.

Emily and Charlie had their ceremony at Potton C‍‍‍hurch, just a stones throw from their house and then everyone wandered over the road to the church hall grounds for the reception. Guests were met by the sounds of a friend of Emily and Charlie playing the acoustic guitar which was perfect in the background as everyone chatted away. The set up outside was really chilled with hay bales, fire pits, garden games and a huge help yourself drinks station with an old bath and drinks dispensers filled with booze. Being foodies, Emily and Charlie had chosen a whole selection of seriously good canapes from one of our favs The Illustrated BBQ Company and brought round on big platters with fun napkins.

It came to dinner time and the heavens opened. At least we managed to have the drinks outside! Everyone was seated on long tables in a tipi provided by the awesome Country Tipis. Tables were rustic with plants and herbs potted in old terracotta pots, chunky candles and little pots of Charlies homemade chutney as favours and place settings. The tipi was decorated with thousands of fairy lights and hanging hoops with ribbons. The seating plan remained rustic and was built out of pallets and chopping boards and the card box was made with old wooden ladders, and trunks that were Charlies. We strung photos of both families between the ladders and on each step with little potted plants for pops of colour. The wedding cake, a semi naked cake, sat by the top table decorated with pretty, wild flowers in keeping with the theme and was cut later on in the evening with Charlies family sword…why not!

A ONE OFF DRESS, POTTED PLANTS & A HUGE FEAST

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The food was out of this world – a seriously good BBQ put on by The Illustrated BBQ Company with steak, hog roast, chicken, prawns and a whole load of tasty sides. Darren and the team outdid themselves and the rain certainly didn’t stop people going up for more! Deserts were loads of little canape deserts on platters placed on the tables f‍‍‍or people to tuck into with the speeches and later on in the evening a huge cheese ‘cake’ and hot bacon rolls done on the BBQ were served for evening guests and anyone a bit peckish. Late at night we brought out big tin buckets of ice with ice lollies placed on the top which disappeared in no time by everyone on the dance floor!

Tipple and Toast kept everyone topped up with drinks, served from their horse box trailer. It looked so cool sitting near the tipi especially when it got dark and it was all lit up. I love making a feature of different elements at a wedding and really think that’s what makes each one so unique.The whole day and evening were so much fun, just what I had imagined for Emily and Charlie and the rustic look and feel along with plenty of drink, delicious food and styling touches in keeping with the chilled vibe made the day one to remember. By late night I was soaked through to the bone from carrying things in between the tipi and the church hall and running outdoor bits into shelter but it didn’t matter, it was such a great day and so nice to see everyone having fun. It’s always a sign of a good wedding when most of the party are still there at the end of the night and not wanting to leave!