What are your first names?
Simon and Charlotte
We got engaged on the 25th August 2013, at my parents house in Somerset. We’d been joking about it for ages as we knew we’d get married one day and after being together nearly ten years and having a daughter together, it was about time. We were staying at my parents for a long weekend and I woke in the morning to find a ring on my finger, then Simon got down on one knee.
What was your wedding date?
13th April 2014
Where did you get married?
Ufton Court, Berkshire.
Why did you choose your venue?
We wanted a really informal, laid back wedding, and wanted to do it our own way. The barn at Ufton Court allowed us to do this and was the perfect setting!
Did you have a “theme”?
We kind of had a chocolate theme going on, with chocolate favours, chocolate cake and a chocolate fountain in the evening. It was the weekend before Easter after all!
What was your wedding colour scheme?
Chocolate brown, champagne and ivory.
Why did you choose Simply Bows and Chair Covers and what were they like to work with?
We saw some of Michaela's chair ‘creations’ at a wedding fair and fell in love with them. We didn’t want the ordinary chair covers and sashes, so the chair hoods with flower, pearl and ribbon detail were perfect. Michaela was great – she brought colour samples over to our house, shared ideas and best of all she did everything we asked within our small budget!
What sort of dress did you choose and where from?
My dress was an ivory, strapless satin Eternity Bridal dress from Elderberry Brides in Basingstoke. It was much bigger than I had first planned with a long train. I loved the bling around the top!
What did your bridesmaids wear?
Who was your photographer?
Our photographer was my Dad! He does photography semi-professionally and has done a number of weddings previously, so we were keen for him to do our wedding photos! There were obviously slight complications involved as my Dad had to be in some of the photos too, so we roped in another friend to help as well. The photos have turned out great!
What “special touches” did you add to your day?
My favourite was our singer/guitarist, Tim Bone, who played throughout the reception drinks. The sun was shining so we had the drinks outside and with the music in the background the atmosphere was fantastic. We also had an amazing chocolate cake made by another very talented friend, a chocolate fountain, and a delicious barbecue for our wedding breakfast.
What was your favourite part of the day?
My favourite part was the ceremony as it was so lovely and what the day was really all about! I also loved the speeches as for me they were the one bit id had no part in, so it was a lovely surprise to see what my Dad, Simon, and Rob (best man) had written. They all did a great job!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We haven’t been on honeymoon yet, but we are going to Marrakech in September!
What would be your top tip for another bride to be?
Just relax and enjoy your day!