I have been so looking forward to sharing this truly breathtaking English Country Manor wedding with a Polish twist! Prepare to be inspired by an astonishingly beautiful antique lace dress, colourful neon flowers, a hot air balloon, pink ombre cake, homemade vodka shots and shisha pipes! This elegant and creative wedding took place on a sunny May day against the stunning backdrop of intimate Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire. Charlotte looked stunning in her romantic lace gown which she paired with gold python sandals from Tom Ford – a true English Rose! The super talented Simon Atkins captured every moment perfectly, I’m sure you’ll agree…
THE DRESS: I found the antique lace skirt to the dress at Jane Bouvis in Notting Hill, its over 150 years old but in excellent condition. It was the first thing I saw, and I liked it immediately and knew I could build something special around it. I never knew it was ‘the one’ though! I am very hard to please but I guessed if anything better came along I could always change my mind… It didn’t! I designed the top of the dress and then worked with an exceptionally talented Wedding dress designer & maker in Nottingham (Kirsty at Mango Couture). She is a complete perfectionist and helped make the dress come to life. Her sewing of the extremely difficult vein seams on the raglan chiffon sleeve were a bit of a tourist attraction amongst my designer friends!
THE FLOWERS: The inspiration for the flowers came initially from my bridesmaid print. I explained to our florist, Joanne Walker that I wanted bright, colourful and relaxed flowers, unlike any other wedding she had done before. I left the rest to her, she did a terrific job!
BRIDESMAIDS: I am a fashion print designer, with my own printed scarf label called Klements. I made my two bridesmaids dresses using my ‘Galapagos’ print from the Spring Summer 2013 collection. The dresses were long and fitted with small trains and had a neon coral gradient from the hem.
THE GROOM: Nick wore a beautiful navy Paul Smith Mainline suit, a white shirt, black tie and Paul Smith brogues.
THE VENUE: We chose a traditional church service, followed by our reception held at Langar Hall. Its our favourite place in Nottingham, so calm, relaxing and stylish in a none try hard way. The furniture and decoration is very much to our taste. Also the food was exceptional and Imogen the owner is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.
I’m half Polish and its a tradition to serve shots during the speeches! Therefore we placed three bottles of home-made vodka on each table mixed amongst the flowers displayed in Victorian poison bottles. We made ‘Cherry’ for the Father of the Bride’s speech, ‘Beetroot’ for the Groom and ‘Lemongrass & Ginger’ for the best man. We had Faust potion (hangover cures) as the favours!
THE CAKE: Anna William’s from Hunkydory Cakes is an artist who I know from art college, her cakes are just incredible. I told her I was looking for something a little different and she created a mind blowing mood board, including the ombre coloured cake we chose!
We purchased two parasol’s from the Indian Garden Company and had these on the lawn with a few shisha pipes underneath placed an old Persian rug. They went down very well!
NICK & CHARLOTTE
DATE: 26 May 2013
GUESTS: 55 day | 85 evening
THE PROPOSAL: Nick proposed on Christmas day, he made a blanket, featuring our two Basset Hound dogs and the big question! Then our parents turned up for Christmas dinner and we had a ready made party.
STYLE/ THEME: I dislike any sort of themed event, so at every twist and turn along the way we made a conscious effort to stay true to ourselves and hoped it would all come together OK on the day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose Simon Atkin’s as we loved his dark photojournalist style and he didn’t do any of those ‘naff’ shots of the shoes placed in a bush etc! We didn’t want anything too ‘nice’. The church was such a dramatic environment; we didn’t want the stark beauty softening. He captured the day perfectly, especially the Church.
THE STATIONERY: I designed it all, working from my Klements print collections.
FIRST DANCE: We didn’t want to do anything at our wedding that would have made us feel uncomfortable and this most definitely would have! Neither of us likes the limelight, so we didn’t have one!
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a Gypsy Folk band called Maniere des Bohemiens. They were so much fun and everyone danced like crazy to them! We had a DJ for the evening disco, who turned out to be horrendous! He ignored the carefully crafted playlist and ended up playing ‘come on Eileen’ and ‘Love & Marriage’ but by this stage every one was very merry and actually enjoyed the cheese!
CARRIAGES: ‘Charlotte’ the light blue Daimler from Dennison’s. They are such lovely people!
THE HONEYMOON: It wasn’t a relaxing Honeymoon, but it was epic… The Galapagos Islands, The Ecuadorian Amazon and horse trekking in the Andes, which was our favourite part.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Seeing Nick smiling at me as I walked down the aisle & my Father’s speech were both incredible moments.
OUR TOP TIPS: Relax! Don’t stress too much or over do it, it’s only one day. Go with your heart and don’t worry about the little details, no one notice!
Photography: Simon Atkins | Venue: Langar Hall | Church: St John’s, Colston Basset | Florist: Joanne Walker | Dress: Jane Bouvis & Mango Couture | Brides Shoes: Tom Ford | Groom: Paul Smith | Bridesmaids: Klements | Hair: James White | Make-up: Ali Gunn | Stationery: Klements | Carriages: Dennison’s | Cake: Hunkydory Cakes | Band: Maniere des Bohemiens
A very special thank you to Charlotte and Nick for sharing their incredible day with us and of course to the amazing Simon Atkins. The shot of the couple leaving the church is out of this world! I loved that they chose homemade vodka shots over a traditional champagne toast and the shisha pipes looked like such good fun! There are just too many beautiful details to list but just how incredible is that dress, so refined and elegant. Not to mention the unique bridesmaids dresses designed by Charlotte. Her label Klements features some pretty incredible printed scarves so make sure you head on over and check out her inspiring website.