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Charlotte Balbier’s Glamorous Idyllic Countryside Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant

Today I’m sharing a very special wedding as although it’s not actually a ‘London’ wedding, it is a ‘London Bride’ wedding as I was lucky enough to work with the very wonderful Charlotte and Teddy as their wedding planner for their incredible wedding last December at Iscoyd Park, and as it’s coming up to their year anniversary I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to share this day as it was one of my favourites and most certainly one of the most glamorous ever to grace my pages! Charlotte and Teddy were a joy to work with and I was honoured to assist with styling and co-ordinating their very special and glamorous day with an incredible team of wedding industry suppliers and so many beautiful touches.

Being someone who is engaged and working within the wedding industry, you can only imagine how hard it is to plan your own wedding when you have seen so much inspiration, know many talented wedding suppliers and have the world of choice at your fingertips. It’s an overwhelming but privileged position to be in, and one that must have been ten times harder for renowned British bridal designer, Charlotte Balbier as she also had the pressure of ‘The Dress’. Turns out, she made that ‘dresses’ and who can blame her, it was inevitable and completely justified!

This is probably one of the longest write-ups I’ve done for a real wedding here on the blog, but there was so much detail and as you can see below it was a very elegant and glamorous wedding, with beautiful film photography from Polly Alexandre.

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Charlotte and Teddy met in 2011 and were engaged quite soon after meeting “Of course as a couple we discussed getting married.  I am quite particular about what I like so I managed to persuade Teddy into letting me see the ring he’d bought which was beyond amazing!  Teddy’s proposal was meant to be on a romantic walk with our dog but it ended up being at home. He was very sweet, straight from the heart and romantic!”

The couple chose photographer Polly Alexandre who I have worked with a number of times, and I’m always blown away by the images that she produces, so it’s amazing to share her work on the blog.

 

DESIGNER STYLE

As I mentioned, it would be an almost impossible decision for a bridal designer to choose just one dress for their own wedding, so Charlotte decided on two gowns, for the day and evening. Both dresses were designed by her and with a little help from her Mother, bridal designer Amanda Wyatt – her ivory silk organza ball gown, with lace sleeves and large bow sash, ‘The Charlotte’ and A line, fitted french lace and Champagne satin evening dress ‘Iscoyd Park’ now a popular part of her 2015 collection named after their beautiful venue.

“Designing my own wedding dress was one of the hardest things I have had to do. It took me well over a year as I changed my mind several times and had over 15 gowns that were ‘nearly the one’. The 2 gowns that I wore I designed only a few months before the actual wedding. My Mum was such a great help and support as she gave me guidance and direction when I had many a melt down about my dresses! I knew it was the one instantly though as I felt like me, did not want to take it off and felt genuine emotion. My evening gown was all very last minute as I found the lace only in mid October and it was love at 1st sight with the lace. I designed the gown around the lace and luckily it all turned out perfectly. I did have some just in case stand by evening gowns though too!”

For her daytime bridal style, Charlotte accessorised with shoes from Freya Rose and a bag from Beloved Bridal and a bespoke cathedral length silk veil from Joyce Jackson then switching to an art deco inspired head band designed by Amanda Wyatt to compliment Charlotte’s ring. As it was December, a much needed finishing touch to her outfit was a marabou feather wrap which was borrowed from her own Grandmother.

For the very dapper groom, Teddy wore a custom made suit by Hugo Boss with Jeffrey West Shoes and a shirt and tie from Thomas Pink. His groomsmen all wore suits and ties from Marks & Spencer

Charlotte’s ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ inspired eight adult bridesmaids were lucky enough to have a different bespoke gown designed by Charlotte for each of them. “I wanted each bridesmaid to wear a gown that was perfect for them, their figure, style and personality and for them to feel utterly fabulous. Every gown was in midnight Blue and was made from chiffon fabric but each design was very different. They all wore midnight Blue marabou fur wraps. Each maid also wore a pearl and diamante cuff by Amanda Wyatt they wore midnight blue lace shoes with matching lace clutch from Rainbow Club that were dyed to match the gowns.

She also had two fairy-tale princess  flower girls, who she designed dresses for, with matching sash oversized bows and wore bows by Nettinukins and held bunny bears instead of bouquets.

All the girls got ready in the onsite rooms at Iscoyd Park, with a very talented team of hair and make-up artists which made for a very busy morning of beautifying! Charlotte’s make-up was by Sarah Brock with hair by Harry John.

 

THE CEREMONY

Charlotte and Teddy decided on a Church wedding, and the picturesque location of Whitewall Church was just a few minutes drive from the venue. During the ceremony they had two readings, by Charlotte’s stepfather and by Teddy’s sister, which was from their favourite book, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. She also gave copies of the books as gifts to her two flower girls! At the ceremony, they added some sweet touches such as ‘kissing bells‘ with a poem on for the crowd to ring once they were announced as husband and wife and petal confetti for guests to shower them with from Shropshire Petals. In case of any ‘happy tears’ they had a basket with vintage handkerchiefs too for guests!

“The church we wanted to keep the style in keeping with the church and its heritage. We chose a simple colour palette of Ivory and Green’s with the whole church lit by candlelight. It was so romantic. This was done by Selena Godsall

 

THE RECEPTION

After the ceremony, guests arrived at Iscoyd Park, with a candlelit entrance and a festive wreath style floral arrangement on the door as they were welcomed in from the cold.

“After over a year of searching and over 30 venues later I had given up all hope of finding ‘the one’. I had seen a lingerie shoot in a photographers book and loved it. When working with this photographer I asked him about the shoot and he said the location was also a wedding venue and I would love it. I called them that very moment and we went to view it that weekend….. as soon as we walked inside I knew it was the one.” 

Guests enjoyed Champagne served in coupe glasses and canapés whilst listening to acoustic music from the gypsy-style band. The incredibly creative team at Red Floral created a glamorous ‘escort wish tree’ where personalised tags were hung by ribbons for guests to have fun locating their table for the dinner. The tree was a real focal point during the reception which guests enjoyed discovering and with bauble candles and masses of fresh flowers it created a beautiful and ambient statement in the room.

 

THE MARQUEE & DINING 

The on-site marquee was the heart of the wedding, and very much the vision of Charlotte’s own style brought to life by Red Floral. As we invited guests into the room, there was hush except for ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as they took in the incredible atmosphere, it took a while to get everyone seated as they were just taking it all in for so long! “When guests entered the marquee each table had a server with the number held up (American style) guests loved this. I bucked tradition with allot of my choices and it worked well.”

Teddy absolutely loved every detail and I am lucky as he loved the colours I chose. For me it’s all about the detail and I planned every single detail to be executed perfectly. All the guests loved how from the moment they arrived at the church they were greeted with surprises, attention to detail and how well they were looked after. I like to always ensure people who are guests of mine or ours whether it is work or pleasure are always looked after. I tried to think of everything so every guest felt special.”

The room exuded decadence and glamour in her brands signature colours of nudes, gold and a lot of pink! Pink and gold chandeliers were installed and were adorned with flowers to create impact, along with the decadent floral displays, hundreds of candles were lit to provide a cosy and romantic atmosphere and for each table was styled differently, with table linens sourced by Charlotte from her own dress fabric suppliers which added such personality and style to the room. The top table was dressed with a stunning arrangement of flowers, masses of candles and a fabric pattern backdrop hung with pretty mirrors to create an enchanting focal area in the marquee.

“Red Floral transformed the marquee into a magical wonderland dressed with Chandeliers adorned with flowers, as well as walls of mirrors and hundreds of candles.   Having so many props amongst the wedding flowers can enhance the overall theme of the flowers.”

Another focal point was the amazing bespoke 4 tiered cake by Cakes by Krisanthi.  “I worked closely with Krisanthi and she created my dream cake, it was so beautiful. It was 4 tiers of a very soft nude pink shade with delicate polka dots and handmade sugar flowers. They were painted in gold leaf, pinks and ivory hues with our C&E crest as the main feature. The cake was placed on its own table that was decorated with fresh flowers and candles.”

At each place setting, guests had custom pink napkins tied into bows, and a heart-shaped box of Charbonnel truffles. Coloured glassware and vintage wine glasses added to the glamorous style of the dining room setting.

The bridal party were announced into the room to appropriate and fun songs and to a cheer from all the guests and then Charlotte and Teddy made their big entrance! Then guests were treated to catering by Vanilla In Allseasons with a trio of soups, fillet of beef and then the most decadent dessert table which in fact was a whole room of treats! Tea and coffee was served in pretty vintage china with mini-crackers and whole array of sweets and over fifteen styles of desserts such as mini eton mess, jars of sticky toffee pudding, heart shaped brownies, and biscuits adorned with their wedding crest and initials were all beautifully arranged amongst flowers and props for a striking and delicious display!
The Evening Party

In the evening, Charlotte slipped into her more second dress, a fitted gown, and teamed it with a killer pair of gold Jimmy Choo’s and the ‘Annie’ clutch bag from Vintage Styler and added a feminine bespoke hair flower again from Amanda Wyatt.

As the marquee was very much styled by Charlotte, Teddy’s role was arranging the entertainment, music and lighting.  As guests relaxed after the meal, they were entertained by magician, Steve Faulkner, before the gypsy-style band started performing who got everyone on the dance floor. ‘Love’ lights lit up the bar area, whilst the in-house mixologist created three bespoke cocktails that the couple chose which were named after their dogs and were dressed with some fun decorations from The Sweet Hostess!

The music started at 6pm and everyone was dancing until 1am! The first DJ set was some classic disco, followed by one of the couples favourite DJs, Graeme Park. “For the last set of the night we went back to my old Skool roots with the legend DJ Graeme Park who made the Hacienda famous and is still a legend.  This was one of the highlights for me as I was (in my day) a Hacienda girl and a regular in Ibiza. Still go to Ibiza now but the chilled side of the Island!”

 

I’m rather exhausted writing this feature as there was just so much incredible detail to the day, but so lovely to remember back to such a fun and beautiful day. Congratulations Charlotte and Teddy, and happy one year anniversary! Thanks also to Polly Alexandre for letting us share the beautiful photography.

 

Wedding Planner: London Bride / Photography: Polly Alexandre / Venue: Iscoyd Park / Bride’s Dress: (Day & Evening) Charlotte Balbier / Videographer: Silk Weddings / Florist & Venue Stylist: Red Floral / Stationery: Rose and Ruby / Catering: Vanilla In Allseasons / Dessert Table/Tea & Coffee Station: Pretty Little TrioVanilla In Allseasons / Table Glassware: Lavender & Linen / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Krisanthi / Wedding Cars: Manor Bridal Cars / Lighting: Lightech / Disco Classics DJ: Nick Campbell & Old Skool Classics DJ: Grame Park / Band: Gypsies of Bohemia 

London Bride Designer Style – Charlotte Balbier

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Charlotte Balbier is a leading British designer who recently celebrated her 10th anniversary. Her collections embody style, grace and femininity. Intricate embroidery, beadwork and flowing impeccable cuts offer the brides glamour and escapism or as Charlotte describes “A real dream of a dress”. What I love about Charlotte is how in touch she is with all her brides. She listens to them and their stories and it’s so refreshing to see her designs evolve from this.

Charlotte also happened to have got married herself recently and I was thrilled to be involved in her incredibly glamorous wedding day as her wedding co-ordinator. It was wow, and then some! She’s a lady with style, personality and for me a real inspiration as a business woman. I’m so thrilled to share with you her ‘Designer Style’ where she’s picked two dresses from her collection and how she’d choose to style them. So if there are any potential ‘Balbier Brides’ out there I hope this helps!

‘NORA’ THE DRESS…

The gorgeous ‘Nora’ gown is short and sweet in name and nature. Nora is the perfect mix of paired down vintage with it’s simple yet stunning French lace and minimal beading that creates a clean and stylish look. Combined with this is a nod to the 1950’s with it’s design, shape and cut that is glamorous and fun. The ¾ sleeve and skirt keeps this gown young, fresh and playful.

What I love about ‘Nora’ and all short gowns is you can wear amazing shoes and really show them off and as a self confessed shoe addict every collection I do I always have some cute shorties so I can have fun styling them with divine shoes.

THE STYLE…

A fun idea for your wedding with this gown is to have a day to night style, this can be done simply by a change of accessories and make up. For the day with this gown I would go all Ivory with just a little accent of colour. I adore Freya Rose shoes (I even had a pair for my own wedding!) the ‘Jane’ with the bow toe clip would look so adorable with the Nora. Team these with a short 50’s style veil – Rainbow do a fabulous and large selection and can also make bespoke, this is a popular choice for many of my brides. Keep your accessories to a minimum but a clutch bag is essential, my top pick is this lovely vintage inspired pearl clutch from Vintage Styler.

Add a pop of colour with Ruby Red such as Rouge Rubis (677) for your nails and Passion for the lips – definitely beauty essentials. A dash of your favourite scent, my choice would be the ultimate classic as worn my the original 1950’s Hollywood siren Marilyn Monroe Chanel No 5

Charlotte Balbier Designer Style - Nora DressSatin Trim Veil via David’s Bridal / Chanel No 5 Perfume  by Annabella Charles Photography via Style Me Pretty / The Nora Dress by Charlotte Balbier / Red Lips via Charlotte Balbier / Vintage Inspired Pearl Clutch from Vintage Styler / Red Nails by Janel KG Photography  via Bridal Musings / Pearl Heel ‘Jane’ Shoes by Freya Rose

‘MARY’ THE DRESS…

A soft flowing chiffon gown that is feminine and glamorous with a 1930’s influence drawing on the Great Gatsby and a bygone era. The cap sleeve detail is so soft and perfect for any bride who wants to add a cap sleeve to her bridal style. The art deco inspired brooch detail ad’s just a little sparkle and hint of Hollywood glamour and grace.

THE STYLE…

My love for art deco and the 1930’s is always evident in my designs and the ‘Mary’ captures this perfectly. The simply sublime collection from Debbie Carlisle’s ‘Deco’ collection has several pieces I adore, my favourite being the ‘Lottie’ style this with the ever so gorgeous Rachel Simpson ‘Mimosa’ shoes to complete your old 1930’s styled bridal outfit.

A little touch of sparkle with some original vintage earrings, I am lusting after these stunning earrings from Dando and Bennett and of course complete your look with a clutch, this one is the perfect art deco touch. My fragrance of choice for a vintage loving bride is the classic and heavenly Miss Dior add a deep pink plum shade to lips and nails with a berry hued bouquet!   

Charlotte Balbier Designer Style - Mary Dress

The Mary Dress  by Charlotte Balbier / YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Prune in Fire / ‘Lottie’ Deco Hairband by Debbie Carlisle / Rachel Simpson ‘Mimosa’ Shoes image by Emma Case via Brides up North / Berry Pink Bouquet image by Imaginale Design via Burnetts Boards

London Bride Q&A with bridal designer Charlotte Balbier…

Q: What do you love about working with brides? Every bride is so different and I love getting to know them and hearing all about their exciting wedding plans. Being part of one of the most important and special days of a persons life is a privilege and an absolute pleasure. I love how brides bring out their style and personality with the styling of both their gown and wedding, I have such stylish and creative brides.

Q: You run the business with your Mother, Amanda Wyatt who also has a bridal line, how has she influenced you? My Mum has been a huge inspiration to me not to mention an amazing mentor. When I started just over 10 years ago although I had been brought up in the bridal trade I still had allot to learn and especially when you have your own brand. My Mum gave me guidance, support and shared her wealth of knowledge and experience with me…. not to mention been a great shoulder to lean on when I have needed some help or just a hug.

Q: If you could design a Charlotte Balbier design for anyone, who would it be? I adore Zooey Deschanel she’s so gorgeous and I love her style. Zooey has her own style and is so feminine and girly just like a Charlotte Balbier bride. I love the way she rocks bows, floral accents, cool funky tights and feminine little dresses with cute shoes and makes it all look so effortless and stylish. Zooey would be the perfect Charlotte Balbier celeb bride.

Q: What’s your creative process, how do you find inspiration? Inspiration really comes from everywhere and anywhere as I am always feeling and finding inspiration. My biggest inspiration is my brides as they mean everything to me and each and every one of them is so unique and their wedding and style provide me with the love and inspiration to keep evolving and growing the brand year on year. I also keep a very close (maybe too close as I spend a fortune) on high fashion and what is on the catwalk, I love so many top end designers and love to see their shows and also celebs wearing their designs of the Red carpet.

Q: Who are your personal style icons? Love Kate Moss, she just gets it right every time and she’s sexy, confident and super stylish with her fashion and look. Adore Zooey Deschanel and seriously want to have her entire wardrobe! For Red carpet style it has to be Michelle Williams, Michelle’s Red carpet look is always to die for. Another lady who always get’s it so right is Florence Welch, she push’s the boundaries with her fashion choices and always stay true to her style, she’s an inspiration. I also love style icons from a bygone era, Marilyn Monroe is my all time favourite Hollywood starlet, she was the ultimate pin up. I also love Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O as they were always so polished and stylish.

Q: When you’re not busy with the business, how do you enjoy spending your time? My ‘me’ time is regular spa treatments at my local Clarins spa where I have a massage and facial, this is utter bliss and time for me to zone out and un-wind. I also make sure I get out in the fresh air and into the lovely Cheshire countryside where I live and take in the rural surroundings with my beautiful chocolate Labrador, Buster Bear. For fun and to let my hair down it’s got to be going out with friends and my husband Teddy for a few drinks and a lovely dinner somewhere fabulous. I also love to travel and when possible jet off to Ibiza for some sunshine or NYC for a city break and of course some shopping!

Bows, NYC, Zooey Deschanel? Charlotte is a girl after my own heart, and you can see more of her beautiful designs over on her website and for stockists visit here [for those in London you can try Angelica Bridal.

Decade Of Style Collection by Charlotte Balbier

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

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As she enters her 10th anniversary as a leading British designer, Charlotte Balbier has launched her latest collection ‘Decade of Style’. This new collection is a celebration of style and grace and is perfect for the bride looking for that Old Hollywood elegant style. Love the back of the ‘Beaullea’ above and oh so perfect teamed with the red lips!

I love the inclusion of metallic accents which provide subtle but a sophisticated edge, and the gowns are so full of texture and detail that they provide an indulgent elegance. I’ve seen many a Balbier bride in the past, and Charlotte really does do gowns that fit like a dream, whether it’s a slim fitting cap sleeved dress or a more romantic skirt with clouds of tulle, they are all rather beautiful and will no doubt make you feel amazing. I’ll hand over to the romantic notions behind each of the designs, written by Charlotte herself for you to indulge in some romance for five minutes…

charlottebalbier_decadeofstyle_0003Above: ‘Belle’

“A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.” 

With the elegance and bountiful beauty to that of a princess, with a presence so powerful she could sink a thousand ships; Belle has elegance and a style that captures the romance of the Renaissance era and an old fashioned love to compliment her grace. She fell for him like no-one had ever fallen before, captured by his essence and drawn to him right from her core. This was a soul found love that bound with a never ending story.

charlottebalbier_decadeofstyle_0004Above: ‘Beaullea’

“Adornment, what a science. Beauty, what a weapon. Modesty, what elegance!”

Embellished with a wealth of achingly deep affection, she is encased in an air of admiration from her love, radiating through her she shines a silver brighter than a star of clear night. Confident in her sweetheart, Beaullea is poised and self assured as she dreamt of a love like this, a profound love, and now in the midst of a fantasy like daze she is creating her own story, with a an ending more than perfect and with feelings no words can describe.

charlottebalbier_decadeofstyle_0005Above: ‘Libby’

“Love is above all, the gift of oneself” 

In-between a halo of blush pink blossom they fell, deep into a summer of love like no other. An indulgent romance of an unconditional kind, just like the fairy-tale dreamt of many before her, Libby’s smile was voluminous and vibrant an obvious show of a woman in love. This tender love she holds is the kind to be wrapped up in an abundance of layers, layers of soft cloud like tulle to protect it from the forces of the world surrounding it.

charlottebalbier_decadeofstyle_0001Above: ‘Boudicia & Holly’

“If you love two people at the same time, choose the second one, because if you really loved the first one you wouldn’t have fallen for the second” 

A love so strong no-one can take it away, a willing and a bursting anxiety to please but who should she become? Which girl inside of her does he long for, the maze of games is a consuming tunnel and it’s only she who can decide. In a race to find herself; the fire mane adorned with siren lace? Boudicia is a lover so vivid she captures his imagination. Or the subtle mysterious beauty of Holly? So intriguing she holds a powerful energy over his dynamic ways. A decision of endless love is a painful one to make.

There is also a fantastic competition running to win 2 accessory pieces from the  ‘A Decade Of Style’ collection, with luxury jewellery brand Molly B. To be in with a chance of winning and capturing the femininity and delicate details of the bygone era with these art deco inspired pieces from Charlotte Balbier and Molly B worth over £600 simply add your details here on the site for the chance to win this exclusive prize!

To see more of Charlotte Balbier’s designs and to find stockists visit her website: www.charlottebalbier.com