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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“
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 Trio & Vanilla 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