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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 

Marianna + Harry at Stoke Place / Fresh as a daisy

WEDDINGS, Elegant

I am so thrilled to be sharing this fresh as a daisy wedding of Harry and Marianna with you today. It has the magical combination of a gorgeous couple, a stunning venue, an abundance of pretty details and all oh-so-perfectly captured in memorable photographs full of love and laughter.

Harry and Marianna were married in August last year [aw, happy anniversary guys!] at the chic Stoke Place in Berkshire. The picturesque setting is a beautiful backdrop to the relaxed and romantic photography by the wonderful Debs Ivelja.  This is a wedding with style, elegance and a very chic theme throughout. I’m a huge fan of the bride’s choice of accessories which enhance her radiance and the subtle grey and yellow tones are fresh and modern but still timeless.

Marianna says “When we first got engaged, we always knew that we wanted to have a fun, relaxed day surrounded by all our nearest and dearest.

Stoke Place, for us, was the perfect venue; it could accommodate our friends and family and for a large venue it had a relaxed, quirky feel. Not only is the interior lovely, but the grounds are beautiful as well, and as we were lucky enough to be graced with some sun, we all managed to enjoy some time outside on the day.”

“I chose a Lusan Mandongus dress that I had seen and fell in love with it when I tried it on with a beautiful pair of Oscar de la Renta shoes that we hunted down in the sale. My favourite part of my outfit was my Sakura hairpiece by Sara Gabriel. I’m not one for wearing lots of jewellery and so loved the idea of having a hairpiece to accessorise.

On the morning of the wedding, I spent time with my mum and bridesmaids getting ready in the lovely, roomy bridal suite at Stoke Place.  Ivanna, my hairdresser for a few years, worked her magic with my hair, and Amanda Bell did my makeup (which survived the whole day) and suddenly, I was a bride. The day felt so surreal, it was hard to believe after 9 months of planning, endless spreadsheets and glue sticks, the day had finally come and after all our planning we were finally getting married!”

“We chose grey and yellow as our main colours and so the bridesmaids had grey dresses with yellow accessories, and similarly the groomsmen had grey suits with yellow ties and buttonholes. Harry scrubbed up nicely in his one (and only) suit. 

We had a wonderful guitarist play for us during the ceremony, which created a lovely atmosphere.  After the ceremony we all spent time enjoying the grounds of Stoke Place, sheltered from the British summer by the enchanting Raj tent before heading in to enjoy the brilliant food at the wedding dinner.”

“The whole day was captured by Debs Ivelja our beautiful and lovely photographer. Professional and personable, we knew as soon as we met Debs that we wanted her to be our photographer, and she made us feel as comfortable as we could be in front of the camera.”

“Harry works as a graphic designer and we both love things that are visually interesting and stimulating so we wanted the wedding to be bright and full of character. Stoke Place offers a space that is a blank canvas, which allows you to put your own stamp on it.To add personal touches to the day, Harry designed our invitations, and my mum and I spent some time with a glue gun and endless amounts of ribbon putting together a few details and decorations, not only as a money saving element, but to add a splash of colour.

With everything that we had put together, the venue would not have had the same impact without the flowers. We completely trusted Yannick, our florist, and everything that he created was beautiful. He used seasonal flowers in yellows, whites and greens with various textures and shapes, which completely captured everything that we ‘visioned’.”

“In the evening, we had a DJ to liven the night up and encourage some dancing, and to add a little extra entertainment we hired a photo booth. With many formal events to the day, it was nice to have something a little less formal. We got a message book/ photo album at the end of the night for us to keep and our guests got to take double copies home to enjoy. It seemed to be a big hit for the evening and provided me and Harry with some interesting bribery material!”

“The day was an enjoyable blur and we loved every minute of it, however there will always be a few special moments that will always stick in my mind; my dad holding my hand walking down the aisle, mine and Harry’s first kiss as husband and wife and the overwhelming happiness being surrounded by all of our friends and family.

We have almost been married for a year now, and looking back on the day I wouldn’t change a thing.”

I wouldn’t have changed a thing either Marianna! Congratulations, a truly beautiful day, thank you both and also to photographer Debs Ivelja for sharing it with London Bride!

Venue: Stoke Place / Photography: Debs Ivelja / Brides Dress: Lusan Mandongus from Teokath / Bridal Accessories: Hairpiece by Sara Gabriel, Earrings Lagos Jewellery, Shoes Oscar de la Renta / Bridesmaids: J Crew / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker / Ushers Suits: Moss Bros Hire / Hair: Ivanna at Orao / Make Up: Amanda Bell / Florist: Yannick at Pascal Gabory / Catering: Stoke Place / Cake: Primrose Bakery / Guitarist: Jordan Humber / Marquee: Raj Tent Club / DJ: Mart at Mighty Fine Entertainment / Photobooth: Booth Box