Love blossomed slowly for Charlie and Matt, who were introduced by a friend. “I didn’t give it much thought at first, but a while later, we got chatting at a cider festival and I began to really like him,” Charlie admits. “He can be quite quiet, but the more I got to know him, the more I liked him. We have very different personalities but we complement each other well.”
Matt planned the perfect Parisian proposal for his bride-to-be. “I was posing for a photo in a little park with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and Matt got down on one knee, to get a good angle with the camera – or so I thought!” Charlie recalls. “Then he pulled the ring out and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised I burst into tears, and Matt captured it all on camera.”
The bride’s outfit
Charlie had her mother-in-law to thank for leading her to her dream dress. “My mum, Matt’s mum, Barbara, and I went out for a day of wedding dress shopping, and Barbara picked my dress out,” explains Charlie. “I wasn’t very keen at first, but when I put it on, I absolutely loved it.” The Benjamin Roberts design featured lace capped sleeves and a deep V back. The bride accessorised with a pearl necklace borrowed from her mother-in-law, and her own pearl earrings.
The groom’s outfit
Matt chose a three-piece Islay tweed suit from Hoggs of Fife, teamed with a dusky pink tie to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. “I was sceptical about the tweed to begin with, but on the day I had to agree that it looked amazing and suited Matt perfectly,” laughs Charlie.
Charlie was attended by two of her closest friends and her cousin, with her niece as flowergirl. “I had my heart set on a dusky pink colour, but wanted the girls to pick a style of dress they liked,” Charlie explains. “I didn’t mind if they chose different designs, but as it happened they all liked the same Dessy dress and it suited them beautifully.”
Charlie and Matt were married in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony. “The church is attached to the school that I teach at, and it was lovely to be married there,” Charlie says. “My mum and Matt’s mum lit individual candles to represent each family, and then Matt and I used them to light a candle together. It was a beautiful service and exactly what we wanted.”
The couple held their reception in a marquee in the grounds of Langley Polo Club. “Because it was in such a remote location, Matt renovated eight old bicycles and turned them into signs directing people from the church to the marquee,” Charlie explains. The guests tucked into delicious ice creams from a bicycle cart, signature cocktails and whisky, and were entertained by lawn games, a fire pit and table football.
Charlie and Matt celebrated with an English summertime garden party theme with lots of bicycle details, including the village tandem which the guests took turns on. “My mum made 300 metres of bunting in dusky pink and sage green, and our place names were tags tied to springs of lavender,” Charlie says. The guests were given mini jars of homemade jam and honey as thoughtful favours.
The four-tier cake featured layers of fruit, lemon, carrot and chocolate truffle, covered in white chocolate and topped with summer fruits. “I loved the summery look, so it was perfect!” Charlie adds.
They newlyweds began their honeymoon in Rome, where they visited the famous landmarks, before continuing to Naples and Sorrento to relax.