After a busy school term as a teacher, Alex decided to treat Charlotte to a relaxing break over the Easter holidays. “Al told me to pack a bag, but wouldn’t tell me where we were going! We ended up at East Midlands airport. He got out his iPhone and started playing Barcelona by Queen – the secret was out and we were going to Spain – one of my favourite places in the world!” beams Charlotte.
After getting all glammed up for an evening out on the town, Alex dropped down on one knee and popped the question. “I burst into tears, swore a fair bit (out of shock) and said ‘YES’ repeatedly! We went on to have the most amazing time in Barcelona celebrating, together,” she adds.
The bride’s outfit
“I loved, loved, loved trying on wedding dresses!” laughs Charlotte. “There were so many different designs I liked and could quite happily have worn. I came across my Sassi Holford gown, and as soon as I put it on, I loved it – but I actually burst into tears in the shop because it was well over budget and I thought it was a no-hoper. Luckily, my incredibly generous mum and dad stepped in and helped me to buy my dream dress.”
The groom’s outfit
“We found Al’s rich blue suit from Marks and Spencer. I’m a very lucky lady to have such a handsome hubby,” smiles Charlotte.
Charlotte’s girls wore navy wrap dresses from ASOS with shoes from Next.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony because it was so relaxed. I loved the fact that our wonderful friends and family were cheering, clapping and laughing along with us and I grinned like a Cheshire cat throughout!” smiles Charlotte.
Charlotte knew how her wedding would be styled from the start. “I was fixed on the theme of the wedding from day one – navy, grey and white, white, white. Candles were always going to play a massive part in creating the ‘look’ and I spent a fortune on tealight holders and votives (my obsession with anything made from mercury glass even featured in Al’s speech!).
“My friend’s mum lent us loads of antique glass bottles for the flowers, and the bridesmaids and I arranged a craft day where we got in a right mess adding glitter, lace and wool to jam jars and empty wine bottles. These ended up looking fab and acted as candle holders. Vases for the top table were purchased from Ikea and are now proving a good excuse for me to constantly have fresh flowers in every corner of the house.”
The couple took a minimoon to Edinburgh and are planning a trip to South East Asia, too.