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Charlotte and Richard met at school, but only got to know each other once they had both moved to London after University. “We got talking at a house party and then there was some poking on Facebook – the rest is, as they say, history” says Charlotte.

After buying the engagement ring in the couple’s hometown of Cowbridge over Christmas, Richard took the traditional route, sneaking to the pub with Charlotte’s dad to seek his permission before proposing. A disastrous morning of allergic reactions and leaking sinks back home in London had a silver lining.

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Rich pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him on our sofa – I said yes straight away!” gushes Charlotte.

First on the couple’s wedding planning list was Charlotte’s wedding gown, which she found at High Society in Cowbridge. The Suzanne Neville dress ‘Captivating’ won Charlotte’s heart. “It was actually the first dress I tried on, but after that I probably tried on another 15 or so dresses after realising I had already found ‘the one’!”

Charlotte’s godparents gifted her a beautiful headpiece to complement the gown and she chose Jimmy Choos for her bridal shoes. For her something borrowed, the bride borrowed a pair of diamond earrings from her mum and a delicate lace garter was her something blue. Charlotte’s six bridesmaids all wore short length sleeveless lace dresses in a fresh pastel mint to compliment the lace Queen Anne neckline of her own gown!

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Rich found his three-piece suit at Charles Trywhitt in a grey Prince of Wales check. The ushers and best man also wore Charles Trywhitt suits, but the couple opted for the groomsmen’s suits to be two-piece to allow the groom to stand out! Charlotte’s six bridesmaids graced short length sleeveless lace dresses sourced from BHS in a fresh pastel mint to compliment the lace Queen Anne neckline of her own gown! They looked stunning at the floral themed wedding whilst holding candied pink roses.

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The couple’s religious ceremony was conducted at Holy Cross, their local church. “The vicar was great – he is also a family friend,” smiles Charlotte. Her dad walked her down the aisle and the couple enjoyed a reading of Corinthians 13.1 by close friend Kim.

The wedding party moved to Fonmon Castle for their reception. “Fonmon Castle is a lovely venue in a beautiful setting but they were also very flexible in helping make the wedding ‘ours’. They even picked fresh flowers from the garden to match our colour theme!” Halcyon Flowers supplied the floral arrangements and a harpist played while guests arrived.

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Guests dined on canapés at a champagne reception before sitting down to prawns to start, beef bourgignon for main and Eton mess for dessert. The couple also provided a hog roast for the evening.

We were very lucky with the weather so we were able to have croquet on the lawn plus other garden games. In the evening we had a band, Academy,” says Charlotte. The party carried on into the early hours before the couple turned in for bed at 3am!

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Shortly after the wedding the couple jetted off to idyllic isles Santorini and Mykonos, enjoying 5 relaxing days on each for their start to married life.

Words by Lauren Fraser


CEREMONY |  Holy Cross local church
RECEPTION | Fonmon Castle
DRESS | Suzanne Neville High Society in Cowbridge
GROOM | Charles Trywhitt
FLOWERS | Halcyon Flowers
ENTERTAINMENT | Band Academy + a harpist on arrival
HONEYMOON | 10 days split between idyllic isles Santorini and Mykonos