Having met on their first day of college, Charlotte and Casey became firm friends and kept their close friendship alive throughout their university years. "I was based in London and Casey in Buckinghamshire, and we would meet up every couple of months and just get lost together in the big city," explains Charlotte. After losing touch for a year, they decided to rekindle their friendship in 2012. "We realised something had changed and our friendship had blossomed into something much more," she reflects.
After a romantic Christmas Eve proposal, the pair set about planning their wedding at Nancarrow Farm. A gorgeous apple green, ivory and rose pink scheme coloured a day that was brimming with personal detail and collaborative effort.
Donning her custom-made lace gown, Charlotte's grand entrance was accompanied by 'Concerning Hobbits', an emotive piece of music from 'Lord of the Rings', one of the couple's favourite films. "My favourite moment was walking up the aisle with my dad; we were both so nervous. When Casey turned round to face me and I saw him smile at me, I felt less nervous and so excited about what was ahead," she recalls.
The Classical Trio led by Sue Aston provided a stirring string soundtrack to the ceremony, while Charlotte's sister provided vocals along with one of the ushers, who also played guitar.
Following their confetti shower, the pair led their guests to the orchard where they planted an apple tree. "I changed into some special bride wellies for the occasion but let Casey do all the hard work whilst I modelled them to the crowd!" comments Charlotte.
Bouncin' Buddies' bouncy castle provided endless fun for kids and adults alike, while guitarist Dom Woolcott created the pitch-perfect ambience for the canapes and Pimm's reception. A line-up followed, which allowed the couple to greet all their guests into the barn for the wedding breakfast. "This was one of the more formal parts of our day but was really great as it meant we got to speak to everyone. We loved it as we got about 100 hugs!"
Guests tucked into the likes of Stilton and broccoli soup, pork medallions, local fillet of sea bass and Thai vegetable curry, with brandy snap baskets and summer fruits proving a lip-smacking finale.
A fun video provided a creative alternative to the first dance - and a highlight of the day. "We asked each of our guests to send a video that answered questions about us and recalled their favourite memories. It was a really emotional moment and, not only did it mean everyone felt part of our day, it was also was a great ice-breaker before the band kicked in!" says Charlotte. Guests then grooved the night away to a string of dance floor favourites from Absolute.
"My top tip is to not be afraid to delegate to friends and family," she advises. "My family were so involved in helping out and making things that it meant they felt even more a part of the special day. Plus it took some of the pressure off us!"
Photography Ross Talling www.rosstalling.co.uk
Venue Nancarrow Farm, Zelah www.nancarrowfarm.co.uk
Dress James Kelly Couture www.facebook.com/JamesKellyCouture
Bridesmaid dresses Dessy www.dessy.com
Groom's outfit Moss Bros www.mossbroshire.co.uk
Make-up Nikki Edwards www.weddingmakeupcornwall.co.uk
Flowers Sunnyside Flowers
Entertainment Classical Strings www.classicalstrings.co.uk
Bouncin' Buddies www.bouncinbuddies.org.uk
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