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I thee Wed – Oliver & Charlotte


Issue 48: When It Was Just You

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I thee Wed – Oliver & Charlotte

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We love to feature a real weddings here at Save the Date and we love nothing more than to feature our very own client’s weddings! When I first met Oliver from the fabulous Poppy Trading Company and we discussed his wedding plans I knew this was going to be a creative extravaganza and it didn’t disappoint! From Tipis to mismatched vintage chairs, lawn games, vintage crockery, fish & chips, candy floss, bell tents and much much more! This wedding is just beautiful! So, I know hand you over to the lovely Charlotte to tell you a little bit more about their wedding day.


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Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?

The ceremony was held at Meynell Langley in Kirk Langley, Derbyshire. It was the only place we went to see and we instantly fell in love with it. It just felt so ‘us’. Everything was exactly the way we would have things if we were ever lucky enough to live in a place like that. Helen the owner was just lovely and made the whole thing very easy and relaxed. Our tipi evening reception was at Abbotsholme School in Staffordshire. I found tipis early on in my search and after getting some quotes from a few companies based in the South we had given up on being able to afford them due to the cost almost doubling because of delivery costs. Then out of nowhere, we found Peak Tipis based very close by in Ashbourne and it seemed it was just meant to be so we booked our beautiful tipis!

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How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?

The most important thing for us was that the day would be relaxed and a lot of fun! As for style it was a bit of an eclectic mis-match of all things vintage, rustic and just plain fun! We had been together for a long time before the wedding and the engagement was almost 2 years so we had a lot of time to think about how we wanted our day to be. After we had found our ceremony venue we just focused on trying to plan the biggest and bests party we could imagine! Hence, the candyfloss, giant helium balloons, fish & chips, tipis, ice cream van, vintage lawn games, mobile pizza oven etc…

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Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?

I am not a particularly girly girl and so the thought of dress shopping was a little daunting for me! But with my maid of honour and Mum in toe off we went to Formal Elegance in Cannock. The owner Jane was very friendly and made me instantly relaxed and insisted that I try practically all of the dresses in her shop so I could see all the styles. I didn’t look at any other shops, I just didn’t feel any need. I went away with some photos on my phone and went back a couple of months later and ended up choosing the very first dress I tried on. It was an Ella dress called Princess and that was exactly how it made me feel! It was also very comfortable which was a big plus for me! I got my dress very muddy on the wedding day but it didn’t matter to me at all, it had a very good day out!

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Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationary to cake, flowers to cars- was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides.

We found so many wonderful suppliers that just made the day for us…

The car- We hired a self-drive MG TF from Self Drive Classics which was brilliant, so pretty. And Oli being able to drive us back to our reception in it, just the two of us, was a lovely moment that we really enjoyed.


The photography– Ben & Hannah of HBA Photography. Ben is Oliver’s brother but more than that they are both our very close friends. They are amazing photographers. When they offered to do our photos we were worried about accepting as we really wanted to make sure they had a really fun day too, but it just wouldn’t have felt right anyone else doing our photos. When I started thinking about our wedding I didn’t really think photography was too important to me (mainly because I hate having my photo taken!) But after getting that ‘the photos are ready’ text from Ben on our honeymoon and immediately looking at our photos and reliving our day it hit me how truly important the photos are- we will cherish them forever. So we really do advise picking your photographer really carefully and not scrimping on it, photographs of your wedding day are just too precious.

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The tables and chairs– Oli is the owner and creator of The Poppy Trading Company and so of course we used his wonderful mismatched vintage chairs and rustic trestle tables, they looked so perfect in the tipis.

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The candyfloss– As people arrived at the tipis we served candyloss and strawberry daiquiris! We did the cocktails ourselves, serving them in jam jars we had collected with ribbon tied round them and colourful paper straws. The candyfloss was from Sweet a Fayre and they were great, I LOVE candyfloss!!

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Make up– As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a very girly girl so make up was always going to be tricky for me, I admire these people who decide to do their own but that just wasn’t a pretty option for me! I came across Esther at Opulence at a wedding fayre and remember thinking how nice her make-up was which was a good sign! I went for a trial and she was so friendly and not at all phased by my “I don’t really wear make-up” opening line! I loved the make-up and it lasted really well right up until our last dance. Highly recommended.

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The fish ‘n’ chips!- KK Catering did our fish and chip wedding breakfast which was absolutely yummy!

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Vintage lawn games– We hired lovely vintage lawn games from Something Old and Something New including coconut shy, skittles and quoits! They looked fab and they still got some use despite the shoddy weather!

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Maxine’s mobile pizza– We served pizza for our evening food which went down a treat, everybody said how much they enjoyed them. Maxine was fab, making up pizzas there and then and baking them there and then in her pizza oven, just brilliant!

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Wedding night tent– This was a wonderful last minute addition to our plans, we had planned to just go home after the party but always I was thinking in the back of my mind we should do something better! I came across Tinker’s Bells when I saw that they had followed The Poppy Trading Company on twitter, I instantly fell in love with their bell tents and promptly sent off an email with a faint hope that they’d have availability. They did! Oli and I love camping so we weren’t at all fazed by the cold temperatures and rain and it really didn’t matter, the tent was so snug and they provided two thick duvets and a lovely hamper of treats, it was the perfect way to end our incredible day.

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Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?

Make it yours, make it unique and have fun doing it!


We hope you loved Oliver and Charlotte’s wedding as much as we did! Don’t forget to check back on our blog regularly for more wedding inspiration!

The fab team involved in this fun & creative wedding:

Venue – Meynell Langley / Abbotsholme School

Car – Self Drive Classics

Photography – HBA Photography

Furniture – The Poppy Trading Company

Candyfloss – Sweet a Fayre

Make Up – Opulence Beauty

Fish ‘n’ Chips – KK Catering

Vintage Lawn Games – Something Old Something New

Wedding Night Tent – Tinkers Bells

Tipis – Peaktipis

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