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Charlie and Andy’s wedding was hand crafted and intimate. They all pulled together to create a wonderfully special, unique and quirky wedding – even the Groom managed to get a Marvel superhero theme in!

Over to the Bride to tell you more…

“We got married at the Castle Donington Park Farmhouse in Derbyshire, it’s pretty much a converted barn where you eat your main meal in the pig sties! This won me over straight away and instantly my creative brain started ticking over with all the exciting possibilities. I think that was probably the 2nd venue we had seen and I didn’t need to see any more afterwards… having your entire wedding in the same venue seems so much less work and less stress.. Plus you know no one will get lost so that really sealed the deal!

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Thinking about my dress instantly brings a smile to my face, it lives at my mum’s house at the moment and I literally need an excuse to go upstairs, unzip it and look at it! I loved every moment that I wore it. I started off with my mum in one of those fancy dress places, we tried on the dress and said the appropriate ‘ooooh’ and ‘ahhhh’, but it didn’t really do it for me, I felt a bit like a cardboard box! We had heard about a designer outlet shop in Burbage that sells designer wedding dresses cheaper and if you’re lucky you might come across a one off design!  I went with an open mind, tried on a couple of traditional dresses that were beautiful and of course made my mum cry… but it still wasn’t right! I had another look around the room, browsed through the rails and voila! I saw a pretty lace number that I felt slightly weird for liking! I tried it on and wow, I knew straight away it was the one. It was a fitted dress that went into a long train at the back.

I felt so beautiful in my dress and feel a little bit smug at the fact it cost £200 and is a one off designer. Lovely!

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We decided to buy a house and got married within the same year, obviously the planning started before we moved but it meant that we had to keep costs to a low! We really wanted the wedding to reflect out personalities and our quirks, and by hand making a lot of our decorations not only did it reduce costs but it also meant it was more personal. Being an art teacher really allowed me to use the facilities I needed, so I started with the homemade screen printed invitations which then flowed on to the comic style seating plan! It was a quirky, home-made, slightly eclectic style wedding full of love in every corner.

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The wonderful button holes, wrist corsages and my bouquet which were all made by the wonderful florist around the corner from where I live which is called Sweet Williams. The table flowers were ordered in bunches from Mills Florist in Long Eaton and I stressfully trimmed and positioned these into decorated jars for my table decorations the night before the wedding. This was the point of the entire 2 year process that I honestly felt stressed out… big time!

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The suppliers that I used.. well I thank Ebay for providing me with lovely brown card for my invites, for helping me make a wax seal stamp to seal my invite envelopes and I thank my now husband for patiently waiting for me to screen print them all and cut them with me! It was a long process, but I wouldn’t change them in the slightest!

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My wedding cakes consisted of 4 or 5 cakes that were all made by my Auntie. Because I wanted that homemade, quirky vintage feel I decided to go for naked cakes decorated in hydrangea as this was my main wedding flower. All of the Hydrangeas were sourced from my mum’s fiancés garden.

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My advice for future brides would be…

  • Allow people to help you
  • Book an amazing photographer
  • Regret nothing

And enjoy every moment of it because it will shoot past, make sure you have a quiet moment with your new husband/wife because you’ll end up seeing everyone but them!”

Images by Ed Godden Photography

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