Intimate Micro Wedding of Dreams
Long before it became the only only option (5 years ago in fact), Charlotte (the talent behind Frond and Bloom) opted for wedding with just 15 guests. It is an oldie but definitely a goodie!
One of the plus sides of smaller numbers is that options become open that wouldn’t work for larger guest lists which can make the day extra special, like going all out opulent with elements of your décor like Charlotte’s gorgeous table scape.
Here, Charlotte tells us a bit more about her day and how she wants to inspire couples to opt for intimate.
With the latest government announcements and the number of wedding guests cut again, now seems like the right time to start thinking about working with what we’ve got and going ahead with your big day regardless. After all it’s about marrying someone you would want to weather the storm with and this is certainly one serious storm!
My Husband and I got married 5 years ago this November and we chose to have only 15 guests, I’m hoping that sharing this with you might inspire you to do the same.
We chose Langar Hall to host ourselves and our guests and treated everyone to a two night stay. I always loved the idea of making our wedding feel like a weekend away to make it as special to our guests as it was to us, as well as extending the celebrations, another reason why we chose to have fewer guests.
Langar Hall is just the best venue for an intimate wedding, with it’s fabulous decor (each room has a different theme), beautiful surroundings and cosy ambience, not to mention the amazing food! We are real foodies, I wanted our guests to be able to choose what they wanted to eat and drink and make dinner feel more like a fine dining experience, than a larger catered event.
We all met the night before and went for a casual dinner in the village followed by cocktails in Langar’s bijoux bar. In the morning we had organised an activity for everyone (clay pigeon shooting) on the lawns, followed by a seasonal lunch of my favourite Melton Mowbray pork pies, cheeses, chutneys and mulled wine.
The ceremony was in the late afternoon so everyone got dressed up to the nines in black tie. My husband once told me that “a man never looks and feels as good as he does when he puts on a tuxedo”, so this suited him perfectly.
I wore my Mother’s wedding dress from the 70’s. It was made from the most stunning French lace and I loved the idea of wearing it on my big day. We had it completely altered, changing the neckline, sleeves and silhouette of the dress. I even had multiple layers of tulle added to the skirt, so by the time the dress maker was finished it looked like a brand new dress.
My sister, who was my Bridesmaid, wore a dress from ASOS which I jazzed up with a deep navy ribbon and navy shoes from Zara.
Rachel Liney did our hair and make up and it was perfect. She made me feel like a star from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The colour scheme was rich and opulent. As we were only having a few guests I went all out with the styling. Rebecca from Floral Deco filled the room with hundreds of candles and urns brimming with all my favourite flowers. David Austin Roses, Hydrangeas and Ranunculus. Flowers were always going to play a big part in our wedding and by keeping the guest list small I was really able to let loose!
We opted for a cheese tower as a cake as we are far more into cheese than cake and this worked perfectly as favours for our guests. We gave everyone a take away box filled with crackers, chutney and truffles which they could add a selection of their favourite cheeses too before heading home.
Our first dance was the most special moment of the whole evening. We didn’t have a DJ or disco, so instead my sister sang an acoustic version of our favourite song accompanied by her partner on guitar. It was truly magical! We ended the evening with more cocktails and parlour games, organised by my husband and laughed the night away.
We loved our intimate wedding and I honestly cannot recommend it enough, for us it was everything we could have wished for and more. Special shout out to Ben Pollard who captured the day for us and gave us wonderful images to look back on again and again.