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Philip and Carly met in the most traditional of ways – down the local pub! “He was too shy to talk to me so he contacted me on social media,” Carly says. It was a physical attraction at first that soon turned into much more as the pair became best friends.
Philip knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Carly, so he started planning how he'd ask her to be his wife. “He proposed in the pub that we ran at the time,” Carly tells us. “It was midnight at Christmas. All our friends and customers were there. I was so shocked that I forgot to answer straight away and left him with a sore knee!” She eventually did say “yes” of course, and plans got underway for 23rd March, 2019. Carly continues the story…
We fell for the Georgian elegance of The Fennes. It has so much character with lots of different rooms and places for people to socialise in. The main room was bright and airy and fitted our vision perfectly.
We opted for a shabby-chic theme injected with a touch of Hollywood glamour. We kept the palette classy and traditional: navy, grey and ivory.The aisle was dressed with white blossom trees, which gave the entrance real wow factor.
The table plan was a beautiful collage-style picture frame in grey and white. I made sweet shop-style bags for favours and filled them with my favourite childhood treats.
The flowers were rustic and wild. We teamed lots of greenery with simple white flowers accented with blue thistles to fit the colour scheme. Our florist described it as Highland chic! Our centrepieces were silver candelabra with silk flowers, foliage and glass tea-light holders.
The venue was ours for the whole day and I loved getting ready in the dressing room with my best girls. They treated me to a gorgeous bridal robe and a Yankee Candle as well as other presents. Philip and I spent our first night as newlyweds in the idyllic Honeymoon Cottage.
I found a beautiful gown by Justin Alexander. It was Chantilly lace in a fit-and-flare style with a sweetheart neckline. I accessorised it with a cathedral-length veil and a pretty hair slide for the evening. The detail of the dress meant I didn't need lots of jewellery, so I just wore my mum's pearl drop earrings; they were my something borrowed.
The groom and best man looked dashing in slim-fit navy suits with tweed waistcoats. My wedding gift to Philip was a pair of engraved cufflinks. The men looked great alongside my bridesmaids, who each wore different styles but all in navy with lace detailing.
On the day, we were both very nervous Philip more so than me. It was amazing having all our friends and family in the same place. Both being from large families, it's quite rare!
We made our own playlist for background music during the day. For the reception, we had a brilliant band called Mojo. They performed a mix of old and new tunes, which got everyone dancing and trying to sing along!