A vintage affair with bronze and dusky pink hues set the tone for Charlotte and Chris' seaside celebration

Our meeting wasn't particularly romantic – one of my close school friends married one of Chris' university pals, so we were set up on a blind date,” says Charlotte. “I say blind, we had a preliminary scout through Facebook photos.” The couple had an amazing date which ended with a kiss and, as they say, the rest is history.”

On the beach: Image 1
“I wouldn't consider getting married anywhere else as my parents live in Thorpeness and I wanted to involve as much of the village as possible.” – Charlotte

 

On the beach: Image 2a“We were trekking Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Chris intended to propose when we reached the top. But I was so tired and cold it never happened,” reveals Charlotte. “Chris proposed on the evening we bought our first house together – I was surprised to find him on one knee with my late grandma's ring, which he'd redesigned.

On the beach: Image 2 On the morning
Chris and his groomsmen decided on a morning swim and dived into the North Sea at 8am, while Charlotte and her maids prepared at her parents' house. “After a trip to the hairdressers, everything felt surreal, but my bridesmaids dragged me upstairs to get ready. After that I was just excited,” says Charlotte. “The nerves hit again while speaking to the vicar before my dad walked me up the aisle to Handel's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.”

 

On the beach: Image 3
“Jess, the photographer, captured us everywhere we went, including the Meare – somewhere I had spent many hours as a child.” – Charlotte

 

On the beach: Image 4aPearls and lace
“I wore Sienna by Shanna Melville. It was the second one I tried on and nothing compared to the beautiful lace detail,” says Charlotte. “I accessorised with a plain veil, and a simple drop pearl necklace and matching earrings. Chris surprised me with a bracelet, a silver chain with a heart connected by Welsh gold – it was perfect.”

On the beach: Image 4 Chris and his groomsmen wore tails, with ivory cravats for the six ushers and bronze for Chris and his best man, which complemented the bridesmaids' dresses. Charlotte's niece was an honorary bridesmaid and wore a simple white dress with ballet pumps.

 

On the beach: Image 5
“We were won over straightaway by our photographer Jessica – she is so friendly and talented.” – Charlotte

 

On the beach: Image 6aSimply elegant
“We kept the country club décor simple, with white hydrangeas and foliage in tall vases, which were also used to decorate our traditional white-iced cake,” she adds.

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On the beach: Image 6 The Dolphin Pub provided prosecco and canapés before the reception and Adnams' fizz and ale were served during the meal, which included locally caught Orford fish

 

On the beach: Image 7
“We chose the band High Fidelity as we'd been impressed by it at previous weddings. The evening was interrupted by my hens and I performing the dance learnt on our hen night, and at one point all the guests went outside to play with sparklers,” says Charlotte

 

On the beach: Image 8
“I used my own much loved Mini to transport me, and borrowed friends' Minis for the bridesmaids.” – Charlotte

 

Charlotte and Chris' contact book


Bride's dress
Satin Bow Bridal
www.satinbow.co.uk

Bride's hair
Hair Sanctuary
www.hair-sanctuary.co.uk

Bride's veil
Just a Day Bridal
www.justadaybridal.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
House of Fraser
www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Next
www.next.co.uk

Bridesmaids' jewellery
Loveone
www.loveone.co.uk

Drinks
Adnams
www.adnams.co.uk

Drinks reception venue
Dolphin Inn
www.thorpenessdolphin.com

Entertainment
High Fidelity
highfidelityband@hotmail.co.uk

Flowers
Catherine Hill
www.catherinehillflowers.co.uk

Groom's suit
Moss
www.moss.co.uk

Mother-of-the-bride's dress
Darcy B
www.darcy-b.com

Photographer
Photos by Jessica
www.photosbyjessica.co.uk

Reception venue
The Country Club
www.thorpenesscountryclub.co.uk

 
 

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