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Posted by Melissa Barker on 7 October 2020
“It took me completely by surprise, as I was sitting on the sofa in my pyjamas relaxing after work when he walked in wearing his best suit. He then said he’d written a poem for me and began to read it. It was about our relationship, and around halfway through I realised what was happening! I, of course, said ‘yes’ right away.”
"I actually work at Manor Hill House and was the wedding coordinator at the time, so I knew how much time and effort the team put into making each wedding perfect," explains Charley. "I have a close relationship with the staff and would often see more of them than my family, so it was important that they were part of our day. Dan loved the venue as well, so it was a really easy decision for both of us."
The lovebirds decided to give their guests heartshaped biscuits as favours. "They were personalised with our names," shares the bride. "They tied in perfectly with our afternoon tea theme and tasted great."
To display their table plan, the couple used rustic ladders from Manor Hill House. "We only had four tables, so we didn't put a lot of thought into the names," explains Charley. "We had printed luggage tags that we tied onto teacups as place names."
Cake Co. "We opted for a semi-naked design with a drip effect," shares Charley. "Each tier was a different flavour, so there was something to suit everyone."Charley and Daniel decided to incorporate beautiful flowers from Bluebells of Droitwich into their décor. "I mentioned to our florist, Tanya, that we wanted blue flowers, but she wasn't sure she'd be able to source any at that time of year," says the bride. "I was pleasantly surprised when she managed to create blue and baby pink bouquets."
"We also incorporated our theme into our centrepieces," reveals Charley. "Dan's mum, who used to be a florist, made floating teacups that looked amazing. To decorate the rest of the space, I had personalised bunting printed and hung above our table. We also had large light up letters that spelt out our last name."
Charley surprised Dan by organising for a white Chrysler to pick him up and bring him to the venue on the morning of the wedding. "Food played a large part of our day," says the bride. "We had canapés on the lawn, followed by an afternoon tea party and trio of desserts.
In the evening, we opted for a barbecue and the Manor Hill House ice-cream trike. The weather was hot and glorious so we didn't want anything too heavy but all our guests commented on how amazing the food was."
Charley wore an Essense of Australia dress from Perfections Bridal Studio in Worcester. "I accessorised with blue heels and a hairpiece I found online," says Charley. "I also wore my mum's wedding earrings as my something borrowed. I didn't wear any other jewellery as I loved my dress so much that I didn't want to take anything away from it." Daniel chose a grey three-piece suit from Harveys Formal Hire & Dry Cleaners. "He wore personalised cufflinks I had made for him telling him what time to be waiting for me at the end of the aisle," explains the bride. "The groomsmen wore the same and looked great."
The bridesmaids opted for sky blue gowns from Chi Chi London. "They were the perfect colour for our day," shares Charley. "I purchased matching earrings and asked them to choose their own shoes as I wanted them to be comfortable."
"Manor Hill House has a resident horse called Jack that all of the children loved playing with throughout the day," shares Charley. "We booked a magic mirror for the evening which our guests loved. We ended the night with everyone outside for a sparkler walk through."
"The day went by so fast, but it couldn't have gone any better," Charley shares. "I loved seeing our friends and families getting on so well and enjoying each other's company in the sunshine. Dan's speech was amazing. When he was talking about me becoming his wife, he said 'we're so a like, that I checked online that we weren't somehow related' and the whole room erupted in laughter. It was a very memorable part of the day." The couple's nearest and dearest made their nuptials perfect. "Dan's best man, Phil, went out of his way to organise a special speech for Dan," adds the bride. "He made a video of all our close friends congratulating us on our wedding, and it summed us both up beautifully."