Many hands make light work

Charlotte and Rob chose an industrial-chic theme offset by pretty pastel shades

Rob and Charlie met at the tender age of 17. “We both worked in the museum tea rooms,” reveals Charlotte. “We got together a week before leaving for university; it wasn't meant to last!” But after a surprise first date to the theatre, it did last, and 10 years on, in September 2013, Rob found himself planning another surprise: a proposal. Says Charlotte, “We had a trip planned to Africa for our 10th anniversary, so I wasn't expecting Rob to pop the question on a weekend away in Budapest. He had organised for the hotel to set up our balcony with champagne and chocolates. We walked in and he got down on one knee.”

The couple started planning their wedding and enlisted the help of stationery designer and stylist Melanie Thorn. “Without Mel, we probably wouldn't have had a wedding!” explains Charlotte. Rob and Charlie soon found the perfect venue in Sunbeam Studios, which set the tone for the rest of the day: an industrial chic look offset with pretty pastel shades.

Here, Charlotte tells us more about their wedding…

Many hands make light work: Image 1
Richard, our photographer, was absolutely fabulous. The photos are simply superb and he captured some moments which perfectly summed up the day without being intrusive.


Many hands make light work: Image 2aWe chose a cheese tower, rather than a cake as neither of us has a particularly sweet tooth.

Many hands make light work: Image 2 We loved the space at Sunbeam Studios. It was full of light and had wonderful high ceilings.


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Mel designed a bespoke invitation for us with a contemporary monogram in a subtle colour palette of soft greens, greys and white.


Many hands make light work: Image 4a“I took the opportunity to deliver a speech; this is not very traditional for the bride. However, it was important to thank so many people who had contributed to our special day.” – Charlotte

Many hands make light work: Image 4 Mel produced a mood board focusing on table dressings and themed props, using the venue's industrial past as inspiration and bits of chain and old rope.


Many hands make light work: Image 5
My bridesmaids tried on more dresses than me! I chose the colour and they had the final say on style.


Many hands make light work: Image 6
Rob wore a grey suit and the best men and ushers all wore blue suits. They all had different coloured socks and cufflinks, which Rob arranged – it was a lovely touch.


Charlotte and Rob's contact book

Bride's dress and accessories
Caroline Castigliano

Bride's dress and accessories
Bride's dress and accessories

Bride's hair
Delphine Bonnet

Bride's make-up
Nora Belovai

Bridesmaids' dresses
Maids to Measure

Cake Cheese tower
Salon Brixton

The Mirror Tones

After Party Paradise

Lilyfee Floral Designs

Giant illuminated letters
Vowed and Amazed

Groom's suit
Chris Kerr

Groomsmen's ties
The Maids Men

Richard Pickavance Photographer

Stationery, planning and props
Melanie's Studio Designs

Classic London Taxi Wedding

Sunbeam Studios

Wedding rings


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