Charlotte and Chris tied the knot after having met when they were just 14. Their homemade wedding at Cain Manor was a dream come true.
About the Couple
Charlotte and Chris met at school when they were just 14. Their long-term friendship eventually developed in to the ultimate relationship and after having been official for just over 2 years, Chris decided to surprise his then girlfriend with a question she wasn’t expecting.
Chris had given Charlotte a spa hotel break as a Christmas present and much to her delight, Chris had also booked her in to have a manicure upon arrival. Chris just couldn’t wait any longer, so dressed in his swimming trunks, spa dressing gown and slippers, he bent down on one knee and asked Charlotte to marry him.
The couple had previously browsed for engagement rings so Chris had a bit of an idea of what Charlotte might love. Chris ended up having an engagement ring designed for Charlotte and it turned out to be the ring of her dreams. The newly engaged and super excited couple spent the next 8 months planning their dream day.
Charlotte’s Mori Lee Wedding Dress
After trying on only a handful of luxurious wedding dresses in a couple of different wedding dress shops, bride-to-be Charlotte fell in love with a fit and flare Mori Lee design featuring delicate lace and a sparkly belt for a touch of added glam. She teamed her gown up with a pair of pearl and sparkle shoes designed by Jenny Packham; a long white veil completed her bridal style.
When it came to her bridal beauty, Charlotte hired Natasha Wiggins. She had a hair and makeup trial and had set her heart on an up-do, but on the day, the bride decided that she would prefer to have loose curls with a waterfall plait with small rose buds running through it. Charlottes four bridesmaids ended up having their hair tied up but with gypsophilia instead of roses.
Choosing Cain Manor
During their search for the perfect wedding venue, Charlotte and Chris only viewed two venues; Cain Manor won them over. They fell in love with the beams and the incredible view over the Surrey Hills. They felt that the exclusive use wedding venue had an intimate yet homely feel and the fact that their close friends and family could stay the night if they wished. Chris was also a fan of the bar area and the couple found the online planner extremely useful, seeing as Chris is posted in Germany and could therefore check in on what Charlotte had been doing with their wedding plans while she was in the UK.
The Bridal Party
Charlotte asked four girls to be part of her bridal team. Her two oldest friends, TJ and Harriette, Chris’s cousin Tamsin and Charlotte’s best friend from her university days, Becky. Instead of wearing coordinating dresses, two girls wore a shade of blush pink and two wore pale lavender; colours that tied in perfectly with Charlotte and Chris’s overall wedding colour scheme. Charlotte chose the bridesmaids dresses herself, but made sure that her best girls were happy with her decision before taking it further.
Chris is in the army, so it was natural for him to wear his army uniform, along with a number of their family members and friends who are also in the army. The rest of the grooms’ party wore stylish grey suits that had been bought from M&S.