Charlotte & Matthew’s wedding

Charlotte & Matt (156 of 390)Charlotte and Matthew met on night out in Bingley at Suburban Bar on December 20th 2009.
Since then they’ve been ‘pretty much inseparable’ according to Charlotte!
And looking at this stunning snap shot from their gorgeous wedding in October at East Riddlesden Hall it’s clear to see they’ve only got eyes for each other.
Here’s what the happy couple had to say about their wedding…
It was perfect! It was everything we had hoped for.
The Venue
East Riddlesden Hall  is simply stunning and you can make it as personable and unique as you wish.  As we wanted a vintage/romantic theme to our wedding the barn was perfect for our ceremony and reception.  We were also fortunate with the weather which meant we could use the beautiful gardens for receptions drinks.
The Preparations
Like most women I’d been dreaming of my wedding  day since I was a little girl and when my dream became a reality I literally went into planning overdrive. My mum and bridesmaid helped with the planning  which was definitely appreciated and Matt took care of the catering and drinks.
On the morning…
I was surprised at how chilled out I was, especially as I was an emotional wreck the day before.  I was getting ready at Oakwood Hall in Bingley with my bridesmaids and we spent the morning getting our hair and make up done, sipping champagne courtesy of Matt and just having a lovely time.
The Finishing Touches
Because the barn is a blank canvas the last thing we wanted was for it to look unfinished or sparse.  Our very good friend Lynne (owner of Stems Designs) was amazing and literally took care of all the flowers and decorations for the barn, we also used Simply Vintage who provided the bunting and the sweetie cabinet.  I was actually banned from seeing the final touches until the day of my wedding as Lynne wanted to surprise me. Luckily Matt stayed to make sure it all went to plan.  But I had nothing to worry about, it looked stunning, picture perfect.
The Dress
I found it quite daunting, worrying if I was making the right decision and whether Matt was going to like it.  I only went to two bridal shops and it was the second shop were I found the one. I always knew I wanted lace ,it was more the style I wasn’t sure about.  But when I was put into a lace, fishtail number with a low back I just knew it was the dress for me!
As I was the first one to buy that style, I was allowed to give the dress a name, so my mum and I decided to name it ‘Maggie’ after my late Grandma which made even more special.
The Hair
Matt loves it when my hair is up so that was a no brainer when it came to choosing a style.  I opted against a veil as I didn’t want it to cover the back of my dress and instead  I wore a beautiful headband which I bought at the Bridal shop.
As for make up I went down the route of simple but elegant, I got some examples from the internet for my hair and make up and asked my friend Heather to create the look for me.
Words of Wisdom…
Enjoy every minute because it’s crazy how fast the big day comes round.  Accept any help provided especially the last few weeks as I found this to be the most stressful part.
 The Photographer – Jonathan Paine – Black Mill Photography
Wedding Dress – Stella York at Ava Rose & Hamilton Bridal Shop
Wedding Shoes – Debut at Debenhams. Simple lace court shoe with an ankle strap.
Jewellery – Charlotte wore her Grandma’s pearl necklace and earrings from Coast. Her  bracelet is from Accesorize.
Bridesmaid Dresses – Chiffon strapless dresses with sweat-heart necklines (same as bride) from Coast
Hair & Make Up – Bride’s friend Heather did her gorgeous hair and make up.  Charlotte bought all my make up from M.A.C
Suits –Bride Apparel in Rawdon
Cars – The cars belong to Charlotte’s cousins so they wanted to carry on the family tradition.
Cake – Bride’s Mum made the wedding cakes to Charlotte’s design!  Wow!  Charlotte & Matt (311 of 390)