There’s nothing more we love than sharing a real wedding with you, today we bring you the winter wonderland wedding of Charlotte Asma from Shropshire, and Adam Clarey from County Durham, both now living in London who were married on Saturday 7th December 2013 at Wynyard Hall. Charlotte, who runs Lace and Lovehearts Wedding Blog, and Adam speak to Kiss The Bride about the personal touch; from Harry Potter to lace.
Charlotte: We met at a Christmas Masquerade Ball during our first term at the University of Reading; our first date was at a rock venue in Reading called ‘Fez Club’. It doesn’t sound like the most romantic date location ever, but we both loved the club and the music and spent lots of time there with our own friends. It’s no longer there, but it played an important part in our early relationship. When we met, the first thing I remember about Adam is how sweet and shy he was. He came up to me at the Ball still wearing his mask; I remember thinking he had the most beautiful pale blue eyes in the world. I couldn’t see the rest of his face due to his mask, but that didn’t matter. Just the eyes were enough!
Adam: When I first saw Lottie I thought she stood apart from everyone else in the room. She was petite, pale, blonde and beautiful. Her smile lit up the room and I knew that I wanted to be with her.
Charlotte: We got engaged on Christmas day 2012 on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. I had been feeling a little blue all day due to being away from our families on Christmas day. However, that soon disappeared when Adam got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful white gold and diamond cluster engagement ring in the shape of a snowflake. We told our families the wonderful news via Skype and watched them all screaming with delight. It was a very special time in our lives.
“Choosing our wedding venue was incredibly easy! We didn’t even manage to get inside the huge front doors of Wynyard Hall before I knew that it was where we were going to be married. It had the WOW factor and we knew it would impress our guests.”
Charlotte: For my dress, I opted for a bespoke gown as I’m very petite and wanted to avoid the stress of visiting endless boutique only to find that nothing suited me. I’m also a perfectionist, so I knew that only a dress of my own design was going to be good enough! The process was a truly wonderful experience, right from the first sketches to the final fitting, and I’d enthusiastically encourage brides to look at the bespoke route if their budget will allow. My dress maker was Becky from The Little Bridal Company.
Charlotte: For décor we didn’t so much have a theme more a concept which was, quite simply, “us” and our relationship. The colour palette and flowers included lots of pale colours with darker foliage to look in keeping with the season, and lots of sparkle to represent winter frost and ice. Our decorations were quite rustic, festive and centred around an abundance of flowers, lights and mismatched glass items to reflect and disperse those lights to create a magical atmosphere.
“Our tables were named after our favourite cities (with London as the top table), and each table included an image of us in that city. Every element of the day meant something, even down to the name of the lace used to make my dress and the beads included in the hand-beading on my dress. The beads were from the dress I wore when Adam and I met, and the lace was called ‘Lily’, which is the name of my niece.”
Charlotte: I think the happiest moment of the day was walking back down the aisle as husband and wife and having all of our friends and family clapping and whooping as we made our way through the room. It helped having fantastic suppliers; I was impressed with how they each added their own personal flavour to the day. I was particularly impressed with the professionalism shown by our photographer, Ian Weldon. My mum made our delicious five-tiered wedding cake, and even though I know how talented she is, I was very impressed with just how exquisite the final product was.
Our wedding in five words: Enchanting, exciting, festive, loving, unforgettable!