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Real Wedding – Sunshine and Sparkles

Having dreamed of a Castle wedding for years, there was no doubt about the type of venue Charlotte and Ben would choose for their special day. Keen to have a venue to impress, they wanted a place they could celebrate in all day and night, before reuniting and reminiscing with their nearest and dearest the following day…


The venue

Even before the couple had visited Farnham Castle they had a very good feeling that it would be ‘the one’. “We loved the beautiful architecture of the building and all its historical features, as well as the lawn that overlooked Farnham,” smiles Charlotte. “We also loved the exclusive use feature – meaning we could enjoy our special day with just our friends and family,” she adds.

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The styling

Charlotte and Ben were keen to add a personal touch to their celebrations and so made a lot of decorations for their day. “We made the place settings, our stationery, table signs and our seating plan,” says Charlotte. “Our seating plan was made up of baby photos or embarrassing photos of all our guests. Of course, they had no idea about this so it was a brilliant surprise for all of them!” The rest of the couple’s décor was designed to match their colour scheme of pastel green and pink.

Keen to complement the chic surroundings of the castle, the couple opted for classy accessories including candelabras and pretty foliage. “We wrapped ivy around the banisters of the main staircase and dotted roses into the design. We also had single roses tied to the chairs in the ceremony room for a simple look,” explains Charlotte.



The dress

Charlotte made sure she dressed the part for her special day too and looked every part the princess for her Castle wedding. She wore a strapless, lace gown in a fishtail style, which was embellished with small pearls and sparkly details. The pretty gown was teamed with a full-length two-layer veil, a pearl and diamante hairpiece, and sparkly peep toe Jimmy Choos.



The big day

Charlotte and Ben enjoyed a bright and beautiful summer wedding with Charlotte arriving at the venue early to get ready.

Charlotte’s three maids – her two younger sisters and Ben’s older sister – accompanied her as she walked down the aisle to meet Ben. Her maids wore pale pastel chiffon dresses from Coast, which were accessorized with jeweled sashes to complement Charlotte’s wedding sparkle.



The celebrations

Once the formalities were over the couple and their guests tucked into canapés outdoors. “We had always envisaged our guests having reception drinks on the lawn in the sun – we were so fortunate to have good weather,” she smiles.

A three-course meal followed this; featuring delights like a confit pork and apple spring roll starter, chicken main, and caramelised bread a butter pudding with ice cream and berries. “So many of our guests commented on how delicious the food was and how generous the portions were,” says Charlotte.

The celebrations weren’t just about the good food though; the couple also devised some fun games for friends and family to enjoy. “While guests were waiting for their food to be served we asked them all to decorate a plain gingerbread man, which was their wedding favour, using icing pens,” says Charlotte. “It was intended to be an ice breaker but our guests got really competitive and some of the finished results were amazing!”

As the evening went on the couple headed out to the dance floor and enjoyed a first dance to one of their favourite songs, Everlasting Love, by Jamie Cullum. “We had a perfect day. It was everything we had envisaged. We wish we could do it all over again!”

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