Friday, 15 July 2011

A 'Pixie' bride shares her special day!

Last week I got a fabulous email from one of our lovely stockists Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique in Newbury, Berkshire.

She was telling us that her best friend had recently got married in the lovely Charlotte Balbier 'Pixie' gown and wondered if we wanted to see the pics...well we just loved them and thought we would share them with you!!
Charlotte, the now Mrs Miles, wears Pixie
Laura, from Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique told us a little about why she chose 'Pixie':
She wanted something light, easy to wear and a little unique - not too fussy yet with soft detail to fit in with her venue and styling. 'Pixie' was chosen and it could not have been more 'her'. If I had to describe Charlotte in two words, it would be, 'Loveable' and 'Fun!' - and Pixie seemed to fit the bill - playful frivolity!
Mr & Mrs Miles

We decided to take off the cap sleeves and personalise it for her, to make it easier to wear. She loved the belt and the way the lace fell and we teamed it up with a gorgeous Charlotte Balbier vintage silver comb.
Loving this relaxed and fun...
plus we love the bunting!!
The wedding was held at The Olde Bell at Hurley in the Malt House. It's a great venue, with a fabulous rustic charm that was perfect for Charlotte's very British style wedding...full of colour and stunning flowers, with simple yet elegant styling - very much like her!
Charlotte with her Bridesmaids

Charlotte's Story:
We wanted to keep our wedding simple, personal and fun. We both love food, fine wine, cooking and music and enjoying all four with good friends, so we wanted more of a party than a 'wedding'.

We chose the Olde Bell at Hurley as it has a very rustic feel, serves amazing food and wine and we just fell in love with the Malt House - its self contained 'old malt' building which was a fantastic blank canvas to add our personal touches to and large gardens for photos (it even had a vegetable garden which I loved!)

We created the invites ourselves, with a little help from family and friends. We backed each one in off cuts of luxurious home furnishing fabrics which meant each invite was different and added a little bit of interest to set the scene for the day. I wanted to keep the flowers very simple and seasonal - I had built up quite an eclectic mix of glass vases and ceramic milk jugs, all borrowed from family and bought in charity shops, and we filled each one with flowers so the colour and scent was in abundance all day! We used homemade chalk boards for menus and table plans which went perfectly with the venue.

For the dress I wanted something light to wear (and thank goodness I did as it was a fabulous day and very hot!). I'd been drawn to Charlotte Balbier dresses as I really liked her unique style, use of lace and little touches. After trying on a few styles I decided on 'Pixie' as I wanted a dress with lace straps and I just loved the way the lace fell over the train, and the little belt added that something extra! It went so perfectly with the venue and was such a perfect reflection of my style.

I love cooking so I made little jars of chutney and jam as favours which went down well and I called on a few favours for decorations - my Mum made 60 ft of bunting which looked fab hung up along the walled garden! We served slow cooked lamb for the wedding breakfast and each table elected a 'chef' to carve for everyone - great fun - and we broke with tradition in having a 2 tier chocolate ganache torte wedding cake decorated on top with summer berries! Finally a cheese and biscuits platter ensured we certainly didn't go hungry!

The day went so quickly (everyone says that!) but it was the perfect refelection of us both. I am only sad I can't wear my beautiful dress again!
Charlotte Miles

Everyone here at Charlotte Balbier would like to wish Charlotte and Kaz Miles all the best for their future together and thank you for sharing your wonderful story...CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!

Photos courtesy of Maria Ashby-Giles Photography

Venue: The Olde Bell at Hurley
Dress and hair accessories: Pixie by Charlotte Balbier at Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique

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